Afterwards, you’d only have to make sure you’ve picked up a legible and professional font to finish off a great design.
You’re now ready for the next step and fill the layout with the relevant resume sections.
Let’s have a closer look at each of them separately.
How to create a short and sweet Entry-level Engineering resume header
Even though most entry level jobs have the word “Entry” in their title, you don’t necessarily need to insert this word in your resume header.
Entry Level Mechanical Engineer
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San Francisco, CA
This title gives off a rookie vibe. The thing is, most companies, even when looking to fill entry-level positions, prefer candidates with at least some experience.
That is why you often see “0-3 years of experience” in their requirements.
If you apply with “entry” in your header, your resume will automatically have a lower priority because it gives off this “inexperienced” vibe.
To raise your chances, use a title that is close or relevant to the position you’re applying for, e.g. Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer and so on.
Also notice that you missed an opportunity to demonstrate your social skills.
What about your LinkedIn profile? It provides evidence that you have connections and can network. Talk about soft skills.
Also, in your LinkedIn profile you can demonstrate memberships in major engineering organizations, such as ASME or EYE (European Young Engineers).
+359 88 888 8888
San Francisco, CA
Your header signals experience and even slightly hints at your developed soft skills. Let’s grab the recruiter’s attention with a catchy summary.
How to make your Student or Entry-Level Engineering objective memorable
2 Entry-Level Engineering resume summary examples
The summary is, perhaps, the most critical section of your entry level Engineering resume. If you got it wrong, recruiters won’t even bother reading further.
So how do you write it? To answer this question, we should first talk about how you don’t write it.
Graduated Ohio University with GPA 2.78...
Anything below a GPA of 3.0 automatically urges recruiters to stop reading your resume. The national average is 3.0 and most engineering jobs aim for that number.
If you have a lower GPA, it's not the end of the world. Just don’t mention it. Especially don’t start your resume with it.
If anything, the first things you need to mention in your resume summary are internships and co-ops. If you have them, by all means monetize on that.
It sets you apart from all the candidates that don’t have those.
Recent B.E. graduate with cooperative learning experienceat GLW Construction is looking for a position in municipal and transportation fields.
If you don’t have internships, you have to focus on work-related experience. Don’t just list your technical skills.
A recent graduate proficient with AutoCAD, MATLAB, and Civil3D...
You’ll have a “Skills” section for that.
Instead, bring up your biggest achievements relevant to the position you’re applying for.
These may be: volunteer work, outside the classroom activities, college special projects and your role in them. Just keep it short.
If you have a lot to talk about, consider writing acover letter.
A recent B.E. graduate of IIT who led a team of undergraduate engineers during a Chicago Waterfront fair projectwith extensive experience in district-scale waste/water consulting volunteer workis looking for a position in water construction.
After writing a convincing summary section, what is the next step? Your experience section.
What you should know about the Entry-Level Engineering resume experience section
How do you write your experience section, when you have no experience? Change your perspective.
Look at it this way: you do have some experience. Just not in the sense that it is commonly meant.
Student projects, volunteer work, internships, and personal projects - you can write about anything that is relevant to the position you’re applying for, or that is relevant to engineering as a whole.
Tip #1: if you graduated in engineering several years ago and have had only irregular work history since then, remove the dates.
Also, if you had an engineer internship several years ago and are looking for an engineering job just now, consider removing those dates from your resume as well.
The fact that you had an internship should not be offset by how long ago you did it.
Tip #2: put the most relevant skills and work-related experience at the top.
If a position requires experience with CAD tools, emphasize it. Same with handling reports to Senior Engineers and developing project documents.
But don’t just blindly copy requirements from the job description, they are usually very vague and generic. Be specific in what you did.
Volen Vulkov is a resume expert and the co-founder of Enhancv. He applies his deep knowledge and experience to write about career change, development, and how to stand out in the job application process.
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