How to Write an Engineering CV

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When writing an engineering CV, be sure to include accurate contact information, a professional summary outlining any certifications, a list of past related jobs and job descriptions for each past job. Complete a thorough CV for an engineering job, making sure to include important industry certifications, with help from an experienced career coach in this free video on resume writing.

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Hello, we are here to talk now about how to write an engineering CV or resume. And I would like to show you today some of the basic elements that would go into an engineering resume or CV. So let's take a look at that, and see what we have on the screen. First of all of course you would have your name and your contact information. Contact information would include street address, telephone number, and email address. And it is important to distinguish between your home phone, and your cell phone. The reason being that potential employers, and recruiters and networkers would more likely call you on a cell phone, because they have an idea that they can get in touch with you more easily. So after that heading part of the resume if you look over here, and you will see the professional summary. Now that is a paragraph three or four sentences that really talk about what it is that you do in general. Not specifically what you have done at a company, but what you have done in general. You should also include in this any certifications that you have such as Lean Six Sigma, you may be a green belt or a black belt, or you may be a certified quality engineer. Any of those industry certifications that are very important to these days this is where they would go is up in the summary. And then after you have written your summary then you would start with your specific professional experience. So for example right now we are looking at a person who is a manufacturing engineer, and the very first thing we would put is the most recent company where he or she worked. And the city, and state where that is, and then over to the right would be the years. We don't use the months in a resume, just the years. So say from 2004-2009 if the person had recently been laid off. And then again the specific title in this case manufacturing engineer it is very important to include to the exact title that human resources would verify. That is would be the same title that would appear upon your business card if you had a business card from that company. Underneath that we would like to see some description of your responsibilities. We call that a responsibility statement in resume writing, which really provides the background and the context of the job. What is it that you did within that job that were required to do within your duties, and your responsibilities. Then underneath that as you will see in our sample here is specific accomplishment that you had done in that job. So for example project manager for the two hundred and fifty thousand, retooling and upgrading of the automated packaging lines. Now this tells the reader that you were in charge of retooling of a particular package line, the work that it was two hundred and fifty thousand, and if you could include some results in that. What happened as a result of you being in charge of that project that is certainly to your advantage as well. So the idea is to be as clear as possible, again the duties and the responsibilities of the job, and then how you performed against those duties. This is what we call a chronological resume so your most recent job would be first, and the going backwards in time to other jobs that you had obviously prior to that. Now in our example here this person was a manufacturing engineer manager at a different company. So we have the company, and the town, and the state, and then the years when he worked there. Now he had two different titles in this particular job so you will see next to manufacturing engineering manager there is a year right next to it. Now that is the year that he held that title. The other years the 1994-1999 refer to the entire time that he was employed by that company. So it is important to distinguish when you have had more than one title in a given company. And again the same process applies we would like to see specifically what did you do within the context of that job title in terms of saving money, increasing revenues, improving performance whatever it was. Obviously let's say for a quality engineer was there an improvement in quality based on what you did. And we move backwards in time to the previous jobs that you have had, and then end up at depending on your relevant skills you may want to include those as a separate section. So for example this particular resume we have several different certifications, and trainings that this person has gone through including Kaizen, which is a Japanese method of improving workplace performance, five S value stream mapping visual factory. Many different methodologies that engineers use to improve performance. And then last but not least is education. In this case this person happened to be a chemical engineering graduate of Wooster Polytechnic Institute in Wooster, Massachusetts. So what we would put here actually it doesn't say completely we would put B.S., and then a comma, chemical engineering, Wooster Polytechnic Institute, Wooster, Mass. You will see 1982 here. It is really your choice if you decide to include the date or not. Frankly if you are an older person we recommend that you leave the date off. Only because some folks do have a desire if you will to bring in younger people frankly if you work your way up the ladder you are more expensive, so they are sometimes looking for somebody who can come into the job a little bit cheaper. So that is just one reason we recommend that if your degree is more than twenty years old that you may want to just leave the date off. That is pretty much it in this particular manufacturing and process engineer, but again remember chemical engineer is another kind of engineer, quality engineer, aerospace so be sure to include your specific certifications, your specific training, and always begin how you have applied that training, and put a background to your job. For example if you were a baseball team, and you were looking for a second baseman you would be concerned with their fielding percentage, not their batting percentage. So in a way the philosophy of resume writing is to say this is what I was charged with doing, and this is how I did against that charge. And that is what we mean by a responsibility statement. Those lines or two that would occur underneath the job description. Then underneath that would be specific bullets that would talk about how you did again against those responsibilities. And actually in this particular example we don't have those responsibility statements in here, but I didn't want to make you aware of those, because this is a resume that is in process right now so we will be doing some further work on this before it is ready to go to market so to speak.

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