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Can someone help a young engineer out.

  1. Aug 13, 2013 #1
    This is probably really bold by some members standards, but I would like some help. If I send someone who has engineering experience my resume would you mind critiquing it...please :)
    I'll return the favor somehow.
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  3. Aug 13, 2013 #2


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    I'll allow this.

    Aero -- please delete your personal contact info from the copy you post here. Go ahead and post a sanitized copy here as an attachment. Be sure to say what positions you are applying for.
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2013
  4. Aug 13, 2013 #3


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    I like that you highlight your in-major GPA versus your overall GPA. I did the same thing in my resumes, because my in-major GPA was several tenths higher. As long as both are high, showing that your in-major GPA is higher is good, IMO.

    The rest of the resume looks good. I assume the title name/contact info is a joke substitution. That's not how I would title my resume.

    The experience looks good and relevant to positions that you would apply for. Since you mention several programming experiences, maybe attach some of your example code/projects to any e-mails you send to employers with your resume. I like to see what folks have done and worked on when I interview them. Be ready to answer detailed questions about those projects when you get to the in-person interview.

    Good work!
  5. Aug 18, 2013 #4
    I'll second this. The number one reason I have rejected candidates in interviews is because they can't discuss the projects on their own resumes at even a simple level.

    Asking about your resume projects is going to happen. The question is an underhanded soft-ball pitch, juicy and hanging up there in the strike zone. Hit it out of the park.

    A deep understanding of your past projects will give a bias in your favor for the rest of the interview. Take it.
  6. Aug 18, 2013 #5
    Oh, I thought this thread was closed. Thanks for opening it. I actually made another resume recently which is more technical but broad. If you want I can send this copy.

    And I always remember my projects. I have a great memory for things I do as I immerse myself in my work. But still, for whatever reason, I cant get hired.
  7. Aug 18, 2013 #6


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    If you don't mind my asking, how often have you actually been interviewed for potential job positions. And have you ever done practice interviews with someone that can critique your interview skills?

    I'm asking because once you have landed an interview, what is important during the interview process is to present an image of competence. That means body language, speaking style and other physical characteristics matters considerably. It may be a good idea to have someone unbiased and independent meet with you on this. I know that career counselling centres at colleges/universities offer such services, so it may be worth taking a look.
  8. Aug 18, 2013 #7
    Been interviewed (even flown out to Scaled Composites) at least 5 times in person. Probably had 10 phone interviews. This in the 6 months of job searching. I called two of the companies back, one said I did excellent but they chose an internal candidate, the other said I needed more experience but had great math skills yet had trouble fully explaining my methods.

    I think I can come off as arrogant sometimes.
  9. Aug 18, 2013 #8
    I'm sorry you're having difficulty finding employment. If you really think you're coming off as arrogant this is something you should try very hard to work on right away. It could be sabotaging your job hunt.

    One of the most poisonous things for an engineering team is arrogance. It can destroy team spirit and motivation very quickly. Therefore a lot of managers try really hard to not hire arrogant engineers, particularly when they are just starting out so their arrogance is not justified.

    You may have identified an area where you can improve the way you present yourself. This is good news because you can fix it.
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