Engineers have a common personality trait that is unidentified, which makes them different from other professionals. It doesn’t matter what it is, but one thing is clear: engineers often make the same mistakes on their resumes as they do on the opposite side. They also have a set of applications that are a hit. It is now up to them to determine which job hunting habits they should keep and which ones they should improve.
Maybe you are one of the techno-buffs or construction kooks who is asked to interview. If you pay attention to these aspects of writing a job application copy, it might not be so hard.
1. Details semantics
We understand your obsession with detail. You want everything to work perfectly. Because lives are at risk when it comes to the details of the blueprint, this is understandable. We don’t understand why English is such a complex language. Attention to grammar and spelling. If you make a mistake, your application will be rejected immediately.
2. Jargon clogs
Keep it simple, brood. Your friends might understand the academic jargon like “Done an Experimental on the Synergic Effect of Different Types Of Steel Fiber in Type A Concrete,” but imagine what HR personnel would think if they saw that phrase. Either he hates you, or he dumps your intelligence without a second thought. Keep your jargon to a minimum. It is unlikely that an engineering graduate will be able to read your copy. It wouldn’t be someone who is too passionate about your subject to understand these terms.
3. Information overload
Not all engineering resumes list every project the candidate worked on. Sometimes, it is a matter of personalization. Applying for a horizontal construction project requires that you only include the relevant background projects. Do not try to impress your employer by listing everything on your paper. For the interview, save the elegance and details.
4. Sell positively
Keep this one. Engineers are known for bringing out their achievements so that potential employers believe they are excited about the job. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself as a potential employer. Instead of explaining your background, focus on your key competencies. People who are proactive and not reactive are essential for most projects.
5. Separate the project lists
If you are really required, this is possible. If you have a project that will add value to your engineering points but is too lengthy to include in your resume, you can write it on separate paper. Make sure everything in your resume is valuable and relevant to the assignment.
Be consistent and confident in your application. Engineering is a complex business. Employers are able to predict who will fail and who will succeed. They aren’t afraid to admit it, but they also know how to tell the truth from lies and who is lying. To stand out, you must be clean enough for the dirty work.
Melinda Edwards is a career consultant. She has been invited to many events and forums on human resource management. She is also a time management expert and effectively fulfills both her career as a mother and career woman.