Effective Resumes

Most engineering and construction resumes provide similar types of information. A simple resume is most effective, especially when working with a recruiter. Your recruiter will provide the relevant details to company hiring authorities-which is the reason our process includes a thorough interview. Your resume should be accurate, chronologically complete, but not overly detailed. Here is one sample outline. Your recruiter will be happy to review your resume and give you pointers about how to best present yourself.

  1. Name
    Address
  2. Overview
    and/or
    Career Objective
    and/or
    Summary
    and/or
    Areas of Knowledge
    There are many variations of this section. The overall goal of the section is to provide a few sentences about your career aspirations either as a statement of goals or an explanation of experience.
  3. Education
    Include the name of colleges, degrees, graduation date, and major/minor fields of study.
  4. Registrations
    Include details on registration/certifications, such as states of registration, license/certification type, dates of expiration.
  5. Professional Experience or Work Experience
    Provide a reverse order chronological employment history. Include dates, title and explanation of your role and accomplishments. Do not have gaps in dates. Often a sampling of projects is effective with a brief description of each project and your role.
  6. Professional Activities and/or Memberships
    This is an optional section but important for those involved in professional societies.
  7. Community Activities and/or Personal Info
    This is an optional section for community involvement or personal interests. Do not provide physical information such as height, weight, etc.
  8. References
    This is an optional section although at some point in the process you will be asked by your recruiter to provide professional references. References are always from supervisors, colleagues, or clients who have experience with you in the working environment.

Other sections included in a resume might be: Computer Skills, Sample Project List, and/or Professional Publications.

With so many possible variations combined with the need to keep it simple, what should you do? We suggest you contact your recruiter! Submit Resume to one of our Search Consultants