10 Resume Mistakes Every Engineer makes

Resume writing is a fine art!

Resume submission is the first step of any job application. This 2-page file is your introduction, biography, and the first impression you create for yourself in the mind of a new employer. But, in modern days most HRs do not spend more than 2 minutes to read your resume, some even use advanced search tools to sort candidates’ resumes. Here are the most common pitfalls and how you can avoid them.

Mistake 1: Wrong File Format

Sending your resume in word format. Your CV/Resume has to be always in PDF format or printable file.

{Our Suggestion
Length- 1 or 2 pages}

Mistake 2: Typos and Grammatical Errors

Your resume needs to be grammatically perfect. If it isn’t, employers will read between the lines and draw not-so-flattering conclusions about you, like: “This person can’t write,” or “This person obviously doesn’t care.”

{Our Suggestion
Use proofreading tools like Grammarly, Ginger, etc to remove any spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in the resume.}

Mistake 3: Visually Unattractive 

Readability matters a lot when an employer is going through your resume. Use shorter sentences, bullet points, and professional fonts. 

{Our Suggestion
Fonts: Calibri, Cambria, Georgia, Arial
Font Size: Content 10/11 Heading 12/13}

Also, if your resume is wall-to-wall text featuring five different fonts, it will most likely give the employer a headache. So show your resume to several other people before sending it out. Do they find it visually attractive? If what you have is hard on the eyes, revise.

Mistake 4: No Image

Your image on your resume gives recognition and authenticity to your resume. It shows your confidence to build relationships within and outside the organization.

{Our Suggestion
Always have a recent passport size image of yourself in the top left corner of your resume.}

Mistake 5: A Bad Objective

Employers do read your resume’s objective statement, but too often they plow through vague exaggeration like, “Seeking a challenging position that offers professional growth.” Give employers something specific and, more importantly, something that focuses on their needs as well as your own. For example: “A challenging entry-level engineer position that allows me to contribute my skills and knowledge in building automotive cooling systems.

{Our Suggestion
Read the job description clearly and research the company before applying for the job. Tailor-make your resume as per the company’s vision and requirements. Your objective and interest areas need to match with what the company has to offer.}

Mistake 6: Lack of Industry Specifics

Employers need to understand what skills and experience you have that are relevant to the industry. For example:
A) Design for soft parts in the automotive body.
B) CAD modeling for automotive plastic components such as Map Pocket, Top roll, door carrier, two-wheeler under-seat Storage Box, etc.

Both of these phrases could describe the same work, but the details and specifics in example B will more likely grab an employer’s attention.

Mistake 7: No Action Verbs

Avoid using phrases like “responsible for.” Instead, use action verbs: “Resolved user questions as part of an IT help desk serving 4,000 students and staff.”

Mistake 8: Highlighting Duties Instead of Accomplishments

It’s easy to slip into a mode where you simply start listing job duties on your resume.

For example:

  • Attended group meetings and recorded minutes.
  • Worked with children in a day-care setting.
  • Updated departmental files.

Employers, however, don’t care so much about what you’ve done as what you’ve accomplished in your various activities. They’re looking for statements more like these:

  • Used laptop computer to record weekly meeting minutes and compiled them in a Microsoft Word-based file for future organizational reference.
  • Developed three daily activities for preschool-age children and prepared them for a 10-minute holiday program performance.
  • Reorganized 10 years worth of unwieldy files, making them easily accessible to department members.

Mistake 9: Missing Out On Important Information

You may be tempted, for example, to eliminate mention of the jobs you’ve taken to earn extra money for school or an NGO you might have volunteered for. Typically, however, the soft skills you’ve gained from these experiences (e.g., work ethic, time management) are more important to employers than you might think.

Mistake 10: Incorrect Contact Information

Often I encounter wonderful resumes of students and freshers whom I want to call at once,  but their contact numbers are either invalid or always busy. This is the biggest mistake out of all the ones listed above. Double-check even the most minute, taken-for-granted details provided in your resume.

{Our tip
Always keep a separate phone number and email address for your professional work, so that you don’t miss out on important emails or calls.}

aBOUT THE AUTHOR

A passionate engineer, Automotive designer and curator of excellence...

Bhumika Indu

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