Aug 04, 2018 - 01:28 PM
The primary question is whether you need an objective statement or a professional summary of qualifications. The answer to this question depends on how many years of experience you have. If you’re just starting or still at entry level, you may need an objective statement on your resume. Be succinct; describe briefly the type of role you hope to grow into, and discuss the skills you possess from either personal qualifications or school that make you a good candidate for the job.
If you’re more established beyond entry level, you should definitely focus less on what you want and more on what you can do. This means spending approximately three sentences or bullet points describing your greatest strengths and selling points that make you a great hire. Use bold language, but don’t brag – and keep the technical jargon for your skills section.
Sep 11, 2018 - 07:11 PM
You write a resume objective for a mechanical engineer resume by treating the resume objective more as a brief and focused career summary, where you (1) communicate your unique background and accomplishments as a mechanical engineer, and (2) show that they specifically address the employer’s needs. Resume objectives are a bit outdated at this point because they don’t touch on how the job-seeker will solve an employer’s pressing business need. The resume objective is All About You, and what you want out of a career or job, whereas a resume summary is more focused on how you can play a part in solving an employer’s business issue/problem.
The biggest mistake we see mechanical engineers making on their resumes is turning it into a data dump, especially at the very beginning. They often try too hard to impress employers with long lists of work experiences and technical skills, followed up with vague claims that they can apply it all to any situation.
Employers for mechanical engineering jobs are typically looking for a very specific set of experiences, strengths, and skills. They need to see evidence of it right away in your resume. Study the job description carefully, and keep your career summary focused on your strengths and recent work history that specifically address the employer’s needs.
A few additional tips for the career summary: Don’t neglect to list communication skills, especially for manager-level and cross-functional roles. Always make sure your level of experience matches the job requirements, and highlight those years of experience along with the on-the-job skills you have accumulated throughout your employment.