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Civil Engineering is a very professional field with high quality employment opportunities. As it appeals to experienced, highly trained candidates, you will be hard pressed to represent yourself in a way that exceeds your peers. This example resume can be your starting point. Reviewed by resume experts, we have listed some of the common strengths and weaknesses we commonly see in engineering submissions. Make good use of these points and you can build a professional resume that will get you into an interview ahead of the others.
Use strong action verbs in experience points
If you have quality work experience, then this is your strongest selling point to a hiring manager. You want to do everything in your power to make this section compelling to make sure they read it thoroughly and remember how excellent you are. Using strong action verbs is the perfect tool for accomplishing this goal. Even if you are worried about the quality of your work experience, a strong presentation can make the most of what you have to offer. Wrong:
Another key note is that the verbs in this case are all present tense. That is because the applicant still holds this position. If you are listing a job you no longer hold, use past tense verbs.
Remove personal pronouns from the resume
It is understood that you are talking about yourself. Aside from very brief lists, the resume should read as though you are talking directly to the person reading it. Modern conventions allow you to drop personal pronouns, even if it turns sentences into fragments. This may feel awkward, but because it has become standard to present a resume in this manner, excessive use of I and me can cause a document to seem overly self-emphasized.
Bullet columns should have five to eight entries
This example makes excellent use of bulleted lists. The formatting is clean and easy to read, making it almost impossible to ignore the key points. A very common pitfall in resumes is making lists too long or too short. In this case, the single job listed for experience has a large number of bullet points. While all of this information is useful, a list can feel intimidating or time consuming when it gets too long without a break. The best way to resolve this specific example would be either consolidating some of the examples or creating a second section that can display them. Moving some of the points into the highlights or creating an achievements section would allow for breaks in the list that make it more inviting. You now have a head start to building an excellent resume. You can go even farther by making use of QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.