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Even experienced workers can benefit from a resume makeover when they’re looking for a new job or aiming for a career change. This electrical engineer resume is a good illustration of how an experienced employee can still make improvements to the format of such an important document. Let’s look at some of the details one by one.
Keep it simple and to the point
When in doubt, use bullet points and short phrases rather than long prose explanations. How can this section be improved? Controls Engineer in charge of electronics department April 1999 to Current RothGreaves & Associates – Long Lake, MN RothGreaves is a small company and as such the staff is on the small side. The electronics department has only one full time time employee, me. I do have a staff of two part time contract electrical engineers to assist me. My goal in this position has been to give the owners of this company one less thing to worry about, and I do believe I’ve achieved this goal. My responsibilities include designing and drawing schematics, selecting and ordering components, wiring and debugging automated machines. There is high-quality information here, but it is obscured by the rather rambling folksy style of the entry. It can be edited into a more professional series of bullet points, showing this engineer’s skills in managing a small staff of contract electrical engineers, designing schematics, handling components, and wiring and debugging machines.
Watch out for repeated words
Repeated words are very easy to miss during the editing process. This person informs us that his electronic department has only one full time time employee. Some electronic spell checkers will flag repeated words like this, but never trust a computer to catch typos that you should be catching yourself. Have a friend or colleague read through your resume to find mistakes of this kind.
Don’t use three separate sections when one or two will do
The first part of this resume includes three separate sections: a Summary, a set of Highlights and a list of Accomplishments. Summary Electrical Engineer with more than 22 years in manufacturing and design of high precision automated production equipment. Highlights
Accomplishments I am the lone full-time employee in the electrical department of small automation design and manufacturing company. So every every step of the electronics portion of the manufacture of these machines falls under my responsibility. I direct (2) part time contractors who help out in the electronics department. These three separate sections can be streamlined into a smaller space. Consider adding some of the Highlights to the one-sentence Summary, or incorporating the Accomplishments into the list of Highlights. The fewer sections there are, the more a prospective employer is likely to remember exactly what you’ve shown them about your unique skills. Don’t forget to correct every every as well!
Don’t confuse both/and with as well as
This includes service both over the phone as well as travel all over the world. Rewrite awkward sentences to be clearer and more readable:
(When an employee claims to have traveled all over the world, it can also be useful to see a few examples of global locations where they have worked. Are we talking about China and India, or about a neighboring city in Minnesota?) Revising your resume can help give you an edge in the modern job search. QuintCareer’s Resume Builder is here to help you apply these skills to your own unique work situation.