Applying for new work within your industry can sometimes be tough. While you do gather experience, contacts and valuable portfolio items, future employers will always make sure to ask the hard questions. Things such as the reason for your current unemployment, your family status as well as your willingness to learn and take initiative are bound to come up.
However, you can prepare for your job interview thoroughly by formatting the engineering resume accordingly. With that in mind, let’s take a look at several elements which you should leave out of your job application resume no matter how good-willed they might seem right now.
Chances are that your job application will require you to write a few sentences about who you are and what your ambitions are. Be careful about your wording and try to stay as objective and professional in what you say.
James Daily, content manager and founder of Brainished blog shares his thoughts about the matter: “It’s hard to gauge a person based on poetic, cliché words in their resumes. Things such as “fulfilling dreams” or “working passionately” all sound bland and imprecise on paper.” Try to be accurate with your description behind your job application. Don’t be afraid to talk from the heart but do avoid sounding just like another generic candidate
2. An Online-Generated Template
Believe it or not, job interviewers have seen it all when it comes to resume templates. While there are some genuinely professional options out there, these templates are still custom-made and won’t fit everyone. Michael Rose, HR specialist at Get Good Grade explains: “I like seeing hand-made resumes; no matter how “plain” they might seem to the author. This shows a genuine care about the employment position we have open and it makes me consider the person at greater length.”
To that end, you can approach making your own resume in a format that suits your skill set. Anything from text editors to graphic design software will do the trick as long as you make it your own. That way, you can showcase some of your software expertise as well, given the nature of engineering employment positions today
3. Non-Current Information
Your contact information is some of the most essential data in the entire resume. That is why it has to be current and allow your would-be employer to reach you instantly. Cynthia Blake, an HR assistant at Best Writers Canada was quoted recently: “I’ve had the displeasure of being unable to contact quality candidates after their applications were submitted. If I could offer one piece of advice, it would be to always double-check your phone, email and home address before applying.”
The worst thing you can do is leave the contact information of your past employer in the resume. In doing so, you will indivertibly direct your future employer to the position you left weeks or months ago. Make sure to only add relevant, up-to-date and current contact informations
4. Minute, Obscure, Outdated Projects
It’s true that your resume should feature as many professional experiences and portfolio pieces as possible. However, not every minuscule project you worked on counts as positive points towards your employment. Hugo Barnes, content editor at Canada-Writers states: “I write a lot on a daily basis and naturally, I have a lot of material to put on my current resume. However, I make it a habit to pick and choose the most representative, lucrative projects instead of listing anything and everything.”
Make a selection of your proudest achievements, professional development and realized projects in the past five-to-ten years. Create a chronological list, starting from the most recent experiences and work your way back from there. This will give your potential employer a good sense of your development as well as if your skillset would fit into their opening.
The truth is that no two employers will like the same resume. You will have to tailor each resume and/or motivational letter to individual companies and interviewers.
Make sure to always look up your potential employer and see if you can pinpoint what it is they need the most. That way, you will know what to focus on in your application and avoid unnecessary details which might do more harm to your chances of employment than good.
Author’s bio: Natalie Andersen, a chief content writer, and enthusiastic blogger. She believes that everyone’s life has to be the result of the choices they make but a helping hand is always welcomed. You can connect with Natalie on Twitter or Facebook.