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Tips on what companies look for and how to make your skills stand out.


  • Career Center Partners generously support Michigan Tech students!

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  • Resume Writing TipsMake your resume stand out!My Resume!


    Websters defines resume as :


  • WHAT IS A RESUME?Your ticket to an interviewA resource for filling out applicationsEvidence of what you have doneA conversation starterDifferent for the college grad vs. someone with years of experience

  • Submitting ResumesNACElinkAt Job FairsThe way the employer wants to receive itJob Posting BoardsCompany WebsitesElectronically (e-mail)U.S. MailWith Cover Letters

  • Employers look for SKILLS and EXPERIENCES

    Co-op / InternshipsCommunication SkillsProblem solvingComputer/Technical SkillsTeamworkLeadershipMotivation/InitiativeProjects/AccomplishmentsConfidenceWrite your resume to show EVIDENCE of these!!

  • How do I create a resume?Consider the following categoriesObjective (what you want to do)Education (schools, locations, degree, dates, GPA, relevant courses)Project Experiences (Enterprise, Senior Design, coursework, hobbies)Work Experiences (paid, unpaid, volunteer)Skills (Computer, Technical, Language)Accomplishments (dont be shy)

  • CONTACT INFORMATIONMake it easy for recruiter to find youInclude name, permanent and/or school address, telephone number, e-mail addressAvoid information that is about to expireE-mail address should be civil, business-likeURL of personal webpage may be included, if only professional information and images

  • OBJECTIVEFor job fairs:To obtain a full time position in the field of Electrical Engineering To obtain an internship or a co-op to further my experience and utilize my knowledge in the field of mechanical engineering.

    For specific position:To obtain the structural engineer position at HireMe Inc.


    Michigan Technological University (MTU) Houghton, MIB.S. Electrical Engineering May 2006Minor: BusinessGPA 3.1 ORDepartmental GPA 3.3Overall GPA 2.8

    Relevant CoursesOperations Management, Photonics, Global Finance, Power Systems, Distribution Engineering

  • PROJECT EXPERIENCESMTU Winter Carnival 2004 9/03-2/04Lambda Chi Alpha 2004 Snow Statue ChairOversaw the design and construction of a 25 ft tall snow statue of the Eiffel TowerPerformed stress tests and structural truss analysis for individual ice beamsCreated gantt charts and logistical timelines for building of the statueManaged multiple design teams of 4 to 5 people


    Independent Contractor Lotsa, WI Electrician Assistant 1994-present Installed electric service Designed circuits from blueprints Wired outlets, lights, switches, hot water heater

  • Listing Your ExperienceTopics To Include:Jobs while you are in schoolBoth volunteer and paid experiences Co-ops/internshipsSupervising or training peopleFamily-owned businesses AVOID the obvious, go for IMPACT

    Remember to list most recent experience first

  • COMPUTER SKILLSOperating systems: Windows (98, XP) UNIXProgramming: Java, C++, C, Fortran, AssemblySoftware: Mathematica, CADKEY, DATACAD, Matlab, MathCAD, Verilog, UGNX, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Labview, Star Office


    Assisted father with electrical work for past 13 yearsHockey Team Assistant Captain Senior YearMTU Leadership Scholarship Independently restoring a 1976 CJ5 Jeep


    Make sure it looks professionalUse standard sized, white/light tint paperPrint on only one sideTry to keep it to one page (undergrad)Format well and have white spaceUse bullets and powerful verbsKeep it positiveBe honest, but dont undersell yourselfUse the vocabulary (keywords) of your fieldKeep your contact information current


    ExaggerateHave misspelled words or namesInclude photograph, marital status, sex, ageHandwrite changes or additionsMake it too crowded with no white spaceSend it without a cover letterHave unexplained abbreviationsUse personal pronounsUse fonts smaller than 10 pt.Use a template-theyre tougher to alter

  • OTHER RESOURCEScareer.mtu.edu



    GOOGLE: How to write a resume and cover letter

  • Career Center 2008 Fall EventsSeptember 3Senior MeetingSeptember 9.Career Center ResourcesSeptember 10..Extreme Makeover ResumeSeptember 10, 11, 15, & 16 .MUB Resume FaceliftSeptember 17-19Resume ReNewSeptember 17..Interview IdolSeptember 23..Benefits of a Co-opSeptember 22-26Interview Skills WeekSeptember 30..Landing That Dream JobOctober 7..Career DayOctober 15Negotiating Future Offers