If you would like to write a field-specific resume as a civil engineer, there are several factors to consider. One of these factors is identifying what sets you apart from other professions. Additionally, you will have other career objectives, skills and workplace experience that need to be highlighted in a manner that sets you apart from the competition. This article will address these various factors that you need to consider when crafting a resume as a civil engineer.
1. Identifying Your Individuality
The field-specific resume crafting process begins by firstly identifying your individuality as it pertains to your field. For example, a social media manager would add more details regarding online profiles than you would add. A registered nurse needs to focus on specific experience and skills in the medical profession. Do you see the pattern here? In the employment world these days field-specific resumes are more accepted—and expected—then in previous years when job hunters utilized a generic resume template. The basic template is the same such as including your work objective, experience, skillset and education. However, depending on your field of expertise, the order of each section may be rearranged to fit the mould that is best suited to your profession. For a civil engineering resume, the order would be: objective, education, experience, licenses and skillset. The sections will be discussed further below.
2. Creating an Enticing Objective
The objective or summary should be listed underneath your contact information. It should be the most enticing part of the resume because it will be the first chunk of information that the hiring manager will read. Make your words count. Basically, you want to summarize your specific qualifications—and what sets you apart—in the summary, in 1 – 5 sentences. Be concise, but provide important details that highlight your experience and skills. You want the hiring manager to be able to quickly refer back to your summary to ascertain the most important details about you as a professional. It is important to describe yourself as a viable candidate for the job by reiterating how well your skillset and experience matches up with the job requirements. If your career goal does not match up with the requirements for the job, you may very well be overlooked as a possible candidate to be brought in for an interview.
3. Showcasing Education & Credentials
The next section should describe your education and credentials. This is different to some other professions, where the educational information is listed at the end of the resume. For a civil engineer, the completed education level is important information for the hiring manager to review so give it a prominent place on the resume after the objective. You should list your degrees, certifications, as well as the college or university name and the year you completed your degree. Be sure to list your specific major and any concentrations you completed. If you received honors awards, you can list those in this section. Only list you GPA if you are a recent graduate. For this type of resume, you can also list your relevant coursework in a bulleted format, such as including, civil engineering design, geotechnical engineering and construction methods, to name a few.
4. Highlighting Your Work Experience
Next, you should include information that highlights your specific workplace experience. You can include your skillset in this section as demonstrated through the various job responsibilities that you completed. List each employment position separately, including the company name, city and state, as well as your specific job title. Keep the actual job description concise and to the point. You can include a short listing of your job responsibilities in a bulleted format under each employment position. Utilizing action verbs is another way that you can set yourself apart from the competition. For example, you can cite that you approved construction designs for various projects, or you prepared calculations for review by your project manager for a new building plan.
5. Listing Registrations & Licenses
With regard to your engineering registrations and licenses, you should include the state or the jurisdiction where you maintain them. However, you don’t necessarily need to include your actual license numbers. That depends on your sensibilities. Some applicants include them and some don’t. If the hiring manager decides to offer you a job, you will be asked to provide all copies of your licenses etc. during the hiring process.
6. Highlighting Specific Skillsets
You can list a section where you highlight some of your specific job-related skillsets such as computer or software skills. As an engineering professional, you are expected to have knowledge of computer programs other than Windows, such as UNIX or DOS. Be sure to list all such related skills that you have in this section. You want to clearly highlight your special skills in order to set yourself apart from the competition.
7. Miscellaneous Information
If you are a recent graduate and do not have that much workplace experience, you may want to consider “padding” your resume with additional information. Some types to include are professional engineering memberships that you have or organizations that you belong to. Make sure that you only list information that is related to your current specific profession.
Crafting a resume as a civil engineering professional is a simple process. Just follow the pointers as directed in this article and you will be able to create a resume that will definitely catch the attention of the hiring manager. If you have any other tips for writing a civil engineering resume please share them in the comment section below.