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6 Entry-Level Mechanical Engineer Resume Writing Tips
1. Craft your resume specifically for the job
”Mechanical engineer” is a vague job title. The specific job description will likely vary depending on the company. Instead of sending out the same resume to each place, look closely at the job description. Some companies may emphasize different skill sets, or they might use different types of software. So you should emphasize them in your resume when you apply for their jobs, if you can.
You can use the same basic foundation for each job, but adjust your keywords and examples for the specific description. Think of tasks and accomplishments that show how you can do the job.
2. Consider a functional format
As an entry-level candidate, you might not have a lot of previous work experience, unless you took an internship in college. In this case, you could consider a functional resume. The resume format focuses more on specific skills than on job titles.
Instead of adding a job title to each section of your resume, use the sections to highlight key skills. You can include a section for CAD and discuss projects you successfully completed to show your experience with each skill. This resume format isn’t typical, but it is helpful when applying for an entry-level job.
3. Highlight your certifications
As new design programs and regulations are integrated into manufacturing, you will need to learn new skills and sharpen others. Throughout your career as a mechanical engineer, you will likely have some form of education, either in further studies or certification classes.
Listing certifications on your resume shows that you are dedicated to learning more than just what your degree program covers. Certifications can also help set you apart from your fellow applicants.
4. Play up your leadership skills
Your degree program likely taught you all the technological and analytical skills you need to be a successful mechanical engineer. But in an office setting, you also need to be able to work as part of a team. As you advance in your career, you may even be expected to manage people.
If you’ve had any jobs in which you managed people, include them on your resume and list examples of how your management style helped you excel in your position. You can also include details about any successful projects from school.
5. Keep your formatting simple
Since you will be designing as part of your job, you might be tempted to create an ornate resume, but resist the urge. Your resume should be well organized with a simple font that is easy to read. Photos and creative fonts can cause an ATS to read your resume incorrectly, which will likely get you weeded out before an interview.
Your well-organized resume should be one page long and easy to follow. Don’t use margins that are too narrow, and make sure you save your resume as a Word file or a PDF. Another universal format is fine, too, but remember, if the hiring manager doesn’t have the right program they need to open your resume, they won’t ask you for another one.
6. Pay attention to the job description
Entry-level mechanical engineers work in many fields, and what you studied in school might not match the description on your school’s job board. Before applying, carefully read the job description to make sure that it fits with your experience.
Many companies use the term “engineer” for a variety of functions from designing parts and products to physically manufacturing and maintaining them. The job description and desired skills will help you determine if the job is right for you.
Entering the workforce can be stressful, but preparing your resume with your desired job in mind can make it easier to land your dream position.