MEP EP#279: Avoiding The HR Pit of Doom, Resume and Interview Tricks for Engineers

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MEP EP#279: Avoiding The HR Pit of Doom, Resume and Interview Tricks for Engineers

  • Engineering Resumes
    • The main goal: To start a conversation
      • The resume is intended to give a snapshot of you not to be your autobiography
        • The person doing the interview probably has other tasks that they have to accomplish
        • Your interview is important but it is likely not their main focus, keep this in mind
      • Too much information is a bad thing - remember people hiring have to read lots of resumes
      • The 1 page rule
      • The HR pit of doom
        • There is a high likelihood that your resume will not go to an engineer when you apply via any portal/service/online app
        • Grammar/spelling/design/layout
        • You may be the best engineer out there but if you can’t get that across to a non-engineer then you are in trouble
      • Humble Bragging
        • You are not Engineering Jesus
        • Use tangible wording and describe cornerstones of your career
          • Example - I did X task and productivity increased Y%
        • Do not obfuscate your work with unclear words.
      • Be clear about your involvement in your tasks
        • Avoid the following
          • “Responsibilities included”
          • Collaborated
          • Think outside the box
          • Go-to person
          • Value add
          • Team player
        • Use Verbs to describe your work
          • Improved
          • Managed
          • Created
          • Designed
      • Do not Pad your resume
        • Shorter and clearer are much better than essays
        • Remember the HR pit and the person reading your resume
        • Control the white space on your page - This can be more powerful than writing a ton of fluff
        • Get to the point
        • Be proud and confident in what you have done and highlight it concisely
        • Use Technical Writing
      • Graduate resumes
        • Probably does not include much other than your schoolwork
        • Absolutely put anything other than school
        • Internships should be front and center
        • Anything that shows your passion for your degree
          • If you don’t have anything like this get on it
          • Describe how you used your degree to do something
        • Only put classwork that is relevant to the job you are interviewing for
        • Remember - everyone in your degree had to do the same thing, it doesn’t make you special
      • Objective statement - I can take it or leave it
        • Dont just put - looking for a job
        • See if you can make it interesting to read
        • Better to write a cover letter if you have something to say in an Objective Statement
      • How to describe things you can’t describe in detail on your resume?
    • Engineering Interviews:
      • Research Research Research
        • The more you know the more you can be prepared
          • Remember that if you get this job you could spend 1/3rd of your life there
          • You are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you
        • Dress appropriately
          • Under dressed is not helpful - Avoid if possible
        • Come prepared - No place is going to fault you for bringing things in
          • Bring multiple copies of your resumes
            • Bring your work
            • Personality Tests
              • How to prep for these kind of questions?
              • "What is your greatest weakness?"

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