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Resume Content & Tips

(From Georgia Tech Career Services


http://www.career.gatech.edu)

Contact Information:

Full name
Campus and permanent addresses
Telephone numbers
Email address

Note: If you will be seeking positions outside the U.S., be sure to know the typical format
for the countries you target.

Objective:
Short specific statement that includes position, industry, and/or relevant skills
If interested in more than one kind of work, have multiple resumes with tailored
objectives
Example: Electrical engineer position in digital signal processing,
telecommunications or related area

Summary of Qualifications:
Optional but highly recommended for experienced professionals
Example: Experienced consultant with five years experience in information
technology. Strong project management skills with extensive knowledge in
statistical processes.

Education:
Name of institution, city and state
Degree, major and year awarded
List most recent degree first. Do not list high school unless a freshman.
Major academic scholarships and awards
GPA (optional, recommended if over 3.0)
Doctoral candidates, dissertation title/topic and name of advisor
Relevant courses that support your employment interests and focus (omit course
numbers and courses commonly taken by all in your major)
If you have relevant work experience, consider omitting relevant courses
Example:
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA DO NOT list courses
B.S. in Chemistry, expected May 2005
DO list Skills obtained by
Overall GPA: 3.2/4.0
taking courses.
Skills:
Marketable skills that are valued in your area of interest
Computer skills
Foreign languages (including degree of fluency)
Use key words and appropriate industry terms

Experience:
Focus on experiences that support your objective
Relevant, current or last positions with most recent experience typically listed first
Senior design projects or other classroom related experiences relevant to objective
Emphasize accomplishments and contributions
Use proper tense when describing a position
Avoid over use of the same verbs, omit pronouns, spell out unusual acronyms and
abbreviations
Omit high school jobs after the freshman year

Activities:
Memberships in professional organizations with offices held
Campus and community activities with offices held

Personal: (optional) Activities and Personal sections do NOT include hobbies


Certifications, security clearances, patents, special awards, citizenship, etc.

General Tips
Use 10 to 12 point font
Bold for emphasis, but use sparingly
One page is the norm, unless a Ph.D. or have extensive relevant experience
Graduate students should include publications and presentations
If work experience is limited, emphasize educational experience and skills
Have resume reviewed before circulating
Sample 1, page 3

Chemical Engineering resume posted by


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Chad Everett
1000 Anderson Boulevard
Objective lists key skill terms and
Atlanta, GA 30303-0001
industry 404-888-2500
ceverett@mail.gatech.edu
OBJECTIVE
A process engineer or related position in the chemical engineering field
EDUCATION Education begins with college degrees
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, May 2004
Certificate in Pulp and Paper Engineering
Overall GPA: 3.4/4.0
Financed 80% of education expenses

EXPERIENCE
Austell Box Board Corporation, Austell, GA 5/01 to 12/03
Subsidiary of Caraustar Industries, Inc.
Engineering Engineering Co-op, 4 semesters
experience is kept Performed quality control testing, designed automated control system,
separate from constructed process and instrumentation diagrams, designed layout for
equipment, installed new equipment, created preventive maintenance schedules
non-engineering for equipment. Assisted in the managing of capital projects; administered
work. activities of outside contractors, analyzed mill quality control data. Surveyed
and selected locations for safety facilities and equipment, developed hazardous
material inventory lists, created and implemented evacuation plans.

ADDITIONAL EMPLOYMENT
Library Student Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Chemistry Lab Student Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

SKILLS
HYSYSS simulation; cost estimating; material and energy balance simulation
and calculation experience
Skills include computer skills
ACTIVITIES AND AWARDS and non-computer
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) professional capacities
Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI)
Mobilizing Opportunities for Volunteer Experience (MOVE)
Kutz Foundation Scholarship
Outstanding Sophomore in Chemical Engineering Scholarship
Pulp and Paper Foundation Scholarship

References available on request


The references
statement is optional
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JEFFREY DONNELL

OBJECTIVE
A challenging career position in the which will utilize my education, will
Key words and field provide advancement opportunities, and assist in my professional
declarations are experience, training and development.
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EXPERIENCE
May-August 2002 Niagara National Corp Atlanta, GA
Mechanical Engineering Intern
Used AutoCAD to model parts and equipment, using 2D plan views and

3D models of parts and assemblies.


Contributed to the design of several mechanical items, including new

equipment and individual parts.


Collaborated with fabricators in order to translate what they built into
Professional instructions so that any of the other fabricators would be able to build
engineering the same piece of machinery with no previous knowledge o fhow it was
experience built.
is treated the Updated the companys Standards drive of parts by creating drawings of

new parts as well as adding 3D models to existing part multiviews.


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parking 2000-2001 Lanier Parking Systems Atlanta, GA
experience. Parking Valet
Working at an apartment / condominium complex, gained experience

and familiarization with automobiles.

May 1999- August 1999 Honeywell Rocky Mount, NC


Assembly and Testing intern
Improved texting time by approximately 5% by modifying
manufacturing process.
Created matrix to evaluate buyer and supplier effectiveness

Reorganized distribution of suppliers.

EDUCATION
December, 2002 Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Major GPA: 2.56; Overall GPA: 2.26


May, 1997 Jesuit High School New Orleans, LA
National Honor Society, Track, Football Team Captain
At this stage of your
career, education
is more important than
experience. Move
Education above
Experience.
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RELATED COURSEWORK
Calculus 1, 2, and 3 and Differential Equations
Physics 1 and 2
Avoid listing courses: ME 1770: Engineering Graphics and Design
Course numbers are not ME 2211: Introduction to Mechanics
descriptive, and course ME 2016: Numerical Methods and Computing Techniques
titles are too broad ME 2202: Dynamics of Rigid Bodies
ME 3015: System Dynamics and Controls
ME 3180: Machine Design
ME 3056: Experimental Methods
ME 3201: Mechanics of Materials
ME 3322: Thermodynamics
ME 3340: Fluid Mechanics
ME 3345: Heat Transfer
ME 4053: ME Systems Lab
ME 4182: Capstone Design
ME 4210: Manufacturing Processes and Engineering
ME 4315: Energy Systems and Design
ME 4803: Internal Combustion Engines

COMPUTER SKILLS
Microsoft Office, CAD (including AutoCAD, Solid Edge, ProE,
SolidWorks), Matlab,

HONORS, AWARDS, ACTIVITIES


Chi Beta Phi, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Student Government
These are fun, Association, Customizing Automobiles and Motorcycles.
but not to the point.

The address belongs at the top with your name

FAX (404) 894-8336 E-MAIL JEFFREY.DONNELL@ME.GATECH.EDU


3006 HOWELL MILL ROAD ATLANTA, GA 30332-0405 PHONE (404) 894-8568
Institutional names are
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Education and
Skills have been Jeffrey Donnell
repositioned 3006 Howell Mill Road Atlanta, GA 30332-0405 Phone (404) 894-8568
fax (404) 894-8336 e-mail jeffrey.donnell@me.gatech.edu

Objective
Hard working college student seeks employment as a mechanical engineer beginning June
2002. There are no job or skill claims here!
Education
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. December, 2002 High
Major GPA: 2.56; Overall GPA: 2.26 School
May, 1997 Jesuit High School New Orleans, LA is not
National Honor Society, Track, Football Team Captain helpful!
Skills The wrong skills are claimed!
I accurately type 80 WPM and am proficient in many Windows programs as well as
Microsoft Word and Excel. I am also familiar with Matlab, AutoCAD, SolidEdge, EES,
HTML and other engineering-related computer applications.
Experience
Niagara National Corp Atlanta, GA 5/15/02- 8/15/02
Mechanical Engineering Intern
Used AutoCAD to model parts and equipment, using 2D plan views and 3D models of

parts and assemblies.


Contributed to the design of several mechanical items, including new equipment and

individual parts.
Collaborated with fabricators in order to translate what they built into instructions so that

any of the other fabricators would be able to build the same piece of machinery with no
previous knowledge o fhow it was built.
Updated the companys Standards drive of parts by creating drawings of new parts as

well as adding 3D models to existing part multiviews.

Lanier Parking Systems Atlanta, GA 2000-2001


Parking Valet
Working at an apartment / condominium complex, gained experience and familiarization

with automobiles.

Honeywell Rocky Mount, NC 5/15/99-8/15/99


Assembly and Testing intern
Improved texting time by approximately 5% by modifying manufacturing process.

Created matrix to evaluate buyer and supplier effectiveness

Reorganized distribution of suppliers.

Table grids have been Typefaces have been changed to Times New Roman.
imposed to help in Boldface is used for GT and for companies.
visualizing the column Italic is used lightly for position titles.
boundaries
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It remains now to insert key terms


describing engineering skills and to
regroup the experience items

Related Coursework
Calculus 1, 2, and 3 and Differential Equations
Physics 1 and 2
ME 1770: Engineering Graphics and Design
ME 2211: Introduction to Mechanics
ME 2016: Numerical Methods and Computing Techniques
ME 2202: Dynamics of Rigid Bodies
ME 3015: System Dynamics and Controls
ME 3180: Machine Design
ME 3056: Experimental Methods
ME 3201: Mechanics of Materials
ME 3322: Thermodynamics
ME 3340: Fluid Mechanics
ME 3345: Heat Transfer
ME 4053: ME Systems Lab
ME 4182: Capstone Design
ME 4210: Manufacturing Processes and Engineering
ME 4315: Energy Systems and Design
ME 4803: Internal Combustion Engines
Honors, Awards, Activities
Chi Beta Phi, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Student Government Association,
Customizing Automobiles and Motorcycles.
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Jeffrey Donnell
3006 Howell Mill Road Atlanta, GA 30332-0405 Phone (404) 894-8568
fax (404) 894-8336 e-mail jeffrey.donnell@me.gatech.edu Discipline and Key
Word descriptors
Objective
Mechanical Engineer seeking position in Thermal and Fluid Systems design.

Education
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. December, 2002
You're not required to display the GPA if it's below 3.0 You have important skills
Skills that are not computer skills.
CAD: AutoCAD, Solid Edge, ProEngineer, SolidWorks
List these!
Programming: Matlab
Engineering: Project planning, Quality Control, Design prototyping, Assembly Line
Supervision, Thermal and Fluid Systems.
Experience
URS Corporation New Orleans, LA 5/15/02- 8/15/02
Mechanical Engineering Intern
Using AutoCAD, modeled parts and equipment to produce 2D plan views and 3D

models.
Participated in the design of crane components at an export grain elevator.

Performed reinforced duct and wall stress calculations for limestone-slurry NOx and SO2

Absorber.
Performed field inspections of structural beams and hoisting equipment.

Honeywell Rocky Mount, NC 5/15/99-8/15/99


Assembly and Testing intern
Improved testing time by approximately 5% by modifying manufacturing process.

Created matrix to evaluate buyer and supplier effectiveness

Reorganized distribution of suppliers. Non-engineering experience ought tobe


Other Experience separated from professional engineering
experience using a heading
Lanier Parking Systems Atlanta, GA 2000-2001
Parking Valet
Working at an apartment / condominium complex, gained experience and familiarization

with automobiles.
Honors, Awards, Activities
Chi Beta Phi, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Student Government Association,
Customizing Automobiles and Motorcycles.

References available on request