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Critique My Resume Please - looking for internships

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Jul 7, 2018
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Critique My Resume Please - looking for internships

I'm a student looking for internships. I have no real work experience in mechanical engineering. It's just been studies and projects up to this point so I am stuck on how my resume should be like. Please advise me on how to improve my resume. Thanks.
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Oct 18, 2014
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These are what we look for when it comes to interns (as they are literally hundreds of applicants for every opening):
-extra-curricular
-gpa
-prior experience
-any differentiation that makes you more unique
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Jun 18, 2018
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For relevant skills, I am not a big fan of the bar fill graphic as a recruiter wouldn't be able to tell the difference between some of them in terms of experience. I would use proficiency levels instead (basic, working, etc.) Also an overall suggestion, I would focus more on quantifying what you accomplished, as it is a much more convincing. Sometimes you can't, but typically if it's project related, you can.

Also as most current students or even new grads, the lack of work experience does make it very difficult. My best suggestion is to network with your profs or company reps that offer internships as your way in. Worse comes to worse, look at jobs that can offer transferable skills to Mechanical Engineering, that you can later leverage. What that is specifically I can't tell you as I don't know the answer myself... but could be an interesting conversation to have with your profs or company reps.
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Aug 22, 2011
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Electrah wrote:
Jul 10th, 2018 3:05 pm
For relevant skills, I am not a big fan of the bar fill graphic as a recruiter wouldn't be able to tell the difference between some of them in terms of experience. I would use proficiency levels instead (basic, working, etc.) Also an overall suggestion, I would focus more on quantifying what you accomplished, as it is a much more convincing. Sometimes you can't, but typically if it's project related, you can.

Also as most current students or even new grads, the lack of work experience does make it very difficult. My best suggestion is to network with your profs or company reps that offer internships as your way in. Worse comes to worse, look at jobs that can offer transferable skills to Mechanical Engineering, that you can later leverage. What that is specifically I can't tell you as I don't know the answer myself... but could be an interesting conversation to have with your profs or company reps.
+1, not a fan of bar or any types of graphs on a resume.
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Dec 27, 2007
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So why did you out CNC, mills, and lathes???
According to your graph for those, you are a 3rd year or 4th year machinist?

If your looking for work as a machinist, change the rest of the stuff, if your looking for work as an engineer, you probably don't need that stuff (not to mention your bars should be alot alot.lower
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