Example -- Entry Level Engineer
This section contains an example of a resume for a recently graduated civil engineer. A recent graduate is not expected to have many years of experience, so it is often expected that education will be listed first. Assuming your GPA is above 3.0, it should be listed on the resume. If it is lower than 3.0, you may try listing your major GPA if it is higher, or just leaving the number off altogether. If you do list your major GPA, make sure to specify as such, since you don't want to mislead employers.
Recent graduates should strive to keep the length of their resumes to about one page in length. If the resume is too long, you can try bringing out the margins or using a slightly smaller font. However, margins should not be less than .5" and font no smaller than 11. On the subject of fonts, a standard font like Times New Roman or Arial is best. Avoid non-standard fonts, as employers' computers may not support the fonts.
Clubs and sport teams are great additions to an entry-level resume, even if they aren't engineering-specific. Make sure to list any leadership experience you have, as employers often seek out leaders. For example, if you were the president of a club or a team captain, make a bullet point under the activity.
Finally, list all relevant experience. If you haven't had any prior internships, it's fine to list summer jobs. Don't spend too much time on these, however, because engineering firms aren't likely to care about your pizza delivering expertise.
430 Main Street New York, NY
SUMMARY: Highly-motivated recent graduate with skills in CAD and computer programming seeking full-time engineering position
New Jersey University
Dates attended: August 2007 – May 2011
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering
Advanced Engineering Coursework
Mechanical Behavior of Composites..................Modeling, Simulation, and Control
Heat Transfer.................................................... Structural Dynamics and Vibration
Machine Elements..............................................Thermal Systems Design
Computational Structural Mechanics...................Fluid Mechanics
Mechanical Engineer Intern – Generic Engineering Co. May – August 2010
- Interpreted and created engineering drawings using AutoCAD
- Applied engineering techniques to wastewater system design
Senior Design ProjectFall 2010
- Designed a suspension bridge and conducted FEA using ANSYS
- Awarded first prize in end-of-course competition
CAD: Skilled with Solidworks and SolidEdge. Experience with AutoCAD and ANSYS
Software known: Skilled Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, and Powerpoint, as well as Matlab.
Language: Proficient in English and German (written and oral)
Engineers Without Borders -- Campus branch treasurer
NCAA Track and Field -- Four year varsity athlete
HONORS AND AWARDS
Dean's List honoree
(Here is where you can indicate summa or magna graduation, special awards or scholarship, and outstanding achievements)