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1. Highlight your most significant projects. Almost everyone who works in the field of architecture and engineering works on projects, from the very small to the remarkably expensive and sophisticated. Be certain to highlight specific projects you’ve worked on throughout your career – the “name” of the project (or type), the dollar amount if you know it, what you contributed and what the final result or achievement was. Be specific and stress the quantifiable contributions such as increases in productivity, efficiency, quality and product performance.
2. Showcase your “people” skills. All too many architects and engineers find themselves hidden away in design labs, cubicles and other quiet spaces that don’t afford a great deal of people-to-people interaction. However, if you’re in a position where you deal with customers, suppliers or others throughout your company, be certain to highlight the strength of your interpersonal and communication skills. These truly are a big plus for everyone in these professions.
3. Prominently position any patents or product inventions. Particularly in the engineering professions, the opportunity can exist to create new products, design new processes, get patents and lead other high-profile activities. Suppose you designed a product that was commercialized and subsequently generated $12 million in first-year revenues. Pretty good stuff for your resume!
4. Focus on your supervisory, management and leadership skills. Advancing in the fields of architecture and engineering requires not only great design, analysis and project management skills. It also requires that you have strong personnel management and team building/team leadership skills. If you have that experience, include it as a key selling point.
5. Integrate the “right” keywords so your resume will get selected during a keyword search. Here are just a few general keywords and keyword phrases for architecture and engineering that you may want to include (if appropriate to your experience and education):
EIT, PE, FE, IE, EI (also E.E.T., P.E., F.E., I.E., E.I.) and other engineering designations
NSPE, NSBE, ASME, AEA, AFE, SEA, NCSEA, IEEE and other association designations
Computer-Aided Design (CAD, AutoCAD, SPC)
Hydraulic, Pneumatic, Acoustic, Fluid, Hydrologic, Thermodynamics, Stress
Architectural Designs, Drafting
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