Dear Huddie

Dear Huddie: Can You Review My Engineering Resume?

March 1, 2013

Back for installment four of Dear Huddie – a bi-weekly column to assist engineer job hunters in their pursuit of happiness. The Daytona 500 in the books, now car racing is all about calculations and engineering, so if you are drawn to the sport they do hire engineers. Keep the dream alive!

Dear Huddie –

What is your take on embellishing the old resume?

Signed – Liar, Liar pants on fire in Vermont

Easily asked and easily answered!

There are only a few places that people can get away with embellishment, for example:

  1. Running for office (no example needed, too many to name!)
  2. In the wants ads – my most favorite was a car for sale – “Runs great, needs new engine!”
  3. On dating sites – “Thick, flush hair” – which does not count if you keep said hair on the night stand!
  4. In a bar – and fellow men out there, women have access to rulers and know exactly what six inches looks like (get your mind out of the gutter, six inches is how long you let the tomato plants grow before moving them from the greenhouse to the garden!)

Moral of the story – anything you put on the resume should be 110% true.  There are entire departments that check out information on resumes, and if you are not honest on the resume you will not be hired!

Dear Huddie –

I have attached a copy of my resume, can you review for me?

Signed – Checking my work in NY

While this is not actually a question, it does bring up a solid topic. Engineers in general can find it hard to ask another person for anything, especially checking their own work. DO NOT FALL VICTIM TO THIS!!!!

In the 1920s there was a top engineer who was world renowned for building bridges. He designed and built a bridge in the northeast portion of the United States. After a short period of time the bridge collapsed, causing death and destruction. After review it was determined that a simple math mistake was not picked up on because this engineer refused to let anyone check his work. It was a simple rounding error – I bet that made the families of the deceased feel real good. The engineer went from the top of the world to nothing because he was too proud to have someone check his work – something a third grader would have picked up!

So fellow engineers/job seekers, when it comes to resumes, get all the double checks you can, let anyone that wants to review it simply review it – don’t fall victim to you, better yet get the resume checked and confirmed and then go SELL YOURSELF!

That’s it for now, next installment in two weeks – don’t forget to send your Dear Huddie questions to dearhuddie@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Huddie