Unformatted text preview: Effective Resumes & Cover Letters
Student Experience Centre http://studentexperience.uoit.ca Title slide Anne Coulby
Internship Coordinator Students will be able to identify, understand and effectively apply strategies for highlighting their unique skills, knowledge and experience relevant to positions in the Engineering field on their resume and cover letter. Learn key skills valued in the Engineering field that can be highlighted on your resume and cover letter Determine how your unique skills, knowledge and experience best fit the needs of a particular position Identify important components of an effective Engineering industry focused resume Apply the formula demonstrated in the presentation to create one effective competency-based accomplishment statement Distinguish the key components of an effective cover letter What Skills does an Employer want an Engineer To Have? An Engineer Is... A problem solver A negotiator able to reach a solution Has critical thinking and project management skills Has the ability to translate technical language into layman terms Has Engineering design and software computer skills General Motors Job Pos/ng Enrolled in the study of Engineering Proven leadership, interpersonal, wri<en and verbal communica/on skills Excel in computer skills with working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and Access Strong analy/cal and problem solving skills Fluent in English Qualification and Skills Matching
JOB ME Qualification and Skills Matching
JOB Enrolled in Engineering Program ME UOIT Automo8ve Engineering, comple8ng third year, with a cumula8ve GPA of 3.0 Proficient in UGS, NX6.0 Solid Works, Auto CAD, and MicrosoP Office Worked with 12 Engineers to develop drawings, quotes and innova8ve ideas to solve customer problems Excel in computer skills with working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Access Strong analy8cal and problem solving skills THE PURPOSE OF A RESUME IS ... to communicate how you fit the needs of a particular position SAMPLE RESUME TEST.docx To obtain a fun and challenging position in a growth-oriented company that will allow me to develop my skills in Engineering To obtain the position of JOB at COMPANY X To obtain a co-op placement/ internship at COMPANY X Made drawings Listened to customer complaints Member of problem solving team SKILL + TASK + RESULT YOUR TURN! Made drawings Listened to customer complaints Member of problem solving team Created and updated all Auto CAD (2006-2007) drawings for the company s innovative concepts and designs. Worked with 12 engineers from within and outside the company to develop drawings, quotes and innovative ideas to solve complicated problems needed to satisfy the customer Involved with 20 member team responsible for designing, engineering, manufacturing and optimizing a small formula one styled racing car that competes against multiple universities Member of UOIT Engineering Society and with my university career studies has helped improve time management skills TIME FOR A BREAK! THE PURPOSE OF A COVER LETTER IS ... to target your resume to a specific position within a company Revisit General Motors Job Pos/ng Enrolled in the Study of Engineering Proven leadership, interpersonal, wri<en and verbal communica/on skills Excel in computer skills with working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and Access Strong analy/cal and problem solving skills Fluent in English SAMPLE COVER LETTER.docx Cover Le<er First Paragraph How did you hear about the posi/on? Please accept my resume and applica/on for the Manufacturing Rota/on Program intern posi/on with General Motors of Canada Limited currently adver/sed on the UOIT Student Experience Careers portal. I feel that my strong experience and knowledge of mechanical systems and automo/ve design combined with my problem solving, and communica/on skills make me an excellent candidate for this posi/on. Second Paragraph Discuss your interest in the posi/on and why you are a great candidate. As my resume indicates, I have recently completed my third year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Automo/ve Engineering program at the University of Ontario Ins/tute of Technology (UOIT). Throughout the program I have excelled in engineering design and automo/ve engineering classes and have demonstrated an ap/tude for quickly learning different soUware, theore/cal and mechanical applica/ons. I have also shown a great interest in acquiring more knowledge and gaining prac/cal design and engineering experience by joining several engineering groups on campus. Third Paragraph Show how your experience relates to the job requirements Since a<ending UOIT, I have joined several co-curricular groups and ac/vi/es which have helped me develop crucial communica/on, organiza/onal, and team skills. I am currently a member of the UOIT Motorsports Formula SAE team (Society of Automo/ve Engineers). I am currently the department head for business and marke/ng, as well two other students and I are project leaders for the team this year. Formula SAE has enhanced my learning objec/ves and greatly expanded hands on knowledge by providing prac/cal and challenging experiences in the areas of engineering, business and marke/ng. I am also a member of the Engineering Society. Incorpora/ng these ac/vi/es with my university career has helped improve my /me management, leadership, and managerial skills, all of which are assets in a business environment. All of these skills combined with my acquired university knowledge allow me to work effec/vely as an individual and in a group environment. Last Paragraph Ask for an interview General Motors of Canada Limited is a much respected company in the automo/ve sector and it would be an excellent opportunity to work for the company. I hope to have the opportunity to discuss this internship posi/on with you in person. Thank you for your /me and considera/on. QUESTIONS? YOUR TURN! Student Experience Centre U5 20 U5 Building 8:30am 4:30pm https:// studentexperience.uoit.ca
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