University of Kentucky
Extended Engineering Campus – Paducah
Before you get started…
Know that everyone has their own opinion
Know that an average of 10 seconds will be spent
reviewing your resume.
Only relevant information needs to be included.
Skills an employer is trying to get out of your
Initiative and Drive
Avoid non-standard fonts
Times New Roman or Arial are preferred
Make sure columns and indentations line-up
Margins should be ~1”, but can extend if
necessary to include more content.
Font should be no smaller than 10 points.
Do not exceed 1 page!
If sent hard copy, use a “standard” high
quality paper. Print out envelops.
What to include…
Permanent address if different from current.
Make sure e-mail address is professional.
Enlarge name by 2-4 points from regular font.
Brief statement summarizing job intensions.
If you are looking to intern, make sure that is
included in the objective.
Avoid cliché phrases. Make sure you are
saying something unique.
“chance to apply my skills.”
“a challenging opportunity.”
One to three lines
Seeking a chemical engineering position in a
manufacturing setting with emphasis on
problem-solving and technical analysis.
Searching for a team-oriented environment
that encourages a high level of responsibility
To gain a summer internship in mechanical
engineering while working with a variety of
people in a hands-on environment.
States what your unique attributes are.
Less used than objective statement, but may
tell the company more.
Helps sell “you” to the company.
One to three lines.
Should include either objective or summary
Result-oriented team player with diverse
background. Highly skilled in project
management and analytical problem solving.
Recognized for exceptional communication,
strong interpersonal skills, and a desire to
excel at new challenges.
Strategic thinker that is innovative in
complicated situations. Proactive and goal-
oriented with a high level of motivation when
What to include…
Name of institution
Degree (Bachelor of Science in XX Engineering)
Graduation date or expected grad date
If you passed the FE Exam
List in reverse chronological order.
Round GPA up to 3.0, if possible (2.96).
Most important section of the resume.
What to include…
Name of company
Job accomplishments (not description!)
List in reverse chronological order
Provide as much detail as possible on job
Use bullet format.
Use action words.
Employers are asking themselves, what can
you do for them?
Quantify as much as possible
Saved company $20,000…
Increased efficiency by 15%...
Use non-engineering jobs to show your
Questions to Ask Yourself
How did my skills positively affect the
Did I identify a problem and solve it?
How did I display leadership?
What additional responsibility was I given?
Include all positions held.
If you haven’t held a position, how else have
you been involved in the organization?
List any volunteer activities
If you are a member of a professional org, get
involved in some way
Help with E-Day
Organize plant tours, etc.
Do not necessarily need to include these. At
least be selective to prestigious honors.
Assumed you were on the Dean’s List if GPA
Items to NOT include
“References available upon request.”
Courses you have taken
Unless they are unusual.
Unless they are unique and you enjoy using them.
High school information
Unless you are finishing Freshman or Sophomore
Some companies have large databases of
resumes that are scanned in from hard copy.
Scanners have difficulty reading underlined,
bolded, italicized words.
Buzz-words can help bring your resume out
from a database search.
May want to use a scannable resume to copy
and paste on-line.
TAILOR YOUR RESUME to each job that you are
A standard formatted resume is a good resume.
Is your resume content unique?
Developing a good resume is a long and tedious
process, which involves many revisions.
Have as many people review as possible.
Save as a Word document, with your name as a file
Should be mailed with each resume, whether
snail mail or e-mail.
Employers use cover letters to know your
Tailoring each cover letter is very important.
Are not meant to rehash your resume, but to
include additional information about you.
Most common format – left justified.
Address letter to an individual. If you don’t
know a name, call receptionist and ask.
Sending to hiring manager is better than HR.
(engineering manager, etc.)
Still use a cover letter for an e-mail
application. Consider condensing slightly.
Send out resume and cover letter in a full-
Perform a small amount of company research
before customizing a cover letter.
Include what impresses you about the
company, what areas of the company interest
Pella in Murray – could mention since it is a new
location, you are excited about working in an
energetic environment to establish operations.
Cover Letter Sections
555 Job Lane
Paducah, Kentucky 42002
March 25, 2004
Dr. William Murphy, PhD.
Director of Engineering Extended Campus Programs – Paducah
University of Kentucky
4810 Alben Barkley Drive
Paducah, KY 42002
Dear Dr. Murphy:
Cover Letter First Paragraph
Why you are contacting the person, how you
know about the job.
Who you are.
Show researched knowledge about the
If you are responding to add/on-line posting,
mention the posting.
Do not use, “My name is…”
First Paragraph Example
“I am writing to express interest in pursuing a position
with University of Kentucky’s engineering program in
Paducah. Through talking with Bonita Lykins, I
learned of an opening in student services. Being
new to Paducah, I have been extremely impressed
with the opportunity that your program has brought
to the area. From looking at your website, the
industry-experienced faculty with prestigious
educational backgrounds are an asset to the
Cover Letter Second
Tell more about yourself without duplicating
State why you are an ideal match for the job.
Clarify anything unclear on your resume,
explain low GPA or inconsistencies.
Second Paragraph Example
“I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from
Purdue University, and have over five years of experience in the
petrochemical industry. Although my prior work experience has
been in engineering, within my job I have worked several
recruiting positions. These functions involved traveling to my
alma mater for the career fair, interviewing potential co-op
students, and interviewing graduating bachelors and masters
students. I also served as a host for many candidates during on-
site interviews. Additionally, I feel that my experience with
engineering will be an asset in communicating with the local
industries. My energetic approach would help ensure that the
Paducah students are consistently considered for open positions.
Throughout my work, I have been recognized for….”
Cover Letter: Third Paragraph
Wrap Up – Most brief paragraph
Tell the company how to contact you
State your next step
Recommended to tell company you will contact
them in ~1 week.
Thank them for their time in considering your
Third Paragraph Example
“I would appreciate a few minutes of your time, and I
will call you the week of April 5th to discuss further.
Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward
to talking with you.”
Sign and type your name.