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Keeping your résumé updated, accurate, and well-manicured is one of the most important steps to the job search. When applying to most jobs, your engineering assistant resume and cover letter will make the first impression, and so it’s important that your résumé is both professional and a good representation of you. Résumé trends, just like fashion trends, come and go, and, before updating your résumé, make sure you’re up to date on what employers are looking for and what skills to include to best represent yourself in today’s market.
Stand out: This seems like an obvious tip –and it is – but unfortunately, many job-seekers don’t know how to distinguish themselves from the crowd, even if they think they do. Avoid words and phrases like “innovative,” “team player,” “extensive experience,” and “problem solver.” They’re great qualities, sure, but most job-seekers will use them on their résumés, and employers have seen them before. We’d tell you what to say to make yourself stand out, but then you wouldn’t stand out, would you? Be honest, get creative with your words, and stay away from clichés.
Include concrete information: Writing teachers will often advise their students to “show, don’t tell.” The same applies for your résumé. You can tell someone a hundred times that you’re a great task manager, but that doesn’t prove that you’ve actually successful managed any tasks. Include details about the work you’ve done, and the more concrete you can be, the better. Provide numbers and figures so that your potential employers don’t just have to take your word that you’re a great employee.
Soft skills are personal qualities, attitudes, and habits that make a person a good employee, but are nearly impossible to measure. Still, they are an important part of your job search, and will prove valuable down the line. Which soft skills are employers looking for? We’ve compiled a list of the most important soft skills in today’s job market.
Acting as a team player is extremely important in today’s workplace, as most positions require some teamwork and collaboration. Even if…