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ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

  • 1.  ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

    Posted 25 days ago

    Want to turn those job applications into job interviews?

    It's all about crafting the perfect resume.

    The way you present your work history isn't just important; it can be the crucial reason you get that call back for an interview.

    And the ASCE Resume Workshop can help.

    Please post your resume in this thread until Friday, March 26. All submitted resumes will be reviewed by coaches and receive a response by March 29 on the thread.

    We are accepting resumes only - please do not post a CV. You can find information about the difference here. We also ask that you only submit in a PDF format. Please remember you potential employers may be reviewing resumes in this thread as well. Please submit your best version. This is also a networking opportunity.

    Read resume tips from the ASCE Resume Coaches here.

    You can find other resume related resources here.

    Once you've perfected your resume, I encourage you to post it in ASCE's job board.

    ****You must be an ASCE member to participate in the workshop. 



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    Tirza Austin
    Manager, Online Community
    American Society of Civil Engineers
    1801 Alexander Bell Drive
    Reston, VA 20191
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  • 2.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

    Posted 24 days ago
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    Hi, I would highly appreciate getting some feedback on my Resume! Thanks


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    Guglielmo Fonda S.M.ASCE
    Trieste
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    Guglielmo_Fonda_Resume.pdf   114 KB 1 version


  • 3.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

    Posted 22 days ago
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    Hello Guglielmo,

    Your resume has a lot of potential and you seem to be on the path to a really bright future. Keep up the great work academically.
    I've attached your marked-up resume.
    I'd say the number one thing is to try to view your resume as if you were hiring. Hopefully, this helps!

    Feel free to respond with any questions or comments,
    Daniel Bressler



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    Daniel Bressler EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Structural Engineer
    Brooklyn NY
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  • 4.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

    Posted 24 days ago
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    Thank you Tirza for offering such a cool idea! Looking forward to hearing back some tips~

    Best,
    Charles

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    Charles Ou-Yang S.M.ASCE
    Yorba Linda CA
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    2021 0313 Charles Ouyang.pdf   2.62 MB 1 version


  • 5.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

    Posted 22 days ago
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    Charles,

    I think your resume definitely has an aesthetic appeal. I really like the cleanliness of the desgin. Although really pleasant to look atm the material needs some organzation. Some of your categories were hard to follow.
    Additionally, a 'normal' resume has one page but it looks like you have been in the industry for a while so 2 pages can be accpetabel. I don't think you should include the last 5 pages of slides though.
    Please feel free to reach out if you have any further questions or comments.

    Daniel Bressler

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    Daniel Bressler EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Structural Engineer
    Brooklyn NY
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  • 6.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

    Posted 21 days ago
    Amazing feedback Daniel, thank you so much! I'm looking to incorporate and improve my presentation!!
    Charles

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    Charles Ou-Yang S.M.ASCE
    Yorba Linda CA
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  • 7.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

    Posted 24 days ago
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    Thanks Tirza! Attached is my resume.

    Thanks again.

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    Rafael Estrada Moncada EI, A.M.ASCE
    Construction Engineer
    Lincoln NE
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    Rafael's Resume.pdf   129 KB 1 version


  • 8.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

    Posted 22 days ago
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    Rafael,
    I have reviewed your resume, and overall you have a very good, professional resume that is well organized. I think with a few adjustments, your resume can be even better. See attached for my suggestions.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Thanks

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    Doug Cantrell P.E., M.ASCE
    Professional Engineer
    Durham NC
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  • 9.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

    Posted 17 days ago
    Morning Doug,

    Thank you for reviewing my resume! I will work on incorporating your comments.

    Thanks again!

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    Rafael Estrada Moncada EI, A.M.ASCE
    Construction Engineer
    Lincoln NE
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  • 10.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

    Posted 24 days ago
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    Hello, thank you for hosting this event and I look forward to getting some feedback!

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    Lilian Stitt S.M.ASCE
    Noblesville IN
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  • 11.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

    Posted 21 days ago
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    Lilian,

    It looks like you are a great student with some great work experience.
    I think your resume needs two main issues corrected.
    1. The descriptions that you give for your experience and activities don't tell me much about what you did or about what skills you learned/utilized during that experience. Try adding more specific details about the projects. For example, "Crafted abbreviated engineering reports for multiple projects, "What was the report on? What were the projects? How many projects? What type of projects?...and so on. You want to showcase how awesome you are with each bullet point. "Identified and troubleshot problems with machinery to increase knowledge of how the machines worked" is a really vanilla statement. It doesn't showcase you overcoming obstacles or your critical thinking. Try narrowing down some of those details and remember that the main point of your resume is YOU and how amazing and skillful you are!
    2. The order in which you laid out your categories and bullet points should be moved around. After your schooling (and honors and awards,) should be your skills than experience. The same idea goes within the bullets of your experience. The most important things should be on top because that is what people will look at first.
    3. Side note: if you want/need to fill up space you can add a section at the end called interests for baking, pottery, archery, whatever you find interesting or do as a hobby) this can help bring up interesting conversations during a beginning interview about your personality.
    I know that was long but I hope you find this feedback helpful!
    Best of luck and keep crushing it!

    Daniel Bressler

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    Daniel Bressler EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Structural Engineer
    Brooklyn NY
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    Lilian Stitt_MARKED.pdf   101 KB 1 version


  • 12.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

    Posted 24 days ago
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    Hello, here is my resume for your feedback.
    Thanks.

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    Mario Herrera S.M.ASCE
    Burleson TX
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    Mario_Herrera_Resume.pdf   79 KB 1 version


  • 13.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

    Posted 20 days ago
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    Mario,

    Your resume has some great bones to it! I think there are two small points that need to be fixed:
    1. The descriptions of your work experience aren't really dynamic and don't give a feel for what you actually did. Try to add more specific details to impress the reader and make them want to read more. Add project size, scope, money spent, and other such examples to make your experience really shine. 
    2. I'd change the order in which you laid out some of your categories. Think of what you want to person viewing your resume to look at first. Education, Programs, Experience, then skills. I put skill at the end because your work experience should show your skills. 
    Besides that, there are a few formatting things to tweak but overall a very strong resume.

    Good luck finishing your masters!
    Daniel Bressler

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    Daniel Bressler EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Structural Engineer
    Brooklyn NY
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    Mario Herrera.pdf   89 KB 1 version


  • 14.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

    Posted 20 days ago
    Daniel,
    Thanks for the pointers. I struggle with project size, scope, and money spent, the last potential employer's feedback "the projects you have worked on are too small" so they didn't hire me. I was taken aback by their feedback; I believe my skill set can be applied to larger projects and successfully complete the tasks entrusted to me, so then I removed all references to project size and money spent.
    Do you have any suggestions to overcome the project size "barrier"?
    Thanks,

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    Mario Herrera S.M.ASCE
    Burleson TX
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  • 15.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

    Posted 8 days ago

    Mario,

    I agree with you that the experience you learnt from working on small projects is just as valuable as information you learnt from large projects. The interviewee's critique perhaps was referring to the fact that large projects have a larger scope of work and therefore come with larger budgets, longer schedules, and most importantly larger room for error. Ultimately, both small and large projects have their unique differences but there is value in each.

    I would keep the information on your resume but by the interview's focus on the outcomes and learned experience you gained for each of those projects. Focus on how you can apply each of those experiences with the current role and responsibilities you are applying for.

    Best of luck,
    Daniel Bressler



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    Daniel Bressler EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Structural Engineer
    Brooklyn NY
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  • 16.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

    Posted 24 days ago
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    Hi everyone,
    Thank you for hosting this great event. Looking forward to improve my resume with your feedback!

    Best,
    Jose

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    Jose Wu S. M. ASCE
    City College of New York
    New York
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    Jose Wu Resume.pdf   127 KB 1 version


  • 17.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop - Spring 2021

    Posted 22 days ago
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