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ASCE Resume Workshop

  • 1.  ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-01-2020 12:39 PM

    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, November 6. All submitted resumes will be reviewed by coaches and receive a response by November 9 on the thread.

    We are accepting resumes only - please do not post a CV. We also ask that you only submit in a PDF format.

    Read resume tips from the ASCE Resume Coaches here.

    You can find other resume related resources here.

    ****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

    Posted 11-02-2020 07:54 AM
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    Hi Tirza,

    I have attached my resume for review. Thank you in advance for taking out the time!

    Kind Regards,
    Taikhum Vahanvaty
    S.M.ASCE
    Vancouver, BC

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    Taikhum Vahanvaty S.M.ASCE
    Vancouver BC
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    Taikhum Vahanvaty_resume.pdf   217 KB 1 version


  • 3.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-03-2020 11:58 AM
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    Good morning Tirza, Please see attached my resume for your review. Thanks in advance ​

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    Mateo Carvajal A.M.ASCE
    Pavement Condition Consultant
    University of Nevada, Reno
    Gainesville FL
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  • 4.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-07-2020 03:55 PM

    Hi Mateo,

    Great use of formatting! You have some great content on your resume and I appreciate that you already had your present work in present tense!

    A few suggestions on ways you can further improve your resume:

    ·         Did you know that you can customize you LinkedIn URL to just your name? instructions in the following article: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/87/customizing-your-public-profile-url?lang=en   

    ·         For further improving your experience bullet points, I recommend reading the following ASCE Article, specifically section 3 about "Telling, not showing":   https://collaborate.asce.org/careerbydesign/blogs/stephanie-slocum1/2020/03/05/top-7-mistakes-civil-engineers-make-on-resumes  

    ·         Could add what version of the program i.e. AutoCAD 2020

    ·         Instead of the skills section, I would love to see how you have worked on these skills. Is the "Pavement Analysis and Design" related to your research? A graduate education course?

    ·         For "American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (08/2018)" is this that you are a member? If so I would recommend revising to "American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Member (08/2018 - Present)"

    Sincerely,

    Dani 



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    Danielle Schroeder EIT, A.M.ASCE (She/her)
    Associate Engineer
    Pennoni Associates
    Philadelphia PA
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  • 5.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-13-2020 10:10 AM
    Hi Danielle, Thank you so much for your time and valuable feedback. Have a great weekend!​

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    Mateo Carvajal A.M.ASCE
    Pavement Condition Consultant
    University of Nevada, Reno
    Gainesville FL
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  • 6.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-03-2020 03:28 PM
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    Taikhum,
    Overall, you have a really good starting point for your resume. Relevant information is laid out well and the use of bullet points keeps things organized and concise. You have headings on the second page of you resume, which is great, and the look of your resume is professional.

    One thing that is hard to know from your resume, is what your professional interests are. I saw that a few of your entries were related to earthquake engineering. Is that something you are interested in? If so, it should be highlighted more prominently in your resume.

    Also try to think of the person who is reading your resume. What do they need to know? You provided, your contact information, education, work experience and related skills; which is a great starting point. Refer to my comment about adding an "Objective" or "Purpose" section to yuor resume. That will help you define what you are looking for and let potential employers know if your goals align with theirs.

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions on my comments.

    Thanks.

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    Doug Cantrell P.E., M.ASCE
    Professional Engineer
    Durham NC
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  • 7.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-02-2020 07:54 AM
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    Hello my name is Mayra Reyes. Thank you so much for reviewing my resume. I look forward to getting some feedback.

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    Mayra Reyes S.M.ASCE
    Civil Engineering Student
    Wasco CA
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  • 8.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-03-2020 03:52 PM
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    Mayra,
    Your resume looks professional and I can tell you have put some time into formatting your resume, and it shows. Good work. You have done a good job of organizing your resume and using bullet points to convey your information concisely. Your resume is a single page, which is perfect in your case.

    I have made a few comments on some entries just to make them easier to understand for someone who is reading your resume. Keep in mind that not everyone reading your resume will be an engineer.

    I saw a few entries on your resume related to mentoring or tutoring. Is this something you are interested in? I would suggest putting an emphasis on entries that you are passionate about. This can help make you stand out compared to other students.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions on my comments.

    Thanks.

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

    Posted 11-02-2020 07:55 AM
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    Hello,
    Attached below is my Resume. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Zubaeer Akhtar

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    Zubaeer Akhtar S.M.ASCE
    Hamtramck MI
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    Resume.pdf   90 KB 1 version


  • 10.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-05-2020 04:42 PM
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    Zubaeer,
    I have reviewed your resume and it looks professional and is well organized. Your resume is a single page, which is perfect in your case. Good work.

    I have made a few comments on some entries so they are consistent with the rest of your resume. Your resume should be formatted cohesively. 

    Please look at my comment on your Summary entry. This comment will help your resume out the most, in my opinion. 

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions on my comments.

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    Doug Cantrell P.E., M.ASCE
    Professional Engineer
    Durham NC
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  • 11.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-02-2020 07:55 AM
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    Hello,

    My name is Maxx. I am a recent graduate (12/19), and have been looking for a job since. I would appreciate any feedback and guidance.

    Thanks,
    Maxx

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    Maxx Taga EIT,A.M.ASCE
    Student/Intern
    Glendale CA
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    Taga, Maxx - Resume.pdf   110 KB 1 version


  • 12.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-06-2020 04:22 PM
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    Maxx,
    I have reviewed your resume and it is very professional with its formatting. Using bullet points is a great way to convey your information in a concise and organized way.

    You have a diverse work history. I would suggest using your opening statement to highlight your talents and what you are looking for in a potential job. See my comments on this section.

    Make sure to keep a consistent format throughout you resume. Keep in mind the audience for your resume, and what information they are looking for.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions on my comments.


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    Doug Cantrell P.E., M.ASCE
    Professional Engineer
    Durham NC
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  • 13.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-02-2020 09:50 AM
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    Hi Tirza,

    I hope you are well. Attached is my resume. Thank you for your time and feedback.

    Best,
    Tepolak Seth | S.M.ASCE
    Atlanta, Georgia


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    Tepolak Seth S.M.ASCE
    Kennesaw GA
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    RESUMEFall2020.pdf   78 KB 1 version


  • 14.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-09-2020 03:20 PM
    Hello Tepolak,

    Firstly, you have a great resume which is reflective of the work you have put in already in your studies and internships.

    Your resume is very organized and using bullets makes it really easy to read.

    Here are a few recommendations:

    I feel like the resume content blends together.  I recommend differentiating the different sections maybe by bolding or underlining items.
    I suggest putting your name and information into the header to maximize space and ensure it shows up on each page.
    Lastly, can you reduce spacing between lines.

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    Anthony Fasano P.E., F.ASCE
    Engineering Management Institute
    Ridgewood NJ
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  • 15.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-02-2020 09:50 AM
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    Hello Tirza,

    Please find attached my resume. Thank you for taking the time to review and comment my resume. I look forward to hear form you.

    Best Regards,

    Dawit Asamen
    Graduate Student
    Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
    North Carolina A&T State University


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    Dawit Asamen S.M.ASCE
    Student
    Greensboro NC
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    Dawit_Asamen_Resume.pdf   96 KB 1 version


  • 16.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-09-2020 09:06 AM

    Hello Dawit,

    Your resume is awesome, I really struggled to find any recommendations or areas of change/improvement.

    Your resume is very organized and easy to read as you have it laid out.

    Here are a few minor recommendations:

    1. I would put all of your contact information in the header of the document so it shows up on each page.  This way, should the pages get separated, they can still contact you.
    2. I would recommend changing the title of the section CURRENT RESEARCHES to CURRENT RESEARCH or CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

    Overall - nice work.  I hope you find these recommendations to be helpful!



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    Anthony Fasano P.E., F.ASCE
    Engineering Management Institute
    Ridgewood NJ
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  • 17.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-02-2020 09:52 AM
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    Hello Tirza,

    Please see my resume attached here to be reviewed.

    Thank you very much

    Pruthviraj Thakor
    Project Structural Engineer

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    Pruthviraj Thakor A.M.ASCE
    Malden MA
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    Pru_Resume.pdf   201 KB 1 version


  • 18.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-09-2020 09:06 AM

    Hello Pruthviraj,

    Firstly, you have a great overall resume with a lot of good information!

    Your resume is very organized and using bullets makes it really easy to read.

    Here are a few recommendations:

    1. You might consider shaping the opening sentence more into a sentence with a beginning and end, like this:

      Hard working individual, dedicated to design with the right engineering principles constantly accepting new challenges, keeping work priorities and self-development vital - seeking a civil engineering position.

    2. I recommend moving the Skills and Design sections at the top to the bottom, so that your professional experience is front and center.
    3. Lastly, I would have someone with an English or writing background give the entire resume a review.  I always recommend this to engineers

    Overall - nice work.  I hope you find these recommendations to be helpful!



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    Anthony Fasano P.E., F.ASCE
    Engineering Management Institute
    Ridgewood NJ
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  • 19.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-02-2020 11:00 AM
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    Hi Tirza,

    Attached is my resume. Thank you for taking the time to review.

    Stay well,
    Sheryl B

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    Sheryl Bermudez Aff.M.ASCE
    Assistant Civil Engineer
    Moreno Valley CA
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    Sheryl Bermudez Resume.pdf   174 KB 1 version


  • 20.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-09-2020 09:06 AM

    Hello Sherly,

    Firstly, you have a great overall resume with a lot of good information!

    Your resume is very organized and using bullets makes it really easy to read.

    Here are a few recommendations:

    1. Make sure your text style is the same throughout.  It looks like you may have used a few different texts styles in the blue header.
    2. I recommend moving the Technical Skills section at the top to the bottom, right below Work Experience, so that your professional experience is front and center.
    3. Lastly, I would have someone with an English or writing background give the entire resume a review.  I always recommend this to technical professionals, we tend to need a good polish on our writing.

    Overall - nice work.  I hope you find these recommendations to be helpful!



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    Anthony Fasano P.E., F.ASCE
    Engineering Management Institute
    Ridgewood NJ
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  • 21.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-02-2020 11:47 AM
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    Hello Tirza,

    My resume is attached below. Thank you in advance and I'm looking forward to getting useful feedback!

    Thank you,

    Carlos Cedeno



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    Carlos Cedeno S.M.ASCE
    Student
    Monmouth Junction NJ
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    Resume_Cedeno_Carlos.pdf   213 KB 1 version


  • 22.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-07-2020 08:31 AM
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    Hi Carlos,

    I reviewed your resume and you can see my feedback in the PDF attached. Overall you have a great resume and think you can make it stand out even more with some adjustments with how you format your resume. Indentation and using your space effectively can make a huge difference in how you convey important information.

    I would recommend adding some space in between each section so it doesn't look too congested.

    If you are submitting job applications with your resume right now, you should remove the job experience that shows you will start in January 2021 because you cannot speak on that experience since you haven't started yet. Once January rolls around, you can have that listed.

    If you have any questions/comments about my feedback, feel free to reach out and I'm happy to help!

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    Joyce Lin EIT, A.M.ASCE
    San Francisco CA
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  • 23.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-02-2020 02:12 PM
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    Hi,

    My resume is attached below and thank you for taking the time to review this.


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    Jack Lindberger S.M.ASCE
    Schwenksville PA
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  • 24.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-07-2020 08:31 AM
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    Hi Jack,

    I reviewed your resume and provided my feedback in the PDF attached.

    Some of my general comments were:
    • Never use "I" in your resume
    • use lines to separate sections in your resume like you did with your summary 
    • stay consistent with formatting, alignment, text sizes, font styles, etc
    Since you have some extra space in your resume and you're looking to fill it up, I would recommend adding any engineering projects that you've done in school and these can be individual or group projects. This is a great way to showcase your skills as a civil engineer.

    If you have any questions/comments about my feedback, feel free to reach out and happy to help!

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    Joyce Lin EIT, A.M.ASCE
    San Francisco CA
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  • 25.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-02-2020 02:44 PM
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    Hello Tirza,

    I attached my resume below! Thank you for reviewing my resume!

    Best regards,
    Chase Ernste

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    Chase Ernste
    ernst257@...
    University of Minnesota-Duluth
    Duluth, MN
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    Resume.pdf   92 KB 1 version


  • 26.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-07-2020 08:31 AM
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    Hi Chase,

    I reviewed your resume and provided my feedback in the PDF attached.

    My general comments are:
    • include dates on everything (month/year)
    • be consistent with formatting, alignment, text sizes, font styles, bullets, etc
    • add underlining or lines to break up your sections
    • be specific in your objective with what you're interested in and what kind of internship you're looking for
    • if you have relevant coursework you want to add under Education, you can include courses that match your objective 
    If you have any comments/questions about my feedback, feel free to reach out and I'm happy to help!

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    Joyce Lin EIT, A.M.ASCE
    San Francisco CA
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  • 27.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-02-2020 03:07 PM
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    Hello Tirza Austin.
    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to have my resume reviewed.
    Attached is my resume. I am a second year civil engineering major and my resume was tailored to a summer internship position at a civil engineering firm.

    Much gratitude,
    Naoki Weldon

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    Naoki Weldon S.M.ASCE
    Student
    Highland CA
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    Updated Resume 11_1.pdf   164 KB 1 version


  • 28.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-07-2020 08:30 AM
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    Hi Naoki,

    I reviewed your resume and provided my feedback in the PDF attached.

    My general feedback for you is:
    • don't repeat information twice (like your name)
    • avoid color on your resume, it's more professional to have it in b&w
    • spell out abbreviations/acronyms 
    • if you have any non-engineering jobs or extracurriculars that you did in high school, you can add that to your resume since you just started college 
    If you have any questions/comments about the feedback, feel free to reach out and I'm happy to help!

    Lastly, go Mustangs! =)

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    Joyce Lin EIT, A.M.ASCE
    San Francisco CA
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  • 29.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-02-2020 04:40 PM
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    Hi Tirza,

    I hope you are doing great!

    I have attached my resume. Thank you so much for taking out time and reviewing my resume.

    Looking forward to your feedback.

    Thank you!

    Best
    Suhas Patil

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    Suhas Patil S.M.ASCE
    Arlington TX
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    Suhas Patil_Resume.pdf   274 KB 1 version


  • 30.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-04-2020 08:19 AM
    Hi Suhas,

    Your resume is off to a great start. The content is solid - you have described a lot of practical work experiences on each project. A few suggestions:

    • Rephrase or merge the bullet points that begin with "worked on." I want to know what you specifically did. You might still work in a way to mention what the project was and its value, but I would shy away from devoting a whole bullet point just to the project without explanation of your achievements.
    • There is a bit of a "wall of text" effect happening, especially in the middle of the page. Are there any bullet points you can remove, or merge, to allow for a bit of spacing between projects or workplaces? For example, skills that are shared among different projects (coordination/collaboration skills, report or proposal prep, etc.) could be listed only once. Allowing some space will make it much easier to read, which should be a priority just as much as the content. The formatting of the top and bottom looks nice.
    • A few items don't need to be capitalized: polymer and cementitious types of pipelining, hydraulic actuator, submittals, quantity take offs, concrete mix design reports.
    If you can address these, your resume will be a lot smoother to read and in good shape!

    Best,
    Katie

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    Katie Little, EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Water Resources Engineer
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    Kathryn Little A.M.ASCE
    Holmdel NJ
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  • 31.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-02-2020 07:31 PM
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    Hello Tirza,
    I have attached my resume for review.
    Thank you so much.

    Best,
    Amit Swami

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    Amit Swami S.M.ASCE
    Student
    Raleigh NC
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    Attachment(s)

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    Amit Swami_Resume.pdf   131 KB 1 version


  • 32.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-05-2020 11:32 AM
    Hi Amit,

    The content and formatting on this look good - very few suggestions. It's clear you've put some good work into this. My suggestions:

    • Rephrase the second Estimator Intern bullet, "created estimated averaging..." It's not clear (to me, at least, although I'm not an estimator) what it means.
    • Next bullet down, change selecting to select, or selected. Try and keep verb tense consistent. Are these tasks past or ongoing?
    Best,
    Katie

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    Kathryn Little, EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Water Resources Engineer
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  • 33.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-02-2020 08:04 PM
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    Hi Tirza,
    Thanking you in anticipation
    ~Divyesh Shah

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    Divyesh Shah S.M.ASCE
    Graduate Student
    Raleigh NC
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    Resume_Divyesh_ASCE.pdf   216 KB 1 version


  • 34.  RE: ASCE Resume Workshop

    Posted 11-05-2020 11:32 AM
    Hi Divyesh,

    Your resume looks great! I love the colors and strategic bolding. It draws attention where you want it, while still done tastefully / not overdone.

    I have a few suggestions:
    • You can rephrase the second sentence of your summary to be more direct and cut a few words: "I bring to the table not only ..."
    • "while controlled blasting" --> "during controlled blasting"
    • Given your attention to layout formatting, I also encourage you to check the spacing and other text formatting. Specifically, check spacing of commas, hyphens, and parentheses in Technical Skills and Academic Projects sections
    • Write out your full school names. Even though people might well know the schools from the abbreviations, don't assume that everyone who sees your resume will.
    You have a lot of good content as well as design choices, and with these revisions I think your resume will be good to go.

    Best,
    Katie

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    Kathryn Little, EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Water Resources Engineer
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