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.
The workshop will be a live thread in ASCE Career by Design from November 8 – November 12. All submitted resumes will be reviewed by coaches and receive a response by November 15 in Career by Design.
The workshop has two threads. One is for public sector job resumes, with experts to answer your specific public sector questions. The other is for general resume review. Submit your resume in one or both of the threads to have it reviewed.
*** You must be an ASCE Member for your resume to be reviewed.
Meet the ASCE Resume Workshop coaches:
Christopher Seigel, P.E., M.ASCE, Civil Engineer
Best Resume Tip? Let your resume “tell the story you want to tell about yourself.” This includes organizing your information in a certain way, and including specific information tailored to each opportunity you are pursuing.
What's the best career advice you've ever received? Choose a career that you care about, that interests you, or that you believe in. You will likely spend a lot of time in it. To quote Alan Watts: “This is the real secret of life ‐ to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”
Heidi C. Wallace, P.E., M.ASCE, Professional Engineer
Best resume tip: Make it organized in a way that information can be found at a glance
What's the best career advice you've received? Apply to companies with the kind of company culture and atmosphere you want to work in.
Jennifer Sloan Ziegler, P.E., Ph.D., ENV SP, Engineer
Best resume tip? Keep your resume clean – balance white space and text.
What's the best career advice you've ever received? You need to know what you know. You need to know what you don’t know. And you need to learn to ask for help.
Government Specialized Coaches
Hossein Ajideh, PhD, PE, QSD, Engineering Manager, City of Carlsbad, California
Resume Tip: Focus on you achievements rather than responsibilities
Best Career Advice: Sometimes you have to take a few backward steps, look at the big picture, then move forward.Ramzi Awwad, Director of Public Works
Best resume tip? Keep the information concise.
What's the best career advice you've ever received? Try to get involved in a variety of types of work so that you can really know what you like and what you are good at.
Elizabeth Bialek, P.E., Engineering Manager
Best resume tip? Take time to customize your resume for each job application, especially for public sector jobs. Read the job description in detail and make sure that your resume describes your experience in those areas.
What's the best career advice you've ever received? Listen thoughtfully and answer the question that's asked. That's important in interviews of course, but that will also take you far in your career!
David M. Drevinsky P.E., PMP, MSCE, CBIE, Senior Civil (Structural) Engineer and Team Leader
Best resume tip? NEVER list a friend as your reference. Rather, list an Industry Professional or University Dean and NETWORK with them often.
What's the best career advice you've ever learned? SUCCESS is based upon PEOPLE and the willingness to learn from each other.
Bruce King, P.E., M.ASCE, Transportation Project Manager
Best resume tip? Don’t miss the little things. For example, if there’s a typo in your resume, which is your “final copy” presented to potential employers, then what does that say about your attention to detail when on the job?
What's the best career advice you've ever received? “Bloom where you’re planted.” Do your best at the job you’re in right now. Your professional network will recognize quality work, and opportunities for advancement may more easily come your way.
Mike Pniewski, P.E., P.S., F. ASCE, Lucas County Engineer
Best Resume Tip? Always tailor your resume to the job announcement. Job opportunities are not one size fits all. Your resume shouldn't be either.
What's the best career advice you've ever received? Your business is people. No matter what you do, it impacts people in some way. Some in a positive way, some in a negative way. Always keep them at the front of your mind. Highlight the positives, minimize the negatives.
Dennis A. Randolph, P.E., Traffic Engineer
Best resume tip? Show me that you are willing to learn.
What's the best career advice you've ever received? Always keep your resume current, even if it is to show how your career has progressed.
Ashley Rose-Nalin, PE, LS, USAF SABER Program Manager
Best Resume tip? For federal resumes, thoroughly review the job announcement for the position and then make sure your resume shows how you have experience relevant to that position.
What's the best career advice you've ever received? I didn't receive it personally, but this quote has always inspired me, professionally. "So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Michael C. Wallace, P.E., LEED AP, ENV SP, Chief of Construction
Best resume tip? Quality vs. Quantity – resumes should include professional language and descriptions that catch the reviewer’s eye. Remember – the resume is the key to get you in the room but the interview is how you get the job.
What is the best career advice you've ever received? If you enjoy what you do, you will never work a day in your life – look for work that you are passionate about because that Is how you will build your career.
Joe Woliver, P.E., NAVFAC Chief Geotechnical Engineer
Best resume tip? In the federal employment realm, more information about your career and accomplishments, not less, is always better on a resume.
What's the best career advice you've ever received? Learn to honestly self-assess your successes and failures in your career. Self-assessment is the best tool learning from mistakes and growing from them.