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What Should I Include on a Structural Engineer Resume?

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  • Written By: Bobby R. Goldsmith
  • Edited By: Susan Barwick
  • Last Modified Date: 25 January 2019
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When you are constructing a structural engineer resume, there are several things that you need to include. Along with a detailed cover letter, you will need to supply your contact information and a brief description of the type of structural engineering position that you are seeking. You will also need to provide your contact information, a comprehensive list of your previous positions in the structural engineering field, and your complete educational history. Make sure to include all degrees that you have acquired in the field as well as seminars and courses that you have taken that distinguish your educational path from other job seekers. You will also need to include professional contacts in the industry, and the ones that you include will depend upon the type of structural engineer position that you seek.

The cover letter for your structural engineer resume needs to include specific details about why you are a good match for the engineering position that you are applying for. One of the mistakes that job applicants routinely make is to create a generic cover letter which the applicant then sends to dozens of prospective employers. Tailor your cover letter to the specific company or organization to which you are applying. If possible, address the cover letter to the person that will be reviewing your structural engineer resume. Begin by briefly explaining your education, your experience in the field, and how that experience will fit the company or organization's needs.

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On the structural engineer resume itself, place your current contact information at the top. Avoid supplying too much information. You only need to supply your name, address, one telephone number and an e-mail address. Make sure that the phone number you supply is a private, direct line, and make sure that the e-mail address itself is suitable for a professional environment.

You should then include your previous employment experience, listing each of the companies or organizations that you have worked for, as well as the specific job titles that you have held at each job. Only include positions that are relevant to structural engineering, such as any engineering positions that you have held, as well as any internships or apprenticeships that you have undertaken. Include the beginning and ending dates for each position, placing the positions in reverse chronological order.

Include a detailed history of your education for every post-secondary institution that you have attended and from which you have received a degree. This includes community colleges and four-year universities for your bachelor's and master's degrees. Indicate each college or university attended and the degree that you were awarded. Include the date that the degree was conferred and the specific subject for which you received the degree.

Provide a list of professional references that can attest to your skills or talents as a structural engineer. This may include previous managers or supervisors, coworkers, or college instructors. Include the name, professional title, and at least one current contact phone number for each reference.

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