Why did Six Sigma disappear from the life cycle

The convincing engineer résumé

There are many recommendations on how to write a résumé - but only a few that are specifically aimed at engineers ... and there are crucial peculiarities that are responsible for the success or rejection of an application. No doubt - engineers can write résumés! The younger the candidates, the more polished the CVs are. No wonder, a lot has happened in the last ten to fifteen years.

More optics or more content?

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Sample CVs to download, countless application tips on the Internet, a large number of application books, etc. have reached the engineers and have changed the look of the CVs very advantageously. Errors in terms of appearance or the structuring of the career are rare and can easily be corrected using the many advisors. However, engineering résumés flop primarily in terms of content and this has to match the vacant positions to a large extent.

Good résumés meet technological requirements

It is very important for the HR manager that he can find the key technological terms of his job advertisement in his résumé. After all, he would like to pass on targeted applications to the specialist department and underpin his competence. If the tender mentions terms such as silicon, photovoltaics, sputter, LED, LCD, CIS and CIGS, the HR manager scans the curriculum vitae for these words. If he doesn't find one, the application is bad. Good HR managers manage to match different words in the CVs to those in the advertisement. If, for example, terms such as "cathode sputtering", "surface physics", "surface technology" are used in the curriculum vitae, the HR manager could definitely associate these with "sputter". Some HR employees are also world champions in retrieving synonyms. Annoyed, however, the normal HR manager puts the application aside and doesn't find “his terms” the first time he reads it sideways. Here the engineer has to build the bridge and, if necessary, adapt the curriculum vitae to the respective job advertisements!

Document relevant career stations appropriately

A lot has happened on the labor market. In many cases, companies want new employees who can be “productive” as quickly as possible. Regardless of whether you are a graduate or a professional, the relevant (i.e. immediately or quickly available) work experience must be adequately documented in the résumé. What does relevant mean? If a development engineer worked as a student assistant on test benches fifteen years ago, this has no current practical value. With extensive documentation of this station, the résumé would only bloat. The situation is different with the graduate, who was involved in the execution of tests in the SIL (software in the loop) environment and HIL (hardware in the loop) test benches during his internship. This should already be mentioned in 3 to 5 lines about the internship, if the engineer is interested in entry-level positions in development. Historical or unsuitable career positions only need to be mentioned briefly in the résumé, stating the period, the name of the employer and the title of the position.

Professional practice must bring the decisive key concepts

Professional experience remains at the heart of every résumé. In this section the key terms must be used. The last seven to ten years of professional experience should be documented extensively. It goes without saying that the period, the name of the employer and the job title are given. And then? In any case, tasks and projects that have been worked on should follow. The sales engineer documents that he is making offers, making phone calls, acquiring customers, negotiating contracts, generating deals and analyzing the competition. But now the most important objects and interfaces of the work also have to come. When filling sales positions, these are, for example, the products sold and the sectors of the accounts. The trick is to show the reader terms that fit the job advertisement. Here's an example.
The applicant sells turbo compressors, the job advertisement mentions rotary displacers. So the engineer documents: “My sales spectrum is flow machines such as compressors / displacers.” For an unsolicited application, the engineer could further expand the professional position: “My sales spectrum are compressors / displacers and other flow machines such as compressors, turbines, fans?” The industry spectrum could be similar are shown. Results of the work, responsibilities could be further points of each professional station.

Highlight engineering methods

Methods have become very important in many technical functional areas. A separate bullet point in the curriculum vitae is most likely to take this into account. Production engineers could, for example, add their expertise in lean principles and kaizen methods such as Six Sigma, Kanban, FMEA, 8D reports, TPM, OEE, etc. Engineers from the quality area could document their knowledge in QM systems such as QS-9000, VDA 6.1, EAQF, AVSQ, EFQM. Developers, on the other hand, could bring simulation technologies such as Matlab / Simulink, dSPACE TargetLink, etc. A high accuracy of fit with the job advertisement is always required! Otherwise, however, one thing must be clear, it is not a matter of documenting all the methods that you have ever come across. Only what counts is what can actually be called up, i.e. at least what can be used effectively as a user.

IT skills - not only important for designers and developers

Must IT skills be on the résumé? but only if they can actually be used in a practical way (or at least after a short training period) and are actually relevant for the position. Salespeople can certainly manage with recording user knowledge in Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint and, if necessary, in project management software in their résumé. Developers and designers are completely different. For example, an automation engineer has a lot to offer. Simply listing your IT skills one by one would be very confusing for the reader. So first a strong structure has to be created and then the details follow: Industrial communication (Profibus, Ethernet), MSR tools (SIMATIC S5 / S7, SIMATIC PCS7, WinCC), programming languages ​​(C, C ++, assembler). For engineers from maintenance / repair or production, it makes sense, for example, to present knowledge of the respective SAP modules, maintenance systems, etc. in their career.

Professional training yes - trial courses no

There are engineers who do not document further training in their résumé. You do not attach any importance to the project management seminar lasting several weeks or the intensive in-house seminar "Introduction to Optical Metrology" and therefore do not mention them in your résumé. Other engineers manage to seamlessly document every day seminar for ten years. A bit of ancillary equipment is quite nice, but actually relevant are only continuing education with current relevance and those that lead to a qualification. These include, for example, the European Welding Engineer, the specialist for occupational safety, training as a radiation protection officer or the Level D certificate from the GPM. But proof of suitability is also important for engineers. For those who want to work in the wind energy industry, for example, proof of suitability for altitude can be a decisive plus, if an engineer wants to look after conditioning systems, proof of suitability for respiratory protection is not wrong.

Studies, practical training, internships, etc.

Engineers who have been working for many years briefly mention university stations in their résumé. All that is required is the name of the institution, the subject / specialization and the degree title that may have been achieved. Graduates or young engineers should be more detailed: titles of theses, good and very good grades, three main areas of work for each internship and relevant jobs could be added. Practical vocational training is always good - the more technical, the better. It spices up the résumé and helps even experienced engineers demonstrate the “hands on mentality” that is in demand. Foreign languages ​​spoken well and very well, hobbies, honorary positions, patents, publications also belong in the curriculum vitae? however, everything in the right dosage. How do you say it: facts, facts, facts? and think of the reader!


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