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Old 2nd June 2006, 09:43 PM   #1
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Hello all,

Since there are a lot of engineers here I figure that I would ask for some help, I am kinda desperate anyway.

I am about to graduate with a bachelors degree in Computer Engineering, I am doing my last class over the summer, so I will be done in August.
For the past four months I have been applying to jobs relating to my field (digital electronics) but I have not recived any response.
I mainly use monster.com and careerbuilder.com to find jobs in the Ohio area but no luck. I actually do find good jobs and apply to them but it seems like no one wants to hire me, why, I dont know.
Do you think it is because I am an international student?

Below is what my resume looks like. Could you guys give me some feedback about how it looks and what can be improved so that I can get some responses??????

Also what is the most effective method of job hunting???


Thanks
Lawrence





Objective:
To obtain a full time position within the field of computer engineering and electronics so I can utilize my educational knowledge, my four (4) years of computer experience and thirteen (13) years experience with electronics circuits.


Skills:

Operating Systems: Windows 95/98/2000/XP, Macintosh
Software: Basic computer skills, install Operating Systems and other software, Rockwell RSLogix
PC Skills: Assemble a PC, troubleshoot PC hardware
Electronics Skills: PSpice, AHDL, VHDL, C++, 80*86 assembly language, Microchip assembly language, building high power amplifiers



Education:

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Graduating summer 2006
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, Ohio

Diploma in Electronic Engineering
September 1999 - May 2001
Excelsior Community College
Kingston, Jamaica


Experience:

Computer Lab Monitor
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
October 2002 to present
Promoted to Head Lab Monitor in January 2004
* Maintain PCs
* install various software
* supervise students using the PCs
* assemble PCs


Assistant in Instrumentation Department
Alcan Jamaica Co., St. Catherine, Jamaica
July 2001 and 2002 (summer job)
* Maintained and installed various industrial instruments, such as sediment level detectors, flow meters etc.
* Troubleshoot malfunctioning instruments
* Repaired nonworking instruments


Computer Assistant
Alcan Jamaica Co., St. Catherine, Jamaica
April 2001
* Assist PC users with software and hardware problems
* repair PCs
* maintain PCs


Interests / Skills:

*Thirteen (13) years experience in building and repairing electronic circuits such as; solid state and vacuum tube power amplifiers, pre-amplifiers, crossovers and FM transmitters

*Competent with PA and A/V equipment
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Old 2nd June 2006, 09:50 PM   #2
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You should list your pragramming skills for openers. Your resume reads like a handy-man not a computer scientist.

You might want to consider relocating as well. Find out where the jobs are.

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Old 2nd June 2006, 10:11 PM   #3
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You are getting buried in a sea of resumes, there are probably hundreds of people applying for the same jobs you are. My recommendation is you become more aggressive in your job hunt, and start networking. Call everyone you know and ask if they can refer you to someone who could help. Find out if there are any industry events happening in your area, and go try to collect some business cards. Are you interested in any specific companies? Call them and try to get an interview, even if they aren't advertising any openings.

From an employers POV, hiring is time consuming and risky. The easier you make it for the employer, the better your chances.

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Old 2nd June 2006, 10:20 PM   #4
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Old 2nd June 2006, 10:36 PM   #5
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My!

That needs some work...

Start by listing who you are, then have your bullet point 'elevator' pitch - you know the kind of thing, Proactive self starter, good people skills, solid team player. Then list your technical skills properly, dont just put Macintosh, put which macs, falvours of UNIX, technical architecture skills and so on.

Then list your Lab monitor role as if it were a job. Show you made the grade and got the promotion to head monitor, and try to list why (dont say I hung around too much ) Also list in detail the technical configuration you have performed (LAN, WAN, WiFi, PC builds (O/s and other software), experience of ghosting and so forth - you want to build a rounded picture of yourself - but try to keep it to less than 1/2 the page.

Then list the other jobs you've had (evening work and others included) in reverse chronological order.

Finish up with hobbies and interests - and sadly thats where the amp building should be - you're not after a job as an audio designer are you..?

Then, once drafted, leave it a few days, come back and reread it - check for all spelling and grammer mistakes, they WILL BE SPOTTED, and used as an excuse to file 13 your applictaion.

If all else fails, volunteer - there will be a charity or group nearby that would love for some hands on help with thier technology, and nothing says I want to get into this industry more than someone whos prepared to do the job for nix.

Good luck, and try to enjoy it


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Old 2nd June 2006, 10:52 PM   #6
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Also, tailor your resume and cover letter to the job you are applying for. Make absolutely sure that there are no spelling or grammatical errors (like your signature here).

The cover letter should spark interest in the resume. Tell them generally what your relevant experience is in your cover letter and flesh it out in the resume (but don't bloat it or shade the truth)

No employer could give a hoot about what you want, they want to know what you will do for their bottom line. So if they are looking for someone to do C++ work and you don't tell them anything more than "I read a book on that once" they'll see someone who needs (expensive) training.

Tell them about what you have done with the skill set the job requires. Had any leadership roles? That helps.

If you haven't had any real directly related work experience, what about your on topic school projects? You must have learned something from them that applies.

How can your experience designing, building and sourcing your high power amps apply to the job?

I second the comment about considering relocation. There are many defense electronics contractors doing a lot of interesting work on the east coast. West coast, too, but the midwest is a defense wasteland.

Good luck, even if you are from that so called university in Columbus. GO BLUE!
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Old 2nd June 2006, 11:10 PM   #7
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reread it - check for all spelling and grammer mistakes, they WILL BE SPOTTED
grammer?
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Old 2nd June 2006, 11:27 PM   #9
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OMG is my resume that bad!!!!

I will work on it tonight

Thanks for all the help guys, I really appreciate it.



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Old 2nd June 2006, 11:34 PM   #10
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I graduated about 17 years ago with a double in Electrical Engineering / Computer Engineering. I hope my experience is till relevant.

First off, forget Ohio. Assuming you want a design position, your best bet is to move to a technology center. SF Bay Area, Boston, Seattle, Austin, etc.

Second, forget Monster, and most ofher hiring oriented web sites. The main goal of those sites is to get you to log in and read their advertising. They don't give a damn if you get a job or not. Also remember this, the easier it is for you to submit a resume through any particular channel, the more resumes you are going to have to compete with.

The absolute best way to find a job is to know somebody who already works at the place you are applying to. Do you have any friends from school who got jobs already? What about the people in the years you graduated before you? Where did they go? Call them up and see if they can give you the inside track. Don't worry about imposing, most companies have referral programs and if they get you hired, they can get some significant money out of it. Get your resume into their hands and they will be thrilled to put your resume in, as well as give tell you what jobs are likely to be open, and how to get them. While you are at it, ask them if they know people at other companies that could help you.

There are lots of how to get a job guides out there. Go start reading.
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