Advice from Industry

Subject: Advice to engineers going to the recruiting event

Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2006 21:29:32 +0000

From: Allison P


Hello Professor Williams,

I've done some interviews for summer interns this past spring and I'll be involved the with NGC recruiting at Purdue next week and I have some advice for students resumes. If you think it's useful then can you pass the suggestions along to your students. Some place at the top of your resume, possibly under you job objective or schooling answer the following questions: "If offered employment, would you be able to show proof of US citizen ship" and if you have a dual citizenship list the other country. This can be as simple as stating US Citizen

This helps HR/hiring managers decided which areas/programs to recommend a student's resume to. Also, if room permits, if you have a geographic preference you can state it someplace. Places like NGC, Lockheed, Raytheon, etc. etc. have numerous locations all over the U.S. Stating whether or not you have a preference will help the HR/hiring managers sorting through the resumes to figure out which sectors to send the resume to. If the student doesn't have a geographic preference, then state it.

Last but not least, keep your resume looking simple. Resumes are scanned and converted to text only. Fancy writing, pictures, etc. just make an error in the text of the scanned resume.

Hope you are doing well!
Allison BSAAE '02 MSAAE 04

From: David L at Boeing

Sent: Tue 3/6/2007 7:37 PM

To: Sullivan, John P

Subject: Advice on resumes

Prof. Sullivan,

On a more serious note, I have some feed back for you with regard to the Purdue students who applied for the summer internship in C&EA this year. Talking to my manager with competition ever increasing for internships and they way the Boeing system is set up the online resume is becoming more and more important. The feedback I received is that Purdue applicants were being overlooked because their resumes were not strong enough compared to other applicants to warrant a more detailed phone interview. Looking at them, I couldn't blame them. Most just listed courses taken and missed adding details of projects they have been involved in that really demonstrated their abilities and knowledge. Which for PD especially for C&EA is very important. I just wanted to pass on the critique.

Hope all is well.

David . L BSAAE 02 MSAAE 04
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
747/767/777 Product Development
Configurations & Engineering Analysis