LN from the University of Minnesota asked:
I am a Master’s student in Electrical Engineering. A job that interests me calls for experience in specific areas of control engineering. Although my research (motor controls) does not deal with these specific areas, my control engineering courses were very comprehensive, included project type assignments, and exposed me to the desired aspects of control engineering that this job requires. I would like to emphasize the comprehensive nature of these courses and present myself in my resume as a viable candidate for this job, but I can’t think of a way other than listing the relevant coursework I have taken. Would you have any suggestions on how I could project my experience through this coursework ?
I do have some suggestions!
Remember, your resume is a marketing document. It should present the MOST RELEVANT information about you in a way that is easy for your reader to access.
So, by all means emphasize the aspects of your qualifications (your control engineering projects) that present your most relevant skills.
Your resume can feature sections or subsections that focus on your experiential classwork and projects. For example,
You could list relevant projects as a subsection of your Education section:
You can list multiple projects if you have them; if you do, do so in reverse chronological order:
In some instances, it makes sense for the Projects section to stand alone. It can also beneficial to add a Relevant Skills section:
Here is another example of how you can provide information about relevant coursework:
There are many sample resumes in our Resume Gallery. I encourage you to review these examples to see if they offer you any ideas for ways to present your qualifications.
Remember, your resume should tell your story. Not your whole story (no employer wants to know EVERYTHING there is to know about you), but rather the parts of your story that matter most to them as the are trying to determine whether or not you are a good candidate.
In most cases, employers reviewing your qualifications will not know you. You are introducing yourself to them through your resume. Tell them things that will keep them interested!
Hope this helps,