M.Eng. Résumé and Professional Correspondence
Your résumé highlights your career-related accomplishments. LinkedIn is a great place to showcase all of your skills and accomplishments. When you submit a résumé to apply for a job, the résumé and other application materials should be tailored to the position.
A résumé is an organized summary of your qualifications, goals, accomplishments, and interests. It should tell the reader what you have accomplished, as it relates to what you want to do. A résumé shows you are prepared and qualified for a specific position or career field. It's important to tailor your résumé to each opportunity of interest.
View the Master of Engineering Sample résumé without tips to see what a one-page engineering résumé may look like. This template will help you get started with a format widely appreciated by engineering employers. If you are going into a more creative field, you may wish to design your own format, using our Pro Tips as a guide to help you remember what to include.
On your résumé, every bullet point should start with a strong action verb. Use the Action Verbs for Engineers handout as a reference when writing your descriptions.
Opinions differ among employers on the value of including a career objective. In general, an objective on your resume can be helpful if it describes your immediate employment goal, but it is not an essential component of a successful résumé. An objective can be helpful if your résumé doesn't tell a story that aligns with your career goals. You may prefer to incorporate an objective in a cover letter instead of on your résumé, especially if you want an employer to consider you for a range of positions.
If you decide to include an objective, specify the type of position you are seeking. If you have more than one career interest, prepare several resumes, tailoring them to different objectives. The following are three examples of effective objectives:
- A position in financial services using well-developed research, analytical, and quantitative skills
- A research position in health care, combining interests in policy and medicine
- A process engineering position in the chemical industry utilizing strong design, analysis, and problem solving skills
Tailored Cover Letters
The purpose of a cover letter is to express your interest in working for a specific organization and expand upon the experiences and skills presented in your résumé. Tailor your cover letter to each position to which you apply. Your introductory paragraph is especially important because it is where you will explain your interest in working for a specific organization. To write a convincing introductory paragraph, you will need to research the organization and think about why you are genuinely interested in the work they do. Do not use generic language in your cover letter that could apply to any position and/or any company within your field of interest.
While not all applications require a cover letter, a well-written, tailored cover letter can strengthen your application and make you a more competitive candidate. Refer to the Cover Letter Guide to view sample cover letters for various industries. View the Sample Cover Letter.
Personal Web Portfolios
Cornell Computing and Information Science (CIS) offers several resources for creating an effective web portfolio. View the Personal Web Portfolios presentation (pdf) for tips and guidelines, and to see examples of portfolio designs.
How you communicate with employers and alumni will leave an impression, make it a good one! Before reaching out, review our Professional Correspondence guidelines on how to communicate professionally and effectively. While we include sample text, your outreach should sound like you, so don't copy and paste. The guidelines include examples of how to request a deadline extension, negotiate an offer, accept or decline an offer, and request an informational interview.