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Old 02-12-2017, 04:39 PM
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Question Engineering Graduate with 1 Exam Passed—Request for resume critique

Feel free to tear my resume apart. Any advice is welcome. I am taking Exam FM in April and will try to squeeze in time to hone my VBA, Python, and/or SAS/R skills.
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:03 PM
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Why dont you become a petroleum engineer? I assume they pay much more (and be expected to answer this question during interviews).
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Old 02-17-2017, 03:24 PM
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I'd leave an inch of margin - especially since you seem to have space to work with.

I'd put the exams in a section named Actuarial Exams. I leave off the exam subject. A more tabular format is easier to read. I'd have "Exam P", a left-aligned column with "Passed"/"Sitting", a left-aligned column with the date. Get rid of parenthesis and "on".

I'd abbreviate months everywhere. I'd include months everywhere.

I'd indent all text under the section headings - so the eduction section and the lines above the bullets. Oh, and the exams, once that's a section. that will make the format stand out way more than a bunch of lines and all-caps, etc.

I'd put the U on a separate line from the degree/major. I'd put the minor on a separate line - especially since I'd imagine you want to get across that you're not "just" a pet eng. Putting it on a separate line will make the "math" more visible. You can simplify the gpa: GPA: 3.29, Senior GPA: 3.87.

Having a tutoring section and a vol and work section is incredibly confusing. It is not at all clear what jobs you've had. That's probably sufficient to get your resume thrown out. Put work in a work section. Put volunteer in a volunteer section, if anywhere.

The tutoring section itself also doesn't make any sense. It seems to me you're listing two jobs here and only one of them is tutoring. The other should be "Author".

Rather than listing Standardized Test, then having to explain with the parenthetical ACT/SAT, just say ACT and SAT up front. Don't list "etc.". It's never necessary or helpful.

As an author, the first two bullets are unecessary. Write it as the bigger picture. If you feel you have to describe what's unique about your study guide, list it as part of the description of the study guide, not as tasks you've done (so no "consolidated" or "combined" bullets)

You really don't need a description for volunteering at the food bank. It's pretty obvious. There's no need for any dates there.

"Worked on a 1-on-1 basis with" is a very weak bullet. "Taught" is better. I'm not fond of the other bullet. Babysitting as a teacher doesn't seem something to brag about imo, even if that really was what you were hired o do. I just don't see it as adding anything after the first bullet.

There is no good reason at all to mention any pet eng software. There are reasons not to mention it. So don't mention it.

I'd leave off writing and speaking unless you include something that demonstrates that your writing and speaking skills are extraordinary. I can't imagine they are. You probably get some free public speaking points just for teaching btw.

I'd only include the bilingual part if you really think that your Korean skills will be needed by your employer. If you choose to include it, I'd call it "English and Korean skills". Or maybe leave English off completely, as implicit. I don't think "fluent" should be capitalized here.

OK, if you get rid of the last two bullets, the section is now "Computer Skills".

I'd leave all the periods off the end of bullets.
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"hone" sounds like a BS word - like you don't want to admit you haven't already learned those languages. Personally, I think I'd avoid it.
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Why dont you become a petroleum engineer? I assume they pay much more (and be expected to answer this question during interviews).
I would ask this question if I was interviewing you, and I'm a career-changer from engineering myself. Most engineering majors would not strike me as odd on an actuarial application (whether computer, electrical, mechanical, industrial, or even chemical or civil), because they certainly have sufficient math aptitude and the starting salary levels are comparable to actuarial work. However, petroleum engineering is a unique animal, where you can make ACAS-level money in your first job out of college. Those in the know about the major are going to be curious about why you're walking away from it. This is not to imply that it's something to be counted against you, but that you need to make sure there's a clearly communicated reason behind your decision.
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Most engineering majors would not strike me as odd on an actuarial application (whether computer, electrical, mechanical, industrial, or even chemical or civil), because they certainly have sufficient math aptitude and the starting salary levels are comparable to actuarial work.
What do you mean by "or even"? Chemical engineers take pretty much the same math as the other engineering disciplines. And, depending on the job, apply it: flow (Navier Stokes), non-Newtonian flow (tensor math), reactor design (systems of differential equations), process optimization (NLP), control theory (complex analysis), process monitoring/online property estimation (machine learning), process design (MINLP), modeling, ...
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What do you mean by "or even"? Chemical engineers take pretty much the same math as the other engineering disciplines. And, depending on the job, apply it: flow (Navier Stokes), non-Newtonian flow (tensor math), reactor design (systems of differential equations), process optimization (NLP), control theory (complex analysis), process monitoring/online property estimation (machine learning), process design (MINLP), modeling, ...
In terms of math difficulty:

Nuclear > electrical > the rest.
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What do you mean by "or even"? Chemical engineers take pretty much the same math as the other engineering disciplines. And, depending on the job, apply it: flow (Navier Stokes), non-Newtonian flow (tensor math), reactor design (systems of differential equations), process optimization (NLP), control theory (complex analysis), process monitoring/online property estimation (machine learning), process design (MINLP), modeling, ...
Oh I agree with you. I meant that to imply that it may not sound like an applicable major, when in fact it is.
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