Resume Help

Having a well-developed resume is the first step in landing a job.  Use the information and links below to learn how to create your resume.

Resume Format

When creating your resume, it is important to remember to format the document correctly. Take a look at the format guide below for resume writing tips.

Resume format guide

Writing Objective Statements, Summaries, and Bullet Points

Writing powerful objective statements, summaries, and bullet points are important for formulating a well-crafted resume. The above resume format guide will help walk your through this process.

Skills List

It is important to list your skills on your resume.  See below for a list of skills typically gained by students at VCU School of Engineering. Refer to these to help you in identifying skills you may have for your own resume.

For all engineering students:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • Design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
  • Function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • Communicate effectively
  • Use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Computer Engineering

  • C and C++ programming
  • assembly programming
  • design, implementation and testing of digital systems
  • operating system design
  • understanding of computer architecture and performance optimizations
  • simulating, modeling, and design of computer system components
  • software engineering principle and practice
  • circuits design and analysis
  • DSP

Electrical Engineering

  • Analog circuit design, analysis, simulation
  • Digital circuit design, analysis, simulation
  • Communication system design, analysis, simulation
  • Power/Energy applications
  • Microfabrication (clean room) fundamentals
  • Controls applications
  • Electromagnetic field analysis
  • Engineering programming in Matlab
  • Engineering programming in C/C++
  • AutoCAD

Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering

  • Matlab
  • SolidWorks
  • AutoCAD
  • AutoDesk Inventor
  • Revit
  • ANSYS
  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Mathmatica
  • Mathcad
  • Statistical analysis software

Biomedical Engineering

  • biomedical design
  • biomedical instrumentation testing and design
  • physiological measurements and data processing (ECG, EEG, BP, Temp)
  • biomechanics and orthopedic testing and design - tissues and bone
  • tissue and cellular engineering testing and design of cells and tissues
  • quantitative physiology (physiology with engineering involvement/analysis)
  • biomaterials testing and design - cell-based and artificial materials
  • biomedical applications of transport systems - airflow, circulatory flow, cell flow, heat transfer into and out of the body
  • Solidworks and other software modeling systems for biomedical devices and systems
  • Labview analysis of biomedical, physiological, and clinical systems

Chemical Engineering and Chemical & Life Sciences Engineering

  • Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)
  • MS Project
  • Certified in Chemical Engineering Safety through SACHE (Safety and Chemical Engineering Education
  • Design of experiments using JMP software

Computer Sciences

  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • HTML
  • Cybersecurity
  • Databases

Lab Skills

Lab Equipment: microscope, micropipette, centrifuge, vapor hoods, microtone, oblique light microscope, spectrophotometer, buret, temperature probe, UV-VIS spectrophotometer, capillary electrophoresis (Hewlett Packard, Beckmann, MDQ), Bioanalyzer 2000, gas chromatography, Schopper and MIT folds, Bendsten Porosity, infrared spectroscopy, separatory funnel, filtration thru Buchner funnel, pH meter, light compound microscope, centrifuge, refluxing, thin-layer chromatography, Pasteur pipet, condenser, microchromatory column, qualitative analysis for aggregate, vet test machine, autoclaving, volumetric flask, and reflux condenser, autoclaves

Lab Procedures: tissue processing (paraffin wax/ alcohol dehydration) and staining; DNA/RNA amplification, isolation and analysis; molecular genotyping and DNA sequence analysis; DNA cloning (PCR); electrophoresis; immunoassays; spectroscopy; cell and tissue culture, gram staining, pure culture techniques (three phase streaking pattern, plate to tube transfer, etc.), dilution plating, biochemical differential tests (carbohydrate fermentation test, indole test, gelatin liquefaction test, catalase test, oxidase test), gel electrophoresis, percent yield, percent error, crystallization techniques, thin-layer chromatography, distillation techniques GC/MS, Reflux techniques: simple, anhydrous, steam Chelex, FTA, and Qiagen DNA Extractions, DNA Quantitation with spectrophotometer and slot blot, PCR Amplification