It’s been less than a year since the launch of IEEE’s RésuméLab, an online program that helps with the many tasks needed for landing a job. Free to IEEE members, the program can help them write better résumés and cover letters, improve their interview skills, and create personal Web pages.
More than 5,000 members have signed up for the service since it launched in January.
Member Gary Hazard said RésuméLab helped him land his latest job as a quality assurance engineer for a telecommunications firm. The service not only helped him polish his existing résumé, he said, but also gave him a way to show off his skills and credentials to potential employers. He used RésuméLab’s Web page tool, which lets members create custom pages where they can display their résumés, portfolios, cover letters, and links to social media accounts such as Facebook and LinkedIn. “It’s an excellent, inexpensive way to increase your Web presence,” Hazard says.
Student Member Ritesh Reddy, a computer science major in his senior year at University of the West Indies, in Kingston, Jamaica, says he found RésuméLab “immensely helpful.” He learned of the program through IEEE Potentials, the magazine for student members. “It helped me whip up my first résumé in minutes,” he says. “It also gave me examples of what to include in each section, tailored to my field, so I had a much better idea of how to present myself on paper.”
Another feature Reddy found helpful was the interview tool, which displays questions that a candidate might be asked and offers suggestions for how to respond. You can then practice and record your answers using a computer’s microphone and Web camera. “RésuméLab has really guided me in my search so I could put my best foot forward when entering the job market,” he says.
Member P.K. Gokul, a recent EE graduate, says he likes the way RésuméLab’s templates and tools helped him create “a high-quality résumé with no errors.” Although he is still looking, he says, “it’s really made me confident as I search for my first job.”
You can register for the service by signing in with your IEEE account. From there, you can create a profile, upload a résumé if you have one and get tips on how to improve it, compile a list of your qualifications using the skills assessment tool, and use other features to help prepare yourself for the next step in your career.