Addison P

Glenn,

I enjoyed the presentation you gave recently at the University of Michigan. It was very informative and I appreciated the way you delivered the information. I was wondering, though, how important our choice of minor is to employers. I was thinking that a math or business minor would be valuable for CS majors. Is this the case? Or are minors not that important?

Glenn Galler

Addison,

As a recruiter, your Minor is important to me when it is in line with your Major and it supports your interests. Using your example, a Computer Science Major with a Business Minor is interesting to me if the student is interested in a consulting position, or a position in project or people management. I also have no difficulty aligning the Math Minor with the Computer Science Major in that it could easily allow a student to develop better problem solving skills, logical thinking and the ability to analyze and solve complex problems. As students, you can help yourself by helping the recruiter see the connections between the Major and Minor degrees.

When there is no clear connection between the Major and Minor degrees, this can be a problem for the recruiter. Please see the discussion on Multiple Majors to see where having unrelated Majors and Minors can be an issue.

Cheng-Fu Lin

Hi Glenn,

I’m taking EECS 470 Computer Architecture this semester. I’m going to build an out-of-order, two-way super-scale Processor based on P6 Architecture in the following months.
Would it be ok if I mention my final project of this semester on my resume?
Which tense (past or present) should I use in describing this project?

Glenn Galler

Cheng-Fu,

I would not put this project into your resume now. Next term, it will be a great project to include in your resume. It is okay to list the Computer Architecture (470) course in your resume since you are currently taking it. The resume can include items that you are currently doing or have done in the past, but it should not include items that you will be doing in the future. There are still many things that could happen that could prevent this project from ever occurring even though it is likely it will happen.

There are good ways that you can bring up this project even if it is not on your resume. For instance, if the recruiter asks what courses are you taking now (a common question), then you can say, “I am currently taking Computer Architecture and our final project will be to create an out-of-order, two-way super-scale Processor based on P6 Architecture. I have already starting thinking about ways to do this…”.

Glenn Galler

Max Chang

Hi Glenn,

I remembered that when you gave the presentation in the University of Michigan you mentioned the status of international students.

Though I am a international student now, I am also on the waiting list for permanent residence interview since my father is a U.S. citizen, and I may receive the green card within 2-3 years. So, I am wondering should I include this information either in the resume or cover letter.

Thank you for your suggestion.

Max

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Glenn Galler

Max,

This is a very good question. Normally, you don’t want to include any information in your resume that is in the future (see the discussion on resumes called . However, this is very important information which could increase your chances of getting a job significantly. I found this website (https://egov.uscis.gov/cris/Dashboard/CaseStatus.do) that shows the various stages of green card processing. I would suggest putting the stage you are in with your application in your resume. This information could go in the Work Experience section or at the top of the resume in the Name and Contact section. There are going to be companies that will not be able to hire you because you have not completed the process yet. On the other hand, there may be companies that will hire you knowing that the process is underway. This may make a big difference if you are looking for an internship or coop where there is no need to sponsor you immediately. With this information in your resume, you will have an additional piece of information to discuss in the interview.

With this question, you are in the running for a FREE resume review. Good luck.

Glenn

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