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Area supervisors are skilled professionals who can expect a job that compensates them for their expertise. Whether you have been in the field for decades or brand new, you can expect to compete with excellent candidates for a good position. We can help you with the very first step by giving you advice on your resume. Our specialists have broken down a real area supervisor submission to show you the best ways to optimize your own resume.
Keep the summary between four and six lines
A summary, by definition, is supposed to be succinct. When it gets too long, it starts to drag from the readers perspective and the temptation to skim or skip ahead can be strong. For a competitive job, hiring managers have to read through stacks of resumes. If you give them any reason to skip to the next one, they will. This particular example loads the summary with too many specific skills. While it is good to present yourself as skilled and experienced in the summary, you can save the majority of the details for the appropriate section that comes later. Almost the entire second half of this summary could be combined into the skills section. Suggestion: Leader with 6 years of experience focused on day to day safety and environmental compliance, schedule performance and development of personnel. Seasoned Supervisor adept at performing tasks that require advanced technical skill offering a strong management background, including work assignment, planning, review and training staff in work procedures. Experienced in procedure development and review as a Systems Subject Matter Expert. The summary is cut at the point where it transitions from overview to detailed. The rest of the details are valuable information and should appear in the resume; they should just be moved to the appropriate section.
Do not list work experience that is more than 15 to 20 years old
While it is understandable to feel pride in all of the work you have done, not all of it is relevant to your resume. Some applications will specifically ask for your entire history, but in general, employers are interested in your most recent work. Including 15 to 20 years gives them an idea of how often you switch jobs and how reliable you are, but unused skill sets from decades old experience is usually deemed unreliable. There is an exception to this rule. If you have an older entry that stands out because of its impressive stature or because it highlights a specific skill or experience that is pertinent to the job, it can be worth listing. Most of the time, though, this is resume space better spent beefing up the sections where the interviewer is most likely to focus.
List names with their acronyms
Many professional jobs involve specific training and valuable certifications. The catch is that the individual in charge of hiring may not be an expert in your field. Human Resources groups are often responsible for undertaking the hiring process across all departments or divisions. Because of this, you want to avoid relying on acronyms that may not be recognizable. Including the shorthand is fine, but you want to list out the full phrase as well. If you need to repeat the acronym later, the long version only needs to be included the first time it appears in the document. The added bonus to this method is that certificates often sound more impressive in their full form. As with most rules, there is a clear exception. If an acronym is common enough, such as HAZMAT, it is ok to drop the full list. When in doubt, include the long form. This should be enough to get you started, but if you really want the best resume possible, you should try QuintCareer’s Resume Builder. It can apply all of the principles here directly to your personal document.