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Your resume is likely the most important, and possibly the only piece of information that employers will use to determine whether to call you for an interview. It is important that you are able to accurately and effectively communicate your skills and experiences in a way that will create a strong first impression. LiveCareer has provided an automotive technician mechanical engineer resume sample so you can see what mistakes to avoid.
Strengthen the summary
The summary is the first thing employers will read. Be sure to capture your abilities, professional traits, and relevant work experiences in a succinct way. The summary in this sample resume has strong content, but it is far too short. You should be aiming for about four lines for your summary. It does a good job avoiding personal pronouns and including information about the writers work ethic. It could be extended by adding content relating to previous experience, length of work in this field, and acquired abilities.
Managing the education section
When listing your education information, unless specifically requested by the employer, you should not include most of the information this writer included. Details about the coursework and extra information such as Top 5% of class are unnecessary. Certification information can be included in a separate dedicated section. All that is needed for your education section is the location of study, graduation date, and what the focus of your degree or diploma is. The education section is supposed to be a very brief and quick section, but this resume features it predominantly. This section may also need to be shortened further by removing the oldest education information. If it is more than 10 years old, it may no longer be relevant.
Keep the section order in mind
The order of your sections is surprisingly important. A standard has been developed that is made to be most beneficial to resume writers, as well as organize the information in a way that make it easy for employers. The standard order of sections is: Summary, skills, achievements (optional), experiences, education, miscellaneous optional sections This sample resume puts the education information too early, which bogs the beginning of the resume down. By the time the reader gets to the work experiences, which is the most important part of the resume, they may have already lost interest, especially with an education section as expansive as this one. Note that the affiliations section is just one of many optional sections that can be added. Others include Awards, Certifications, or Licenses.
The formatting of your entire resume is vital. After you finish writing, make sure to take an overlooking glance at it to try and imagine what the first thing employers will think before reading is. Look for sections that are big blocks of text, which is intimidating, or repetitive formatting, which is uninviting. In this resume, notice that the information is organized in the exact same way from the education section through the end, with all the lines pushed to the left. This effect is worsened by the previously discussed problems with the education section, but it would be a problem even if it was created corrected. Even something as simple as adding bullets before the points of information in the experience section would greatly improve the resumes readability. Take a look: Automotive TechnicianJune 2005 to May 2006 Chesapeake Jaguar Baltimore, PA
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