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When you are updating your professional resume, you want to ensure you eliminate any errors in format, content or grammar to increase you chance of receiving an invitation to interview. To help you, weve asked experts to critique this Big Rig Truck Technician and offer suggestions for improvement. Incorporate this information into your editing and youll be on your way to landing that interview.
Follow the Standard Summary Format
What is the professional summary? It is an overview of your most compelling skills and experience. Think of it this way: if you had 30 seconds to convince a hiring manager that you are the best candidate, what would you say? In the sample, the applicant covers plenty of information, but most of it doesnt belong in a resume or professional summary. Once you get an interview, you may have the chance to discuss how you began working on cars, but its not a great focus for the summary. Instead, use phrases written from the first person and discuss your experience and abilities. Dont worry about including dates or specific project details. Be broad and try to encapsulate what makes you stand out as a professional in 4-6 lines. Additionally, try to begin phrases with strong and/or action words. For instance, revised phrases might include: Experienced Big Rig Truck Technician capable in large dealership and small auto shop environments. Motivated and organized professional who is proficient in old technologies as well as modern procedures.
Use Bullets in the Experience Section
The best way to convey information in an easy to scan format is to use bullets. Paragraphs are useful within the context of normal literature, but resumes are much different. Think of you resume as a polaroid of your professional experience. You have a limited amount of space to relate important details and make an impression. Bullets are a better use of space and convey important details much quicker than a traditional paragraph. In the experience section, the applicant does all right with including details about past responsibilities, but like in the summary, he uses complete sentences where short phrases should be used. Bullets should be paired with succinct phrases that begin with strong and/or action words. A revised experience entry would look like: Technician 04/2013 to Current Roborts Truck Center Wichita, KS
Normally, an entry would be in the past tense, but this is a current position. As such, the phrases are in the present tense form. Notice that each phrases is punctuated with a period and overall, the entry follows the standard 5-8 bullets per work entry.
Include a Highlights or Skills
When you format your resume, remember the hiring manager is likely to read it from top to bottom. After your summary section, it is traditional to include a Highlights or Skills section. The exact name can vary depending on your preference, but the information is much the same. Like in the experience section, write concise phrases paired with bullet points. In fact, the phrases should probably be around 5 words or less. In this section, draw attention to your skill set. If your hiring manager has to comb through your experience section to understand your capabilities, he or she may miss one of your most compelling abilities. Use the highlights section to convey your most relevant skills and allow you experience section to provide evidence and support. If you want to really polish your professional resume and impress the hiring manager, listen to these experts and revise your document accordingly. For more help and access to eye-catching templates, use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.