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Carpenters are skilled laborers who can look forward to rewarding and challenging careers. This is a field where skills can land you the highest profile or best paying jobs, which is why it is so vital that you represent yourself well with your resume. This professional critique of a real carpenter resume has several examples that should show you clear ways to improve your application. If you follow the advice in this sample, you can make a professional resume that will vault you to the top of the competition, helping you to be a primary candidate for interview or even employment.
Lists should have at least five points
In general, any bulleted list in your resume should contain at least five points. Fewer than this tends to make a section look barren and empty, leading a reader to wonder why it merits its own section. There are two easy ways to keep lists from being too short. First, combine sections that serve similar purposes. In this example, the accomplishments and highlights sections can be merged to help manage empty space. The second tactic is to think more specifically about your work and education experiences. You have surely overcome challenges and found success. Start with a single example, and then summarize it as necessary to fit the context of its section. Also remember that the highlights section is a great place to put keywords that you would like to identify your resume. In the case of a carpenter, keywords relating to specialized tools, techniques or materials that you have mastered are a great starting point.
All lists should be bulleted
This resume shows an experience section that is a bit lacking. First, you want to use bullets for any detailed list. This makes your resume flow and read better and increases the visual appeal. The bullets serve an added effect to make it very obvious to you if a list has too much or too little information. In this case, the bulleted list makes it apparent that the experience section is suffering from the same lack of content as the highlights and achievements. The techniques you applied to help add content to the other sections can be revisited here, but you should keep in mind that experience points should stay detailed and not be overly summarized. Also keep simple keywords and phrases out of the experience section; those should stay only in highlights. Wrong: Corman Marine Construction ? Baltimore , Md Started as a laborer in 2006 and quickly moved my way up through all the skill sets offered. Certified in many different pieces of equipment. Right: Corman Marine Construction ? Baltimore , Md
This example shows the advantage of fixing the format. To fix the content, listing the different pieces of equipment and certifications would be a great start. Listing particularly noteworthy projects and accomplishments is also a reasonable approach.
List relevant classes in the education section
Listing education loses value as your work experience grows. For anyone still studying or recently graduating, the education listings can be one of the strongest parts of the resume. If a degree has not yet been earned or awarded, it is best to list any classes that pertain to the job. These lists should follow the same formatting suggestions as the other sections; use bulleted lists consisting of five to eight points when possible. These examples are just the beginning. You can get substantially more detailed help, applied directly to your own resume by using QuintCareer’s resume builder.