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In order to craft an effective resume, it’s helpful to examine a few related resumes to get ideas. We’ve consulted with job-search experts to point out a few mistakes in this Ford Motor Company – health and safety engineer resume sample so that you know what to avoid.
The Profile section on this sample resume is a good start, but it is redundant. Never use a word unless it is needed. Wrong: Experienced and team oriented health and safety engineer, with demonstrated and visible achievements such as achieving best safety metrics in Ford North America and receiving three Ford Global Safety Awards. Right: Experienced, team-oriented health and safety engineer, with demonstrated achievements including best safety metrics in Ford North America and three Ford Global Safety Awards. Best anything in North America is an impressive accomplishment. However, in this sample its impact is overshadowed by redundant phrases like demonstrated and visible and achievements such as achieving.
Justify Headings for Clarity
The fact that all of the headings in this sample are centered makes it difficult to read, and difficult to locate information quickly. Resumes are often quickly scanned by the reader, rather than read in-depth. Your headings information should jump out at the reader so that they can easily be found and referred to, so align them with the left margin instead of centering.
Use Action Words
Your prospective employer wants to hear that you are the best person for the job so that they can hire you and be done with their candidate search. When listing your skills, qualities and accomplishments, avoid phrases such as responsible for and begin each point with an action word. Wrong:
Use Bullet Points Effectively
The beauty of the resume is that, unlike the cover letter, it does not require you to craft complete sentences and coherent paragraphs. In fact, its usefulness lies in its ability to list related information under simple headings. Bulleted lists are the best means of doing this, so use them appropriately. In the sample resume, under Professional Experience, there are six bullet points, which is a good start. Three of the six end in periods. You don’t have to use complete sentences for bullet points, but do use periods at the end of each point. Under the Areas of Expertise heading, the bullets are used effectively, but there are several distracting, unnecessary capitalizations. Wrong:
Also, because some of the points listed are areas of expertise and some are experiences, skills and certifications, a better heading for this section would be Skills.
Add a Separate Section for Work-related Certifications
This sample job-seeker has so many industry trainings and certifications listed under the Education heading that his Bachelor’s degree is buried at the bottom of the list. It is okay to combine work-related trainings and certifications with traditional education, but in this case, because there are so many, it would be better to list them separately under a Certifications heading. Now it’s time to apply everything you just learned in this health and safety engineer resume sample to your own job application. Create your own resume in no time with QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.