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There are many mistakes that resume writers frequently fall into. At LiveCareer, we are trying to help as many people as possible create resumes that will earn them an interview. We have collected expert advice, in addition to providing a head machinist resume sample so you can see, firsthand, what you should prioritize and what you should avoid.
Create a strong summary
Always start your resume with a summary section. There are some things this summary does correctly and some things that could be improved. It is a common mistake to write your summary as a list of objectives. This writer avoided that pitfall, but they still did not format it just right. The content is perfect, but paragraph form is much better than a bulleted list. You should aim for four lines, which is nearly impossible when you have a list like this one. If it was changed back into a paragraph, it would have just about the right amount of information to fill four lines. Remember that you should include information from various areas to give a thorough overview of your abilities.
Prioritize your experiences section
The first few sections are supposed to act like a hook to get an employer to continue reading. Once they get to the section detailing your professional experiences, it is time to sell yourself. This is the part where you can really go in depth about what you have done, how these experiences make you qualified for the position you are applying for, and what unique benefits you can bring to the table. Take a look at this resume’s experiences section: Pro-Fab Los Lunas, N.M. Machinist 03/2011 to Current Hired on as CNC machinist in 2011. Always early to work and never late. I have received good raises following all three of my evaluations due to management satisfaction. I have been head programmer and lead machinist since beginning of 2013. This is not nearly enough information to get an employer interested. Not everyone has the benefit of several previous jobs to fill their resume out, but you need to find some way to fill the space. Include any volunteer work, internships, impressive educational experiences, or anything else that would fit. If this writer really had nothing else he could include here, adding more information would be absolutely necessary. Formatting it in a bulleted list allows the information to fill more space as well. Figure out exactly what acquired skills you want to communicate about yourself, and be direct and specific in stating it. Finally, be sure to write in past or present tense depending on whether it is a current position or not, start each point with a strong action verb, and avoid personal pronouns.
Make your resume long enough
Perhaps the biggest mistake this writer made was making the resume too short. It can be difficult to entirely fill the page, but blank space looks especially bad to employers. Spend some time identifying as much information you can include without repeating yourself. In this case, the summary has to be shortened, so the writer has a lot of work ahead. The achievements section does a good job of being impressive looking at a glance and filling a lot of space. Similar strategies could be taken with the experience and educational sections. Instead of simply mentioning a transfer, each school could be listed on its own. Plus, an extra section to detail affiliations or licensing could be added to the end. Hopefully these tips will help you when you are ready to begin writing your own head machinist resume. Use the LiveCareer Resume Builder to ensure that you do not make these or other common mistakes.