Crafting a resume can be a daunting process. Resume requirements are constantly evolving and are dependent on the industry, so it’s important to stay on top of the game without having your resume blend in too much with the others. Our experts have reviewed an HVAC Field Technician Manager sample resume and pointed out areas of improvement so that you can have a better idea of where to start when drafting your own.
Take Special Care With Your Summary
Your summary is the first thing your potential employer will see. The sample resume we reviewed contained spelling and grammar errors in this most important area (i.e. ma instead of me). An error like this could send the resume right to the bottom of the pile. The summary was also redundant. The applicant finished one sentence by saying that he has worked in the light commercial field and started another sentence with the same information. Double check your summary to ensure that errors like this don’t cause a recruiter or hiring manager to dismiss the rest of your resume.
Organize Information in an Easy-to-read Format
If you have a more than three points to make in a category, it’s a good idea to put that information into a bulleted list format. If you have a subcategory that has more than three to five points of its own, it’s best to add that information in its own category, too. Hiring managers have a lot of resumes to go through and they need to digest the information quickly. Here is part of the accomplishments section of the resume we viewed: Accomplishments I earned the rank of Machinists Mate Second Class during my active service in the US Navy. As a service technician I have attended many service related schools, including Trane and Carrier chiller formal training. I passed the Emerson E2 refrigeration control class. A better way to organize the information is demonstrated below. Notice we have removed the locations from the licenses section because the last license did not include a location and it is crucial that your lists are consistent. We have listed the licenses separately because they are numerous. The sentence about learning to work almost any type of equipment was removed because such a sentence would be better placed in the summary section. Current Licenses Indianapolis Unlimited HVAC/R Class A Masters HVAC Kentucky Journeyman HVAC Accomplishments Machinists Mate Second Class in U.S. Navy Emerson E2 refrigeration control class Formal training from Trane, Carrier chiller and more
How to Word the Education and Experience Sections
Unless you are a recent graduate or applying at entry level, include your experience section first. As always, proofread your sections carefully to weed out any grammar or spelling errors. If you are unsure how a course of study or an award is capitalized, take the extra time to look it up. On another note, if you have received numerous awards and/or honors throughout your time as a student or an employee, give yourself a section just for those. It will give your potential employer something nice to look at that other resumes in the pile may not have. When you describe the duties for your positions, make sure you are consistent from one position to the next. Start each description of your duties with an action word. For example, instead of saying, I managed over 300 service technicians, say, Managed over 300 service technicians. Those are just a few tips that can help you create the first draft of your resume. When you’re ready to take your draft to the next level, use Live Career’s Resume Builder to give your resume the power it needs to help you excel.