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Make sure that you are giving yourself the best chance possible when submitting a resume for review by a potential employer. Resumes need to be truly outstanding to make themselves stick out from the crowd. It may seem difficult to make such a resume, but with the helpful advice of resume experts you can craft one for yourself with no trouble at all. The following journeyman lineman resume sample shows some common mistakes that are made by resumes across the board.
Use bullet points
Bullet points are the perfect tool when it comes to cleaning up your resume and making it exponentially more professional and easier to read. Summaries should be the only sections utilizing a paragraph format. Everything else that is listed should be structured with bullet points. WRONG: Experience Rocky Mountain Power June 2005 to Current Journeyman Lineman Vernal, Utah Remove and/or install power poles, towers, and other support structures; work on energized conductors using rubber glove and/or hot stick techniques; remove and/or install anchors, guy wires; install or replace cross arms and overhead conductor, etc.; install, repair, maintain, and/or splice primary and secondary underground conductors; set and remove electric meters; install, repair, replace, and/or remove street lights and make out appropriate reports; install, repair, replace, and/or remove both overhead and underground transformers, capacitor banks, switches, boxes, connectors, and other line apparatus; read work orders, switching orders, circuit maps, and note job changes on maps; drive and operate digger derricks, bucket trucks, fork lifts, pole dollies; operate wire pullers and other associated line equipment. RIGHT: Experience Rocky Mountain Power June 2005 to Current Journeyman Lineman Vernal, Utah
Try to keep to eight bullet points at the maximum when it comes to listing relevant details on your work experience entries, or you risk being overly wordy.
Include enough information
Conversely, it is possible to have too little information listed on your work experience entries. Each entry should contain at least five relevant details. WRONG: GENEVA STEEL January 1988 to March 1999 Crane Operator Vineyard, Utah Operated and maintained various cranes for the production of steel. RIGHT: GENEVA STEEL January 1988 to March 1999 Crane Operator Vineyard, Utah
This might mean that you have to downsize the number of jobs that you list on your resume. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Having keywords that stand out to potential employers and appropriate details can be far more important than having a ton of jobs listed without any further explanation.
Accomplishment sections should come after the skills section at the beginning of the resume. Accomplishments should be details like increasing sales production by 15% or earning the Teacher of the Year award. WRONG: Accomplishments I.P.S.A. Journeyman Lineman I.B.E.W. Journeyman Lineman 5 year safety coordinator Whether it’s listed as an accomplishment or something else, you need to make sure that you are providing context for the detail at hand. Not every potential employer is going to know what your acronyms stand for or why they are important. Now that you’ve seen a few errors in action, it’s time to apply your new knowledge to your own resume. With QuintCareer’s Resume Builder you can create your own error-free resume with ease and enjoy doing so.