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When you are applying for a position in a new company, you want your resume to stand out from everyone else’s. We brought in expert resume writers to look over this machine set-up operator resume sample and find ways to make it better. You can apply the same tips to your own resume.
Do away with the objective
The objective should be replaced with a summary that highlights what you will bring to the company and its open job position. A solid summary will be three to four lines of text. Highlight your relevant skills, personality traits and job titles, but don’t go into too much detail. Think of the summary as an eye-catching “headline” to keep the hiring manager reading.
Separate your skills and highlights sections
Many resumes, including this machine set-up operator resume sample, tend to group skills and highlights into the same section. In reality, they are two different things and should be treated as such. Skills involve job-specific items, whereas highlights are personality traits that would help an applicant do his or her job well. WRONG Highlights
A couple of other adjustments were also made in the above bullet lists. Only the first word should be capitalized, unless the rest of the line is part of a proper noun. Additionally, you should be sure to proofread. This resume used the term “blue prints,” but “blueprints” is actually just one word.
Avoid using dates when possible
Using dates on your resume is not required. In fact, doing so can actually show gaps, which is what it did in this machine set-up operator resume sample. This could keep a hiring manager from reading further. If there are gaps in your employment history, avoid listing dates on your resume. When you get called in for an interview, the interviewer will likely ask about them, which gives you a chance to explain any time you weren’t working.
Use bullet points and avoid repetition
This machine set-up operator resume sample is easy to read and well-organized, but there are two things the applicant could have done to make it even better. First, he should have used bullet points where he listed his duties and responsibilities for each job. This helps it to look more professional. Additionally, in some places, he re-lists “Set-up Operator” on several lines, even though this was his job title at the company. The hiring manager will likely already understand what he was doing, so there’s no need to mention it again. WRONG
Ensure nothing is hard to read
The education section of this machine set-up operator resume sample is a bit jumbled, which makes it hard to read. To make it easier for a hiring manager to skim, the applicant could have used a slightly different format. WRONG Interamerican University of Puerto Rico – Bayamon, PR, Puerto Rico 3 Years: Mechanical Engineering RIGHT Interamerican University of Puerto Rico Bayamon, PR, Puerto Rico Coursework in Mechanical Engineering Simply saying you took coursework looks a bit more professional, and if the interviewer asks if you have a degree that you don’t have, you can take that opportunity to explain why you haven’t finished yet and whether you plan to. Finally, although the education in this sample is recent enough to leave the dates on, you can also choose to remove dates in this section, especially if you completed the work more than 10 years ago. A solid resume should be formatted so it’s easy to read and only include relevant information. To begin crafting your own professional resume, start with QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.