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Before your first interview, your resume gets your foot in an employer’s door. To help you put together a professional, polished resume, our career experts have reviewed this make ready technician resume sample and pointed out a few common mistakes. By studying the concerns highlighted here, you’ll gain a better understanding of how to improve your own resume to ensure you’re putting your best foot forward.
Don’t undersell yourself with a too-short summary
The summary statement which opens your resume is where you get to introduce yourself to a potential employer. It’s a great place to bring up the key points that make you the best candidate for a job, both your professional skills set and your personal traits. An ideal summary statement should be four to six lines long, short enough to be read in a minute, but with enough substance to convey the kind of employee you’ll make. The summary on this technician resume sample is a good start, but can offer more information. Original: Personable; well-versed in evaluating and diagnosing problems and repairing issues in a timely and professional manner. Improved: Personable, EPA-certified Make Ready Technician with more than five years of experience in evaluating and repairing HVAC, plumbing and electrical equipment. Work closely with maintenance supervisors and technicians to diagnose problems and fix them in a timely and professional manner. Strong mechanical and electrical skills supported by proficiency in painting and renovation.
Proofread, then proofread again
Since a resume is where a potential employer first gets to know you, it’s essential that every element be in place. Simple errors in spelling, grammar and document formatting can be easy to overlook, but if noticed may appear inept or negligent. The colored font in the summary here was probably just a mistaken mouse-click, but it gives an inaccurate impression of incompetence. Always review your resume a couple of times after completing it, and if possible get someone else to take a look at it as well. Also try printing it out to make sure it’s formatted correctly on paper as well as on your screen.
Keep sections to a reasonable length
While you don’t want your sections to be too short, if they’re too long they can run the risk of being skimmed, so that significant elements may get overlooked. As a general rule of thumb, most bullet-point lists on a resume should be between three and eight items. If the lists of responsibilities and achievements for any one job in your Work Experience starts running long, consider moving some of them to a separate Accomplishments or Career Highlights section, placed before your Work Experience section.
Target your experience to the position you’re applying for
In many cases, some of your past work experience may not be as relevant to your current career. Jobs more than twenty years past can generally be left off a resume. More recent work should still be included, to avoid gaps in employment history and to give the full perspective of your career trajectory. However, when including positions from other fields, emphasize the responsibilities and accomplishments that are most pertinent to the job you’re currently seeking. In this sample resume, the candidate’s work as a warehouse associate is important enough to include, but the list of responsibilities is overly long. Some of the details related to transportation and stocking can be trimmed, in favor of focusing on the aspects that apply to a technician, such as maintaining the warehouse according to OSHA standards and operating machinery. The issues pointed out in this make ready technician resume sample can occur in any resume, but with a little knowledge they’re easy to avoid. To take advantage of what you’ve learned, use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to create a resume that showcases all you have to offer.