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When applying for jobs, your resume is the most important piece of information that you have. Let LiveCareer help you create one that summarizes your experience and skills in an efficient and effective way. Take a look at this mechanical engineering student resume sample to learn what techniques work, and which you should avoid.
Organize the information
The first mistake this writer made was the order they chose for the different sections. There are many aspects of a resume that are not strictly predefined, but you should always stick to the expected order of sections unless you have a very unusual case that warrants changing it up. Your resume should be Summary, Skills, Experience, Education As you can see, a few extra sections have been added, and that is smart, but the ones listed here are the mandatory ones. The only divergence from this order is where the skills section is. It may not seem like a big deal, but the standard resume order is very specific for a reason. Organizing the information in a specific way maximizes your chances of employers reading all the way through. By removing the skills section from the beginning, the reader reaches the experience section too quickly, and they do not have as much time to be eased in. Unless they are hooked immediately, they are going to stop reading.
It is also important to note that the skills section is not formatted correctly here. When creating your own skill highlight, be sure that it is in the form of a bulleted list. It should be two columns, each with three or four points. The point included, Proficient in operating a forklift and a bobcat tractor can be a single bullet. This is the area you can include information about what sets you apart and what you can bring to the table. This can include personal attributes and physical abilities.
Adding optional sections can be an effective technique, but the most important aspect to remember is that each piece of information needs to be worthwhile. This resumes extra sections are affiliations, certifications, and interests. The first two are well executed and include information that justifies using the space, but the interests section should be removed. There is barely any information at all, and what little there is will be no use to employers. In addition to these, you can also add a section detailing accomplishments or awards.
Format your experiences
It seems this resume included many small sections in an effort to lengthen the resume to the appropriate length. The experience section is too short, so it would have been more effective to simply lengthen this one section. This is how it is formatted now: High Falls Water Park ? Jackson, GA Assistant Manager Responsible for chemical balance of all water features, filtrations systems, maintenance of pumps, and adhered to all applicable regulations, policies and procedures for health, safety and environmental compliance. Identified and repaired problems with equipment. It is nearly correct, but it should be changed into a bulleted list. Notice the use of action verbs and that all personal pronouns are removed. This aspect is correct. Heres what each position should look like: High Falls Water Park ? Jackson, GA Assistant Manager
You should have five to eight points for each position. We also changed Responsible for to an action verb. Choose LiveCareer to help you create a resume that will represent yourself well. Use our resume building tool to get started.