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When you’re updating your resume, it can be daunting navigating the expected formats and information, especially if haven’t applied to a new job listing in a while. That’s why we’ve gathered a team of experts to look over this mechanical maintenance technician resume sample and provide suggestions for improvement. Our team has honed in on common informational and formatting mistakes, so incorporate their advice into your editing process to ensure your document stands out.
Summary Mean No Bullets
In your entire resume, there is only one place you’ll escape bullet points and extremely short phrases: the Professional Summary. Here, you still can’t use proper nouns, but you do get to use longer phrases written from the first person point of view. The space is for your elevator pitch. In other words, if you had 30 seconds to convince the hiring manager that you are the best candidate, what would you say? Include general and compelling information about your professional career like years of experience or proficiencies with various computer languages. You have 4 to 6 lines to convey a snapshot of your professional merits. Leave fine details to the work history section, and simply focus on a short and spellbinding pitch. While the example does an excellent job pointing to specific and relevant expertise, only the first sentence falls inline with accepted summary standards. A revised summary could be: Versatile multi-craft technician who is extremely effective working independently and in team-oriented spaces. Motivated mechanical maintenance technician who is an expert in mechanical electrical troubleshooting, pneumatics, hydraulics and related systems. Dedicated professional who has over 5 years of field experience and strong welding abilities. Committed technician familiar with all standard industry equipment as well as regulatory standards.
Three Accomplishments or Better
In most cases, applicants who warrant an Accomplishments section have either a lengthy or jam-packed career. The accepted rule of thumb for this section is that if you can’t fill it with at least three bullet points, skip it. What goes in this section? Here, you’ll include information that is quantifiable. For example, if you say you are frequently complimented for your excellent customer service, back this claim up with an outstanding employee award. Conversely, if you are a savvy marketer, include how you raised company profits by 40 percent last quarter. The listed accomplishments read more like bullets from the work history section and there are only two listed achievements. As such, this particular candidate should simply move the information to the appropriate work experience entry and delete this section.
Experience Means Only Bullets
Unlike the summary section, the experience section demands plenty of bullets and no paragraphs. In the sample, the candidate had great information delivered in short, informative phrases. To fix his formatting error, each phrase needs to start with a bullet, like so: Maintenance Technician, 10/2007 to Current Smithfield Packing Co. ? Kinston, NC
Each entry needs 5 to 8 bullets, so we’ve incorporated one of the accomplishment entries into this edit. For more helpful information, use Live Career’s Resume Builder and you’ll get access to a number of wonderfully professional templates. Make the most of our expert advice and you’ll be on your way to landing your next big interview with that dream employer.