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Whether you have years of experience under your belt or you are just starting out in the career field of your dreams, a resume speaks volumes about more than just the information included. Commonly-made mistakes tend to creep their way into resumes and speak poorly about their writer’s professionalism. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, our experts have given us their best resume practices for mistakes found in this process and product engineer resume sample.
Don’t waste the professional summary section
The professional summary is a section that shouldn’t be skipped over or skimped on no matter who the applicant is or how much experience or education he or she may have. This section should be four to six lines and represent the best an applicant has to offer an employer. Details should be relevant to each job if applying for many. Kevin only needs to lengthen his summary to meet the requirements.
Only achievements should be placed in the accomplishments section
If an applicant has appropriate and relevant accomplishments, this section is important to include on a resume. However, this section must only contain notable or measureable accomplishments. Kevin includes some items that would be better placed in the experience section or nowhere at all. WRONG:
An accomplishments section should also contain at least three entries. Because the adjusted version only contains one item, this section should be removed from the resume. Kevin can include the leftover information with the job it pertains to.
Always use bullet points in the experience section to separate information
One of the first things an employer sees on a resume before he or she ever reads one word of information is whether or not an applicant has used formatting techniques to keep the resume organized. Bullet points are one of the biggest helps when creating organization, which is something Kevin leaves out of his experience section. This section becomes an ocean of words with nothing to help navigate. He needs to fix this by making sure each sentence has its own bullet point and that each detail is listed vertically. WRONG: Fixed Equipment Engineer Co-op June 2010 to August 2010 ExxonMobil ? Beaumont, TX Was responsible for piping, heat-exchangers, and pressure vessels the ExxonMobil Chemical Plant in Beaumont, TX. Led projects using PV Elite to reclassify and verify current pressure and temperature ratings. Used mechanical knowledge to provide recommendations on safe operating ranges for equipment. Developed repair packages for heat-exchangers to increase working life. Worked with legal staff to create documents to aid in classifying non-critical pressure vessels to ASTM specifications for future engineers. RIGHT: Fixed Equipment Engineer Co-op June 2010 to August 2010 ExxonMobil ? Beaumont, TX
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