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The right advice can go a long way when it comes to crafting your resume. In order to avoid simple mistakes and create a solid resume it can be important to have professionals look over your resume. To help you on this path, we have had expert resume builders look over this residential HVAC service technician resume sample and point out some mistakes. Look over these examples and you will find that you have a better understanding on what corrections you should make to your own resume.
List sections according to relevance
There is no one size fits all model for resumes. Each resume is unique, and should be treated as such. In the example resume, the sections are listed in a very standardized way. While this might be fine for some fields, it does not do much for this particular resume. Education and training plays a larger role than work history for this resume, so it should be listed higher. When you take the time to arrange your sections in the proper order, potential employers will see the most important information first. An example of how to arrange the sections for this resume would look like: Education and Licenses S-2 License , HVAC2008Connecticut Energy Marketers Association (formerly ICPA) ? Cromwell, CT, USA Completed 17 job related courses. Completed 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Experience HVAC Technician Service/InstallationJun 2004 to Current Kasden Fuel Company ? East Hartford, CT In certain fields, training and licensing make a huge difference. Put this section before experience to show potential employers that you have the right training for the position for which you are applying.
Avoid repeating the same words
When you are writing about your skills, you want to make sure you use strong action verbs to highlight your abilities. It is important to avoid cliched phrases such as responsible for but it is also necessary to vary up your choice of words. In this residential HVAC service technician sample resume, there are several instances where the same word is used in close proximity: EXAMPLE: Maintained and serviced HVAC systems. Examined heating and air-conditioning for signs of defects or malfunction. Responded to complaints about temperature problems in a timely manner. Installed heating and air conditioning equipment and tested them for proper operation. Maintained excellent relationships with customers and fellow employees. Installation team leader. The word maintained is duplicated within a few lines in the above example, and it can be much more beneficial to use a thesaurus to come up with a stronger word choice.
The Skills and Abilities section of a resume, in this example called the Highlights section, is your chance to point out the relevant skills you have for a job. It is a common mistake to generalize these points and rely on overused phrases like customer service oriented or works well with others. While these may be important skills, they will do nothing to make your resume stand out. Opt instead for specific skills learned in the field: WRONG: Customer service oriented RIGHT: Repeat customers due to exceptional service When you take the time to focus on specific tasks, you will find that your accomplishments really shine through. This will help your resume seem less general, and gear it towards your actual skills and abilities in the field. Now that you know some of the more common mistakes, you are ready to move forward with the right tools. Take advantage of QuintCareer’s Resume Builder and get the help you deserve for a perfect resume.