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You’ve worked for a long time, and you know your way around the office or worksite, so why let your resume say poor things about your professionalism? Many times, commonly-made mistakes work their way into a resume, giving a less-than-perfect impression to potential employers. Before you send anything off, check out what our experts had to say about this senior electrical designer resume sample.
The professional summary should be long enough
It doesn’t matter if an applicant comes with all education or all experience; he should always take the time to write and flesh out the professional summary section. This area provides the opportunity to sell an applicant’s best self, including traits, skills, education, and experience. It should be longer than three lines but not exceed six. Theodore needs to work on this section and include more relevant details about himself to take full advantage of this section.
Make short keywords in the highlights section and lose the periods
The highlights section gives applicants the opportunity to showcase relevant experience, certifications, and skills up front. These should always be in keyword form and best represent a bigger idea. Theodore gets a little verbose in this section, so he needs to trim the keywords down. This will also make the columns even and more polished looking. WRONG:
Make sure there is enough to make an accomplishments section
To justify having an accomplishments section, there must be at least three notable entries to include. This applicant only lists one, which is too few. In this case, the section must be removed, and the information included in it should go with the job it pertains to in the experience section.
Don’t forget bullet points
When an employer first looks at a resume, it’s easy for him or her to see how organized and clear it is. To avoid missing out on the next job before one word is ever read, make sure to use bullet points to clearly separate job description details in the experience section. Theodore fails to use these, which makes the resume harder to read quickly. Each sentence should have its own point, and the entire section should be placed in list form instead of paragraph form. WRONG: Electrical Designer/Draftsman/Project Manager/Project Foreman, 01/2004 to 12/2008 Wheaton Engineering/Construction ? Corpus Christi, TX Worked as the senior electrical designer on various commercial projects including schools, health care, detention, retail and manufacturing. Provided the AutoCAD drafting for all of my own electrical design, plus assisted in the AutoCAD drafting for the mechanical and plumbing departments. Was assigned project management duties for various projects. Performed material take-off and bid duties for the construction department. Was assigned to several construction projects as the temporary on-site project foreman. RIGHT: Electrical Designer/Draftsman/Project Manager/Project Foreman, 01/2004 to 12/2008Wheaton Engineering/Construction ? Corpus Christi, TX
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