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Keep Items Relevant to Headings
Most of the information presented in this sample is relevant to the heading it’s under. However, because only one of the two points under the accomplishments heading is a quantifiable accomplishment, it would be better to skip this section and incorporate these two points into the highlights.
Use Proper Grammar, Including Appropriate Verb Tenses
Your resume will give your prospective employer an initial impression of you, for good or for bad. Because this first impression will be generated based on your writing, pay close attention to grammar and spelling. When writing about your current job, use the present tense. When describing previous positions, use the past tense. Double-check for spelling and grammatical errors, and never mention yourself in the third person.
List Experience in Bulleted Lists, Not in Paragraph Form
The work experience listed on this sample is a little overwhelming, because there is a lot of information but no formatting to break up the text. Instead of creating a narrative paragraph for each entry, use simple bullet points that begin with action words to describe what you did. Avoid using passive phrases like responsible for or in charge of. Before: Experience Abbott Laboratories June 2011 to Current Senior Controls Technician North Chicago, IL I helped achieve company goals by supporting production workers. I performed airflow PM’s on biological safety level 1 through 3 laboratories and also verified and supported clean rooms for drug manufacturing, by verifying airflow and air balance control as well as environmental controls. Troubleshot and repaired HVAC and refrigeration equipment. Disassembled units, repaired broken components and restored them to operating condition. Serviced electrical, pneumatic, mechanical and microprocessor controls. Scan-tested HEPA filters at specified flow rates. Maintained and serviced HVAC systems and refrigeration equipment. Analyzed, modified and repaired digital control systems. Assessed the accuracy of HVAC and refrigeration PM procedures and gave feedback to management. Retained careful and thorough maintenance and repair records. Examined heating and refrigeration systems, air-conditioning and air compressors for signs of defects or malfunction. Complied with engineering standards and practices at all times, including cGMPs. Recycled and charged refrigerants. Responded to complaints about temperature problems in a timely manner. Replaced electrical motors and HVAC systems up to 480 volts after main disconnect. Repaired and replaced condensers, compressors, pumps and valves. After: Experience Abbott Laboratories – Senior Controls Technician – North Chicago, IL – June 2011 to Current
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