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No matter if you have just graduated from college or if you have over thirty years of experience, writing a resume is a daunting task. There are a lot of mistakes that can be made, but you can use some expert advice in order to avoid making the same mistakes that everyone else does. Use this senior HVAC journeyman resume sample to learn about common pitfalls and how you should avoid them as you build your own resume. ? Use space saving formatting ? According to expert advice, your resume should be a maximum of one page for every ten years of experience that you have without exceeding three pages. That means that you will have a lot of experiences, accomplishments, skills and certifications to fit onto one or two pages. In order to fit all of the information you need to fit, you have to use space saving formatting. On the sample resume, the applicants summary section is written in a listed paragraph form. Instead of writing it like this, your summary section should be four to six sentences in paragraph form. AFTER: Safety-conscious technician with 30 years of residential and commercial HVAC installation and maintenance experience. Effectively manages a large volume of work orders for both residential and commercial properties by remaining flexible and reliable in scheduling. Excellent understanding of HVAC controls, plumbing, refrigeration machinery operations and HVAC repair and maintenance. Use organization, motivation and ambition to ensure that customers always get the service that they need. Looking forward to continuing to learn new skills and pass years of knowledge to newcomers. ? Share enough information without sharing too much ? Writing a successful resume means that you have to be able to walk the line between too much information and not enough information. On the sample resume, the applicant lists 21 points in the highlights section. Experts suggest that this section have three to eight points in each column. Similarly, the sample accomplishment section only has one point, but experts suggest it have at least three points or be combined with the highlights section. AFTER: Highlights
Accomplishments Complete multiple professional development seminars to keep knowledge current and increase service and repair skills:
These section now have enough information without giving too much information. ? Make your highlights section buzzworthy ? Another thing that experts suggest is that you use keywords and short phrases in your highlights section. The keywords can often be pulled straight from the job description for the position that you are applying for because this will make it customized for the job. Using these short phrases and keywords will make your highlights section really standout to the hiring manager. Look at the example highlights section above to see the use of some keywords, like Self-Motivated, Problem Solver, Team Player and Analytical Thinker, in action. The highlights section is now much more readable, buzzworthy and eye catching than it had previously been. ? Make your sections readable ? One of the worst things you can do for your resume is make it a big jumbled mess of words. You have to use bullets and table tools in order to ensure that each section is as readable as it can be, so that hiring managers can see the important information without thoroughly reading the resume. On the senior HVAC journeyman sample resume, the applicant does not use the table tool or bullets in the experience section. Here is an example of how this section could be better formatted: HVAC Technician/Journeyman Limbach August 2012 to March 2013 Columbus, Ohio
This sample section is now easier to read, and falls within the expert suggested limits of five to eight points per position. ? Put your information in the best order ? There is no one set order for resumes. Experts recognize that each person may need a different order for their sections. For example, a new graduate will want to include their education before their experience because this will showcase their most recent accomplishments first. The common order that experts suggest is:
When you set out to write your resume, make sure to order the sections in the way that best suits your needs. ? Use the best tools ? Now that you have become more familiar with common resume writing mistakes and how to avoid them, it is time for you to start writing your own resume. Make sure to use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to ensure that you make a resume that will stand out.