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A well-written summary should consist of four to six lines of information, and should give a comprehensive overview of your professional background and abilities. This applicant’s summary does not do this, and it is far too short to be effective. She should expand this section and include more information about her qualifications and work history. Wrong: Team-oriented Mechanical Engineer who works effectively with all levels of employees in cross-functional teams. Right: Experienced and driven mechanical engineer with a proven track record of success in a wide range of professional settings. Ability to function independently and in a cross-functional team environment. Proficient in a multitude of 3D modeling and project management programs. Experience working directly with private and government clients. Hoping to lend expertise to a dynamic and challenging role.
Much like the summary section, the highlights section of this resume is too short. Each column should include three to four bullets of information. She currently has a firm foundation, but she still needs to add at least one more career highlight.
Expand Experience Section
The experience section of the resume utilizes the proper format, but it is too short, and does not do a decent job of explaining past roles and responsibilities. To remedy this issue, she should include more details about her past employment and emphasize her achievements at each job. There should also be five to eight bullets for each job description. Wrong: Senior Designer 03/2007 to Current Pierce Mfg Fond Du Lac, WI -Continually improved methods and procedures for processes, measurement, documenting and work flow techniques. -Create completed bills of materials -Design and detail mechanical parts and cable assemblies using Catia Mechanical and Electrical. Design Engineer 05/2006 to 03/2007 Basic American Metal Products Fond Du Lac, WI -Assisted Engineering teams in the design and development of new generations of nursing home beds. -Utilize Solidworks in a day to day basis to develop complex models and drawings for new designs, checking fixtures, and weld fixtures. Designer 05/2003 to 05/2005 Magnum Products Berlin, WI -Worked with the United Stated Marine Corp. on a military contract that we were awarded for $6.5 million dollars -Used Solidworks to create complex assemblies and models with very close tolerances -Supported Manufacturing with support and technical questions Drafter 03/2002 to 04/2003 Oshkosh Truck Corporation Oshkosh, WI -Prepared detailed drawings of electrical components and organized a library for storage of all the components -Routed harnesses through trucks using an E3D software Right: Senior Designer 03/2007 to Current Pierce Mfg Fond Du Lac, WI
Design Engineer 05/2006 to 03/2007 Basic American Metal Products – Fond Du Lac, WI
The right version uses the proper tenses and adds periods, but more information still needs to be added to make this section effective.
Remove Irrelevant Information
The in-depth information about the applicant’s GPA does not need to be included. This information is unnecessary, and applicants should only include information about their school and degree. This information can be eliminated. Remove: GPA 3.45 Current GPA 4.0 Writing a resume requires you to strike a balance between personal and professional information. With the help of QuintCareer’s Resume Builder, you can easily do this and so much more!