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It is important that you are able to create a resume that captures your abilities and work experiences when you are searching for a job. Let LiveCareer help you get started by providing a sheet metal apprentice resume sample. Take a look to learn what common mistakes others have made so you can avoid making them yourself.
Manage your introduction
To introduce your resume, start with a strong summary, followed by a highlight of your skills. Your summary should be about four lines that detail your experiences, skills, abilities, work ethic, and professional traits. This sample summary has very strong content, and it is of appropriate length, but it makes heavy use of personal pronouns, such as I or we, which should not be the case. Then, the highlights section should be two columns of three or four bullet points. In this sample resume, the highlight section is formatted and written well.
Strengthen your accomplishments
The accomplishments section can include some very effective information, but it is important to realize that it is ultimately optional. Only include this section if you have very strong achievements to add. Completing training or getting certified, as seen in this resume, is not the kind of information you should include, although this information can be included elsewhere, such as in the experience or certification section. Instead, you should list specific achievements you have had, such as Increased profits by 10% or Established an improved process that improved efficiency of daily operation. You should also always be sure to have at least three points. Otherwise, it is better to simply not include this information.
Formatting your experiences
The experience section is one of the most important in your resume. Each position you include should be organized, with five to eight bullet points that detail responsibilities or acquired skills. List your work history starting with the most recent position and working backwards. It should be in past tense, with the exception of the currently held job, and personal pronouns should be avoided. Also be sure to start each point with a strong action verb. The biggest mistake this resume makes is formatting the experiences as a paragraph. If all the changes listed here were implemented, it might look like this: ApprenticeFebruary 2008 to February 2013 Paducah Sheet MetalPaducah, KY
Of course, you should also make sure to identify and remove all typographical errors, such as the poor capitalization that is found in this sample section.
Manage the length of your resume
Finally, it is important that you keep the length of your resume in mind. This sample has a lot of empty space at the end of the resume, which gives a bad impression to employers. It should be your goal to entirely fill a single page, with no wasted or blank space and without bleeding onto a second page. The primary technique the writer should use to lengthen this resume is formatting the experience section as discussed above. Additionally, a second optional section could be added to the end, such as Certification or Affiliation. LiveCareer is committed to helping you get started on creating a resume that accurately and effectively communicates your abilities and skills to employers. Use our Resume Builder tool and read the expert advice we have compiled to make sure your resume is up to the high standard placed by employers.