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If you haven’t dusted off your professional resume in a while, you’ll need to make a few updates to the format and content before you send it off to the hiring manager. We’ve gathered a team of experienced resume experts and asked them to find areas that need improvement in this structural welder resume sample. To make sure you professional documents meets current industry standards, incorporate these tips and guidelines into your editing process.
Use the Professional Summary’s Full Space
Your professional summary is your very first impression, so don’t leave the space blank. The sample only uses one phrase, but best practices call for 4 to 6 longer phrases. This is the only resume section that calls for extended writing and phases, so take full advantage of the opportunity to relate your professional merits. An expanded and revised summary for this resume might look like: Professional Summary Results-oriented structural welder with extensive knowledge of MIG techniques and experienced building and fabricating ships. High-energy welding professional capable of working with a team and managing multiple projects simultaneously. Motivated welder with heavy equipment and weld measuring experience as well as arc welding. Committed welding professional who learns quickly and is flexible enough to work in off site locations.
Bullet the Experience Section
Paragraphs may have once been acceptable in the experience section, but now, bullets are the order of the day. Each experience entry is allowed 5 to 8 bullets paired with short phrases. These points should describe your past job responsibilities and showcase your professional experience. Start each bullet with a strong verb in the past tense, unless you are writing an entry for a current position. We’ve revised the sample’s last work entry to reflect these standards: Welder Trainee to Welder 4February 1998 to May 2002 Nassco National Steel and Ship Building co. Charlotte, NC
Reformat Education Entry
In the education section, you need to include the name of the educational institution, the date you complete your program and the type of certification you received. If you’ve graduated years ago the applicant, you don’t need to include your date of graduation. A revised education section would eliminate the repetition of the school name and include proper capitalization like so: Education Nabua National High School Nabua, Philippines High School Diploma General
Proofread for Mistakes and Misspellings
Perhaps the biggest problem in this resume sample is the lack of capitalization and proofreading. Especially in the experience section, the applicant fails to follow normal grammatical rules for capitalization titles and regular phrases. When you write your resume, you must adhere to standard grammar rules. Following the applicant’s experience section format, we’ve revised the 1st and 3rd experience entries to meet grammatical standards: Structural Welder, Industrial and Marine Workforce Specialist, Journeyman Structural Welder in Ship RepairNovember 2012 to March 2013 Ameriforce Craft Services Inc. – 345 East 8th Street, National City, CA 91950 Fitter/WelderJanuary 2003 to May 2004 Explorer Competition Product Inc. – 2860 Boswell Rd., Chula Vistaca, National City, CA 91914 Don’t make the mistake of sending of your resume without adjusting the format and content for the current job market’s expectations. If you want more helpful information or access to useful tools, use Live Career’s Resume Builder and templates to make your resume more attractive so you can capture the interest of the hiring manager.