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Have you ever seen a person with the same skill set and experience as you getting hired more easily for the same position? It is because their resume is free of common mistakes. Check out this Train Conductor resume sample so that you can identify ways in which you can improve your own resume and increase the chances of getting hired for your dream job.
Use bullet points to outline your role in each position
Instead of using paragraphs, use bullet points to highlight your role. This makes it easier to read for the hiring manager. Generally, 5-8 bullet points per position are recommended. If you find that your role cannot be fit into that limit, consider creating a separate section for Achievements or Skills. WRONG: Maintain compliance with all train orders, signals, and railroad rules and regulations.Work with customers to ensure accurate movement and placement of cars. Assist and instruct train crews to couple and uncouple cars, operate switches, and make minor repairs to railcars, including replacing heavy couplings or air brake hoses. Strenuous outside work in all weather conditions with extensive traveling involved. RIGHT:
Make the most out of the Summary section
The summary section should be like a 30-second elevator pitch to your potential employer. State what you are looking for and what you can bring to the company in 4-6 lines. WRONG: Certified conductor with three years of experience, looking for a role . Safety focused and injury free RIGHT: Certified conductor with three years of experience who excels at troubleshooting and organizing. Seeking a role of increased responsibility and authority, with the opportunity to use teamwork skills and strong work ethic. Safety focused and injury free.
Keep your education goals concise
If you are in the process of earning a degree, write in progress or anticipated graduation 20XX. This saves valuable space and is easier to skim through quickly. Also include the year in which you attended a school. WRONG: Radiology Ashland Community and Technical College Ashland, Kentucky Attended ACTC for two semesters studying radiology but did not graduate to getting a job with Norfolk southern but I plan on going back to further educate myself). RIGHT: Ashland Community and Technical College Ashland, KentuckyYEAR XXXX-XXXX Anticipated graduation 20XX If you have relevant coursework, it is also a great idea to list it, even if you have not graduated from the school at which you took those courses.
No need to include GPA if you aren’t a recent graduate
Though it is unclear in this Train Conductor resume sample when exactly the applicant graduated high school, he has been working well into 2011. There is no need to include GPA unless you are a recent graduate.
Double and triple check for misspellings and capitalizations
For consistency’s sake and good impression, capitalize the first letter of headers. WRONG: Conductor Norfolk southern Clerk Marathon Oil Window installer Haverhill Windows RIGHT: Conductor Norfolk Southern Clerk Marathon Oil Window Installer Haverhill Windows If you do not want to capitalize the first letters, at least consistently avoid doing so for headers that are at the same level. For example, Norfolk southern and Haverhill Windows are both employer names, so that it would be appropriate to have the same formatting for them both. Similarly, Conductor and Window installer, which are both position titles, should have the same formatting. If you would like a resume that sets you apart from the rest of the competition, get expert suggestions by using QuintCareer’s Resume Builder. Create your own resume that avoids common flaws as shown in this Train Conductor resume sample.