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One of the most important abilities to have when looking for a job is resume writing. Take advantage of QuintCareer’s compiled tips and samples to learn what is expected of your resume from employers. The following underground heavy equipment operator resume sample details common mistakes so you can avoid making them in your resume.
Writing your summary
Your summary is the first thing employers will read. It is meant to outline your skills, abilities, professional traits, and experiences to hook the reader into reading further. Do not include objective information in your summary. The information in this sample summary is strong, but it is too short. It focuses mainly on previous experiences, yet fails to mention how long they have been working in related fields. The second sentence explores the writer’s skills briefly, but it only includes physical skills and does not mention anything about leadership, work ethic, or dedication. Total, the summary should be four lines long, which means this resume has plenty of room to expand this section with more information.
Formatting your experience section
The experiences section is where you will really explore the qualities and work history that will make employers want to hire you. This is the section you are trying to get employers to read through by hooking them with the summary. Because it is so important, you cannot afford to diminish the information here with poor formatting. Take a look at how this writer formatted their experiences: Operator, 03/2007 ? 02/2011 C & H Enterprises ? Pleasant View, CO Operated equipment including skid steers, dozers, and excavators. Welding and fabrications for general construction. and carpentry work such as framing houses. The content of this section is passable, if a bit simplistic, but it is difficult to read because it is all formatted the same way. Starting the third point with the word and seems to be a typographical error, which should all be identified and removed before submitting. After reformatting, it may look like this: Operator 03/2007 ? 02/2011 C & H EnterprisesPleasant View, CO
In addition to adding variety for ease of reading, the points have been changed so they each start with a strong action verb. Because this is not the currently held position, it has been shifted into the past tense. Finally, a few points were added to ensure the requirement of five to eight was met. It should be much more appealing to employers now.
Format the entire resume
These same formatting principles should be applied to the resume as a whole. Just like the experience section fell flat because it had no variety, the different sections of the resume feel like one big block of text. Changing up the spacing, adding dividers between the sections, or making the titles more pronounced will significantly improve the resume.
Finally, the resume is too short. Making the changes listed above will improve its length issue, but it also may be necessary to add an optional section. If you decide to include an extra section, you can choose to add accomplishments or awards information before the experience section or affiliation or certification information at the end of the resume. Just be sure that you do not extend your resume to a second page. It should completely fit on just one sheet. LiveCareer is committed to helping you create a resume that will get the attention of employers. Use our Resume Builder to ensure you are on the right track.