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In any job hunt, a good resume gets your foot in the door with a potential employer. To make sure that you’re putting your best foot forward, our resume experts have gone over this United States Air Force contingency response aircraft resume sample and pointed out a few common mistakes. Understanding these issues will help you avoid them when building your own resume.
Edit your summary for success
An opening summary starts a resume off strong, giving a hiring manager a snapshot of your most employable attributes. However, because it’s the first they see of you, it’s imperative that every detail is perfect. While you should carefully revise your entire resume, mistakes in the summary can be the most obvious. Even simple grammar or formatting issues can give a misleading impression of your abilities. Check capitalization carefully and make sure all characters are properly formatted. Using sentence fragments in the summary is fine to keep the length to a manageable three to six lines, but make sure every phrase ends with a period followed by a space, and don’t repeat the section’s title in the body. Try to avoid reusing phrases in the summary as well as in the work history section. Rather than repeating “experience with” or “responsible for,” rephrase for greater impact. Wrong: Summary P ROFESSIONAL SUMMARY I am an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic with over twenty years of heavy aircraft maintenance experience with extensive knowledge and skill pertaining to the maintenance of transport category aircraft and corresponding simulator trainers. I have experience involving the maintenance and repair of airframes, power plants, and systems of multi?engine aircraft. Right: Summary Airframe and power plant mechanic with over 20 years of experience with heavy aircraft maintenance, and extensive knowledge and skills in transport category aircraft and corresponding simulator trainers. Maintained and repaired airframes, power plants and systems of multi-engine aircraft.
Highlight your skills in their own section
A skills or areas of expertise section, while optional, provides a clear list for a hiring manager to check, offering key information that otherwise might be overlooked in your work history. For jobs involving mechanical aptitudes and experience, such a list is especially useful, as it shows off at a glance the scope of your skills, and helps highlight the specific skills demanded by the position for which you’re applying. It also allows you to streamline the work experience section, making that more readable. Example Skills Section:
Match tenses for clarity in your work history
When listing responsibilities and accomplishments in your work history, use the appropriate verb tense to reduce any confusion. For jobs you currently hold, use the present tense, while employ past tense for all previous positions. Always use verbs in the first-person singular, never third person. “Serves as Maintenance Supervisor” should be “Serve as Maintenance Supervisor,” for a job you still hold, or, as is the case on this resume sample, “Served as Maintenance Supervisor” to make it clear that this is a past position.
Organize your education
The education section is required on most resumes. As with your work history, always list education starting with the most recent and going backwards. It’s also unnecessary to include your high school unless that is the highest level of education you’ve received. If you have any college credits or other advanced learning, it can be assumed you have a diploma or equivalent, so the specifics are superfluous. By understanding the issues with this USAF contingency response aircraft resume sample, you’ll be able to avoid them in your own. Put theory into practice on QuintCareer’s Resume Builder and make your own standout resume right now.