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First, study the employer’s job description carefully so you understand the skills and qualities that are important for the position. Secondly, whether your focus is in the automotive or telecommunications sector, examine applicable repairer resume samples that can provide guidance and inspiration as you write your own.
And lastly, you’re reading the third resource document here, where you’ll learn about the basic structure of a resume, get advice on how to formulate your thoughts, and see examples of more complex ideas.
What to Include in a Repairer Resume
By reviewing repairer resume samples, you’ll become aware of the different formats that are currently accepted as the prevailing configurations, how your content will differ from others, and what parts of the resume structure are common to all formats.
The most commonly used resume style is the chronological format, which focuses heavily on your work history. This format is the most familiar to hiring managers and works well for job seekers with no employment gaps and who are progressing along a conventional career path. The recommended sections for this style are:
- Contact info (name/phone/email)
- Resume summary
- Work experience
Another formatting option is the functional style, which focuses more on your individual accomplishments than who you’ve worked for. This format often works best for those with difficult-to-explain employment gaps or who are looking for a career change. The major difference in format is the addition of an Accomplishments section between your summary and work experience section. Here, you’ll focus on your transferable skills and applicable qualifications.
A third option, if you can’t decide between the two, is a combination style, which you’ll design based on what you want to highlight for the potential employer by drawing from the best of both styles. Keep in mind that achievements listed in the accomplishments section shouldn’t be repeated in the work experience section. Every statement should present new information.
There’s no hard and fast rule as to who should use which resume style. Review the repairer resume samples for both content and appearance on the page, and make your decision.
How to Write the Repairer Resume Summary Statement
By referring to the job description, you’ll know what qualifications and skills they’re looking for, and by reviewing repairer resume samples, you’ll get a feel for the tone and content of a well-written resume summary.
Since this section should be no more than 2-3 sentences, you’ll need to make every word count. Do your best to mirror the employer’s requirements by describing one or two situations where you saw a problem, came up with a solution, and produced a positive result.
Take a look a the resume summaries in the repairer resume samples for inspiration, and for further guidance, two examples of summaries in different sectors of the repairer industry are provided below:
An automotive diagnostic technician with over 20 years of experience who’s progressed from a backyard mechanic to a more sophisticated technician familiar with onboard diagnostic systems, electronic testing equipment and multimeters. Also possesses a solid understanding of engine management and fuel. Customer ratings on a 1-10 scale were consistently at 9 or 10, and became the preferred technician to work on many customers’ cars.
Experienced telecommunications installer/repairer who has regularly inspected equipment to ensure proper functioning, demonstrated equipment and explained how to use it to customers, and adjusted equipment to enhance performance. Able to diagnose problems from a remote location. As a result of hands-on experience with telecommunications equipment, was asked to provide input into design of new instruments.
How to Write the Repairer Work Experience Section
If you decide to go with the chronological format, place the work experience section immediately after your summary section. List your previous jobs, with the most recent position first, and include 2-3 bullet points highlighting your accomplishments for that employer.
An example of how a portion of this section might look is:
John Berry Chevrolet – Wooster, OH
July 2011 – February 2016
- Brought customer following that increased loyal customer base for the employer
- Successfully used diagnostic skills and electronic equipment to repair customer automobiles with a consistent satisfaction rating of excellent
- Recommended purchase of new diagnostic equipment that improved speed and accuracy of repairs
The functional format focuses more on your accomplishments than your work history, allowing you to mirror the potential employer’s requirements without tying them to a specific employer or following a strict time line. To do this, create a new accomplishments section comprised of 6-8 bullet points similar to the ones used in the example above.
You can then include a much shorter work experience section that’s merely a pared down list of your previous jobs and your respective employers; there’s no need to mention employment dates or go into detail about what you did at each job. This makes it easier to hide large employment gaps and focus on those transferable skills that you gained form jobs outside the repairer industry that would still be relevant to a repairer job.
Action Verbs to Include in Your Repairer Work Experience Section
For more inspiration, a quick scan of repairer resume samples should yield more examples.
How to Write the Repairer Skills Section
An example of how these skills might be shown on your resume follows, but don’t feel restricted by these categories. This is your resume, so make it reflect your experience and qualifications.
- Able to work in uncomfortable or strenuous conditions
- Able to handle heavy parts and tools while understanding the importance of safety procedures
- MS Office proficiency
- Experience with digital electronics and theory
- Experience with auto scanner, inductive timing light, digital multimeter and ignition tester
- Able to explain complex ideas to non-technical customers
- Understanding of customer frustration and ability to diffuse potentially disruptive behavior
- Able to teach co-workers new skills and techniques
For options in formatting this section, refer to the repairer resume samples.
How to Write the Repairer Education Section
Whether you’re an automotive service technician, automotive body or glass repairer, or a telecommunications repairer, some post secondary education is preferred by employers. Completing a vocational education program in automotive service technology, collision repair, or basic electronics, telecommunications and computer science will also be helpful.
A post secondary education should be listed first, whether it’s an associate’s degree or a vocational or technical school course of study. The only information needed in this case is the name of the school, the school location, and degree/certification obtained.
There are other certifications that are preferred by employers, and if you haven’t been certified in your field, you should consider entering a program that you can list on your resume as ‘in progress.’
You may want to create a section for certifications as well.
Automotive service technicians should list certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), which demonstrates competence, is often required by employers, and usually results in higher pay. Certifications are available in nine different automobile specialty areas, and if you’re not certified, you should pursue that credential.
Automotive glass repairers are often required to have community college programs, hands-on practice, and technical instruction even for entry-level positions. Body repairers can also be certified by the ASE, and some states require a license to perform glass installation and repair.
Telecommunications equipment installer or repairers must be certified to work on specific equipment, and the requirements vary by employer and depend on the area of specialization. Certification can be obtained through the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, and manufacturers of specific equipment will often provide applicable certification as well.
Take a look at the education sections of the repairer resume samples for formatting ideas.
Should I Include References in my Repairer Resume
- Knowing they’re interested when they request your references
- Being able to give your references a heads-up to be expecting a call
- Asking them to let you know when they’ve been contacted and how the call went
Your reference list should include 3-4 previous managers or supervisors for whom you’ve worked and had a good relationship. If you’re relatively new to the work force but have some vocational training, an instructor could complete your list. If you sense any hesitation when you ask someone, move on to someone else. The last thing you need is a reference who’s less than enthusiastic.
Repairer Resume Fails: Mistakes to Avoid
- If your resume is longer than two pages, it’s too long. A good rule of thumb is: anything not required by the employer can be cut. Besides, you have to save something for the interview.
- Accuracy in your job is critical, and mistakes in your resume point to a lack of attention to detail. Make sure you proofread at least twice, and if you can, have a friend read it too.
- A resume objective is no longer considered a helpful section of a resume, so don’t try to tell the employer the kind of place you want to work for. The idea is to show yourself as the kind of employee they want as part of their team.
- Don’t focus on your technical skills to the detriment of your interpersonal and communication skills.
Job Prospects in the Repairer Industry
- For the ten-year period from 2014 to 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment growth for all occupations to be 7 percent. See the below statistics for projections in the various repairer occupations:
Automotive Body and Glass Repairers
- Automotive body and related repairers: 9 percent growth
- Automotive body and glass repairers: 9 percent growth
- Automotive glass installers and repairers: 8 percent growth
- Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers: 6 percent growth
- While the number of accidents is down, the number of vehicles on the road has increased. Seasonality affects demand, and the advanced safety features reduce the need for body and glass repair work. Those with industry certification and formal training in automotive body repair, refinishing, and collision repair will have a competitive edge.
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
- Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers: 6 percent growth
- Automotive service technicians and mechanics: 5 percent growth
- Because of the continuing increase in the number of vehicles in use, more entry-level techs will be needed for basic maintenance and repair, but new technologies may limit demand because those technologies will require less maintenance and repair because of their reliability.
- Job prospects will be best for those workers with both education and experience, and ASE certification will provide a competitive edge.
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers
- Electrical and electronic equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers: no grwoth
- Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers: 4 percent fall percent
- The zero and negative growth projections are due primarily to the increasing consumer demand for wireless and mobile services which require less installation, limiting the growth of wired telecommunications carriers.