So, how’s your resume looking these days? OK, be honest. Don’t go easy on yourself.

Alison Green wrote an awesome article recently, 10 Mistakes You’re Making on Your Resume  that will tell you right now what you need to do to improve your resume, and your chances of getting hired. Regardless if you’re in the reliability engineering or predictive and industrial maintenance fields, this post can help you!

I whittled down what I thought to be the top five pieces of advice out of the article, but feel free to take a look at the story in its entirety. Thanks again to Alison Green for the great article!

List not job duties and accomplishments

This is by far one of my favorite pieces of advice. Think about it from the standpoint of the employer who is hiring you. Don’t answer just what you did. Answer what did you accomplish that went beyond the mundane day-to-day tasks and projects? Excite your reader!

Leave the subjective descriptions out

Green is dead on with this one. Removing any subjective traits will strengthen your resume and make it all about the facts. A prospective employer will read “Skillfully facilitated successful leadership meetings” and will dismiss the task because it reads as a self-assessment and not a job function.

Don’t leave out volunteer work

Don’t be timid to add your volunteer work to your resume. Often times it shows that a candidate is well-rounded and has a commitment to his or her community. Final word, if it’s relevant experience – add it to your resume. If it’s unrelated – leave it off.

Clarity over Creativity

It’s good to be confident and creative with a resume, but keep it within reason. Don’t go too crazy with the design of the resume and don’t let your desire to stand out from the crowd get in the way with functionality, Green states. Remember – they care about your qualifications.

Don’t forget a cover letter

Having hired individuals before, I can attest that the most important aspect to a resume is a polished, eloquent and thoughtful cover letter. The cover letter is the place to amp up yourself and your resume. Many employers will look at the cover letter as a testament to your writing and communication skills so take your time. If you need help – use your network to have friends read, reread and edit your cover letter if needed.

The final point, in my own opinion, is the most important. Remember – your resume is an evolving and ever changing document that needs to best represent and convey your talent to a prospective employer, so make it great!

Here at NextUp Careers we bring you some of the greatest articles, news and tips that we find for reliability engineers and predictive and industrial maintenance professionals. For more information on how NextUp can help you find the right job please contact us now.

 

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