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Here are 5 tips that will help you get started.
#1: Use a readable font and clear formatting.
Your résumé should appear neat and easy to understand, so be sure to use simple fonts such as Arial or Times New Roman. Use consistent indenting and space your text so it isn’t hard on the eyes. Size 10-12 font is appropriate. If you’re concerned about formatting, there are many examples online of properly formatted résumés.
#2: Professionalism is key—even when it comes to your email address.
Make sure you have a professional email address. It’s best if it’s just your name. A “clever-sounding,” unprofessional email address is often enough to cause a potential employer to toss your application.
#3: When listing your work experience, start with the most recent first.
Under education, if you have a degree, list your highest degree first. And if you’re MECP or ASE certified, remember to include this, too. When listing your work history, there’s no need to go any further back than 10-15 years.
#4: List your social media links and websites, if applicable.
This is especially useful if you’re a technician or fabricator who uses Instagram or another platform to show off build photos. In this case, social media can be a great tool for demonstrating skills. Just make sure your online presence is professional in content and appearance.
#5: List pertinent responsibilities and connect them with your accomplishments.
Are you currently a lead technician in a shop? Or do you handle administrative work? Consider all the responsibilities that are applicable to the job you’re applying for, and don’t be shy about listing your accomplishments.
Finally, don’t forget to proofread your résumé before you send it out.