Many hiring managers spend mere seconds on a resume before deciding whether or not to continue reading. That means you need to have a strong and impressive opening to catch their attention. Creating a strong profile will encourage hiring managers to continue reading and hopefully place your resume in the call-back pile. Your profile should be a brief, but powerful summary about who you are as a professional, what you have achieved, and what you bring to the table. If you specialize in a certain type of production, or have exceptional skills in a particular area, this is the place to include that information.
Don’t assume that hiring managers won’t reach out to your references. They usually do! You want your references to be people you can trust. People who can testify to the kind of valuable professional you are. Our advice is to call the people on your reference list and remind them that you are on the search for a job. Be sure that they can vouch for your skills, abilities, and character.
In a field like production, your skills and certifications mean a lot. Be specific when it comes to your skill-set, and list the skills most closely associated with the job you are applying to. Creating a separate section for your certifications is a great way to call attention to them and impress the reader. We recommend going back to the job description and finding key words and skills to include in your own resume. These key words will catch the attention of the hiring manager and also be picked up by Applicant Tracking Systems.
A long resume does not equal a great resume. You do not need to include irrelevant jobs that won’t impress hiring managers just to fill space. There is no need to include that camp counselor job you had in high school, when you’re trying to find work as a forklift operator. It is best to include your proudest and most relevant positions. Work on communicating your greatest and most relevant job achievements instead of focusing on listing all of your old jobs.
Excellent Analytical Thinking Skills
Manual Dexterity and Physical Fitness
Problem Solving Skills
Strong Attention to Detail
Hand and Power Tool Experience