Manual fields, like being a mechanical engineer or working in construction, can have all sorts of unusual demands, which office jobs never need to worry about. But something they do share in common is the need for a resume. It can seem a bit odd, needing a resume in such practical fields, but the way the employment system works makes it highly advisable to give yourself the time to put together a professional and well thought out document representing yourself to the world through the medium of a resume. But it can be hard to know how to go about the act of creating a resume for something so specific. So, without further ado, here are some ways in which you can work to create the best possible resume for your specific industry.
Start With The Samples
Before you begin piecing together your resume, it’s vital that you look at other examples. Completely freewheeling is unlikely to bring you success, since with no point of reference you won’t have a real feel for what it is you are trying to create. Other resume’s, whether that be ones you find online or even just one of your friends’, will act as a guide as you embark on your own. However, the secondary advantage is that reading someone else’s resume will give you an excellent insight into how to separate yourself from the rest of the competition, a skill which is subtle but can get you employment if you do it in the right way.
Skills and Experience
In a mechanical resume, these two are your absolute best friends. “Mechanical fields are so much more geared towards actual concrete knowledge and experience rather than generalized comments about where you’ve worked previously. You need to nail down your hard skills and promote them wholeheartedly, followed by concrete examples of places and times where you’ve utilized those skills”, says Mark Rossi, resume writer at Academized. These will be your top priority and focus as you piece it altogether, so make sure that you are familiar with what you can do!
See It As An Ongoing Process
A resume is a living breathing thing which absolutely must change all the time. The reason for this is to avoid any sense of stagnation. You may not realize it but each time that you work on a new project of some sort in a mechanical capacity you are building your portfolio. Whether or not you update your resume to reflect that is a different issue and one which can make or break your potential success. If you take nothing you do for granted, then you will quickly see the fact that you have to be working on your resume all the time, constantly tinkering away to ensure that it accurately represents you on a week by week basis not on a ‘last two or three years’ basis. Including current information is valued by employers, since it indicates an active on-going pursuit of the field in a way which demonstrates that you are still very much in the industry looking for work and doing work. The stagnation which comes with not updating your resume regularly can motivate a potential employer to put your application to the back of the pile.
I cannot emphasize this one enough. Contrary to fields like journalism or academia, writing doesn’t usually play a big part in the routine or daily life of a mechanic. It’s valuable at times of course, but it’s not something you are likely to have gotten the chance to have honed over a long period of trial and error. A resume is a uniquely important opportunity to represent yourself through words: a cover letter, even more so. It can be extremely difficult to get right if your out of practice, so here are a few tools to help guarantee professionalism:
Resumention – A resume service specifically designed to help with this sort of work.
So, don’t neglect this vital part of assuring yourself work as a mechanic. Make sure you find a way to be professional by keeping it well edited, up to date and by emphasizing the sorts of things which employers of in the mechanic field will be looking for.