Resume Prep Part 2: How to Highlight Manufacturing Experience

Resume Prep Part 2: How to Highlight Manufacturing Experience

In last month’s blog post, you learned about the importance of including relevant keywords throughout your resume to get past an applicant tracking system (ATS). Now, you can further enhance your resume by learning how to highlight your manufacturing experience.

Your Experience section should take up the majority of your resume. It tells employers what you’ve done in other jobs that qualifies you for your next job.

Knowing what to include in your Experience section and how to format it is important. It shows how your background makes you well-equipped for the job you want. This encourages the hiring manager to contact you for an interview.

Implement these tips to highlight your manufacturing experience on your resume.

What to Include in Your Experience Section

The types of experience you include on your resume depend on where you are in your career path. For instance, if you are relatively new to the workforce or changing careers, you may want to include your less traditional experience. Along with your full-time jobs, this may include part-time, contract or temporary jobs, internships, or volunteer work related to the job you want. Conversely, if you are established in the manufacturing industry and aren’t looking to make a significant career change, you should include your most recent full-time jobs.

How to Format Your Experience Section

Begin with a clear heading such as “Experience” or “Work Section.” This makes your Experience section easy to find when scanning your resume.

If you’re changing careers, you may want showcase your professional experience with the header “Additional Experience.” Include in this section experience not directly related to the job you are applying for. You also may want to create a section with the header “Volunteer Experience” if you prefer to list your volunteer experience separately.

How to Detail Your Work Experience

List your jobs in reverse chronological order. Include your job title, company name, location, and employment dates with month and year. Include three to five bullet points under each job. Describe your main responsibilities, then drill down to specifics. Make sure your information applies to the job you want.

List your most relevant achievements for each job. Quantify everything to provide context for your work history. You may want to combine a compelling verb and your job duty to show a tangible number and result. For instance, “performed key steps of designing, implementing, and developing a $300 million automobile engineering facility.”

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