6 Resume Tips for Machinists

In today’s competitive job market, a solid resume is a must, whether you’re seeking an office position or a job in manufacturing. That’s particularly true for forklift drivers, as the number of material-moving-machine operators, including forklift drivers, is expected to grow by 7% over the next decade (according to My Future). So how do you make sure your resume is more than the sum of its parts? Check out these tips.

1. Choose the Best Format

Format your resume in a way in a way that makes it easy to read. Provide complete contact information, use resumé categories with bold headings, and choose a resume format that makes sense for the position (usually chronological). Then, make sure your format stays consistent.

2. Lead with a Strong Objective

Some experts call the first heading in a resume the “Objective”; others call it a “Summary.” Either way, use this section to highlight what you’ve done (including a quantifiable achievement if you can) and what you’re looking for in a new position.

3. Focus on What You’ve Accomplished

The experience section of your resume should be more than a list of your former employers. For each position, use specific action words to describe what you did at each assignment.

4. Spotlight Your Education

Often, the importance of a resume’s education section of a resume gets overlooked or downplayed – especially for those looking for a manufacturing job. But it can be the thing that tips the scales between otherwise equal candidates. Start with the basics – where and when you attended school and what you studied – then punch it up with any academic honors or particularly relevant coursework you’ve done. This also a great place to mention any certifications you’ve earned.

5. Show Off Your Skills

You can own the competition by listing both your specific machinist skills (like manual lathe operation, monitoring and maintenance) and more general skills like teamwork, time management, and problem solving.

6. Seal the Deal with A Good Cover Letter

Most job postings ask for a cover letter as well as a resumé. And a good letter
is like a movie trailer: It gives a glimpse of the best scenes from your work history and leaves hiring managers wanting to see more. Use the letter to “tease” your relevant experience and show that you’re excited about the opportunity.

Looking for an Opportunity? Arrow Can Help You Put the Pieces Together!

If you’re looking for a machinist job, Arrow Staffing can help. The businesses we work with are looking to fill positions on all shifts, but especially the night shift. Start your job search here.

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