Recruiters and hiring managers in the equipment, power, and industrial sectors sort through hundreds of resumes each day spending only a mere average of six seconds reading each one. To avoid being shuffled into the “no pile,” it’s important to have a perfect resume that stands out from the others.

Keep it simple.

Six seconds is a short amount of time. Try to keep your resume to one page, two at max. Ensure readability by using a basic font and consistent formatting. Stay away from bright colors/graphics/photos on your resume. When these elements are used in resumes, it is often difficult for your resume to be processed through the hiring company’s ATS, which may result in instant rejection.

Tell your story.

It is important to use your resume to serve as a snapshot of your professional experience. It is best to use reverse chronological order when listing your past jobs. Include the month and year you began and left for each company. Use concise bullet points to describe your job duties/accomplishments in each position. Be sure to include any certifications as well as your education.

Finishing Touches.

Proofread, proofread, proofread. Make sure your resume is free of spelling and grammatical errors. Use periods at the end of each bullet point. Triple-check your contact information for accuracy. Save your resume as a PDF to retain proper formatting. Properly name the document, such as “JohnDoeResume,” so it can be easily identified.

Know when to ask for help.

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