This category includes machine operators, assemblers, machinists, tool and die makers, technicians, laborers, warehouse workers, and carpenters, as well as any people who work in what are usually referred to as “the trades.”.

The main goals for your resume should be to show the breadth of your experience, the tools and equipment you can use, and the fact that you are very good at what you do.

It may be appropriate for you to use a section called “Tools,” “Equipment,” or “Processes” to showcase special knowledge or experience.

As with all resumes, identifying results will help set you apart from the competition. Try to recall any improvements you have brought about. Perhaps you discovered ways to produce a product with fewer steps. For example, you found a way to produce a part using only three different machines instead of four. Perhaps you discovered that a hole was specified at plus or minus .001, but you determined that for the product’s purpose, .005 was actually quite acceptable, and as a result fewer parts were rejected. Perhaps, you discovered a faster way to assemble a component and thus increased productivity by 15%. Or you found a way to maintain equipment more effectively and reduced downtime. The possibilities are endless.

Use your cover letter and resume to demonstrate that you learn new equipment and technology easily and that you are always looking for a better way to do things.

Of course, the most important attributes you want to share involve your work ethic. Are you dependable? Responsible? Are you regularly selected for special projects? Are you the go-to-guy/gal when a project needs a boost? Are you the one who trains and mentors new employees?

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