How to Include Manufacturing Experience on Your Resume

Your manufacturing resume provides a first impression of you for a hiring manager. It highlights your skills, experience, and other qualifications that make you suited for a role. This is why your experience section takes up the most space on your resume. It tells employers how you added value to other organizations and how you can add value to their organization. Including the information that a hiring manager is looking for can help you land an interview.

Follow these guidelines to determine how to share your manufacturing experience on your resume.

Focus on the Job You Want

Where you are in your manufacturing career affects the types of work experience you should include on your resume. For instance, if you are relatively new to the industry, you likely want to include any internships, volunteer work, freelance assignments, temporary gigs, and part-time jobs. However, if you are more established and not looking for a significant career change, you typically want to include your full-time jobs for the past decade. Or, if you want to make a career change, you may want to include less traditional experience that is relevant to the role you desire.

Customize Your Resume

Tailor your resume to each job you apply for. For instance, read the job posting to determine which skills and duties are most important. Then, make a list of your matching skills and duties. This is the information you want to include in your experience section. Also, use keywords from the posting to show you are a match for the position. This helps your resume get past the applicant tracking system (ATS) and into the hiring manager’s hands.

Format Your Experience Section

Use a heading such as “Experience” or “Work Experience” to help the reader scan your resume. Then, use a reverse-chronological format to list your past jobs. Beginning with your most recent role, include your job title, the company name, its location, and the month and year of your dates of employment. Next, include three to six bullet points with your duties and achievements. Begin with a high-level overview of your job and typical responsibilities, then go into specifics. Be sure to include the areas that are most important, such as quality control standards, safety records, inventory control, and teamwork. Also, quantify your accomplishments to show how you added value to the organization.

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