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Your wizardry under the hood of a car speaks volumes about your skills as an auto technician. But without a resume that reflects your competence, you may not even get the chance to prove yourself against the competition.
"You've got to take what you have and sell it," says John Brubaker, owner of Professional Resume Plus in Connecticut, adding that "you have to sell your skills, strong work ethic and adaptability" when applying to work for an auto shop. Use the following tips on polishing your resume before you start your job search.
"All technical skills can be taught -- it's the mind-set that is important to have," says Helmut Panke, chairman of BMW AG, noting that his company looks for those who are career-oriented and show a willingness to go beyond a job's basic requirements.
A one-page resume with a few basic sections should help you showcase your career mind-set and thus compete for a better job, according to Brubaker. Construct your resume with the following components:
Jones, echoing comments by other shop owners, says he wants the listed experience to be relevant. "What somebody did in 1982 has no bearing on the problems we face today in the shop," he says. List your most up-to-date, relevant experience first. If you have any relevant experience that isn't evergreen, list it below your most recent experience.
Moreover, "if you have experience, dramatize that by showing the number of hours [you have done a job]," Brubaker says. Rather than saying you have diagnosed and repaired cars for three years, for instance, note that you have done this work for 6,000 hours.