What 10 sections recruiters and hiring managers are looking for in a maintenance and repair resume
1. Your short bio
This is your chance to quickly define yourself in a recruiter’s mind. Include it right under your name, so that they can’t overlook it. These few words make a statement about who you are and what you’re looking for. This contextualizes the rest of your maintenance and repair resume, making all of your other resume sections that much more effective.
2. Your top strengths
Make this section a direct response to the job description. As we mentioned at the beginning, the resume writing process should start with you reading the job description carefully and write all the keywords from it down. Look at what traits the employer is expecting from you and try to include them in your top strengths section. However, this is also the time to use the “show don’t tell” methodology. Be sure to back up the strengths you’re claiming wherever you can. This could be a story or some metrics, for example. This will truly help your maintenance and repair resume to stand out.
3. Your experience
Every maintenance and repair resume includes an experience section, so how can you use yours to truly stand out? The first thing is to structure it the right way and keep it chronological - start from to most recent position and continue further down. Then, be sure you don’t overwhelm the reader with too many positions or unnecessary detail. Consider what information they need and provide it in the most efficient way possible.
When describing your experience, be sure to be as specific as possible. The majority of your bullet points should answer the question “ What impact did you have in your previous position?” Avoid listing responsibilities, as that’s what most of candidates do. Below, you can see how Scott Richard’s maintenance and repair resume showcases his experience as a mechanic with a focus on impact and more detail about how he achieved each.
4. What makes you unique
Companies don’t just hire a resume, they hire a person. That’s why it makes sense to devote a portion of your legal resume to showing what makes you unique as a person. This is also a good place to include information relevant to the position you’re applying for but which doesn’t naturally fit into other sections. One of our favorite ways to do this is using Enhancv’s “my time” section as Scott has done here.
5. Your languages
Whether or not your particular legal work environment is multilingual, showing that you speak multiple languages increases the likelihood you’ll get hired. Why? It shows dedication, intellectual ability, and curiosity. It will also open more doors for you, especially if you want to join a multinational company.
6. What makes you proud
Have you ever tried to answer this question for yourself? It’s a great way to discover new things about your personality and attitude towards life and work. You don’t need to focus on the proud moments in your personal life, but also the professional one. Was there some situation in your previous company which changed something? Have you failed a company? This kind of valuable information helps you demonstrate that you have the qualities an employer is looking for but which don’t fit into any other section. It’s also a fantastic place to demonstrate culture fit, and make yourself more memorable to recruiters.
7. Your life philosophy
Much like your short bio section, including a brief life philosophy can add powerful context to the rest of your resume. If you have a core belief that guides how you approach your maintenance job, this is the place to include it in. It can be as general or specific as you need, just be sure it speaks to who you are and relates to the job description if possible.
8. Your favorite books
Is there a book which inspired you to become a maintenance and repair specialist? Are there books which define how you approach your job? This is the place to include them in. Rather than just including any books you love, this section does best when you use it to highlight important influences and inspirations which impact how you do your job every day. It can also include books which taught you new skills to do your job better.
9. Your contact information
There’s a good chance you’re rolling your eyes and thinking this is obvious. But our experience showed that people still have some unanswered questions when it comes to this section, and plenty of applicants actually get this section wrong. So consider how you’d like to be contacted, whether your email is professional enough, and how easy you’re making it for the recruiter to get in touch.
10. Your education
Your maintenance and repair education is a great addition your resume. In your space it might be more important to see the amount of experience, but including your education can do no harm at all. Consider what details you’d like to include alongside the basics. If you include your GPA, make sure it’s high enough. Scott did a great job with his education section.
How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the Maintenance and Repair role you want
In most cases, the most effective thing you can do to improve your chances of getting hired is to get referred to a position. Referred employees are hired 60% of the time compared to everyone else who make it to an interview just 2% of the time. Needless to say, investing in the kind of personal connections and networks you need to get such a referral is invaluable.
So before you start applying, be sure to check your 1st and 2nd degree contacts in both LinkedIn and in any other relevant groups you may belong to. If you don’t have strong connections in the industry you’re looking to establish yourself in, start making them now!
Check out our guide on getting referrals for any job you’re applying for.