What 10 sections recruiters and hiring managers are looking for in a manufacturing and warehousing 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. Try to leave the overused words (hard working, ambitious, etc.) out. This will help the recruiter to understand what your manufacturing and warehousing resume is all about.
2. Your top strengths
Keep this section at the first page of your resume, right next to your experience. Also, make it 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. And not it’s time to scatter them around in your manufacturing and warehousing resume. Keep in mind that it’s not just about filling keywords in. It’s also the time to apply 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 manufacturing and warehousing resume includes an experience section, so how can you use yours to truly special? The secret is in using the formula from Laszlo Bock, Google’s former VP of People and Operations. His advice is to formulate every bullet of your experience sections like this: Accomplished X as measured by Y by doing Z. In other words, show the impact you’ve had in every position.
Another important point to your experience section 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. Include consistent dates and years next to your job positions.
4. What makes you unique
Companies don’t just hire resumes, they hire people. That’s why you should devote a portion of your manufacturing and warehousing 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 Harold has done here.
5. Your languages
Whether or not the company you’re applying for is multilingual, showing that you speak multiple languages increases the likelihood of getting hired. Why? It shows dedication, intellectual ability, and curiosity. It will also open more doors for you. When including languages, try to include max 5. Also, if you speak 3 languages but you’re a beginner, that could come across as if you can’t finish when you start. So just include the one you’re best at.
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 character. Was there some situation in your previous company which changed something? Have you been a part of a failing 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. It also shows your attitude towards life and work.
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 job, this is the place to include it in. Often, employees share their life philosophy in their about page. Be sure to check the about page of the company you’re applying to.
8. Your favorite books
Is there a book which inspired you to become a manufacturing and warehousing expert? Or books which define how you approach your job? Then you need to use the Books section on your resume. But 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
A section which might look easy to write, but it’s one where people make a lot of mistakes and get it wrong. Include your professional email address (not the one you created when you were a teenager). Also, include your phone number with a code in front of it - especially if the company you’re applying for is in a different state/country. Also, include the state and country you;re located in. Lastly, include a link to your website or a professional portfolio. You can also add a link to your Linkedin profile.
10. Your passions
We know, some of your friends probably told you including passions on your resume might come across s unprofessional. But that’s not true. As we mentioned in the points above, companies hire humans, not robots. Revealing these bits of your personality can only increase your chances of getting hired.
How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the Manufacturing and Warehousing 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.