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Manufacturing Resume Samples and Tips

I. How To Write A Manufacturing Resume



These Manufacturing resume examples are really going to help you get the job you want. We're not going to beat around the bush, it's imperative to have a stunning resume so don't delay; build your manufacturing resume today.


What Is Manufacturing?

Manufacturing revolves around the mass production of goods produced by hand or with the use of machinery, for use or sale. It is a booming, multi-billion dollar industry worldwide, shoring up some of the world's strongest and fastest growing economies.


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I. How To Write A Manufacturing Resume:


The key to being a successful manufacturing worker in the US is being highly skilled, and also highly productive. Some of the main areas you need to highlight on your resume include efficiency rates, hourly production rates and competency rates. It's best written in numerical form, since this is what catches the eye of a Human Resources professionals.


At the recruitment phase it is imperative you need to stand out from the crowd. Try to keep your manufacturing resume to one or two pages in length; anything in excess of two pages will be ignored. It's a well know fact that hiring managers spend on average less than 10 seconds scanning every resume!


Career Objective:


Manufacturing career objectives should contain:

  • The number of year's experience you have 
  • A more specific sentence explaining your ambitions at the new company


Research the company goals and ensure your career objective aligns with their company direction. Keep it short and targeted.


If you don’t have many years of experience in manufacturing, or you have been unemployed for a while, focus more on your educational experience and technical skills in your career objective. State your most recent education, certification or training. Explain briefy, how you will implement these attributes. 



Manufacturing manager with over 5 years of experience in high and low volume production with an extensive background in operations and industrial engineering. Proven success in implementing and managing new processes to improve quality and productivity


Factory Worker with over 10 years of experience in operating factory both light and heavy equipment and machinery within factories and according to company instructions and standard defined procedures.



Professional Experience:


This is where you need to wow the recruiter with a great exposition of your professional experience. The key is to focus on outlining the extent of your:


  • Industry specific knowledge
  • Relevant experience 
  • Positive affect you had in previous jobs
  • Scope of your experience


This means:

  • Using numerical data to identify your tangible qualities
  • Write in reverse-chronological order (from the most recent job, work backwards)
  • Include any specific equipment you may be trained or licensed to use!


Here's some example bullet points:


  • Succcessfully monitored and controlled inventory with a value of $450,000 with loss of 0% over 2 years
  • Initiated, implemented and managed new laser cutting and robotic welding processes, which dramatically provided the means to reduce inventories, improve production, product design and cost
  • Facilitating manufacturing decision-making information by calculating production, labor, and material costs, reviewing production schedules and estimating future requirements.



If there are numerous tools, equipment, specialist software, etc. that you are familiar with, consider adding an additional section titled 'Licenses and Technical Knowhow'. 


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Additional Skills:


This is where you list specific machinery you are trained/licensed to operate, and technical skills you possess, or an health & safety awareness certifications you hold. State software, management systems and industry systems you are familiar with as well as specialized manufacturing processes or specialized machines. Knowledge of operation, maintenance and safety procedure will save employers money, thus making you as an applicant appear much more desirable.


Do not include any additional skills that aren’t directly relevant to manufacturing industry. Bullet points should be only one sentence in length, and should be arranged in order of importance. For example, make your most important achievement the first bullet point, with your less important bullet points towards the ending of the section.


Useful Action Verbs:


Action verbs that stand out and strengthen a manufacturing resume include:


  • Assembled
  • Overhauled
  • Operated
  • Trained
  • Repaired
  • Oversaw
  • Managed
  • Maintained
  • Calculated
  • Devised
  • Computed
  • Designed
  • Engineered
  • Fabricated
  • Solved
  • Adapted


These action verbs specifically relate to the duties performed during a career in manufacturing, and can easily be read by automated tracking software that scan your resume for keywords relevant to the position being advertised. By ensuring your resume has industry specific keywords sprinkled throughout, you will guarantee any software looking for potentially relevant applicants will notice your resume. 



US Manufacturing Today

Unfortunately in recent years, the US manufacturing industry has seen steady decline, party as a result of large scale growth in other manufacturing nations, though some also say an internal failure to innovate led to one of America's largest manufacturing industries to collapse - car manufacturing.


Despite the doom and gloom spewing from controversial documentarian and popular fat-man Michael Moore, the US still stands as the global leader in manufacturing. That's right, the 'made in china' stamp hasn't taken over quite yet, with the US annual manufacturing output valued at $1,771,400, compared to China in second place with $1,756,621 (it's close!). Competition is high, and jobs are at steak, so the US government introduced policies that will ensure we stay on top of the global manufacturing market, long term.


In 2011 the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report that illustrated the economic rewards that could be reaped, provided the US dominate future emerging technologies production. To do this, there needed to be collaboration between industry, government and academia, so Obama's administration formed the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee, to spear head this new campaign and ensure American economic success in the future. 


Reasons to Work in Manufacturing

How is the US manufacturing industry doing at present? In 2012, according to National Association of Manufacturers, this industry contributed nearly $1.88 trillion to the economy, representing 11.9 percent of GDP. This is best illustrated by the 'multiplier effect': for every $10 spent on US manufacturing, another $14.80 is added back to the economy - the greatest of any American economic sector.


As an employee, across all US manufacturing industries, a worker earns on average a $60,168 though that can be an average of $77,060 if benefits are included - good money, hey? Why is that the US offers such generous wages and high levels of living standards? It appears that despite the competition from growing economies worldwide, offering cheap labor forces, the US still boasts the most productive work force in the world - far surpassing the worker productivity of any of its competitors.


It also appears nothing beats a bit of ol' fashion American elbow grease. With manufacturing supporting an estimated 17.2 million jobs in the US, there has GOT to be a job opportunity out there for you! What's the first step? Writing your resume...




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