Whether you’re currently looking for a job, or you’ve already got a job, it’s important to always keep your resume updated. Reviewing your resume at least once every six to twelve months will ensure that you have the best possible version – after all, this is what stands between you and the job you want. You should also make it a habit to update your resume whenever you complete a project or training course, or when you get a promotion.
Dviation AMEs and technicians (Source: Dviation Group)
You probably already know the key points to include in your resume: educational background, past work experience, contact information and so on. However, as Aircraft Maintenance Engineers and Technicians, here are some other important factors that are often missed out (and that you should include):
- Opening Statement or Job Objective
Before you jump right into your education background or work experience, you should include a short opening statement. This tells the hiring manager/recruiter about your objectives and most importantly, what you can offer to the company. When writing this portion, ask yourself “Why should this company hire me?” and “What sets me apart from other job applicants?”
“It’s important to tailor the job objective section of your resume to closely match the position being applied for and not be generic. The more your job objective seems to fill a company’s need, the better chance you have of getting an interview,” as highlighted by dummies.com. Keep this section concise, with just about 3 to 4 sentences.
- Key Responsibilities
Some resumes include no mention at all of job responsibilities – or too much detail about it. Indeed, the key here is “key” responsibilities. When including your job experience, always mention at least 3 important responsibilities you held at your previous role. Include relevant information that may be of interest to your potential employer.
For example, “Led a team of 15 engineers in providing support for over 200 CFM56-7B engines” is much more effective then simply stating “In charge of a team for engineering support”.
But you may want to leave out non-key information such as “Contributed to weekly Technical Review Group meetings”. If this is a given for the position you held, then it’s not quite a key responsibility.
- Assignments, SOJT and Additional Experiences
Dviation engineers from the Philippines, posted to Laos (Source: Dviation Group)
If you’ve worked on assignments overseas or with other organisations, don’t forget to mention them. Any SOJT, completed major projects and additional experiences that can demonstrate your diverse experience in your career should be included.
- Aviation Training Courses and Certificates
Training course delivered by Dviation International Training Organisation (Source: Dviation Group)
Training courses are essential in the aircraft maintenance sector – so you must include them in your resume. Mention the courses you have attended (along with any relevant certificates awarded), and the year you attended. Some roles require you to attend certain recurrent courses, so it’s important you mention the year in which you last took the course.
If you do not meet the requirements of the role you’re applying for – or if you want to increase your employability by taking more courses – Dviation offers a wide range of aviation courses, available online and in-classroom, at affordable prices.
- Soft Skills
When it comes to technical jobs like aircraft maintenance, we often forget that experience and training are not the only things that matter. Soft skills such as communication, presentation, teamwork and leadership skills are highly sought after by organisations.
An applicant who has fair balance of experience, training and soft skills may have a competitive edge over an applicant with stellar experience, but possesses poor soft skills.
Employers value synergy: it’s more valuable to hire a team-player who can work together and get along with the rest of the team, rather than someone who is unable to communicate effectively, and thus unable to work in a group setting. So be sure to highlight your non-technical strengths in your resume.
With all these included, your resume should be no longer than 2 pages – try to deliver your points in an effective and concise manner. Eliminate unnecessary, “flowery” language. If you’ve got all these points covered, then you’re good to go – wishing you all the best in your career!
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