Resumes are a pain in the ass
At Aircraft Maintainer we get it, so we have scoured the internet, done some (maintainer specific) resume research, talked to some employers about things they like to see, and come up with a general set of guidelines that you as a maintainer can count on when designing your resume to wow.
As a general rule, resumes are designed to demonstrate your worth to the potential employer, in a clean and straightforward format. Keeping this in mind, having a clear presentation of the most important information is crucial when employers will be scanning many resumes in search of applicants.
Sections in your resume should be clearly titled, so it is clear what information is being read. Sections can be separated by lines, to help keep an overall tidy look (but they are not a requirement). Additionally, sections should be spaced apart to show distinction, and font should be clear and legible. Do not select a font that appears similar to handwriting or is overly fancy. While it may look appealing and different – the main point is legibility and readability.
Here are some non-negotiable items for your resume:
- Your name needs to be clearly displayed, in a bigger font, to help it stand out. Top and centered is better in order to be more memorable and easy to reference/ but you can have it to the side and include a headshot if you choose.
- After your name, (or under it) include your current job title, or the desired job title (especially if you already have experience working in the field, you want to demonstrate that you consider that job title to be yours, and then have employers do the same).
- Another must is a permanent address, email address, and phone number in order for easy contact.
Ideas for Profile/Qualifications Section
Your Next Section should be all the licenses you possess and projects you excelled on
You can choose to title this section in a variety of ways:
- Valid FCC GROL license
- Valid NCATT AET license
- Excellent tool kit
- Easily reads and interprets manuals
- Proficient in military and commercial industry terminology
- Uses mandated safety equipment
- Intense focus and attention to detail
- Excellent problem solver
- Able to work nights weekends and holidays
- Works well alone and in groups
- Prompt and professional
- Schematics understanding
- System components
- Electrical equipment repair
- Navigation systems understanding
- Testing equipment use
- Circuit wiring
- Scheduled Maintenance
- Root Cause Analysis
- Multitasking Abilities
Next Section is Work Experience or Work History
Work experience/ work history should contain the business name clearly, and the date started until the date ended, the month is adequate to use, unless you know an exact date.
Maintenance Technician (your job title) 04/2012 – current (dates)
Airline (business name) – Newark, NJ (place business was located)
- Tested aircraft electrical systems, components and equipment for compliance with standards to uncover any malfunctions (highlights of what your job description included)
- Diagnosed faults and developed resolution plans (problems you solved)
Schools Attended/ Diplomas Received
This section should include your HS diploma and anything additional you did after high school. Some examples are university, trade school, apprenticeship training, any licensing you obtained, and/or military experience. Listing your schooling and accomplishments helps increase your value in terms of the work you did before even entering the job market.
Generally, the highest level of schooling or the most impressive degree/ license is listed first and then works backward until your HS diploma.
Fairmont State University, Culver City, TN
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, 06/2017
Jefferson High School, Chester, MN
High School Diploma, 06/2013
On your resume, while references are not technically a requirement, they can be very helpful. If you have references who will corroborate how excellent you are as an employee or a coworker, it can only boost your value as a potential employee.
You should have your current boss or supervisor as a reference, unless you aren’t certain that they will give you a good recommendation. You can ask directly if they will give you a favorable reference, and if the answer is no, you can ask and list a colleague. However, not listing a direct supervisor will be something that stands out to a potential employer, so be prepared to have an adequate explanation as to why you are choosing not to have them as a reference.
Wrapping it All Up
There’s a great Avionics Technician Example if you CLICK HERE.
HERE’S ONE for an Avionics Maintenance Tech.
HERE’S ANOTHER for a Maintenance Tech.
Using these examples and template you should be able to figure out exactly how to translate your experience and certifications into a language your future hiring manager can understand.
14 Fantastic Jobs You can have with the FCC General Radio Operator License, click HERE to read about them.
Want to know how much an FCC GROL license is worth? Read about it HERE.