There are a lot of mechanic jobs available. Getting one isn’t really difficult. But you need to be careful what kind of job you’re looking for.
If you don’t want to be stuck working a job that pays you in crumbs and even makes you buy your own tools, you’ll need to make an effort crafting a good resume.
It’s often said that first impressions are lasting or that they are very difficult to undo. When you’re meeting someone for the first time, you take extra care to appear delightful. It is exactly the same thing with your resume.
Your resume will make up your first impression to the hiring manager and they’ll base their opinion of you on that. That is why you want to make sure that your resume really represents you and is catchy enough for you to stand out and for your potential employer to remember you.
Your auto mechanics resume should highlight some very specific skills, traits and abilities as well as give an outline of your general background.
In this article, we’ll walk you through a step-by-step guide to create a catchy auto mechanic resume that will win the attention of your potential employer.
Auto Mechanic Technician Advice
You’re probably updating your resume or making a new one so you get a new auto mechanic job. A job won’t really come to find you, you need to make an effort, take the initiative and start planning.
Job seeking should also be done properly to increase your chances of getting the job you really want and that fits your abilities. Here’s some advice.
Networking is becoming more and more important for all job seekers. It will allow you to interact with other people, exchange information and in doing so you’ll be able to build a social contacts list that knows you beforehand.
Hiring managers will prefer having someone they trust reference you to them rather than start from the unknown.
This step will also give you some advantage of a good first impression before you even apply for the job.
Networking requires you to be a professional social butterfly. So you’ll need to attend different events, talk to people and professionals.
Set Up Email Job Alerts
Email job alerts are a service that will notify you once the new jobs posted match the job search filters you chose. This will save you a lot of time for research and will narrow the infinite amount of data following web searches down to results that actually match your profile or at least are relevant enough.
Delineate Your Search
While it’s good to stay open and have a vast list of jobs you want to do, this shouldn’t be applied to your job search. Specifying a set category of roles you want to do and goals you want to achieve will help you go about your research faster.
You can even build a list of companies that interest you. That way you’ll always know where to look first if a vacancy opens up.
Do Further Research
Once you find a job that seems perfect on paper, don’t rush into it. You need to do further research to understand what the company stands for, its purpose, and its value.
The work environment is just as important as the role itself. So while the job might fit you perfectly, you need to make sure you also fit right into the organization.
What’s The Best Format For A Mechanic Resume
Your resume format is really important. Remember, it’s your first impression to the hiring manager. So, doing it right is crucial.
A good resume format will be simple, written in a standard readable font, keep a lot of visually pleasing white space and break up the blocks of text into important information.
When you’re done crafting your resume, make sure to save it as a PDF format because a Word format can get messed up according to the Word version you create the document with and the one that your hiring manager will read it in.
How To Write Your Auto Mechanic Resume
Now we’ll get to writing the content of your auto mechanic resume. If you’re creating your resume for the first time, it can seem difficult to do. But just follow along with the guide below and you won’t miss it!
The career objective is the small paragraph that is situated at the top of your resume. Just like the name suggests, the career objective will include a basic description of who you are as well as what your goal is and what sort of opportunity you’re interested in.
You might notice that not all resumes include a career objective. Indeed, it’s not a requirement. But it’s a way to catch the eye of the person reading your resume and win their attention.
A career objective should be short, to the point, and highlights important information that you think will intrigue the hiring manager to keep reading your resume.
Career Objective or Resume Summary
A resume summary follows the same principle of the career objective. It’s a small paragraph highlighting important and interesting information about you to your potential employer.
The only difference is the experience. If you’ve been an auto mechanic for long enough and worked on different projects, you might want to consider a resume summary. Because just like its name suggests, it summarizes your resume and experience in a concise and attractive manner.
The career objective, however, can work for all automotive technicians, because instead of putting the focus on the experience, you will highlight your passion for the job.
Career Objective Example
Here’s an example of an auto mechanic career objective:
“Skilled mechanic with 3+ years of experience in the automotive field looking to obtain full-time employment as an Automotive Technician with BMW. Skills include attention to detail, working with gas, diesel, and hybrid vehicles, electronic equipment, and fuel systems. As a former lead mechanic, demonstrated exceptional customer service, boosting customer ratings by 10%.”
Describe your Professional Experience
If you’re an experienced auto mechanic, it might seem difficult to describe all the things you’ve done in one single section. There’s a way to make it easier and catchier.
Pick out the jobs and positions you’ve held that you think are beneficial and important to the role you’re applying for. Then, write a list of bullet points that include your duties and achievements. It should be around three and five points. This will provide details on your professional experience without being too lengthy or stuffed.
Put each job in a separate part and don’t forget to always start with your most recent job first. Each job you describe should follow the structure below:
The company name
The timeframe you worked there (you can write this as the period in between which you’ve held the position as mm/yyyy. E.g: January 2021 – April 2021. But if you’re still holding that position at the present moment, write the year – present. E.g: 2015 – present.)
Bullet points of your duties and accomplishments
No Experience? No Problem
If you’re a new graduate, you might think that you have no professional experience to write in this section. You’re wrong.
If you’re a student, you’re allowed to include all personal projects you’ve previously worked on and completed. You can also include the work you did as a volunteer mechanic or even in your own car.
What you need to highlight here is the diversity of the car brands, models, and engines. This will show potential employers that you’re really passionate about the job and they’ll likely hire you as an entry-level automotive mechanic.
Where you went to school is not as important as the skills you possess or the professional experience you’ve gathered over the years. But it’s an essential part of your background so the education section has to be there.
This section will list the schools you’ve attended, the year you graduated, the programs you’ve completed, and the certifications you acquired. If you have a high GPA and you’d like to include it, then go right ahead!
If you’re a new graduate and you don’t have much to talk about in your experience section, then your education section should make up for that.
You can follow the same structure, adding your school name, the years in each school, the degree, and some bullet points on skills acquired or individual courses that you think might be relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The skills section of your resume is one of the important sections that need to be constantly updated for every job or role you apply for.
How do you know which key skills to include? There’s a hack.
Look into the job description for the role you want and look at the skills required. If you have those skills, including them will let the hiring manager know that you’re a good fit for the job.
Just listing these skills is overrated. You need to add bullet points to each skill to showcase that you actually master the skill instead of just mentioning it.
You can also look up the role you’re applying for to see what sort of skills are relevant to it. If you’re applying for a lead mechanic position, for example, two key skills you should include are leadership and teamwork.
Here are some skills related to any automotive technician job that you should definitely include if you have them, or try acquiring them if you don’t.
Communication, Work Ethic, Customer Service, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Leadership, Attention to detail, Coordination, Perceptiveness, etc.
Diagnostic Skills, Technical Aptitude, Brake Repair, Auto Body Repair, Car Tune-Up, Diesel Engine Repair, Oil Change, General Engine Repair, Electrical Systems, etc.
Awards & Accomplishments & Certifications
Awards and accomplishments show your potential employer that you’re passionate about what you do and that you do it correctly.
If you’ve ever received awards that you think are beneficial to the role you’re interested in, make sure to list them out. The same thing goes for accomplishments since they highlight what you can achieve in reality.
Make sure you state the title of the award and the date you received it when listing them. Example of an award to list: being voted employee of the month.
Certifications are really catchy and intriguing to hiring managers. If you have certifications, don’t just include them in one place and move on. Highlight them along the way. We’ve already mentioned that you can include them in your education section. But you can also include it in your career objective, summary, or in the accomplishments section.
Contact information is really important. So don’t hurt your chances of being called back just because you forgot or overlooked them.
These contact information will make it easier for the hiring manager to reach out to you while or after reading your resume. Including them in your resume will also help your future employer get hold of you if they decide on hiring you!
Make sure they are correct and still in use: first and last name, address, phone number, email address, LinkedIn.
Tips For Designing Your Resume
Now that you know how to write a solid catchy resume, here are some tips to help you further with the content and style.
Resume Content Tips
- Always highlight your best moments and include the things that describe you the most upfront. You can include them in your career objective and continue referring to them along the way.
- Update and customize your resume with the required skills of the job you’re applying for.
- Customize your professional experience with the responsibilities related to the job description.
- Always use bullet points to match your description.
- Always use numbers when you can. Quantifying your skills in numbers and percentages will help hiring managers evaluate your skills and achievements. For example, you can list how many people you supervised, and how much you contributed to the growth of your previous employer.
- Highlight your passion for automotive work with the list of certifications you got, classes and conferences you attended, and volunteer work if you had any.
- Use descriptive action verbs and avoid using personal pronouns like “I” and “my”.
- Use a qualifications summary instead of an objective if you have enough experience.
- Include references to boost your credibility. Avoid using the phrase “references upon request.” to make it easier for the hiring manager to get in contact with your reference list if they wish to.
Resume Style Tips
Now that you have the right content that will get you hired, you need to pay attention to the style and the visual appearance of your resume. As we previously mentioned, it’s how your future employer will see you for the first time.
Here are some tips to present an eye-catching resume :
- Always use a legible font like Calibri, or Times New Roman and stay away from hard-to-read fonts. Most resumes are read using a tracking system and it’ll ruin your chances of getting the job if you choose a weird font.
- Keep the format consistent throughout the resume. If you use a specific color for titles, make sure you don’t go around using all the color palettes. The same goes for bolding and other styles.
- Keep it simple. A simpler resume is easier to read and is visually pleasing than a stuffed overcharged one. Fancy doesn’t mean better.
- Break up the text into sections that highlight important information. Don’t go overboard and structure your text. The hiring manager doesn’t have just your resume to read.
- Use sufficient white space on all four sides of the document as well as the margins and in between sections. This gives your resume a clean look.
Keeping all this in mind, you can also download readymade templates for free on the web or use the one that comes with Microsoft Word.
Writing Your Cover Letter
Now that you have your catchy and well-written resume, you’ll need a cover letter to apply for the job you want.
And yes! It is necessary. Most hiring managers won’t even bother reading a resume if there’s no cover letter with it.
Your resume is concise and limited to bullet points and clear, easy-to-read information. A cover letter will give you the opportunity to go over the crucial information, detail it and connect it to the job you’re interested in.
It will also give you more space to convince the hiring manager why you’re fit for the position.
You can highlight your skills, professionalism, and experience. Then you can explain the interest that is driving you to apply to that specific position.
You should never use a standard cover letter. Always customize it to the job you’re applying for.
Here is an auto mechanic cover letter example :
Dear Hiring Manager,
I am applying for the position of lead auto mechanic with your company.
In fact, I’ve wanted to work for your company since I moved into the area. Your values and dedication to excellent customer service have distinguished your company in the market.
My previous training and skill set will enable me to be a great addition to the team. I am also a fast learner and I’m motivated to start my career with you. My resume is attached for your consideration.
I look forward to meeting you in person to discuss my qualifications. You can reach me at [your number]. I’m available to discuss any questions you may have.
Don’t Forget A Thank You Letter
A thank you letter is not mandatory. But it’ll make hiring managers remember you. You should send the thank you letter or email within 24 hours of your interview.
That way you’ll stand out and showcase your professionalism. But remember, the hiring managers are busy, so keep it brief and to the point.
Abdelaziz Derdak is a business coach and consultant helping professionals to exploit their full potential. He spent most of his career in the automotive industry and road safety. During his spare time, he writes on his car blog.