Okay, in about two weeks time, I'll have tied up the loose ends of certain things and it will be time for me to start carpet bombing local HVAC shops, and skulking around their offices and that sort of thing, in my quest to find a new career path. I've prepared a very basic resume and I'd like for you guys to help me improve it, casting the critical eye of an HVAC person looking to hire.
Names and locations have been changed to protect the guilty, obviously, but this is my layout and the job experiences part is real.
A few notes:Joe Anybody
1234 Main Street
City, State 54321
An entry-level position with an established company as a first step into the HVAC industry.
Anonymous Big-Box Store #2 -- August 2010 to Present
Backroom Team Member
Providing fast, friendly customer service, shelving and organizing store merchandise with computerized inventory system, pulling merchandise from shelves as needed.
Bondage Gear/Sex Toy Factory & Online Retailer – December 2008 to August 2009
Leather Products Assembler
Assembly of leather products, accurate record keeping, organization of merchandise and supplies, and light facilities maintenance.
Great Lakes Municipal Water Utility – May 2004 to September 2007
Seasonal Laborer – Facilities Maintenance
Facilities maintenance including HVAC (boilers, dehumidifiers, rooftop units), plumbing, pump/valve and motor repair, and general appearance and landscaping.
Anonymous Big-Box Store #1 -- April 2002 to May 2004
Stocker and Sales Representative
Providing excellent customer service, providing a positive face for the company, organizing and maintaining store merchandise with a computerized inventory system, filling and organizing shelves.
Education and Certification:
AAS – Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology – Cheesehead Technical College. Completed May of 2011.
EPA 608 Universal Technician & Cheeseland Dept. of Commerce Refrigerant Handling Technician Certification
BA – Criminal Justice – University of Cheeseheads. Completed January of 2008.
- I know my objective statement is hideously lame, but I've yet to come up with something better.
- I get that most of my experience does not really relate to the field I'm looking for, but I've honestly got nothing else...Not sure how to make that part look better.
- Yes, I really did once handmake bondage gear and sex toys No, that tidbit is not on the *normal* version of this resume. I simply say 'leather products assembler'.
- I realize that a BA in a totally unrelated field probably causes the average resume-reading HVAC person to lift an eyebrow and have questions, but I prefer to leave it on there. I'm *proud* that I have a liberal arts background and education to go with my technical degree. 'Thinking with both sides of your head.' as my grandfather would have called it. You can't have too much education in any field, IMO.
So, pick, prod, criticize, and blast away! I need all the help I can get.