Resume Advice


Resume Advice


Your Personal Marketing Brochure

Your resume needs to be accurate and up-to-date. It's critical that it communicate a detailed work history along with your major accomplishments. Before you send it out, do yourself a favor and make sure it includes the following information.

Roles & Responsibilities

For each position you should have:

  1. Accurate dates, titles, employer names and locations.
  2. A detailed scope paragraph for each position that outlines your key responsibilities, number of direct reports and who you report to. 
  3. Under each scope paragraph, include bulleted sentences that outline major accomplishments including growth metrics where applicable.
  4. Include more information on your most recent positions, becoming less descriptive as you go back in time.

Education & Training

Your educational background should include:

  1. Degree(s), school(s), major(s)
  2. Graduation dates and GPA's
  3. Industry training, certifications and awards

Content & Grammar

When updating your resume:

  1. Stick to the facts and leave out the hyperbole and fluffy stuff.
  2. Triple check to make sure your content and metrics are correct.
  3. Have a third party double-check your grammar and spelling.


Resume Sample

Resume Sample

John Smith

1000 Career Advancement Blvd.

City, State, Zip

Home: (222) 444-3333                           Email:




Proven operations professional with a track record of steady promotion accomplished through driving measured results.


Food Company. 1992 to Present

Plant Manager, Smithville, TX (1999 to Present)
Lead all plant operations including a staff of 28 salaried and 380 hourly associates as well as 16 production/packaging lines producing 40 million cases of finished product annually. Scope encompasses operations, engineering, quality, distribution, and human resources. Instrumental in leading a cultural and procedural change to achieve World Class Manufacturing initiatives.

  • Received Recognition Award for leadership, vision, tenacity and coordination of projects completed on time and under budget with savings of approximately $4 million.

  • Conversion of glass to plastic packaging saving over $3 million annually with increased customer satisfaction.

  • Exceeded start-up efficiencies by an average of 10% across five new lines.

  • Developed an intense and innovative training and commissioning program involving vendors, mechanical and electrical installers, service technicians, operators, and mechanics.

Production Manager, Smithville. TX (1997 to 1999)
Facilitated 6 production supervisors and 200 hourly non-union employees producing approximately 60,000 cases of product per day on 3 packaging lines in a High Performance Work Teams environment.

  • Reduced line changeover times from several days to several hours with a budgeted output increase of 23%.

  • Initiated and organized safety training programs resulting in zero lost time and zero recordable incidents.

  • Implemented professional development training for supervisors that included labor relations, Human Resources law, employee relations, performance appraisals, and conflict resolution.


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Production Manager, Dallas, TX (1995 to 1997)
Directed 4 supervisors and 150 hourly union employees producing 16,000 cases of margarine per day.

  • Increased average operational efficiency from 75% to 81%.

  • Reduced yields in the plant within 1% of ideal ingredients and packaging.

  • Delivered a finished cost reduction from $192 per ton to $160 per ton through such projects as the revamping of vendor contracts and daily monitoring of yields.

  • Sensitive to customer demands and concerns as shown by a track performance record of 99.4% customer delivery.

Production Supervisor, Portland Oregon (1992 to 1995)
Supervised 45 hourly union employees on 13 packaging lines.

  • Chosen as a corporate role model to act as a mentor to fellow supervisors from union and non-union plants.

  • Successfully coordinated and implemented relocation of 5 of the 13 packaging lines in order to make room for 2 new high speed fillers and their ancillary packaging equipment

  • Initiated a process improvement program that significantly reduced changeover times, raised the competency level of the production operators, and established long term maintenance goals.


New York University, New York, NY
Master of Science in Management – June 1999; GPA 3.96
Graduated with Honors

Texas University, Dallas, TX
Bachelor of Arts – May 1992; GPA 3.0