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Time to Update Your Resume

Your resume is a vital professional history about you. So, it needs to be current at all times – especially for unforeseen times such as if your employer requests a copy. Or, an electronics opportunity may come along which captures your interest and you may want to move quickly to apply.

When applying for a new electronics or computer tech position, it is fair to individualize each application accordingly while keeping your basic qualifications consistent. So, here’s a summary to help you stay prepared.

Employers want to see your career goal or objective and study how well the rest of your resume supports it. If you are not able to clearly identify your career direction, then who can? Certainly not the employer to whom you are applying.

In making this statement, consider general areas of interest such as circuit design or production inspection. For example, a goal is "COMPUTER ELECTRONICS ENTRY-LEVEL TECHNICAL POSITION WITH ADVANCEMENT TO FIELD SERVICE."

The goal should both meet and somewhat exceed the responsibilities sought; this demonstrates long-range planning and self-confidence for advancement. Beware of unclear goal statements because you do not want to be seen as someone just looking for work. Rather, you must promise a potential employer much more.

Qualification Summary
Despite your best efforts, your resume may receive only a passing glance. Thus, the lines immediately below your career goal are the best location in which to highlight your credentials. While the points made in this summary will be built upon later in the resume, make your main pitch here.

Your primary credential for an entry-level technical job is the ability to perform technical tasks. While such skills have been made possible by school, the training itself is not the headline issue. Your ability to "troubleshoot digital electronics at the component level" is closer to what the typical employer is looking for. So, the first qualification -- the one that would get you the job -- is stated just that way.

What's the next most important qualification you have? Now it is appropriate to list your training, such as "Associate Degree in Electronics Technology." The employer is immediately able to identify first what you can do and second why you can do it.

The process continues. What else about your background is important to the potential employer? If you have project management experience and the position requires or prefers such background, list it next. In general, prioritize three to five of your most significant qualifications for the job for the summary section. Now, compare these to your stated objective and the needs of the desired position. Make sure the matches are strong.

Experience and Education
The next category on the resume would follow the lead of the summary section. In the example noted, the technician's education is more important than previous, unrelated experience. Thus, education is listed next. In the case of an experienced technician, it's likely to be vice versa, which would be reflected in the ordering of the summary statement qualifications.

Follow the summary and build upon each statement. The training should speak to the solid "know-how" needed by the technician holding the position. Itemize those areas you studied in electronics which relate to this job opening.

Experience should demonstrate the type and calibre of previous employment.

Miscellaneous categories such as hobbies, interests, and personal history are usually inappropriate and serve to cloud the primary issue.

If you have an electronics background developed via a hobby such as ham radio, be creative in restating this most-relevant information. While it is inappropriate to pass off a hobby as a serious credential, it might be presented in another way, such as under a category named "Related Credentials."

On the other hand, if you have had articles published in relevant trade publications, be sure to so highlight such a credential, perhaps under a "Publications" section. Likewise, a relevant certification or license should be noted.

As a rule, resumes do not contain the names of your references or letters of reference. Such inclusions serve to unnecessarily lengthen the resume, which should be kept to one page for beginning technicians.

Cover Letter
Essential to the completion of the resume is a professional, business cover letter. It should be addressed to the potential employer (if possible containing the relevant person's name, title and address).

The cover letter is another opportunity to make a case for your qualifications. Looking back to the summary section for guidance, restate the most important parts of your credentials and relate them to the needs of the position.

Your resume is important. So, now would be a good time to resume the process of keeping your resume dusted off, just in case.


One Technical Place
State of Art, IC 10110
(100) 1010-1000
April 12, 2015

Ms. Henry U.S.B. 2.0 Hub
Production Division
Company Genre, Inc.
One Large Place
Technique, IC 10011

Dear Mr. Hub:

I am interested in the Electronics Technician opening in the production division of Company Genre. The position description reflects both the type and calibre of responsibilities I wish to pursue; please consider me an applicant.

The enclosed resume outlines my relevant education and experience. I believe that my associate degree in electronics, coupled with experience troubleshooting at the component level, provides the appropriate background for this position. With regard to the remaining qualifications, I have previously worked as project manager in the installation of automotive electronics systems. In addition, I am interested in the possibility of future field work with your customers.

I welcome the opportunity to further discuss this position with you at a time of your convenience. References and additional information will be forwarded upon request. Thank you.


C. Volts Inere

enc: resume


C. Volts Inere
One Technical Place
State of Art, IC 10110
(100) 101-1000


Computer Electronics Entry-Level Technical Position With Advancement to Field Service


* Competence in troubleshooting digital circuitry to the component level
* Associate of Applied Science degree in electronics technology
* Expertise in electronics project management


2011 A.A.S., Cleveland Institute of Electronics
Cleveland, Ohio

Areas of specialization:
- Digital circuitry theory, design and maintenance
- Computer hardware applications of customized integrated circuitry


2006-14 Electronics Technician (part-time)
Edison's Two-Way Radio Co., PNP Junction, IC

Responsible for project management of automotive electronics and repair of base and mobile two-way radio systems, pagers and related equipment


Available upon request