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RESUMES, COVER LETTERS AND JOB INTERVIEWS

 

In order to enter the Canadian job market, it is necessary to learn the job search process in detail, as well s the correct way of writing application documents (cover letter, resumes) used in this country.

 

When there may be a job position available in a company, applicants usually have to send their job profile, experience, abilities, education, expectations, etc., written in two documents: a resume and a cover letter. This chapter, describes thoroughly  how these essential documents should be written and laid out in Canada and in North America thoroughly.

 

The Canadian job market is highly competitive and many people apply for a position, especially if it is for qualified people and with a good salary. Since there may be hundreds of resumes and cover letters that arrive at a company for just one position, those documents must be written with a great deal of attention and good technique to reach the initial aim of being called to an interview. What happens, in general terms, in most companies is that the person in charge must chooses among lost of candidates, sometimes among 100 – 500 and choose the 8 or 12 he /she envisages as the most suitable applicants for the post. Under those circumstances the person in charge may go through  every resume for 10 or 15 seconds and cover letter to decide whether they will be kept in the selection process or are rejected. It is most probable that he /she keeps just those that, because of their layout and content, result in a way as outstanding in the pile of received papers.

 

 

 

 RECOMMENDATION

A RESUME is the basic necessary tool in a job search and its analysis deserves all the extra time you might require to learn to write it correctly.

 

Apart from counting on what you did in that past, a good resume is that where you show what you can offer the employer for him / her to hire you for a specific job position.

 

 

 

- WHAT IS A RESUME?

 

A resume is a brief written summary containing important basic information about your skills, abilities, education, work experience and other important aspects about you. This is the first impression that a possible employer will have of you, of what you have done in your different jobs and what position you are looking for.

 

A good resume won’t  get you a good job by itself, but a poor resume will stop you from getting an interview, and you won’t have the opportunity to get a job without them.

 

The information in your resumes must be exact and true, but every resume you write should be different  and highlight the important specific aspects of your job profile, according to the characteristics of every vacant. What you are looking for, for example for a position as quality control engineer, may not be of interest for an employer who is seeking a product or design engineer. That is the reason why it is all vital that, for every job position you apply and want to be called to an interview, your resume must be written with the orientation and the terms the possible employers are looking for. 

 

IMPORTANT

Don’t confuse a RESUME with a Curriculum Vitae (C.V). The latter is a longer version of you life and your whole job and academic history. The CV is used by those with a suitable academic, scientific, and search education and experience to apply for positions accordingly. The CV is written based on the educational and teaching experience, along with the mentions obtained, prizes, recognition, publications, affiliations, etc..

 

The functions of a RESUME are the following:

 

●  Call the reader’s attention (possible employer) and open you the door to the company

● Help you to get an interview

● Organise your ideas and thoughts, and give a clear path to you career at the same time

● Introduce your transferable job skills in a clear and accurate way

● Help you “sell” your image in the job market.

● Be the suitable means to achieve the goal of being introduced to employers and advertised by a recruiting agency 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

Your RESUME must say right to the point what your specific aim is and what are the skills or qualifications you have to achieve it.

 

Writing a long general resume telling all you have done and describing all the abilities you have is a very common mistake. Those types of resumes fail to aim all that information at a specific goal. Don’t leave the task of deciding what the suitable job for you would be or what you would like to do to your possible employer.

 

Your RESUME must give the best impression possible of who you are, and that is the key to the door to the interviews you are looking for.

 

 

-  PARTS OF A RESUME

 

A.  JOB OBJECTIVE

The first and most important element of your resume is to express your job objective or the type of job you are looking for. When you have a clear aim, you can focus your resume on the path that will lead you to that goal.

Examples:

“Looking for a position as Mould Designer in an automotive company”

”Looking for a Software Engineering position with Computer Apple Group”

 

”Seeking an Administrative position within the medical field”.

 

”Seeking employment as Process Engineer  in the field of chemical engineering where I can put my education to practical use for the benefit of Petro-Canada”

 

● “Looking for a position as van owner delivery person”

 

”To obtain a position with a wholesale, storage or warehousing organisation that would involve the supervision workers activities, shipping and receiving, scheduling, etc.”

 

B.   SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS)

         

This part is a kind of mini-resume that must contain your most outstanding experiences and achievements. IN a few words, you send here the message that you are qualified and talented

 

It is your opportunity to do your ”self-market” or sell your own personal image. In this part you should include:

 

i Years of relevant experience in the specific job

i Your education or training and diploma in that field

i Some of your achievements or job success in that field, describe in a short paragraph.

i Your abilities, talents or key skills related to the job position

i A reference to your personal way of working, values, or ways of dealing with your responsibilities. Something like what a good friend of yours would say to describe your job profile before a possible employer 

Examples:

 ● “Over 5 years experience working in mechanical design and development of injection moulds and plastic parts, in CAD/CAM environments”

 

● ”Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering with over 8 years experience working in design of plastic products”

 

● ”Excellent knowledge of engineering plastics materials, specifications, machining processes, stamping, plastic injection, metrology, GD&T, blue print reading and mechanical design”

 

● “Ability to assume technical responsibility for assigned jobs, to supply technical support to manufactureng and handle several tasks to completion”

 

● “ Enthusiastic and committed to professional excellence”

 

 

 RECOMMENDATION

Very often newcomer professionals in Canada have several years of job experience. When in a job the employer asks for a specific amount of years of experience, use the same number for them not to reject you for having too much experience. For example:

 

ADVERTISEMENT: “Looking for Mechanical Engineer, 3 year experience in Quality Control automotive parts”.

 

Although you may have a 12-year experience working in this same position, you should reply to the advertisement by using the same terms in it:

 

Mechanical Engineer with over 3 years experience working with Quality Control standards in automotive parts companies”

 

C.  TECHNICAL SKILLS

 

This is the core part of your resume, where you must place the abilities, knowledge and experience required by the available position. Write here your best abilities or skills related to that vacancy. Bare in mind the following factors to write this part

  1. State your 3 or 4 best skills and abilities related to the job
  2. Make a separate list with every of these abilities and think and write several achievements in your job history to illustrate them.
  3. Describe every ability and achievement with persuading words, if possible, in a paragraph where you emphasise the way how your results benefited your previous employer

 

Examples:

 

● ”Great spatial capacity in visualising finished products and converting ideas or samples onto engineered drawings”

 

i“Technical expertise solving production problems related with design, plastics, sheet metal forming, specifications, engineering materials and manufacturing process”.

 

i“Extensive experience preparing specifications, components and general assembly drawings generation for manufacturing in industries such as automotive parts, household appliances and metal machining products”.

 

AutoCAD2007, Cimatron, Mechanical Desktop, Excel and MSO2000.

 

D.  WORK HISTORY/EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

 

You should include a list of your previous jobs in this part, in a maximum term of 10 years. Write your experience in descendant order, from the most recent to the older. Don’t forget to write the name and address of the company, the period worked, the position you had, and some of the main activities you performed. Have in mind the following:

 

 

i Don’t write about an experience longer than 10 years (15 years just if you have a vast specialised experience, in connection with the available job or aim)

i Include and highlight the jobs related to the job available

i Don’t write months or short periods. Just express your working periods in years, for example: 2001-2005. This way, you will cover the normal months of unemployment you may have.

iIf your history is short, include academic practices, technical training internships, and volunteer jobs that will help you highlight the fact that you are trained and experienced for the vacancy.

i Actions should be described in past tense

i Write your abilities and experiences  in a way that communicates positive feeling of achievement, success and satisfaction.

 

Examples:

 

2002-2006    COMMERCIAL SPRING & TOOLS Ltd.    555 Whitline, Mississauga, On

* POSITION:  MECHANICAL DESIGNER.

Responsibilities:

 

  • Provided manufacturing technical support for new products and existing product lines.
  • Worked closely with industrial engineering team in order to develop and improve the manufacturing processes and to acquire new equipment.
  • Worked in design and development of plastic and metal components parts for small electric domestic appliances, from the initial concept to the end product.
  • Generated and checked detailed engineering CAD drawings for dimensional accuracy, tolerances, correct material, specifications and correct drafting procedures.
  • Provided technical support for existing product lines, bill of materials, mechanical assembly drawings and electric-electronic cable assembly drawings.
  • Designed and developed Plastic Moulds, dies, fixtures, gauges and devices for assembly lines.
  • Provided technical support for existing product lines, bill of materials, mechanical assembly drawings and electric-electronic cable assembly drawings.
  • Responsible for new moulds and dies for production, contracted to external suppliers.

 

 

OPTIONAL: In some cases it is important to describe briefly the most outstanding characteristics of the company where you have worked, especially if it’s not in Canada. That will help the reader to grasp a better understanding of your past experience.

 

 

E.  EDUCATION / TRAINING

 

Under this heading, write your technical or university training courses in connection with the position available, in descendant order, with its main diploma, degree or certificate first. You should also include the name of institution, city, and period or date.

 

If necessary, separate EDUCATION from TRAINING. In the former place the information regarding your university or professional  education and, in the latter, the list of specific technical training courses in the field connected with your job aims.

 

F.   VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE or PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

Add this information, if relevant, to back your resume and emphasise your experience and qualifications.

 

G.     ANY OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION

 

 Write any other relevant information that may improve your possibilities. For example:

 

Languages. Writing that, apart from speaking English you can speak other language can be an advantage in some cases.

● Availability to work in night or rotary shifts.

● Availability to move to other city (in the province or in Canada).

● Any special knowledge, affiliation, or experience (driving license, or to operate certain equipment, fork lifter, etc)

● Personal Interests, ,hobbies, etc. That may show the type of person you are.

● Availability to travel abroad (if required)

 

H.  REFERENCES

 

Customary, this phrase is written:

 

“REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST”

 

However, you should make a list of at least 3 reference people who could testify about your personality, responsibility, and experience. Tell those people and ,make sure that they know that they are in your reference as references. They may be your former bosses, co-workers, clients, or people who know you well.

 

 

What MUST BE written in a  RESUME

 

● Personal Information: name, address, telephone, e-mail

● Job Objective: position you apply for

● Education and Courses: Listed in order, the most recent on top, and specifying diplomas and grades.

● Abilities and Job Skills: The list of your abilities and technical transferable job skills with a brief description explaining every one

● Job Experience:  Listed in chronological order from the most recent, mentioning the company, your position there, dates, responsibilities and everyday activities.

 

WHAT MUSTN'T BE WRITTEN IN A RESUME

 

● Age, height, weight, marital status

● Social Insurance Number

● Religious Group or Political Parties

● Reasons for leaving the previous job

● Desired Salary

● Overall Physical Condition

● Nationality of Origin

● Photographs (unless you apply as an actor /actress or model)

             

WHAT IS OPTIONAL IN A RESUME

 

● Volunteer Jobs

● Member of Professional Associations

● Special prizes and recognition

● Interests, personal activities and hobbies.

● Description of previous companies

● Courses done in previous jobs

● Languages (if relevant for the field or organisation)

● Driving licenses (G, AZ, DZ welding mechanic, etc.)

  

- TYPES OF RESUMES

There are three types of general resumes used in companies at present. Choose the one that suits every case best, depending on the position available, its requirements, your education, experience and transferable skills.

 

You will find an example of every type of RESUME in this book, to illustrate and facilitate their understanding. They have been based on the author’s experience and published just for being taken as a reference. There are thousands of different ways of writing every RESUME, with different designs, layout, terms, etc..

 

There are a number of books and specialised  publications on the subject showing examples of RESUMES for applying for different types of jobs, which you should read to learn more about it. Consult them in the public libraries and in some Internet sites.

 

CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME

 

In this type of resume, the job experience and professional development are sorted according to your job and position, starting from the most recent job to the first you had.

 

This is the most conventional format, used by professionals and technicians who have achieved e progressive development in their field, and would like to go on in the same field occupation. Besides, this is the easiest to understand, as it allows the reader  for following your personal history from your last achievements and experiences. That is the reason why it is quite advisable when your previous job (s) or company (es) is (are) really well-known.

 

On the other hand, a chronological resume may not be suitable in other circumstances. Some employers may easily realise some aspects of your job history that they wouldn’t like, as frequent changes of job, or a lack of specific experience. The latter is a problem if you are thinking of the possibility to make a change in the direction of your career.

   

EXAMPLE OF CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME (with cover letter)

 

 

 SERGIO MARTÍNEZ

250 Cassandra Blvd,  Apt. 234.      North York, ON  M3A  1V1

Telephone (416) 222 3344         E. Mail: sergioma@hotmail.com

OBJECTIVE: Seeking a position as Product Engineer for a company where I can utilize my skills and work experience.

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering with over 8 years experience working in design and development of products, plastic, synthetic and metal parts.
  • Excellent knowledge of manufacturing processes, engineering plastics materials, plastic injection, metal stamping, shop machines, motors, controls, switches, engineering materials, parts production, electricity, and UL, IEC and ISO-9000 standards.
  • Strong mechanical engineering background with expertise in mechanical design, testing products, manufacturing processes and CAD drafting.

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS

 

  • Extensive experience preparing specifications, components and general assembly drawings generation for manufacturing in industries such as automotive parts, household appliances and metal machining products.
  • Great spatial capacity in visualizing finished products and converting ideas or samples onto engineered drawings.
  • Technical expertise solving production problems related with design, plastics, sheet metal forming, specifications, engineering materials and manufacturing process.
  • Computer Skills:  AutoCAD2004, Cimatron, Mechanical Desktop, Excel and MSO2000.

 

Personal Skills:  Adaptable, team player, resourceful and dedicated.

WORK HISTORY

1999–2006       GROUPE SEB COLOMBIA.                             Bogotá,  Colombia

PRODUCT ENGINEER.

 Responsibilities:

  • Worked in design and development of plastic and metal components parts for small electric domestic appliances, from the initial concept to the end product.
  • Generated and checked detailed engineering CAD drawings for dimensional accuracy, tolerances, correct material, specifications and correct drafting procedures.
  • Responsible for development of products according with different international safety and quality standards (UL, CSA, IEC, BS, ISO, etc) in order to obtain approvals to export.
  • Responsible for prototypes, new parts, materials and plastics to use, design testing, packing, users manuals and for maintaining existing CAD files in the company.
  • Provided technical support for existing product lines, bill of materials, mechanical assembly drawings and electric-electronic cable assembly drawings.
  • Designed and developed jibs, fixtures, gauges and devices for assembly lines.
  • Responsible for new moulds and dies for production, contracted to external suppliers.
  • Worked with manufacturing personnel to ensure low cost of production and product manufacturing ease.

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SERGIO MARTÍNEZ                         continued…

 

The Company: The Group SEB (www.groupeseb.com) is a global producer of domestic electrical appliances. It trade under the international brands Rowenta and Tefal, and under strong local brands witch are leaders in their local markets in many other countries (T-Fal in Canada).

The Products: Small domestic appliances with motor for household (blenders, food processors, mixers, orange juicers, etc), dryers, fans, coffee makers, washer machines and irons (made in SEB-Colombia).  

 

1994-1998  INDUMIL – Military Industries of Colombia             Bogota -Colombia

*  MECHANICAL DESIGNER.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the elaboration, actualization and supply of CAD drawings, technical information, machining parameters and processes and bill of materials.
  • Provided manufacturing technical support for new products and existing product lines.
  • Created and checked all new engineered CAD drawings for dimensional accuracy, tolerances, correct material specifications, and correct drafting procedures.
  • Worked closely with industrial engineering team in order to develop and improve the manufacturing processes and to acquire new equipment.
  • Responsible for testing of new product as well as technical standards and check-lists referent to tools, goods, new technical parts and products to be acquired from abroad.

 

The Company: INDUMIL is a government industrial company associated with the Colombian military forces, where weapons, metal machining products and military equipments are manufactured.

 

 

1992-1994       Industrias Kapitol S.A.                                                 Bogota – Colombia.

PROCESS ENGINEER

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the manufacturing processes of different automotive parts such as: breaking systems, pistons, cooling systems and body parts.
  • Designed and developed new attachments, gauges and devices for production.
  • Provided manufacturing technical support for new products and existing product lines.

The Company:  Manufacturer and suplier of  assemblies, components and parts for automotives companies. (Renault, Mazda, Fiat and Chevrolet)

EDUCATION

   · Mechanical Engineer. Bachelor Degree  1987-1992

     National University of Colombia.

   Bogota – Colombia

   · Mechanical Technician   1987

     Instituto Técnico Industrial Centro Don Bosco.

   Bogotá – Colombia

 

Other Courses: FMEA, ISO-9000, GD&T, Tools Design, Steels and Metallurgy, Plastic Materials.

 

Languages:  English, Spanish.

AVAILABLE IMMEDIATLY

WILLING TO RELOCATE IN ONTARIO

References available upon request 

 

  FUNCTIONAL RESUME

 

This type of resume focus on the specific experience or the knowledge in connection with a particular craft or field. When employers read through a candidate’s resume, they usually want to find those -  knowledge and experience. The lack of specific experience is easily detected in a customary chronological resume. By a functional resume  you can make your experience appear as applicable in general terms, and it facilitates changes from an industry to other, or between different fields in your profession.

 

A functional resume can be really effective and it usually helps candidates to get at least an interview. However, the staff members in charge of hiring personnel may know that it is easy for applicants to hide some aspects of their job profile, and they prefer having candidates fill in their own company forms or write a chronological resume.

 

 RECOMMENDATION

Use this type of resume when you want to get a “survival” position as a technician, focusing on persuading the employer that you know how to perform the specific tasks required for certain specific qualification.  For example, if you are an engineer but would like to get a well-paid position or in a good company where you may have the opportunity to work at the beginning in Quality Control, Production Supervision, design, Metrologist, Laboratories, Quality Inspection, etc

 

EXAMPLE OF FUNCTIONAL RESUME  (with cover letter)

 

 

SERGIO MARTÍNEZ

 

250 Cassandra Blvd, North York    Telephone (416) 222 3344       Mail: sergioma@hotmail.com

OBJECTIVE

 Seeking a position as Quality Inspector for a stamping industrial company where I can utilize my skills and work experience.

EDUCATION

   · Mechanical Engineer / Bachelor Degree - National University of Colombia. 1990

   · Mechanical Technician -                Instituto Técnico Industrial Centro Don Bosco.

       Bogota – Colombia -1984

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS / EXPERIENCE

 

  • Several years experience working in industrial enviroments and machining industries
  • Long experience working with verniers, micrometers, gauges, optical comparators, operating of CMM and interpreting of their results.
  • Excellent knowledge of tolerances, specifications, machining processes, stamping, plastic injection, stamping and shop machines.
  • Strong mechanical engineering background with expertise in mechanical design, metrology, GD&T, blue print reading and interpretation.
  • Long experience testing production parts and new products.
  • Technical expertise in the understanding and use of statistical process control SPC.
  • Extensive experience preparing and checking complex part CAD drawings for components and general assembly drawings for manufacturing in industrial projects.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and professional quality from complex engineering drawings, method sheets, tests plans and process sheets.
  • Computer Skills: AutoCAD2004, Excel and MSO2000.

 

Personal Skills:  Adaptable, team player, resourceful and dedicated.

WORK HISTORY

 

1998 –2006      GROUPE SEB COLOMBIA.                             Bogotá, Colombia

Design Departament.

 

The Company: The Group SEB (www.groupeseb.com) is the first-ranking world producer of domestic electrical appliances. It trade under the international brands Rowenta and Tefal, and under strong local brands witch are leaders in their local markets in many other countries (T-Fal in Canada).

 

1994-1998      INDUMIL – Military Industries of Colombia      Bogotá, Colombia

*  Engineering Division.

The Company: INDUMIL is a government industrial company associated with the Colombian military forces, where weapons, metal machining products and military equipments are manufactured.

 

Other Courses: FMEA, ISO-9000, GD&T, Tools Design, Steels and Metallurgy, Plastic Materials.

Languages:  English, Spanish.

WILLING TO RELOCATE IN CANADA

References available upon request    

 

- COVER LETTER

 

SERGIO MARTÍNEZ

 

250 Cassandra Blvd, North York    Telephone (416) 222 3344       Mail: sergioma@hotmail.com

DATE:             01 March 2007

TO:                    Spring and Metal Process Inc.

Attn.       Brian Clark

                Peterborough, Ontario

SUBJECT :  Quality Inspector                                    Ref:  JOB # 1103

 

Mr. Clark:

 

With reference to your advertisement in The Toronto Star, I would like to offer myself for this position. I am sending you herewith also my resume with all details related to my education and working experience.

 

I have a mechanical and quality background  working in industrial environments. I worked 8 years in Group SEB Colombia, a multinational company manufacturer of electrical domestic appliances in design and quality control of plastic and metal products, from the initial concept to the finished product. I was responsible for detailed CAD drawings for components and assemblies, prototypes, , dimensional accuracy, tolerances, technical material, bills of materials, specifications and material specifications

 

I worked closely with quality inspector and metrology  equipment related. I have excellent ability to set-up and read manual checking instruments, laboratory instrumentation and testing equipment, measuring devices, gauges and fixtures, accurately and confidently. I have a long experience making and interpreting complex part drawings, geometric dimensioning and tolerances (GD&T), final/first off inspection and internal auditing practices

 

 

For my part I wish to put my skills and experience to work for the benefit of your company. I am a mechanical inclined person and I possess good decision making capabilities and experience.

I would like very much to talk with you about the position. Thanks for taking the time to consider my aplication. I hope to hear from you soon.

 

 

Sincerely,

  Sergio.M..

 Sergio Martínez

 

 

 - COMBINATION RESUME

 

A mixed resume uses the most important aspects of both the functional and the chronological resume, to make the best impression of your job profile and history. It has a section containing your abridged experience, abilities, qualifications and special personal characteristics, relevant for the position you are looking for. The job experience is shown in chronological order or in the functional way, according to what is more convenient for every particular case.

 

EXAMPLE OF COMBINATION RESUME

  

SERGIO MARTÍNEZ

250 Cassandra Blvd,  Apt. 234.      North York, ON  M3A  1V1

Telephone (416) 222 3344         E. Mail: sergioma@hotmail.com

OBJECTIVE: Seeking a position as Mechanical Designer or Mould Designer for a company where I can utilize my skills and work experience.

 SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Over 5 years experience working in mechanical design and development of injection moulds and plastic parts, in CAD/CAM environments.
  • Excellent knowledge of plastic injection moulds, standard parts, engineering plastics materials, general tool machines, engineering materials, electricity, manufacturing processes and QS-9000 standards.
  • Extensive experience preparing specifications, drawings for components, general assembly drawings and detailing parts for injection moulds.
  • Ability to assume technical responsibility for assigned jobs, to supply technical support to manufacturing and handle several task to completion.
  • Strong mechanical background, with expertise in design of injection moulds, using 2/3D CIMATRON 11 (surfacing, modeling, solid, drafting and NC programming).
  • Great spatial capacity in visualizing finished products and converting ideas or samples onto engineered drawings. 
  • Technical expertise solving production problems related with design, plastics, injection moulds, specifications, engineering plastic materials, manufacturing process, project planning, ISO QS 9000 and Quality Control standards.

 

Team player, Logical, Resourceful, Problem Solver, Adaptable and Professional.

Computer SkillsAutoCAD14, Mechanical Desktop, CIMATRON and MSO2000.

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE 

*  MOLD DESIGNER

2004 – 2006  RIVERE TOOL & MOLDS.                   999 Klele Street, Concord, On

Responsibilities:

  • Working in design and development of injection moulds for plastic parts, using 2/3D CIMATRON 12 surfacing, modeling, solid, drafting and NC programs.
  • Responsible for the detailed CAD drawings, correct tolerances, standard components, dimensional accuracy, correct material, specifications and correct drafting procedures.

The Company: Canadian company specialized in mould for plastic injection for automotives, appliances, barbeque and cosmetic industries

 

QUALITY ASSURANCE INSPECTOR

2002-2003 COMMERCIAL SPRING & TOOLS Ltd.    555 Whitline,Mississauga, On

  • Responsible for performing first off inspection to metal stamping products in the press shop, according to customer’s requirements, following and interpreting GD&T, general specifications and according with quality plans.
  • Responsible for maintaining and monitoring SPC charts at process centers to ensure that processes are stable and reaction plans are followed.
  • Identity, record and report nonconformances to supervisory and production personnel

The Company: Canadian company ISO9000 certificated specialized in precision sheet stamping and forming parts for automotives and general industries (Tier 2).

 

SERGIO MARTÍNEZ                         continued

 

*  PRODUCT ENGINEER PLASTIC PRODUCTS

1998–2002       GROUPE SEB COLOMBIA.    Bogotá, Colombia

  • Worked in design and development of plastic parts for small electric domestic appliances, from the initial concept to the end product.
  • Generated and checked detailed engineering CAD drawings for dimensional accuracy, tolerances, correct material, specifications and correct drafting procedures.
  • Provided technical support for existing product lines, bill of materials, mechanical assembly drawings and electric-electronic cable assembly drawings.
  • Responsible for design of new moulds, materials and plastics to use, design testing, and highly accelerated life testing of products.
  • Responsible for new moulds and dies for production, contracted to external suppliers.
  • Responsible for packaging, technical data, modifications and for maintaining existing CAD files in the company.
  • Designed and developed jibs, fixtures, gauges and devices for assembly lines.

 

 

The Company: The Group SEB (www.groupeseb.com) is the first-ranking world producer and trader of domestic electrical appliances. It trade under the international brands Rowenta and Tefal, and under strong local brands witch are leaders in their local markets in many other countries (T-Fal in Canada).

The Products: Small domestic appliances with motor for household (blenders, food processors, mixers, orange juicers, etc), dryers, fans, coffee makers, washer machines and irons (made in SEB-Colombia).

 

EDUCATION

   · Mechanical Engineer.    

   National University of Colombia. Bogotá, Colombia

  · Mechanical Technician 

    Instituto Técnico Industrial Centro Don Bosco. Bogotá, Colombia

INTEREST: Tennis, Painting, Guitar, Music and fishing

 

Languages Spanish, English.

AVAILABLE IMMEDIATLY
References available upon request   

 

- COVER LETTER

 

SERGIO MARTÍNEZ

250 Cassandra Blvd,  Apt. 432.      North York, ON  M3A  1V1

Telephone (416) 222 3344         E. Mail: sergioma@hotmail.com

 

FAX:                905 677 7888

DATE: 28 January 2003

TO:                  EXTREMEMOULDS Ltd.

Attn.       DONALD MICHELSEN  

                   Markham, Ontario

 

SUBJECT:   Mould Designer     

 

Mr. Michelsons:

 

I would like to offer myself for a possible position as Mold Designer in Extreme Moulds Ltd. I am sending you herewith also my resume with all details related to my education and working experience.

 

I have a background in mechanical design and mould design in CAD environments. I have worked in design and detailing of moulds using CIMATRON-12 (modeling, surfacing, solids and NC). I have experience working as Designer of injection mould from the initial concept to the finished product in companies manufacturer of plastic injection moulds and parts for automotive, cosmetic and other industries. I have been responsible for the engineering CAD drawings, material technical specifications and bill of materials. In addition, it was my duty to make and check CAD engineering drawings for dimensional accuracy, correct drafting procedures, mould standards and manufacturing process.

 

I have an excellent knowledge of different types of injection moulds, molded injection processes, engineering plastics materials, GD&T (ANSI14.5), gages, fixtures, jibs, production and metal machining processes. I am very capable in AutoCAD-14/2000 and CIMATRON 12  (Solids, Modeling and CN programming)

 

For my part I wish to put my skills and experience to work for the benefit of your company. Thanks for taking the time to consider my aplication. I hope to hear from you soon.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 Sergio.M.. 

Sergio Martínez

 

 

 

- GUIDE FOR WRITING A RESUME

 

It is advisable to start the resume heading with your name, phone number, and email. Never write the word “resume”

iDon’t write personal details such as date of birth, marital status, height, weight, gender, SIN, etc.

iA resume should be one or two pages long, maximum. Make good use of the spaces available in such a way that there are no unnecessary blanks.

iDon’t include information neither on your previous salary nor on the one you would like.

iDon’t include pictures or list of references.

iNever include photocopies of diplomas, certificates, etc..

iNever write on the causes why you left a job

iAvoid mentioning religious, ethnic or political matters.

iDon’t use exact dates. Years and  months, or just years are enough.

iDon’t write your elementary or high school if you have a university degree of more then ten years experience.

iAll you write about must be positive. Avoid negative comments.

iDON’T TELL LIES !!

 

 

 RECOMMENDATION

Always check and address your resume for every position you apply for. Write your job objective according to the description of the position vacant.

 

If possible, use the same terms and words they are looking for, according to your position and experience in the post.

 

   

VERY IMPORTANT 

When you were looking for a job for the first time in Canada, it is best trying to get a position in your own field, in connection with your experience. To achieve this goal you should write and send a lot of resumes, replying to newspaper ads, or to specialised Internet sites, offering your services directly to companies or asking for assistance in recruitment agencies. You should bare in mind these possibilities to look for a job in your area:

 

● AS A PROFESSIONAL OR SKILLED WORKER. (Engineers, technologists, architects, etc.). In this case, it is advisable to write “chronological resumes”. This type of resume allows for highlighting your educational level, experience and professional development in your field or specialisation.

 

Note: This should be the first option of a skilled worker. However, in practice, there may be some obstacles making difficult to get these kinds of jobs from the beginning, such as your level of English, professional license, lack of certifications, lack of Canadian experience, etc.. 

 

● AS A TECHNICIAN  (Supervisor, Quality Inspector, Designer, laboratorist, Inspector, metrologist, Operator, draughtsman, programmer, Engineer Assistant, Maintenance Technician, etc.)

 

This may be an effective way of getting your first job in your area. A “functional” or a “combination resume” helps you to highlight the specific experience or the knowledge in connection with a certain craft or position. In this type of resume you can make your experience and education appear as applicable in general terms, facilitating your change from a type of industry to another, or between different fields in your profession.

 

A simple way of writing your resume showing this average profile is thinking in the positions and functions of the people who worked below you or in a lower hierarchy in your previous jobs. Most probably, you sometimes supervised and trained them. You may perform here the tasks they did in your country, and that would keep you in your profession or craft. This is the way of, with the passing of time, getting promoted to a better position or to achieve the goal of entering the Canadian market in your profession.

 

Note:  What is important is to start and stay in jobs related to your craft or specialisation. To achieve an outstanding technical or professional job position in the market, it is usually necessary to have certain Canadian training, specialisation, or enough Canadian experience in the field.

 

COMMENT: In the examples shown in this chapter and the description of every type of resume (chronological functional, and combination) it is clearly shown how to aim and handle with the writing of a resume to look for a job in different positions and job levels. (Professional, Technical, or supervisor). Those are based on the personal experience of the author and were “successfully” tested, achieving the goal in the three cases.

 

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