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How to land a great manufacturing job

"How do I narrate that elevator pitch to get that face-to-face interview? Once you're in that interview, be prepared to talk about why you did what you did. The mistakes you made. How you learned from that. How you've grown from that and where you are willing to go," said Hlavin.

If you look at the walls of Hlavin's business, you will see something resembling a cross-training chart. That growth colors everything they do here.

OFFICE MANAGER IN A MANUFACTURING ENVIRONMENT: Resume For Manufacturing Jobs

A recent downturn in the manufacturing sector has forced this employee into a job hunt. She would enjoy finding a situation in another manufacturing environment, but her resume and cover letter are written so that she can explore options in numerous industries.

Exact Name of Person
Exact Title
Exact Name of Company
Address
City, State, Zip

Dear Exact Name of Person (or Dear Sir or Madam if answering a blind ad):

MEDIA AND PRINTING COORDINATOR: Resume For Manufacturing Jobs

Dear Sir or Madam:

With the enclosed resume, I would like to express my interest in exploring employment opportunities with your organization and make you aware of my versatile experience related to print production, media planning and buying, as well as sales and customer service.            

MANUFACTURING WORKER: Resume For Manufacturing Jobs

Exact Name of Person
Exact Title
Exact Name of Company
Address
City, State, Zip

Dear Exact Name of Person (or Dear Sir or Madam if answering a blind ad):

With the enclosed resume, I would like to make you aware of my extensive background related to industrial production and troubleshooting, equipment repair and maintenance, and forklift operations. I am interested in exploring employment opportunities with your company.           

MANUFACTURING ACCOUNT REPRESENTATIVE: Resume For Manufacturing Jobs

As you can see, this cover letter is written so that the individual can seek employment not only in the manufacturing arena but also in other fields.

Exact Name of Person
Title or Position
Name of Company
Address (number and street)
Address (city, state, and zip)

Dear Exact Name of Person (or Dear Sir or Madam if answering a blind ad):

MANUFACTURING MANIFEST CLERK: Resume For Manufacturing Jobs

Exact Name of Person
Exact Title of Person
Name of Company
Exact Address of Company
City, state, zip

Dear Exact Name of Person:

With the enclosed resume, I would like to make you aware of my manufacturing industry background as well as my interest in exploring employment opportunities with your organization.           

MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR & OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR: Resume For Manufacturing Jobs

Exact Name of Person
Exact Title
Exact Name of Company
Address
City, State, Zip

Dear Exact Name of Person (or Dear Sir or Madam if answering a blind ad):

With the enclosed resume, I would like to make you aware of my interest in exploring employment opportunities within your organization and acquaint you with my strong qualifications and diverse experience.             

MACHINE OPERATOR & MANUFACTURING SUPERVISOR: Resume For Manufacturing Jobs

Here you see the resume of an experienced manufacturing industry professional who is relocating and seeking a change. He communicates in his cover letter that his skills and competencies are transferable to other industries. Notice that he has recently returned to an academic environment in order to refresh his computer skills. This resume is a blend of a chronological and functional resume, which works well for an individual who has worked for only one employer.

TO: Rich Smith
FROM: Nathan Bowles

Dear Mr. Smith: