What Employers Want to See in a Machine Operator

While the surging economy and the low unemployment rate are combining to provide plenty of job opportunities, there’s still competition out there for machine operator jobs and that means you need to exhibit the right qualifications on your resume and cover letter.

The fundamentals for a good resume in any field are to reveal your knowledge and experience, position yourself as a good match with respect to the company culture and indicate that you know the field. Also, it’s important to put together a resume that is organized and is easy to read.

Essential Skills and Experience

Above all else, a potential employer wants to see that an applicant can do the job of a machine operator because they have the needed skills and experience.

Essential skills include a general knowledge of manufacturing best practices, ability to understand technical documents and the physical capacity to work with heavy equipment. A machine operator resume should also list a number of soft skills, such as being independent, detail-oriented, able to thrive in a team environment, able to analyze technical problems and able to manage multiple responsibilities at the same time.

As for experience, a machine operator resume should include all jobs related to manufacturing. When organizations locate someone with manufacturing experience, despite whether or not that applicant has worked with the same or comparable products the manufacturer produces, that application normally gets priority. It is essential for an applicant to provide detail on all past manufacturing experience. Specifics of each job, including quality control standards and best practices, are all crucial aspects that interest a hiring manager.

If no preceding manufacturing experience can be included, the job seeker should look at the job outline carefully and spotlight aspects in the resume that closely correspond with the principal functions of the job. The manufacturing industry is always focused on safety, so listing a good safety record is always useful. Any recognition obtained from earlier employment concerning things like attendance, production standards or quality is essential.

Cover Letter

A resume can’t completely communicate your finer qualities and enthusiasm for the job like a cover letter can. Also, while technical abilities like equipment knowledge can be conveyed on a resume, soft skills are best highlighted in a cover letter. A good cover letter also expresses a passion for the industry and the job.

The cover letter is also a chance for the job seeker to talk about why he or she is the best fit for the job. Hiring managers are trying to find people who can do the job, but also contribute to the company culture. Many people are able to switch between manufacturing industries because they can leverage both their knowledge and their ability to add something to a company.

At LTI, we regularly help job seekers with everything from resume writing to interview prep. If you are currently looking to take the next step on your career path and could use some assistance, please contact us today.