A manufacturing job description does a nice job of telling you the tools, technologies, and equipment experience you’ll need to do the job. But what it might be missing is some of the softer skills that are just as vital and that employers look for if you’re on the hunt for a manufacturing job. We have four must-have skills that you should reflect on your manufacturing job resume to increase the chances you’ll get the work you want—and need.
Skill #1 Critical Thinking
If you can’t troubleshoot a problem and wait for your employer’s help, you simply aren’t as valuable to a company. Today’s front-line and back-office manufacturing workers must be able to think quickly on their feet and use critical thinking skills to solve problems. Supervisors are pulled in too many different directions to always be there to help when you need it. So, come prepared to interview with a story about how you solved a big problem on the line—without anyone’s help but your own critical thinking skills.
Skill #2 Communication
Business is collaborative. That’s why every company needs a workforce with strong communication skills. This includes verbal and written acumen for the language. Communicating effectively with your team is simply a necessity in today’s fast-paced manufacturing environments. You need to be able to share information in a way that is concise and precise, whether you write it down or share it verbally. These skills will make you a true team player that any employer will appreciate.
Skill #3 Dependability and Ownership
Dependability is about more than showing up to work on time although that may be part of what manufacturers look for. You must also show a level of ownership and pride in your work so that your managers won’t need to micromanage your daily work productivity. Employees that do well with very little oversight also do well in the manufacturing industry and are often eyed as potential managerial talent. If you can hold yourself accountable to the responsibilities of the job, most manufacturers will want to speak to you.
Skill #4 Aptitude for Technology
Technology has impacted every industry today and manufacturing is no exception. Employers want to see the software you use regularly on your resume. Manufacturers are on the lookout for employees that tinker with computers on the side. If you demonstrate an interest in learning new technologies, that’s a great skill to put on your resume. That means you’re a good candidate for training in new systems and platforms and could be looked upon potentially as a leader during the rollout of new tech tools.
How to List These Tools on Your Resume
Consider rewriting your resume to illustrate these skills. Especially if you exhibited the skills in your last job or a prior role. See if you can work these skills into the descriptions of what you accomplished in these jobs. Then be prepared to highlight the skills during the interview process. If you’re wondering how to put all this together, why not reach out to PrideStaff with a copy of your resume. We will have a recruiter review it, and if you have these skills, we can set up a call to chat with you about some of the roles available, give you advice on your resume, and help you land the job. We can help.