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When applying for a job, the importance of the resume cannot be emphasized enough. The resume is a document that will be skimmed in at most a minute's time, and then a decision will be made: reject, or consider. If your resume makes it past this step, where a stack of two hundred resumes is filtered down to a dozen or two, then your resume will come under extreme scrutiny. Your resume has to be of high enough quality to pass this second step, while being concise and clear enough to pass the first step.

The resume is a summary of your life before working at the company you are applying at. It will include - education, work experience, description of skills and talents; all over the span of a single page front and back. Brevity is important as you have to pass the first step of the review process. As a result, you as the applicant must include only those items that will demonstrate your ability to be indispensable as a computer-aided design technician. There are a number of things that one can do, which will accomplish this task. First and foremost, be brief. If you can describe something vaguer in ten words or specific in thirty, choose the vaguer so long as it adequately conveys that which you are trying to convey.

In the spirit of brevity, it can be highly tempting to utilize a lot of lingo or technical terminology in the construction of your resume. Technical vocabularies are brought about for the explicit purpose of condensing communication between individuals in the same field of study. For example, you would say "CAD," and mean computer- aided design; isometric perspective would elicit an immediate picture in your mind, where as someone without drafting and perspective knowledge would require a lengthy explanation. Lingo is important, because it will add brevity. It may also convey, however, the impression that you are trying to talk yourself up unnecessarily. So a balance must be achieved, not too much, but not to little.



Education is also an important area to the resume. Here you will specify the education you have received prior to the job for which you have applied. There are a few key features that your education should reveal about you for a position in the computer aided design industry. First, your education should demonstrate a great proficiency in mathematics up to and including geometry and trigonometry. Your education should also demonstrate a good working ability in graphical design. Finally, your proficiency in your intended field should be mastered; should you be entering the machinery trade, then understanding metals and other materials along with a good understanding of physics. If you are entering the fashion industry, there is more emphasis on the ability to understand how clothing wears, and how to produce clothing. Your education should reflect that you have been trained to fit into the role that you are applying for.

Closely tied to education is the description of the skills that you possess. Do not hold back in this section, but rather try and use a little creativity to describe and apply your talents to the job you are applying for. As a computer-aided design technician, you should already possess a minimum set of skills. You should be able to use a computer, and the CAD software your target company will end up using. If the company also expects hand drawn or drafted entries or samples, then you should be able to produce by hand a technical drawing. The skill set of being able to communicate over the internet, using email and maintain a level of communication and collaboration. There are also skills that will be required based upon the industry you are entering. You should always be concise but tailored to the companies needs.

Something that is worth mentioning is if you are switching career paths as opposed to being fresh out of college. In this regard, you will have already built up a solid skill base. The trick here is to translate skills between industries. Take skills that you possess and reword them to fit within the framework of the job which you are applying to. For example, if as a chef, you would list the ability to meet the needs of any diner in your restaurant, that would become translated to, the ability to meet the needs of the customers. Coming from a prior job, you will have the experience of working to support your resume, so technical and administrative skills can be applied and considered.

Once you have skills and education covered in your resume, you should move on to work experience. Here again, you should tweak your work experience to describe your prior positions in such a way as to sell yourself and show how you are tailored to role you for which you have applied. If you have no work experience, then you should sell your education to the applicant. All of education can be described as a job held by the student, and through out that job, the student is building up a major, marketable set of skills that will help to make the resume shine.

As a computer-aided design technician, you will find that there is no shortage of careers for which you can enter. What needs to happen to achieve entry into a career is the creation of a tailored resume. Within the resume, is lists of skills that have been tailored to make oneself a great fit for a career as whatever you happen to be applying for. Your resume will also list prior work experience which will show how capable you are in a business setting and in working in a similar setting to the one being applied for. Over all, the resume should, in brief language that is not overly technical, that you are a custom fit for the position being applied for. Achieving this, your resume will be a powerhouse through which access to many jobs will be possible.
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