This kicks off the first in a series on Job Descriptions Decoded. Each week I will feature a live job listing in a different industry from AOL Jobs and guide you through how to apply for the job and how to interpret things that are said and left unsaid. First job up: Tire Maintenance Technician.
If you're really motivated, be sure to check out what's in the news for both Tires Plus Total Car Care and Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC. They are hiring over 8,000 people, so they're clearly in growth mode. There's bound to be something about them in the news: Google the company names and see what you find.
Motivated: your first key skill. How have you demonstrated your motivation in past professional situations? Do you have a good story to tell at an interview?
More great skills to demonstrate. Obviously, you'll need to explain how you've been successful diagnosing, repairing and performing preventive maintenance on vehicles. However, you want to go beyond those basics and explain how your communication skills improved your ability to provide service to customers. Keep in mind, if you've had various types of jobs that were not in maintenance, you can use those job descriptions to feature your customer service skills.
You don't need to highlight your interest in benefits at all on your application; this piece is mostly for your information. It does not need to play a factor in your resume or application.
Since this description focuses on future career goals, it is appropriate to indicate your interest in growing with the company and in managing people. If you have any management experience, it is a great idea to feature it on your resume. However, make it clear you are interested in the current job now – don't try to leapfrog into a management position when applying for this job.
Obviously, the organization wants to hire someone who expects to stick around for a long time. If you held many jobs in the last few years and may be labeled a "job hopper," it's a good idea to address your interest in this long-term career in your resume. You could even list it in your "Highlights of Qualifications" by saying something along the lines of, "Used experiences working with customers in variety of industries to hone communication skills and strong commitment to excellent customer service. Anticipate leveraging this for long-term growth in one company." This strategy could be especially useful to make sure the organization knows you are ready to commit to an organization. Don't miss the opportunity to focus on communication and customer service. This is mentioned several times. The most competitive applicants will strongly address these topics.
Use everything written here to enhance your resume. Be sure you mention each of the types of systems required, and make a note of your specialties as they relate to the organization's needs. All of these words are keywords; leave them off your resume at your own risk. It couldn't hurt to mention your strong driving record, if you have one.
Keep in mind: do not mention your interest in the benefits – keep focused on what you offer the employer. This list introduces the importance of being able to learn new things. Again, you can emphasize this skill in your resume in past jobs if necessary. You can even illustrate how well you were able to pick up new skills in positions totally unrelated to mechanical tasks if necessary. Don't forget, describe volunteer and community that will help you describe these abilities, too.
There's another mention of communication and customer service. Be sure you show, not just tell, that you're a great communicator by writing a flawless resume that directly communicates exactly what the employer wants to see.
In your education section, be sure to list your high school diploma, and any additional skills or training – even though it is not required. This job lists the salary, so you won't be surprised when you are hired.
Interested? Apply today.