Sample Resume

When you’re looking for a new job, it’s crucial to have an updated, polished resume to share with potential employers, as well as recruiters you may work with. Your resume should not only highlight your skills and experience, but it should also be easy to read and navigate. Most recruiters and hiring managers have similar expectations about the way resumes should be formatted. Take a look at the example below for some inspiration and keep the following things in mind:

  • An introductory background summary section is not mandatory, but it can be a convenient place to convey the gist of who you are as a candidate.
  • Your work history should be listed in reverse chronological order, meaning your current or most recent position is listed first.
  • When describing each role you’ve had, try to use action verbs to start each bullet point. Things like “developed,” “managed,” or “spearheaded” are impactful ways to explain what you accomplished.
  • If it’s relevant, include quantitative metrics or results to illustrate your work. Perhaps you managed a team of 25 people, or you developed a system that decreased cost by X dollars. Hiring managers love seeing these tangible examples.



John A. Doe

123 S. 1st Street  Anytown, MN  23456

Phone: 123-456-7899 Email:

Background Summary:
Ten years of experience in the manufacturing automation and process control industry. Regional sales management of multiple distributors over a wide geographic area. Marketing and sales of integrated hardware and open software products. Establish new clients in addition to servicing existing accounts. Provide application and sales support for automation and industrial control equipment, developing solutions for complex manufacturing operations.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • PLC: Allen-Bradley (PLC 5, SLC 500), Siemens (S7)
  • HMI/SCADA: Wonderware, Intellution, Cimplicity
  • Motion Control: Parker Compumotor, Allen-Bradley

Relevant Work History:

Generic Controls, Inc.                                                                                               1996-present
Anytown, MN

Generic Controls, Inc., a subsidiary of AutoTech Corporation, is a $10MM high-technology distributor of motion control systems specializing in servo control & linear mechanics.

Senior Sales Engineer

  • Develop new and service existing End-User, OEM, and System Integrator accounts in the Midwest Territory to maintain $1 Million account base.
  • Market and apply MES (manufacturing execution system), resource tracking, batch processing, graphical user interface, computer-based control, and data acquisition software products
  • Sales/Distribution of hardware products including bar code, data acquisition, motion control, open platform multi-processor computers, and I/O interfaces
  • Configure and propose complete control/acquisition systems for client’s manufacturing and automation applications· Develop integrated product demonstrations
  • Design and conduct technical seminars for product overviews and training

Bean and Grey Automation                                                                                       1990-1996
Hometown, WI

Bean and Gray Automation is a leading supplier of custom automation control systems and equipment; operating in 13 states.

Regional Sales Manager, 1993-1996

  • Market industrial computer equipment to process control and manufacturing automation industries
  • Manage sales of 4 distributor organizations and direct key accounts for 13 states of the Midwest and Texas Territories
  • Organize, develop and conduct technical seminars and product workshops for clients and distributor salespersons
  • Interview organizations for potential distribution and systems integration throughout the territories

Field Application Engineer, 1990-1993

  • Technical support for 4 distributors and direct key accounts in the Midwest and Chicago Territories
  • Develop demonstration systems for sales presentations and technical seminars


BSEE, University of Wisconsin — Learnington, WI                                                    1990

Additional Training:

  • Microsoft Windows NT – Microsoft Certified Training Center
  • Microsoft SQL Administration – Microsoft Certified Training Center
  • Computer Architecture – Pro-Log Industrial Computer Corporation
  • Non-Manipulative Sales Training – Parker Compumotor
  • Fundamental PLC Programming – Daly Company


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