How To Create An Effective Auto Mechanic Resume: Writing Tips and Tools

As with all kinds of job-seeking applications, it’s important to make sure you’re writing and attaching a resume in order for the company to know about you and easily make a decision as to whether you’re right for the job. Applying for the role of an auto mechanic is no exception.

When writing an auto mechanic resume, there are several traits and skills you’ll need to highlight, as well as talking about certain elements that dramatically boost your chances of getting selected for the next stage of the interview process.

If you’re in the position where you’re looking to apply for an auto mechanic role in your area, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re going to explore all the elements of a successful resume you need to know in order to make the right first impression.

#1 – Identify Yourself

Start by putting yourself in the shoes of your recruiter. You may have dozens of applications to go through, and any resumes that aren’t easy to understand, identify, or process are going to become a second choice to the more effective resumes instantly. This is why you start by including your personal information.

This means putting your name, address, phone number, email address and any other relevant contact information at the top. This makes it easy to identify your resume, especially when they’re trying to find the information to give you a callback.

#2 – The First Impression Summary

The next section of your auto mechanic resume is your professional summary. This is so important because this will be the first impression the shop manager has and will make or break as to whether they’re interested in your application.

90% of resume will start with something like;

I am an experienced mechanic with over 6 years of experience with such-and-such qualifications. I have been responsible for my past jobs for leading the shop floor, carrying out lead services and tasks such as servicing, maintenance, and customer service roles. I specialize in engine work.

There’s no denying this sounds clunky and generic. Instead, make your summary sharp, punchy, and stand out from the crowd, like this;

Qualified auto mechanic with over six years’ experience. As a lead mechanic, I exceeded in my roles providing lead maintenance and services tasks, as well as an outstanding level of customer service. Have maintained consistently positive customer relations and can provide dedicated engine services.

#3 – Create a Highlight Section

Under your professional summary, you’ll want to bullet point the key aspects of what makes you great for the role you’re applying for. This means reading through the job description and picking out the skills and traits the company is looking for.

You’ll want to cover everything including what you specialize in, noting customer service, your general attitude towards work and things like a clean driving license and mathematical skills.

#4 – Talk About Your Work History

It’s far more important to talk about your work history than your education, so make sure you’re putting it first. You don’t have to write your work history in chronological order, but rather put the most important role first, as this is what they’ll see first.

For each entry, include the dates you worked there, where you worked, your role there, and then follow with 4-6 key points, achievements, and roles you were responsible for.

#5 – Mention Your Education

It’s a waste of time going through all your education, so only mention what’s important and necessary. This means talking about your highest level of education, followed by any college or university courses you went through, as well as any other extra training or qualifications you have relating to an auto mechanic job.

#6 – Use Online Writing Tools

As an auto mechanic, you might not consider yourself a professional writer, but this shouldn’t put you at a disadvantage when it comes to producing a high-quality resume. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, there are plenty of online tools to help you exceed expectations with your application.

Here are some tools to get you started;

Via Writing / Academ advisor – These are two websites full of resume writing tips, online guides and advice on how to produce a high-quality document.

Paper Fellows – Paper Fellows has a ton of online editing tools to help structure the content of your resume.

My Writing Way – Use this online tool to help check your grammar to ensure it’s perfect while maximising readability.

Academized / Big Assignments – These are two online formatting tools to help you structure the layout of your auto mechanic resume into a readable document.

Study demic – Use this powerful online tool to generate keywords to include in your resume, as well as catchy headlines and action words.

#7 – Look for Keywords

“Since many companies now receive a ton of applications, many are choosing to use Applicant Tracking Systems. These are programs that scan resumes and look for keywords that should be included. If your resume doesn’t, it will be dismissed automatically and will never be seen by human eyes” shares Darren Taylor, a tech recruiter for State of Writing and Australian Help.

Read through the job description and look for key auto mechanic-specific words that you’ll want to include in your resume throughout everything you’ve written.

#8 – Think About Design

While we’ve spoken a lot about the actual content of your resume, one of the most important elements of a successful application is the design. This ensures your resume is effortless to read and presents you in the best possible fashion.

After all, you want your resume to be the Porche among hatchbacks.

If you’re unsure about the design part, take a look at our 6 Free Resume Templates for Auto Mechanics you can download and use, simply copying and pasting in your information. If you need more help designing your resume, you can also send us a message and we’ll design one just for you!

If you simply want to keep things simple, make sure you’re using clean fonts, such as Calibri, with readable font size, perhaps around the 12-14pt mark. Don’t forget to save your resume as a PDF file!


As you can see, there are a lot of things to think about when it comes to writing your auto mechanic resume, but as long as you’re organized and work through it methodically, you’ll have a high-quality application in no time at all. Take your time to get it right, and you’ll instantly boost your chances of securing any job you apply for.

Author Bio

Freddie Tubbs is a tech career adviser and writer at Ukwritings. He regularly attends business and recruitment events and contributes columns to Boomessays and Essayroo blogs.