Apprentice Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 43,489 Apprentice resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing an Apprentice Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Safety Procedures, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write an Apprentice Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Apprentice CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand apprentice skills. Below we have listed the top skills for an apprentice : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for an Apprentice
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
How much work experience does the average apprentice candidate have?
The average apprentice resume contains 1.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your apprentice skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from apprentice resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Automotive Machinist Apprentice

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Apprentice
Certificate - Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians
  • Operated engine lathes, CNC machines, milling machines, and drill presses.
  • Relocated to Tampa and immediately began work as a line tech for Toyota.
  • Repair and maintain a variety of postal vehicles and equipment.
  • Performed detailed engine disassembly, including inspections.
  • Performed machining operations using both manual and CNC equipment for the aerospace and sports industry.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Apprentice
Associate's Degree
Associate's Degree - Marketing
  • Completed 4 year apprenticeship in 3 years.
  • Experienced in commercial electrical wiring, repair, running EMT and PVC conduit.
  • Worked The Temper Dozer Bending Emt Conduit & Digging Trenches To Bury Pipe Put Up Shoring and Walers In The Trenches
  • Installed lights, switches, and receptacles Installed , , 1 conduit Installed M/C wire Operated scissor lifts Pulled THHN wire
  • Pull electrical wire through conduit and pvc.
Coremaker Apprentice

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Apprentice
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Biology
  • Worked with numerous BTP faculty/guest artists including Ben Vereen, Donn a McKechnie, David Friedman, and many more.
  • Performed inspections of HVAC systems to determine condition and efficiency.
  • Work with Java, C#, C++, JavaScript, SQL, Ruby, and Objective-C.
  • Implement all state codes and OSHA requirements.
  • Operated CNC machines and cleaned parts.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Apprentice
Some College Courses
Some College Courses - Biology
  • Worked with various Union Electrical contractors for on the job experience in the union apprenticeship program.
  • Installed all electrical wiring during remodeling projects.
  • Served a five year apprenticeship program.
  • Completed 3 years of schooling at JATC through TMCC.
  • Fabricated and installed ridged, EMT and PVC conduits.
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As an apprentice, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Apprentice roles often require a Post-Secondary Certificate degree or higher, so the majority of apprentice resumes that we looked at contained a post-secondary certificate degree.
Overwhelmingly, those applying to apprentice positions majored in Business. Some of the other common majors that appear on apprentice resumes include Electrical Engineering Technology, Criminal Justice, and General Studies.
As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Apprentice Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Apprentices. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Apprentices to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%