Operator 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 128,526 Operator 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 Operator 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 Operator 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 Operator 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 operator skills. Below we have listed the top skills for an operator : 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 Operator
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 operator candidate have?
The average operator resume contains 3.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your operator skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from operator resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Operator
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Inspected Open & Cased Hole Tools for offshore wireline operations in perforating, setting packers and plugs, and logging.
  • Operated sand kings Operated acid tanker Operated chemical adder Operated computerized pump controls Site installation of equipment
  • Operated crane trucks, forklifts and wireline trucks.
  • Ensured compliance with all regulations applicable to Wireline explosives and DOT records.
  • Assist in the cement and frac rig up and rig down for EOG Resources for the Williston North Dakota district.
Teletype Operator

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Operator
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Greeted incoming calls and performed 411 search procedures in a timely manner.
  • Monitored OS security -Windows Unix set up.
  • Involved in migration of OLAP databases to SQL Server 2008.
  • Answered all incoming phone calls and distribute to appropriate person.
  • Created Teradata SQL Queries, creating Tables, and Views by following Teradata best practices.
Paint Line Operator

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Operator
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Tape off any holes that need to be covered, sand, buff, deburr parts.
  • Assembled complete parts for contractor from pieces manufactured by Cooper Standard Operated new cell for Ford Motors Sorted finished parts
  • Maintained and set-up trades on in-house database system.
  • Started and stopped operation of machine, using lever and button.
  • Prepared product shipping, including packaging, labeling, and sorting.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As an Operator
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Sociology
  • Handle daily operation of tram service.
  • Operated push tractor, dozer, and excavator.
  • Used a Cherry picker, Deep reach, pallet jack and sit-down forklifts to order select, and unload/load freight
  • Operated industrial washers and dryers.
  • Monitor and operate boilers, cooling water pumps, process water pumps, air compressor and glycol chillers.
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As an operator, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Operator roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of operator resumes that we looked at contained a high school diploma degree.
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

Operator 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 Operators. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Operators to learn more.

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