Painter 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 71,809 Painter 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 a Painter 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 Prep Uneven Surfaces, 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 a Painter 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 Painter 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 painter skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a painter : 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 a Painter
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 painter candidate have?
The average painter resume contains 2.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your painter skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from painter resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Painter Apprentice

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Painter
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Law
  • Position dolly blocks against surfaces of dented areas and beat opposite surfaces to remove dents, using hammers.
  • Operated Motorized Lift, Power Wash Truck, Van, Airless Sprayer and Sand Blaster.
  • Trained deck hands on operation and maintenance of Painting and Sandblasting equipments.
  • Assisted journeymen electricians with panel installations; installed pipes; and wires.
  • Supervised all painting and Sandblasting jobs at the Global Marine Limbe Dry dog.
Metal Painter

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Painter
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Take a set of dimensions, cut, weld, build, bodywork, sand, and prep signs for paint.
  • Prepared ships for painting by using power grinders & primer which meets military safety standards
  • Painted inside and outside residences Sheetrock installation Fixing walls prior to painting Deliver superior client service
  • Prepared sheetrock, metal and wood surfaces for painting.
  • Full paint work Color matching, color sanding, buffing and prep work Light body work and frame pulling
Painter Assistant (Part-Time)

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Painter
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Business/Commerce
  • Sanded body areas in preparation for application of primers and paints.
  • Cut and mowed grass, planted trees and maintained yard clean of debris.
  • grind, sand , texture , sandblast ) surfaces though out submarine & aircraft Carrier to paint, paint per specs
  • Teach other employees on how to properly paint and sandblast.
  • Painted my Grandparents house also.
Painter Assistant

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Painter
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Preformed job in strict adherence with OSHA regulations and specifications.
  • Transferred to paint department due to layoffs and yard closure First class painter
  • Certified Training Instructor on Lift Trucks, JLG Ground Support Equipment & Genie High Reach Ground Support Equipment
  • Remove old finishes by stripping, sanding, wire brushing, burning, or using water or abrasive blasting.
  • Smooth surfaces of articles to be painted, using sanding and buffing tools and equipment.
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As a painter, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Painter roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of painter 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

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

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