I am on the other side of most of the advice given. I have been the employer for 30+ years.
If I got a resume with what you have listed and the way you have it written here. I would have just round filed it.
If you take your statement about welding cert. What kind of certs do you have? AWS walking papers? ASME ? What type? Mig, tig, stick? You need to state your capabilities.
When I read willing to relocate, first thing that comes to mind is a short term drifter **.
Technical hiring people are looking for specific things, usually they are trying to fill a specific position.
Don't be generic in your resume, if you are looking for a job in the shop of a oil refinery then make it apply to the job.
If you are looking at doing plant layout on a cad platform then they don't care if you can weld.
Almost every out of town person I have hire was introduced to me in person by a employee, customer, or supplier.
My best advice is go to the area you want to work in and knock on doors. & Skilled technical people are so rare today you will get a chance to talk to people. But be warned if you are claiming to be a machinist, they might hand you a drill bit and tell you to sharpen it for drilling brass or copper.
I'm a Human Resources Manager, recruiting for a machine shop in Maryland. The number one thing we are looking for is experience--that is the tough luck of being in the manufacturing industry. For our specific type of work, we need folks who are autonomous working with tolerances in the thousandths, so the damper doesn't fly apart at 230mph on the racetrack and kill the driver. That type of expertise just doesn't come after 2 years of punching a timeclock.
Unfortunately, business owners--especially small business owners--have very narrow margins when it comes to the type of person and experience they are seeking. Years of experience tell them what kind of work they can expect from candidates before they even sign an offer. They are looking for a SPECIFIC person. If you are tailoring your resume to the specific job, being a proactive candidate, and applying for positions where you truly meet all the requirements, then you're doing everything right. It could be something else, though...
Here are some things that make us toss resumes:
-More than 3 jobs in the last 10 years
-No jobs in the last 10 years / only internships listed
-Any job with less than 3 months tenure
-Failure to list specific machines you've worked on
-Obvious Copy/Paste of a job description
-Skills listed that are irrelevant to work history
-Egotistical/Overgeneralized candidate overviews, profiles, objectives, etc.
Well that puts probably 50% or more right in the ole round file, eh?
ATI Racing would have round filed me for 3 violations and I seriously doubt they run across people with my range of skills very often. I had 4 jobs in 5 years as I found job hoping early in my days as a machinist was the best way to quickly climb the pay scale and gain diversified experience. My second to last stop before self employment was at an OEM aerospace connector house, there were guys at that place with 25 years at the company that ran the same jobs day in day out for years and years, some of those 25 year vets didn't have the skills I had in 6 months.
And there Dualkit is your problem. You looked after you(so did I).There was no loyalty to a boss who didn't know the going rate,I moved on. I had a mortgage to pay,a wife and two young kids to look after. I chased the money and didn't always get it right. One company paid good money but the workshop wasn't fit to call a toilet,that lasted three weeks. Other companies I enjoyed working for,the money was good and I was loyal. Eventually you realise that you, should be doing this for yourself, I never looked back.
ITT connecters mean anything?
ITT Connectors? I never want to name names as there are two sides to every story, but I worked for ITT for 7 years and many of my working for the man stories in a large company come from working for them, how did you guess that?