How to Create a Six Sigma Resume

Anyone can write Six Sigma on their resume; show you understand it.

Anyone can write Six Sigma on their resume; show you understand it.

Your resume reads as if you're almost perfect; that's what Six Sigma quality control is all about. A Six Sigma production process produces only 3.4 defective products in one million products produced. In designing Six Sigma processes, you've developed expertise in producing process design, holistic quality control measures and, most of all, results. To land a job seeking a professional with your Six Sigma experience, focus your resume on your prior results and demonstrate you understand the Six Sigma framework as more than a buzzword.

Lead with a headline mentioning Six Sigma as well as your years of experience. A hiring manager is swamped under a mountain of resumes so grab her attention within a few seconds if you want your resume read with interest. For example, open with a headline such as "Six Sigma Quality Assurance Manager with 7 Years' Experience for QA Director."

Include any Six Sigma certifications you have received, including who issued the certification, when and where. Just listing "Six Sigma Certified" under your skills is suspiciously vague. If you do not have a separate section for certifications, list your certification under a combined Education & Certification section to let the reader know to look.

Describe your design and implementation of Six Sigma process control in the detailed description of your jobs, devoting several bullet points under job headings. Such bullet points may include, "Redesigned Product A production to increase quality checks, reducing rework and in-process inventory," or, "Oversaw engineering study to improve process control parameters."

Include numbers for your results. Very little is more impressive to a hiring manager rather than millions in increased sales or reduced costs. However, millions are not as impressive if you work for a company with revenue in the billions. Always include percentage improvements as well. For example, "Improved quality control decreased lost materials costs by 49 percent or $25 million."

Tip

  • The sigma in Six Sigma is a measure of standard deviation.
 

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