Constructing the Best Resume for Recruiting Pros

Just like for any other field, a top-notch resume is necessary for the construction industry.

If you are seeking in the construction field, make sure you're building the best resume you possibly can.

Some important aspects exist, just as in any resume, so take a look.

Build up Your Portfolio

As the article, “How construction workers can build a better resume” notes, there are steps you should hammer out ahead of applying for jobs.

They include:

  1. Have a goal - Whether it's a new goal or what you do already, make it prominent. This could be your header or the first sentence in your qualifications, but make sure anyone reading it knows what type of work you are seeking. The more specific you can be the better.
  2. Start with your qualifications - More than anything, you need to show that you are qualified and what better way than to say it right out. Many people like a paragraph form to begin with, others like a visually appealing bulleted list. Either way, be sure to include what you can do, and don't undersell yourself.  Make sure you open with a descriptive lead in, like "Construction Carpenter" or "Skilled Roofer."
  3. Describe your experience and accomplishments - Along with listing the dates and companies you have worked for, tell what you did. Often construction workers have contract type jobs or they may have been with a company for a long time. Either way, describe your experience from who you worked for to what you did. Make sure you pat yourself on the back, here, too. If you consistently finished projects before deadlines or others looked to you as a leader, include it. The more detail you can give, the better. Just keep it succinct and truthful.
  4. Include credentials, licensing, training and memberships -. If you are certified in certain areas and are a member or any construction groups or guilds, include it. Anything that can make you stand out or speak for your credibility and skills is important.
  5. List education -. Be sure to list your education and any specialized classes or workshops you've attended. You never know, there may be a need for something that you didn't list as your goal, but that you are qualified in. Also, this is where you can add any degrees and certifications.
  6. Add relevant information - If your hobbies consist of construction type activities or you regularly volunteer for something where you use your construction skills, include it.

Accuracy Counts

Besides the above components that should be in your resume, make sure that everything you've said is accurate in case a manager wants to check it, and keep the information relevant.

Whereas you may want to include the fact that you build the sets every year for your child's school play, you don't really need to add that you enjoy gardening.

Also, have another set of eyes look at the resume before you send it off for spelling, formatting or information errors. You want a neat, clean, visually appealing, grammatically correct resume.

This resume can be the very thing that gets you noticed and your foot in the door, ahead of anyone else. 

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About the Author: Heather Legg is an independent writer who covers topics related to small business, resume advice and social media.

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