Writing a resume is a tedious and confusing task. Most people don’t know where to start and how to start in the first place. Especially in the construction industry where it was once enough to have a glowing recommendation in order to get a good job.
Today, you need a stellar resume if you want to get hired. It has to be relevant, modern and filled with tailored data which show why you are the best candidate.
If you miss an opportunity once because of a poor resume quality, you’ll likely not get the chance again.
This is why you need to keep your resume up to speed and maintain it. Here are some general rules and modern ways of resume writing which are adapted to the manager’s requirements.
Write a summary
A summary is considered obsolete in some industries but it still holds its glory in the construction industry. However, this is also a pitfall because most construction workers get it wrong. The point is to write for your audience and present them with data that will convince them that you are good for the job in just a few sentences.
What construction workers usually do is talk about themselves and their goals. Some would say Well isn’t that the point?
To some extent, yes.
“But you need to write about yourself in a specific way. Instead of saying what your goals in your career are, state what your previous accomplishments are – how you helped a different employer reach their goals and how your skills can help the potential employer reach their goals. Use quantifiable data wherever possible – compelling numbers and percentages”, – explains Joshua Dandridge, a Recruiting Manager at Uktopwriters.
Include construction industry credentials
Include a section in your resume where you`ll share your credentials that the manager might find valuable and compelling. Any licenses, training certifications, degrees, memberships and so on should be included. You never know what kind of data might be useful to your potential employer. However, try to make it relevant to the job position instead of just listing irrelevant data.
Maybe you have OSHA, MSHA or NCCER certifications – include these when they were issued as that information can prove to be useful to your employers.
Don’t neglect your skill section either. This is where employees can get to know your specific skill set and what you can do to improve their project. See in the ad what the employer is requiring and try to add something related yet still important to the list.
Add relevant soft skills as well. Things like management, communication and so on are very important to every manager, and they could benefit you if you added them.
Describe your accomplishments
Experience is also a fickle section. The traditional understanding of this section requires you to write about your duties on previous jobs. However, every manager or recruiter knows what the job-specific duties are. You are just stating the obvious. Instead, you should discuss your accomplishments. For instance, you could list a duty but turn it into a sentence which shows how you excelled at that task. This paints a better picture of your personality and skills.
If you really want to impress, add some quantifiable data. If you are not sure about it, ask your previous employers for information.
Edit and proofread meticulously
Grammar and spelling mistakes are your enemy if you want to come off as a professional. However, they are hard to catch. This is why you should use online tools as help:
Academ Advisor – We often make grammar mistakes when we are nervous about something. A resume is one of those events and in order to present yourself as smart and professional, you can use this tool.
Place your best qualifications first
What your employers see first is important. If you are new to the business and never had a job in construction before, put your education, skills, and certifications first. If your experience far overpowers your education and certifications, put that first.
Your education, no matter what it is, can become a valuable resource for you. It doesn’t have to be related but it can be a witness to you showing some of the soft skills required. It can serve as proof that you truly possess those soft skills.
Show how you have evolved
In your resume, one of your main points should be to show how your skills and your expertise has evolved. “Create a story which represents how your responsibilities have grown with each assignment and how your accomplishments got bigger and better”, – says Bernard Doherty, a Resume editor, and proofreader at Oxessays.
Over to You
Writing a resume that truly shows who you are is really important in this day and age. Remember to be honest, showcase your best traits and skills and follow these tips to create a valuable, informative resume.