We have all been there - having the skill set, experience and will to work, but not having the perfect resume to show it all.
We get it, we really do - but the first step to finding the perfect job in any industry, including Construction is to have a solid and well furnished resume.
It’s a new age and candidates need to understand that not all companies and hiring managers have the time and resources to call and talk to each applicant. That’s why they need you to submit your resume - to help them determine whether you are qualified for the job opening before calling you in for an interview.
Also, it is a test - if you really want the job, you’ll go through the trouble and it also shows how well you can follow instructions and express yourself.
This is why, we have decided to provide you with some insights and tips on how to write the perfect resume for the Construction Industry.
1) Format is everything
To start with, there are two types of resumes - chronological and functional. The former is focusing on the experience listed chronologically and is best suited for candidates who have extensive experience within the same position and industry, with minimal or no gaps in work history.
The latter is used when the experience is diverse and there are gaps within work history. The main focus is on unique skills and diversity.
Your best bet is a combination of both formats. Focus on your experience and qualifications, but also show your unique skills.
2) State your Goal
All good resumes have career objective and qualifications summary at the top. Recruiters will look for your specific job target. The ‘I can do it all’ approach is a no-no within the Construction industry.
Recruiters within the Construction industry have always put more emphasis on the experience candidates have. Therefore, make sure to elaborate on your previous experience and accomplishments as detailed as possible. Always be honest and straightforward. Hiring managers and HR specialists review candidates’ resumes for a living and they will always spot inconsistencies or fabricated experiences.
Show your value and stand out by detailing your accomplishments. Quantify those and make them meaningful by listing the major details - job type, company, site, foreman/manager, scope of work, type of facility, etc.
Don’t be shy - include all your construction-related certifications, training, licenses and degrees you have, along with information on where and when they were obtained.
Remember that each construction job requires specific qualifications and certificates, so before applying for a job, make sure you have listed the most relevant ones first.
You can list all additional qualifications and skills that you have, but are not as relevant to the job in a separate short skill section.
Remember: your resume is