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Resume Tips Every Construction Professional Should Know

Resume Tips Every Construction Professional Should Know

Honesty is better than sugarcoated bull****.

It is common knowledge among hiring mangers in the construction field that a lot of projects are short term, therefore creating a gap in your "employment history" which can be frowned upon. Job seekers try and sugarcoat these gaps by using a functional resume format. This type of resume format highlights actual skills and expertise while casting a shadow on specific employment dates and history. Honesty is always the best policy, your mother was right. Our recommendation would be a combination resume which leads with qualifications and is then followed by employment history. If you do happen to have many gaps, make sure you drive in hard on your qualifications section.  As long as you can speak to any gaps and establish trust with your hiring manager by being honest, you have no reason to worry

Objectives are not commands; they are commitments.

Nail a career objective at the very top of your resume. You may be a "jack of all trades" but recruiters want to see a precise job target. Know your audience and cater to the position you are applying for. You can expand on additional skills and specialties in your qualifications section. If you have more than one objective, create a general resume that can be edited for any construction job you are applying for. Your objective is to obtain the position, your resume objective should state that loud and clear.

Why not show off, if you've got something to show.

Many positions in the construction industry require specific licenses and certifications, these documents will only strengthen your proven experience. Be sure to add a section for "Certifications" to showcase items like OSHA, MSHA, NCCR and any other training or degrees you may have obtained throughout your work history. It's also good to include specific job skills in your "Skills" section, read over the job description to see what skills are important to the company and tailor your skills to match. Remember your honesty though, you don't want to be caught lacking in a skill you boasted about on your resume.

The proof is in the pudding.

A lot of construction resumes are very short on the descriptions when it comes to day-to-day responsibilties. Spark your section with providing info on how you actually performed at your job. Metrics on staying on/under budget, total square footage built within a year, personal accomplishments, are all examples that should be highlighted in your work history. The devil is in the details, state every fact about the project from foreman to type of facility. Your resume is your marketing tool, don't sell yourself short.

Happy Hunting!

August 19, 2016