Whether you’re just starting your construction career or entering a specific field of trades, it’s important to have a resume that highlights your experience and skills.

Each time you apply for a position, review your resume to ensure it aligns with the position you are applying for. 

You can show employers your skills and abilities by drafting a resume that is detailed and professionally formatted. In this article, you will learn how to create a construction resume and several additional tips to help you land the next job you’re looking for!

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How to write a construction resume

When writing your resume, use examples from your work history that demonstrate experience relevant to the position you are applying for. Employers can better understand your strengths by incorporating them into your career summary, education, and work history on your resume. Here are five tips to consider as you prepare your construction resume:

Outline your experience and skills
An effective construction resume highlights your work experience, relevant skills, and educational background to potential employers. Your resume should provide a short summary of your professional experience and personal information. Write your summary objective in one to two sentences since it contains the most crucial information you would like the hiring manager to see. You can use summary statements to explain your skills and experience briefly since most employers only look at resumes for a short period of time.

Include your work experience
You should be able to provide a brief explanation of your experience and what you could bring to the table for your next employer. Experience in construction, other projects that you have worked on, and your personal history are all things you can use to highlight your skills.

Format your document
The formatting in your resume takes 75 percent of the attention from a hiring manager.

As per current recruiting market trends, here is the most effective layout:

Header: Name, city, phone number, and email address.

Qualifications Summary: At least a short paragraph with a brief description of your accomplishments that will make your experience relevant to the job.

Key Skills: A bullet point form with all the skills that are relevant to the application.

Education: Any schooling, college, or university degrees obtained. Relevant online courses as well.

Relevant Professional Experience: Your most recent experience should be included in your resume. Keep your experience between 10 years depending on the industry you are in. A minimum of three bullet points should be used to describe your experience.

Additional Experience: You can also mention any other experience that is relevant to the application and will add value to the job. Volunteer experience is a great example of how any experience can be valuable if applied appropriately.

Get to know the company
Researching the company where you applied can help you learn more about its culture, values, and work environment.

Taking a look at the organization’s website can help you understand its purpose, methods of training, and expectations. In case of an interview, you can write down questions to ask your employer.

Editing and proofreading
Check your resume for spelling mistakes and make sure it is easy to read before submitting it. It should be formatted properly with an easy-to-read font, such as Arial or Times New Roman.

You can improve and update the overall quality of your resume by proofreading it several times. Getting a fresh set of eyes on it can be beneficial as well, as they may spot something that you missed. It is also highly beneficial to use spellcheck software such as Grammarly to identify grammatical errors.

Writing a well-written resume isn’t always easy; that’s why we have our recruiters that can help with yours. For more info, email [email protected] .

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