Your resume is often the first point of contact you have with a future employer so it needs to be clear and concise in explaining who you are and what skills and experience you have gained through your career.
However, the task of writing a good resume can be harder than it sounds, and if you haven’t updated your resume in a while, it can be challenging to know where to start.
We regularly see resumes come through our office that haven’t quite hit the mark. So to help you improve your chances of securing an interview we have put together a list of resume tips to help you write a resume that will open doors.
Resume tips for construction employees
1. Always include a project list
The most effective way to communicate your relevance to a role is by including a project list.
When looking at your resume the first thing we are trying to identify is how relevant your skills and experience are to the role you have applied for. Including a project list provides the future employer and us with a snapshot of the experience you have gained from previous projects and how relevant that experience is.
We know about many of the projects built along the east coast – who was involved, if it was complex or not etc., so we can learn a lot from a project list.
What you should include in your project list:
- The name of the project and a brief description of it;
- The type of project (e.g. residential or commercial);
- The value of the project;
- Your specific role within that project.
Keep it simple, specific and significant to the role you are applying for.
2. Include information about achievements or challenges you have overcome at work.
Everyone applying for the role will be listing a similar set of skills and responsibilities to you – so what makes you a better candidate than them?
Set yourself apart by including a section dedicated to explaining some important things you have achieved or challenges you have overcome on projects. Don’t just name your achievements – provide evidence of them.
An example of how you could approach this would be:
- A Site Manager discussing how a design issue came up in the delivery of a project that affected its progress and how they managed to overcome that problem.
- A Contract Administrator discussing what procurement strategies they employed on a project and how they were successful.
- A Project Manager discussing how they value engineered a project to meet budget.
Not only does including this in your resume help to set you apart, it also helps to reduce the perceived risk a builder may have about hiring you.
In the construction industry, where profit margins are extremely tight, reducing perceived risk by giving real information about how you have performed on projects in the past is very important.
3.Include information about notable personal achievements
Similarly, if you’ve had any notable personal achievements in areas such as education, community and sport – tell us about them! Whilst not work-related, these types of accomplishments still demonstrate to us that you embody a dedicated and committed attitude.
4. Keep it professional
Keep your resume as professional as you can, it’s not necessary to list much outside of work. Your hobbies aren’t relevant to your job, so we don’t really need to know about them.
However, if there is a gap on your resume, relating to activities partaken in your personal life, be sure to include any relevant information about it on your resume. Employment gaps on a resume can be a cause for concern if left unexplained.
4. Proofread, proofread, proofread
As mentioned earlier, your resume is often the first point of contact between you and a future employer. If you haven’t taken the time to proofread it and it has grammar or spelling mistakes this will affect the assessment made about your suitability for a role.
You will need to have these skills in the workplace, and if you cannot display them adequately at a time when you are trying to put your best foot forward, you are not presenting a convincing case to the organisation hiring that you will bring these skills into your role.
Try to put yourself in their shoes – what would you want to see on the resume of someone applying for a role in your team or company?
Having trouble getting started? We’ve put together a free resume template for you to use as a guide.
You can download it here.