Is your resume up to date? Do you even have a resume?

These days’ jobs seekers are expected to provide a detailed resume that is up to date and tailored for each job application. When it comes to writing a CV the process can be daunting, but it is important to make sure your resume is fine-tuned.

Merryn Thomlinson is an experienced recruiter for the construction industry, and is currently the Projects and Operations Consultant at Davidson’s. We asked her for some tips on how to write a resume for the construction industry…

“Traditionally, many within the industry have never had to write a resume before,” Mrs Thomlinson said.

“Often tradies begin their career working on-site and simply rely on their contacts, and previous job history to help them find work. Often people will follow a boss from job-to-job.”

“These days we’re finding that companies expect candidates to provide detailed resumes, with a clearly defined work history and details of past experience and responsibilities.”

“A list of certificates and work dates will no longer do the trick.”

“Jobs in construction are now multi-faceted and require the candidate to have diverse experience across all areas, not just in one field.

“We are finding that companies have a much more formal recruitment process than in the past.

“Recruiting managers spend just 6.25 seconds looking at a resume. That means you have to make sure yours stands out”

“Therefore, a well drafted resume, that highlights your achievements that are relevant for the position, will demonstrate your suitability for the role.”

“A good resume will help to make sure that you stand out.”
Top tips for writing a resume

Format – simple and professional. Make sure your resume is easy to follow. Potential employers need to see who you have worked for, the dates you have worked there, your responsibilities and achievements, and the projects you worked on. They need to see your prior employment history, education, certifications, and contact details, all in a clear, readable format.

Have a couple of different versions of your CV. It might be worth having a couple of different versions of your resume depending on the role you are applying for.

Don’t include too many personal details. ‘My name is Harry, my wife’s name is Glenda and I have three children named Jill, Bill and Phil.’ This is not necessary.

Include project information – Include a project description, what was the project? What was the value of it? What was your involvement? It is wonderful to see that you were a Site Manager and you worked for Company X, but the real value on your resume is to see what projects you were involved in.

Don’t just list general responsibilities obvious to the job, provide quantitative information. Instead of saying project manager, give a detailed example such as ‘managed a team of 10 sub-contractors to deliver X project, weeks within deadline and budget.

Don’t repeat your achievements from one role to the next.

Ask for feedback. Spend time on your resume and give it the attention it deserves and then ask someone else to check it for you.

Once you think the content of your resume is right, read it out loud to yourself to check for flow, and ensure all grammatical errors and spelling mistakes are eliminated. 

You might want to consider using a professional resume writing service, it might be worth the investment to make sure your resume gets noticed and will help you to secure an interview.