Construction Recruiter's Tips on how to get your resume read
Given the current state of the economy there are more and more qualified applicants for every job opening. In years past you may have been competing with just a few people for that dream job but now you are competing with 1,000’s of quallified construction professional. This is where your resume writing skills become a major factor.
1) Highligh Key Words: Make sure your resume is full of key words for your industry, the more key words you have the more likely your resume will be read. Key words can be the names of software applications you use (autocad, quickpen, suretrack, BIM), types of projects you have built(hospitals, waste water plants, refinery, schools, office building), systems you work with (HVAC, plumbing, process piping, med gasses, sheet metal, electrical high voltage, low voltage, underground utilities, instrumentation & controls, fire sprinklers, fire alarms).
2) Project List: Make sure your resume includes a sample project list. A good project list will include the name of the project, the size of the project (ideally in dollars), systems involved (HVAC, plumbing, process piping, curtain wall, electrical etc) and your role (Project manager, Estimator, designer etc)
3) Make sure your contact information is correct: include your home phone, cell phone and email and make sure that they are correct on the resume (you would be surprised how often a phone number or an email is typed wrong)