A project list, sometimes called a “project resume” is quite simply a list of all the projects you have completed throughout your career. When it comes to applying and interviewing for jobs, project lists are often overlooked and applicants lay all of their eggs in one basket: their resume. While a resume is completely necessary to the job search process, a project list is often more in-depth, and calls to attention the specific strengths you have as an electrical construction professional. Project lists are especially important in the role of electrical project manager, electrical estimator, electrical superintendent, and electrical designer.
Here are five of the top reasons to include a project list when you submit your resume:
1) A project list is a very proactive way to showcase your experience and help you stand out among other candidates.
The project list is the bread and butter of what you have done and gives the client a better idea of what you are capable of rather than just your resume by itself. Many applicants also do not think to submit a project list, so taking the initiative to do so immediately sets you apart as someone who is diligent and serious about the position for which you are applying.
2) Subcontractors want to make sure your experience aligns with their needs.
This may seem obvious, but nine times out of ten a resume does not outline specific project details like the size, budget, type of construction, timeline, or materials/software used. Hiring managers want to know that you have appropriate experience running, managing, designing, or estimating the type of projects that they specialize in, and that the projects/project sizes match up with the type of projects they specialize in. Leaving details like these up to the hiring manager’s imagination can mean the difference between receiving an interview or not.
3) A project list tells so much about you that is not addressed on your resume.
The details a project list provides that a resume doesn’t are endless. Hiring managers want to know what electrical budgets you have experience with, how many people you have managed on projects, whether projects are out of the ground or renovation, etc. A project list answers many questions that a resume does not, and increases your chances of a hiring manager considering you for an interview.
4) Clients want to know who you have strong relationships with.
Networking and connections are important in the electrical construction industry. Subcontractors are interested in knowing which general contractors you have relationships with, and when a hiring manager considers a prospective candidate, they consider the possible connections that come with him or her. This can be highlighted on a project list, whereas on a resume it may be inappropriate to list.
5) A project list is your non-verbal moment to shine.
A resume explains the timeline and duties throughout your career history, but a project list shows the details. Hiring managers are always thinking about the budget, so highlighting details like what the project was, how big the budget was, and whether or not the project was profitable are crucial in determining whether or not you are a good fit for a certain subcontractor and their future projects. This is especially important in the role of an electrical project manager.
When it comes to the electrical construction industry, some positions do not require a project list, but for some it is the bread and butter of a candidate’s experience. If you are an electrical project manager, electrical estimator, electrical superintendent, or electrical designer, it is especially important to have an up-to-date project list to submit with resume. Our electrical construction recruiters at Delta Construction Partners help each candidate we work with put together effective project lists to help them stand out from the pack. Contact us today to get started!