As you know, in the world of construction, time is money! There is very little time in the day for a president or CEO of a large construction company or hiring manager to go back and forth asking several questions regarding employment history, project experience, & references. To create an effective resume in the construction industry, there are several things you will want to cover quickly and clearly. Claire Babcock, Executive Construction Recruiter & Subject Matter Expert, provides all the information, tips, & tricks you need to know to create an effective construction resume.

The top portion of your resume should include your summary statement, position title, dates & description of day-to-day responsibilities. You want the hiring manager to understand exactly who you are, what you do & what you are qualified/applying for.

Within the position description, we suggest adding projects, scope, and size/budgets. This will clearly depict the number/size of projects you have experience with at a given time. Many employers are hiring for a particular project and will need someone with relevant project experience.

Your employment stability should be reflected in your resume with accurate dates, job titles, etc. Employment stability is one of the most important aspects that your future employer looks for when making the decision to interview you. Great employment stability shows that you are loyal & committed to your chosen profession. You don’t want to be considered a “job hopper!”

If you are new to the construction industry, we suggest that you take the time to do thorough research into companies before you accept a position. You want to make sure the company is a good fit for you and your skill set as well as a good fit for what you want to eventually do in the future. This allows you the opportunity to plant your roots within a strong company and progress quickly.

You can reflect steady career progression through your resume. For example, listing your first position with one contractor as a Foreman in 2009, Superintendent in 2011, Assistant Project Manager in 2015, and a Project Manager in 2017-  PRESENT. This not only shows your ability to be promoted within a company but your commitment to profession & strong employment stability.

If you have any educational accomplishments or certifications that pertain to construction, listing them will read as a commitment to your profession and learning abilities.

Construction companies use several software programs & do not have the resources or time to train a new employee on the software that they use. A vast majority of the time contractors will REQUIRE certain software experience before considering a candidate for a role. It is imperative to reflect the software that you are proficient in on your resume.

This portion of the resume is optional, however, if filled out properly, it can reflect how serious you are about a new opportunity. Nine times out of ten, employers will ask for references. If you list them from the get-go, this will eliminate an extra step ultimately speeding up the hiring process.

It is crucial that you add your correct contact information so that an employer can contact you in a timely manner. We suggest a cell phone number as well as an email. Adding your address or at least the city and zip code will help the employer calculate your commute time to see if it is sustainable or if you require a relocation.

Organization & simplicity  is key in a good resume. You want to organize your resume in a way that flows nicely. Typically, if a resume is written clear and to-the-point, the employer will know within a few seconds of reading it if you will be a potential fit for the position or not. 

We suggest you do not add a head shot, fancy fonts, or bold colors to your resume. This will be distracting to the reader. Instead “use clear section headings & make them stand out with bold type, capital letters, and/or a different color.”

As stated before, you will only have a few seconds of the employer’s time to glance at your resume and decide if they want to move forward or not.

Constructing a resume is always easier when we have visuals & examples. Check out this awesome construction resume below: