John B. approached us in need of creating a professional resume to help him secure a new construction superintendent position. He wrote: “Hard working experienced individual. Been in the construction Industry all of my life. Have over 20 years on experience in a wide range of projects. Ranging from Housing Construction to Commercial Construction. I am honest, dedicated and a team player that has a voice. I obtained my General Contractors License and a C-8 Concrete Construction Specialty License in the State of California. which, I might add is no easy task. I am willing to travel nationally and would consider an international assignment depending on the location. I am looking for a position as a mid-level project superintendent.”
To see how we transformed his resume, please click the before and after resumes below.
|Before||After (Our Version)|
Looking to improve your existing construction/contractor resume?
Chances are, you are visiting this page because you are looking for a new job (or a promotion) and want some inspiration on improving your resume for construction and contracting positions. Here are some simple ways to improve your resume if you are in the market. If you’d like more personalized advice (absolutely free), we encourage you to request a free resume review and consultation.
- A resume written specifically for a job posting will always be more successful than a generic resume.
- Your resume should answer the question “Why do I want to hire this person?”
- Use a skills section to showcase technical skills and proficiency with tools and equipment.
- Treat certifications and licenses separately from education.
- Use these keywords liberally. Mirror the terminology from the job posting.
- The real visual impact comes from the content of a resume. Clean and simple is the best way to get notice.
- A dense resume is unattractive. Use whitespace liberally to create an open, easy to read resume.
- Write your resume in first person, but never use the words “I”, “me”, “my”, etc.
- Eliminate the months from your timeline. It looks better and aids in covering any employment gaps.
- Your resume needs to be a mix of tasks and accomplishments, with emphasis on accomplishments.
- Proofread your resume multiple times. Have a friend or loved one proofread it to. A single typo can get your resume tossed.
If you’d like a complete list of resume tips, please visit our blog posting, “50 Resume Writing Tips“.