What makes a riveting resume?

Posted on 29 October 2019

​Here’s a list of what to include in your resume to make you stand out to our clients for potential hire:

1. Current employer is a commercial mechanical (HVAC and plumbing) construction company.

2. Consistent employment within the mechanical (HVAC and plumbing) industry.

3. Stable work history.

4. Completion of large projects in commercial (high rises, stadiums, commercial buildings) and/or public works (schools, hospitals, airports, etc.).

5. Details of completed commercial/public works projects (include additional details such as project size, systems installed, building owner, general contractor, year). This is the most common area missing in resumes!

6. Career progression with increasing responsibilities (internal promotions are most favorable).

7. Federal, state, and local codes and safety knowledge.

8. Industry-specific licenses, certifications, and/or training (Apprenticeship, Journeyman, E.I.T., P.E., etc.) and/or affiliations (LEED, ASHRAE, ASPE, local unions, etc.).

9. Hands-on field experience in commercial sheet metal, piping, or plumbing construction.

10. Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and/or Construction Management.

11. Industry-specific technical knowledge working with construction applications designed for project management, estimating, design, and/or detailing (AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks, BlueBeam, etc.).

12. Volunteer experience.

While there are a few exceptions, we typically pass when employee resumes include:

1. Withholding information such as current or previous employer(s).

2. Not showing chronological work history.

3. Frequent job changes.

4. In and out of the industry.

5. Large employment gaps.

6. Mainly small/residential and/or industrial oil and gas project experience.

7. Large focus on salary.

8. Inaccurate information (i.e., dates on resume don’t match past resume or LinkedIn profile).

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