When you work within the construction world, you often jump between job sites, and sometimes even employers, for work. This means your resume constantly needs to be updated to include your most recent job experience and new skills. Most job seekers within the construction industry find this to be a daunting and repetitive task, and more often, resumes aren’t getting updated at all.
This can make it super challenging for recruiters who are looking to assist with job placements, and in turn, can hinder the job seekers’ chances for getting placed. Updating your resume is necessary, but it doesn’t need to take up all your time. Follow our 7 quick and easy tips, and you’ll be that much closer to landing the job you want.
1. Add Anything New
Read through your entire resume, section by section, before you start typing. Take notes as you go through so you can make sure you don’t miss something important that should be included. The most obvious thing to add will be your most recent job experience but make sure to include any new skills, training certificates, or references as well.
2. Trash the Old
This can be one of the more difficult tasks to do because you may feel older experiences are more relevant for certain positions or companies you are applying to. That’s where saving multiple versions of your resume can come in handy and can act as a safeguard if you need to go back to them.
When you have a ton of experience in the industry, you only want to include the most relevant positions and skills to the job you are applying to, or for the career path you want. As a guideline, never go back further than 15 years in work experience and keep your resume as concise as possible.
3. Refresh Contact Info
This is by far the most important part of any resume, and probably the most overlooked. It’s critical and you need to make sure your contact information is always up to date. Without proper contact information. you will not be able to hear from any potential employers. Period.
Not only is it important to make sure your contact information is updated, but you must also be actively checking your emails or voicemails for missed messages. Otherwise, why are you even sending your resume out? Most employers receive hundreds of applications for the same position, so if you are not responsive, they will move on to the next candidate.
4. Check Your Keywords
Most organizations are using either an ATS or an AI to help sort and qualify candidates applying to their positions. Keywords in your resume are going to help you stand out against the crowd. A good way to check the keywords, is by highlighting them while editing your CV. Typically you want a minimum of 15 industry or role-specific keywords scattered throughout your resume.
5. Turn Clutter into Lists
Organize any “word-heavy” areas on your resume into bullets or lists. This will provide more readability to the resume and help employers to navigate through each of the sections.
Another good way to clear up space is to also remove references, or the phrase “references available upon request” off of your resume. Most employers who require references will ask you for them and already expect you’ll provide them when or if needed.
6. Spruce Up the Formatting
When formatting your resume, you want to think about the overall layout. Make sure to place your most dazzling qualifications where they are most likely to be seen. Focus on the top 3/4 of your CV, as most recruiters or hiring managers only spend a few seconds scanning each one.
Generally speaking, you should order your experience by date, but if a previous experience suits the job requirements better, that’s what needs to be most visible. Check out Standout CV for some extra layout tips and a free template download.
7. Keep Hitting Save
As you are updating your resume, make sure to continuously save as you edit. Nothing kills your mood more than having to restart the entire process. Be proactive and save yourself the headache later on. If you followed our resume updating tips, remember to press the save button at the end of each tip.