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Landing a great job starts with writing a great resume. To aid you in creating an ideal independent construction contractor resume, we’ve consulted with experts regarding insufficiencies in this Bison Roofing resume. By pointing out areas for improvement, it’s our goal to help you avoid making the same errors.
Use bullet points in accomplishments section
The applicant does a good job of using metrics in the accomplishments section. However, bullet points should also be used, in order to keep the information easy to read. This is a very simple fix and one that will elevate both the look of the resume and the way the information is presented. Wrong: Awarded a $14,000 bonus for selling over 400K in one month (residential sales) Awarded a $45,000 bonus for selling, building and collecting over 1.4 million in 10 months (residential sales) Consistent positive reviews by customers and letters of reference. (BBB & Angie’s List) Right:
Keep skills section measurable
The skills section should highlight specific, measurable skills that the applicant brings to the workplace. While it can be tempting to pepper this section with adjectives, anything that can’t be measured doesn’t have anything to back it up. For this reason, skills should be restricted to things like typing speed, language fluency, and so forth. We would change the skills section in this sample resume as follows. Wrong:
Remove pronouns in summary
A summary is your place to tell the hiring manager what you can bring to the job. It should consist of four to six lines of phrases in paragraph form. The summary in this sample resume is fairly good, but the applicant will want to remove personal pronouns. Wrong: Experienced salesmen with proven ability to work independently and maintain high levels of productivity. Specializing in Roofing, Siding, Gutters & Windows. My experience predominantly comes from the Insurance restoration field. I communicate directly with homeowners, insurance adjusters, office staff, labor crews and material supply companies. Right: Experienced salesmen with proven ability to work independently and maintain high levels of productivity. Specializing in roofing, siding, gutters and windows. Predominant experience in the insurance restoration field. Communicate directly with homeowners, insurance adjusters, office staff, labor crews and material supply companies. Notice that we also took out the capital letters in the second phrase.
Combine identical jobs for same company in experience section
The experience section is your place to list your relevant work experience. This section should be the most thorough, while also avoiding redundancy. As an independent contractor, this applicant has a slightly non-standard work history. However, even though his jobs happened at different times, since they are all for the same company and all have the same job title, they should be combined. Wrong: Independent Contractor03/2006 to 03/2007 Toubl ContractingMadison, WI Hail storm. Residential roofing/siding sales $1,400,000 Independent Contractor01/2006 to 03/2006 Toubl ContractingElk River, MI Hail Storm. Residential roofing/siding sales $250,000 Independent Contractor10/2005 to 01/2006 Toubl ContractingSlidell, LA Hurricane. Residential roofing/siding sales $380,000 Independent Contractor03/2005 to 10/2005 Toubl ContractingAcworth, GA Hail storm. Residential roofing/siding sales $625,000 Right: Independent Contractor03/2005 to 03/2007 Toubl ContractingVarious Locations Hailstorm, hurricane. Residential roofing/siding sales up to $1,400,000 Now that the applicant has combined these four jobs, he can expand the duties and responsibilities with bullet points. Writing a great resume can be tricky. Check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to craft your resume quickly and efficiently with expert guidance the whole way through.