You've completed your training, gained your certification, or finished an apprenticeship program in your trade, and now it's time to strike out on your own and find your first official position. Or you've been working in this field for a long time, but you're now in transition from one employer to the next. In either case, your school may offer a career assistance program that can provide you with helpful tips, or you may be able to turn to a local trade union or industry organization to find leads and connections.
But at the end of the day, you'll have to rely on your own resources and abilities to build a stable career. And to do this, you'll need a strong resume. Here are a few guidelines that can help you plan your next move.
Target Your Skilled Trade Resume
First, draft a resume that emphasizes your specific skill sets and generates a sense of trust among potential employers. Use a professional template and divide your document into subheadings, starting with "education and training," followed by "work history" and "additional skills." At the top of the document, state your contact information followed by a brief summary of what you have to offer.
At every turn, get the help your need to make sure your language and presentation are clear, brief, relevant, and professional. If writing doesn't come naturally to you or you're new to the job search process, that's okay. Just learn as you go and make sure you have access to outside advice and perspectives.
Make Sure Your Resume Reaches the Right People
Most of the time, when you submit a resume in response to an open position, your resume will be read and reviewed by the same person who will call you in for an interview and eventually work as your supervisor when you're hired.
But just in case this doesn't happen, make sure your resume finds its way to the desks of the people who matter most. Include the keywords and specific phrases that you see in the job post, follow the application and submission directions carefully (don't misspell the recipient's email address!), and follow up a day after you submit via phone or email message. Make sure your information arrives intact.
Back Up Your Expertise with a Professional Attitude
You're excellent at what you do. You're competent, reliable, and you don't cut corners when you're trusted with a task. You dress the part when you show up on site, you make eye contact with everyone you meet, and you keep your promises. You don't leave a job until the work is done. So bring that same attitude to the job search.
Attitude and specific skill sets are not the same thing. The second can often be taught on the job, but the first is something candidates bring with them, and either they have it or they don't. Managers know this, so they pay close attention to signs of positivity and professionalism as they staff their open positions.
Attitude & Skill Sets: Your Resume Represents Both
Your resume shows employers who you are on both counts. So don't miss a beat. Clearly state your credentials, and do so in a way that's neat, organized, and impressive. LiveCareer can help. Visit the website and start using our resume builder to launch your trade career today.