The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered many businesses, schools and colleges, and stopped construction of all but the most necessary structures, causing maintenance workers such as plumbers, electricians, handymen and facilities workers to lose their jobs. If you are in this group, all is not lost. You have skills the world needs now more than ever.
In this article, we show you how to match your experience to roles at companies that need your expertise now, and which transferable skills you should emphasize in your application to stand out from the competition.
Transferable skills to emphasize on your resume
No matter what your role in maintenance, your experience has equipped you with a whole host of skills, called transferable skills, that you can use in a variety of industries.
These transferable skills are exactly what employers in other industries are looking for right now. By emphasizing these on your resume, you'll stand out from the competition.
Below is a breakdown of the hard, technical and soft skills you may have mastered as a maintenance worker that you should consider adding to your next resume:
Hard skills: Project planning, problem solving, troubleshooting, mathematical aptitude
Technical skills: Safety procedures, handling and using a variety of tools and equipment
Soft skills: Teamwork, attention to detail, negotiation, organization, dexterity, multitasking, time management
Certifications and training: Certified Maintenance Employee, Certified Maintenance and Reliability Technician, Certified Building Operator, Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician, Apprentice License, Journeyman License, Master Plumber or Master Electrician License
These industries are hiring people with your skills
If you were a facility maintenance helper, facility maintenance technician, facilities coordinator or facilities manager you might be qualified for one of the following roles:
- Maintenance associate (for example, at a health facility such as a hospital)
- Dock worker (for example, at a warehouse for an online retailer such as Amazon)
If you were a janitor, custodian, or night cleaner you might be qualified for one of the following roles:
- Disinfecting agent (for example, in public transportation such as buses and trains still in operation)
- Sanitation worker (for example, in a local government agency such as a City Department of Streets and Sanitation)
If you were a master plumber, journeyman plumber, plumbing apprentice, or plumbing service technician you might be qualified for one of the following roles:
- Residential plumber (for example, for a human service such as a senior living facility)
- Water heater installer (for example, at an essential retailer such as a water heater installation company)
- Commercial plumber (for example, for an independent plumbing company)
- Sales associate (for example at an essential retailer such as Lowe's)
If you were a handyman, you might be qualified for one of the following roles:
- Repairman (for example, at a human services facility such as a nursing home)
- Maintenance technician (for example, at an independent maintenance company)
- Sales associate (for example, at an essential retailer such as at Ace Hardware)
If you were an journeyman electrician, electrician specialist, apprentice electrician, or electrician helper you might be qualified for one of the following roles:
- Electrical systems technician (for example, at a manufacturing plant such as 3M)
- Maintenance electrician (for example, at a housing facility such as an apartment complex)
- Sales associate (for example, at an essential retailer such as Home Depot)
- Electrical repairman (for example, at an essential retailer such as an independent electrical company)
How to apply for these roles and what you'll need
- A current email address and phone number
- A resume
- Identification, such as a driver's license or passport
- A current email address and phone number
- A resume
- A brief cover letter
How to find these jobs in your community
- The Society for Maintenance and Security Professionals Job Board
Do I need a resume during the COVID crisis?
While it's true that some businesses are no longer requiring current resumes during the coronavirus outbreak, others prefer candidates who have them, so we advise giving yourself a leg up with an updated resume before you begin applying for a job.
Some businesses might also require a cover letter, so again, it's best to be prepared. Even if it's not required, a cover letter could certainly help you stand out from the competition. All you'll need are two or three short paragraphs to introduce yourself and describe what you bring to the table. Our cover letter builder can help you create one quickly.
Below, we've provided a sample resume to help you as you update yours for your new position.
Text resume example: A facility maintenance associate applying for a dock worker role
Name: Jason Gray
Address: Boston, MA 02210
Detail-oriented and safety-minded facility maintenance associate seeking role as a dock worker. Ten years of experience performing preventive and routine maintenance and repairs for large facilities. Skilled with hand tools, power tools and industrial equipment to repair and install physical structures and HVAC systems. Expert operating knowledge of heating, electrical, elevators, air-conditioning, emergency lighting and snow blowers. OSHA compliant, specializing in hazardous materials handling. Adept at prioritizing work orders for the safe and successful operation of facilities.
Summary of Skills:
- Physical stamina with ability to lift more than 50 lbs.
- Self-motivated and able to work well independently
- Extreme attention to detail
- Strong math aptitude
- Dextrous, can perform light carpentry
- Versatility, can work anywhere
Facility Maintenance Associate
The League School of Boston
- Performed routine maintenance of building and made repairs when needed
- Maintained a clean and healthy environment both inside and outside
- Ordered supplies and equipment using negotiation skills to save thousands of dollars
- Installed systems and regulated heating, cooling, circulation and electricity
- Performed light carpentry duties as required
- Managed and maintained printers, copiers and other office equipment
- Coordinated with vendors to ensure timeliness of waste collection
- Built and maintained strong relationships with staff to better understand their needs and areas of improvement
- Provided general overall facility management services, including continuous monitoring of offices and labs.
- Follow protocol for effective building-specific maintenance and safety
- Installed HVAC systems and performed repairs
- Coordinated with outside vendors to ensure delivery of nitrogen, CO2 other gases liquid nitrogen tanks.
- Maintenance of pH neutralization system and coordinate semi-annual sampling.
Education & Certification
Medfield Senior High School
Certified Maintenance and Reliability Technician (CMRT)
LiveCareer Resume Builder example: A facility maintenance associate applying for a dock worker role