Step 1: Writing Your Summary Statement
Summary Statement Example 1:
Construction manager with ten years of experience in managing teams of 20 or more employees. Experience leading building, remodeling and road maintenance projects. Ability to manage team effectively to meet time and budget goals.
Summary Statement Example 2:
Licensed heavy equipment operator with a focus on safety. Over 15 years in the industry with no accidents. Experienced in operating bulldozers, front-end loaders, excavators, skid steers and trucks.
Summary Statement Example 3:
• Site superintendent with 5 years of residential construction experience
• Works well under pressure with proven track record of meeting deadlines
• Strong project management, communication and delegation skills
Summary Statement Example 4:
• Construction laborer with experience in residential and commercial construction
• Class A CDL with experience driving heavy equipment
• Independent worker who is able to perform a variety of construction tasks without training
Step 2: Writing Your Skills Section
• Don’t go overboard. You should stick with five to seven skills to highlight.
• Use this section to highlight keywords that will really stand out.
• Make sure you stick to only relevant items here.
If a skill isn’t important to construction, then leave it out.
To help you create your own resume, here are some skills from our construction resume template for Word that you may want to use:
• Proficient with using hand tools
• CAD software knowledge
• Mechanical abilities
• Written and oral communication
• Manual dexterity
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Step 3: Writing Your Work History Section
• Keep this section engaging by using action verbs to start each bullet listing your accomplishments and duties.
• Work backwards from your most recent position.
• Highlight any important positons or recognitions you received.
Here are some examples to refer to when creating your work history entries:
John and Sons, Construction Site Supervisor 1/10 – present
• Manage team of 23 workers at residential and commercial work sites
• Maintain budget to complete projects within deadlines
• Completed $1.5 million project two weeks early to earn company a bonus
PLC Construction, Heavy Equipment Operator 10/02 – 1/10
• Operated bulldozers and backhoes
• Worked with minimal supervision to complete assigned tasks
• Given special recognition for never being involved in an accident on the job
Henry O’Ryan Contractors, Construction Laborer 5/99 – 10/02
• Worked with hand tools to complete basic carpentry tasks
• Repeatedly moved and carried 50-lb. bags of concrete
• Helped train new workers
Grimely and Brothers, Construction Laborer 5/98 – 9/99
• Learned basic construction skills
• Practiced safety procedures to maintain safe worksite
• Never missed a day or showed up late
Step 4: Writing Your Education Section
• Keep it concise so it is easy to scan.
• Start with your recent education and work backwards.
• Don’t include dates unless it was recent and won’t create a gap.
Here’s an example of how to structure this section:
Swan Meadows Community College/Construction Management Certificate
Findlay Technical School/Construction Management Program
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