How to Stand Out When Applying for Construction Positions


Standing out when applying for construction positions is essential. Showing how the value you can provide an employer differs from the value other applicants can provide increases your odds of being contacted for an interview.

Construction positions focus more on work experience than education. As a result, you should frame your resume in a way that emphasizes your skills, experience, and achievements. The following suggestions can help.

Follow these guidelines to stand out when applying for construction positions.

Review the Job Posting

Reread the job description for the construction position you desire:

  • Focus on the necessary skills, experience, and qualifications.
  • Determine whether the job duties and responsibilities fit your goals and interests.
  • Uncover which keywords you should include in your resume.

Provide Your Contact Information

Provide your name, current city, state, phone number, and professional email address at the top of your resume. Employers can easily access your information and contact you for interviews.

Create Your Professional Summary

Write a brief paragraph about your work experience and achievements relevant to the construction position and industry. Include your skills and qualifications for the role and how the position fits with your career goals.

Detail Your Work Experience

List your construction positions from the past 10 years:

  • Start with your most current role and work backward.
  • Include the job title, company name, company location, and years of employment.
  • Bullet your job duties, responsibilities, and most relevant achievements.
  • Start each bullet with an action verb, such as “created” or “led.”
  • Use past tense for all positions except your current one.

Include Your Relevant Skills

Share your skills that are important for the construction position and industry:

  • Include your hard and soft skills.
  • Mention the skills discussed in the job description.
  • Use adjectives before your skills to describe your competency, such as “basic” or “proficient.”

Mention Your Certifications and Licensing

Share any apprenticeship programs you participated in and certifications you earned. If you have any licensing, include the license number, granting organization, and date earned.

Share Your Educational Background

Mention the highest level of education you completed, such as a high school diploma or GED. Include the name of your school and graduation year.

Proofread Your Resume

Read your resume out loud several times to ensure it flows and contains all of the information that can help secure an interview. Also, fix any spelling, grammatical, or punctuation errors. When you are satisfied with the final result, apply for the construction position.

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