Tips and Guidance for Writing a Tradesperson’s Resume 

The world is an ever changing place, with every aspect of our lives and society evolving all around us at a pace that both seems glacial and highly caffeinated at the same time.

It can be very easy to see change as something that takes a lifetime, for example, racial rights movements in the United States have taken over 50 years to go from segregated buses to a black president.  Yet other aspects of our societies can change so fast we miss it happening, and one of those changes is the evolution of the trade industries.

There was a time, not so long ago, that tradespeople could get by purely on reputation and recommendations alone.  With the rise of the internet review and ever fiercening competition, tradespeople starting to find that potential customers are expecting them to have a professionally written tradesman resume of their skills and jobs along with references before they will be taken seriously.  This could be a problem as it is perfectly possible that a tradesperson has never had the need to write a resume, they probably started as an apprentice and are now trading by themselves or with partners so where was the need.  If you find yourself in this position you can have a go at writing your own resume or you can employ the services of a company like Bluegum Resumes to do it for you.  If you decide to write your own, then here are some general guidelines for writing a tradesperson’s resume.

Layout

Try to stick to a standard layout that you will be able to find online from one of the many available templates.  The reason for this is that people reading your resume will be familiar with this format and it will avoid putting them off, whereas a non-standard resume risks alienating them.

Profile

Open with a strong and concise profile of yourself, making sure to include one or two of your essential skills but more importantly your goals and objectives.  This can be as simple as advancing your skill set and knowledge right up to more in depth and advanced goals, but make sure it won’t fly over the heads of your target audience.

constructionKey skills

Make a bulleted list of your best skills and keep each entry brief, only a few words at most.  This should be a reference point for an employer or customer to glance at to get a summary of what you can do without having to read your resume in depth.

Body

In the main body of the resume, you should talk in a bit more detail about your strengths, important successes you have had, how you have added value to a team, anything that will sell you in a good light.  Do not fall into the trap of simply listing a lot of things you have done or generic responsibilities.  Make sure it is the interesting bits you are capable of.

This does not have to mean normal school; it can refer to any of the extra training courses you have undertaken, specific tools you have trained for, basically anything you have received a certificate for.