No Matter The Collar Color, Resumes Are Key To Advancement

While a simple job application used to be enough to get a call back from a potential employer, companies, even those in trade industries, are interested in learning more than just your work history. A resume is a crucial measurement tool that hiring managers use to decide if they want to interview you. Even for so-called trade and “blue-collar” workers, a stellar resume can help you get a job in any industry. Companies are looking to hire well-rounded candidates who also have “soft skills,” like the ability to communicate effectively and work in a team. Your resume is your way to showcase your achievements and abilities and use language that highlights skills relevant to the job.  Use these quick tips to help you secure that job interview.

  • Your job descriptions should be about what you accomplished, not what your job was. It’s okay to quickly summarize your responsibilities, but managers are much more interested in learning what you did to solve problems and help the company.
  • Use action verbs that are strong, compelling and will catch someone’s attention. For example, if you managed or led a team, you could instead use words like “fostered,” “cultivated,” “facilitated” or “mentored.”
  • Delete other common words and phrases. Instead of saying you’re creative or motivated, discuss more measurable phrases about what you accomplished rather than just your work ethic.
  • Don’t use a generic resume for every job application. Tailor your resume with skills and qualifications that will help get you noticed by screeners. Review job postings’ qualifications and responsibilities, so you know what kind of buzzwords employers might be looking for.

Don’t lie. It can be easy to fib about your skills, stretch dates to cover up a gap in employment, or embellish your education because it might not seem like employers will check credentials. But the truth is they will, and it won’t help your job search.