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.
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.