Five Resume Musts for Trade Applicants!
My name is Huey Le, I’m part of the Internal Recruitment team here at Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia and I specialise in filling trade roles.
It’s my job to help all you fitters, mechanics and tradespeople out there get a job here!
Being a global OEM means we get a lot of applicants! I’ll usually get 100+ resumes a day. Unfortunately, this means I’ll probably spend less than ten seconds checking your resume before I have to make a choice on whether I keep reading or move on to the next resume.
Get these five resume musts right and your resume will stop me in my tracks:
1. Personal Details
If I can’t reach you, everything else is pointless. Put all your contact info right up the top. Include your name, current phone number and, if you have one, an email address.
2. What do you want?
Be bold and to the point. What’s your career objective? Or, in other words what do you want (not just for now, but also in the future)? This way we make sure that the role you’re applying for and the training you’re going to get will match. We may even have another role going that might interest you! If you don’t have a clear objective or can’t do this, don’t waffle, skip it.
Many jobs require a certain trade speciality and a work permit. If you have them, and/or others, keep them all in the one place so we don’t miss any! Include your profession, trade qualifications, licences, certifications and permits. Your licences and qualification should be specific and needs to match with the job requirements.
Having a trade qualification doesn’t necessarily mean your resume will be at the forefront, workers who have a ‘soft’ skill and are able to communicate that effectively in their resume will also be looked upon favourably as well.
4. Work History and Machine knowledge
The work experience section is your chance to prove your level of skills and accomplishments. A job title alone tells us exactly what you did in your current and previous roles.
However, it’s your achievements and related equipment experiences that will distinguish yourself from others. If you have worked with machinery before, include it. Be specific. What type of machine(s)? Include model numbers.
5. Work references
Although it isn’t necessary to include your work references on your resume, it’s important that when you give out someone’s name as a reference, you have permission to use them as a reference. Secondly, the reference needs to be your manager or direct supervisor, not a work colleague.
There you have it! Don’t forget, your resume is like your own personal ad! Write it well!
Let us know if you have any questions or need more tips in the comments below.
Internal Recruitment Advisor | Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia