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Phrases and Keywords That Look Great on Your Résumé in Industrial Construction

Phrases and Keywords That Look Great on Your Résumé in Industrial Construction

If you’re leaving the oil and gas industry, your skills may be a perfect fit for jobs in other sectors like industrial construction. If you’re interested in being matched with a job based on these skills, you should polish your résumé with an industrial construction angle in mind and then post it on Louisiana Job Connection. Here are some tips to make your résumé a great fit for those industrial construction jobs.

Just like every other industry, construction has its own unique language. When recruiters and hiring managers in construction review a résumé, they’re looking for certain terms or phrases that jump out at them and convey a candidate’s potential. Those terms and phrases are pretty specific and technical. It may seem like too much jargon, but this is one instance where that’s acceptable. Generic terms such as “detail oriented” and “fast learner” are not going to get you in the door for an industrial construction job.

To find out which topics and phrases really impress these recruiters and managers, we reached out to two experts.

Amber Eastman is a recruiting manager at The Eastman Group, a recruiting firm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and she frequently places individuals in construction jobs.

Kristi Fitzgerald is a recruiter with Vertex Innovations, a construction-management consulting firm specializing in telecommunications projects.

Here’s what they had to say.

Degrees, Licenses and Certifications

Eastman says it’s important to highlight all degrees, licenses and certifications that you’ve earned. This will show the hiring manager that you are qualified in specific areas, that you’ve worked to better yourself and learn more about your industry, and that you can take on a project and see it through to the end.

Some specific terms Fitzgerald is on the lookout for include:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP).
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with endorsements such as Double/Triple Trailers.
  • OSHA Construction Training and Safety Compliance.
  • HVAC Certification and Tower Certification.

When you’re posting your résumé on Louisiana Job Connection, be sure to list all of your certifications and licenses. The system will use those to match you with jobs that have those requirements.

Phrases That Show You Add Value

Time and money are two things that no employer has enough of, and this is never more true than on a construction site. Include words that show you can add value to a project, Eastman says. This may be a list of accomplishments that really show off your worth. Her examples: “Reduced costs by 5 percent with strategic vendor negotiations. Completed project 3 months prior to deadline, earning the company a significant bonus.”

Fitzgerald is looking for similar phrases to show time- and money-management skills. She says she seeks the following keywords:

  • Tracking or reporting project management.
  • Contract supervision.
  • Multitasking, prioritizing and fast-paced environment.

Fitzgerald also likes to see a candidate’s computer skills, particularly Microsoft Office, which is widely used in the industry.

Your Specific Skills and Interests

Recruiters and hiring managers want to know more about you and the unique skills and interests you’ll bring to the project. For this reason, Eastman says, it’s a good idea to specify the types of projects you’ve worked on in the past.

It’s also helpful if you include other skills you’ve developed or are interested in developing, even if you aren’t certified yet. If a candidate has experience in any of the following, Eastman wants to know:

  • Site supervision and safety.
  • Quality control and project scheduling.
  • Client relations.
  • Subcontractor and vendor management.
  • Project estimation.
  • RFP completion & bidding.
  • Blueprint and design reading.

Fitzgerald says she also likes to see experience with switching and power systems, wireless communication network systems, hazardous materials, outside plant construction or engineering, safety and quality standards and inspections training.

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