Resume Writing Tips for Trades Professionals

March 25, 2024

Whether you’re a new graduate or a young professional in the trades—such as the fuels and HVAC industries—you probably already know that the right education, skills, and certifications are all essential to landing your dream job. What you may not have considered yet is whether you have a critical tool that shows employers you’re the right choice for their company: a great resume. While the idea of writing a resume may seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be! Read the rest of this blog to learn our tips for crafting a resume that will get you noticed by your next employer in the energy industry.

Our Top Tips for Fuels & HVAC Resume Writing

Presentation Is Key

Energy employers are busy people, and if they’re looking for a new employee, they’re most likely understaffed while they’re looking at your resume. With that in mind, it’s crucial that you keep your resume to one page that is divided into easy-to-read sections, such as “Work Experience” and “Education,” and bold their titles to draw the eye. Also, be sure to lay out your employment and academic history in chronological order, starting with your most recent experience at the top.

Include Important Content

  • Personal Info: Put your full name, address, phone number, and email address on your resume.
  • Work Experience: Start with your most recent position and work backward, using short sentences and positive language. Be sure to outline your responsibilities and achievements.
  • Education: Like with Work Experience, start with your most recent education and work backward. Trade certificates, driver’s licenses, and the full name of your school(s) should be included.
  • Skills: Specific skills, such as experience with bobtail trucks or communicating directly with customers, should be listed on your resume too.
  • Volunteer Work: Volunteering can be a great way to gain experience, and an employer will see that you’re involved in your community if you include any volunteer positions you’ve held.
  • References: Some employers will expect you to provide the names and contact info of two to three people who are not related to you and can attest to your character and experience. Be sure you speak to these people in advance and obtain their permission to use them on your resume.

Related Post: Why More Young People Are Going to Trade School & Pursuing Energy Careers

Start Your Energy Career Search Now

After you’re done creating and polishing your resume, take the next step in your job search by making a free profile on Generation NEXT Energy Pros in your state. Once you create an account, it’s easy to connect with local energy employers to learn more about their businesses. You can also view free resources online and learn about career opportunities in the industry by reading our blog. Visit our homepage to find your local Generation NEXT Energy Pros page, and create your account now!