Once you graduate from Tulsa Welding School, it’s up to you to build an effective resume and get it in front of the right people. Luckily, TWS’ Career Services team is happy to assist graduates when it comes time to write resumes. A once-daunting task can be made much easier with the right guidance. Here are some steps that can help you go from new graduate to new employee.
Get Professional Writing Help
eResumes recommends that candidates consider engaging a professional resume writer to ensure that the final product demonstrates intelligence, clarity of thought, and willingness to go the extra mile for quality—all desirable traits in any skilled trades position. Try to find a writer who already understands your trade and has created resumes for other tradespeople. One excellent source for resume writers who might specialize in your specific trade is the All Trades Resume Writing Service.
Enlist an Online Resume Building Service
If you feel confident about your resume writing skills, you may find that a resume building service provides everything else you need, including attractive templates and easy placement options. Resume building services such as Pongo also offer automated delivery and tracking of resumes. Before you do this, though, you should be sure that your resume prioritizes the right information to entice recruiters in your trade.
According to Career Staffing Services, skilled trades hirers look for two items above all else: certification/licensing in the specific trade under consideration, and a degree of experience that ensures reliability and trustworthiness as an employee. If you’re fresh out of a school or a career training program, then you’ll want to emphasize whatever license of certification your program awarded you. State these qualifications right from the beginning, in a three-sentence summary toward the top of your resume.
Submit to Employers’ Online Recruitment Portals
Some companies have entire websites dedicated to connecting skilled tradespeople with available work. For example, SkilledTrades.com, a national provider, has separate pages on its site for contractors seeking employees1 and those seeking a position2.
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You can also submit your resume to temporary staffing services, especially those that specialize in skilled trades positions. Perhaps the best known of these services is Manpower, a national staffing service that routinely places HVAC technicians, electricians, pipefitters, welders, machinists and other skilled tradespeople in temporary, contract, and temp-to-hire jobs. These jobs can help you build valuable experience to add to your ever-growing resume.
Use Social Media and Job Boards
Social media sites and professional job boards enable to you to position yourself as a skilled trades professional seeking employment so that your resume will be seen, not by the widest possible audience, but by the most relevant eyes possible. Monster.com and other major employment sites allow you to upload your resume onto your account and find skilled trades jobs by keywords such as “welder,” “carpenter,” “electrician,” and specific location or employment terms. You’ll also want to promote your services by placing online profiles, complete with resumes, on major social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+.
Create Your Own Job Seeker Website
If you really want to cover all of your bases as a skilled trades job seeker, create your own website expressly for that purpose. The creation of what is known as your personal brand allows you to center your resume building tactics around one central site that essentially sells you as an expert for hire. In addition to a simple downloadable resume that visitors can view and obtain on demand, your whole site serves as a kind of “mega-resume,” letting you go into detail about your goals, skills, hobbies, values, awards and certifications. You can even post images of your school activities, including practical on-the-job experiences from school or other training opportunities.