How to Write a Welding Resume

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Resume writing is an important step in finding your dream job. In the world of welding, resumes tell prospective employers where you have worked and for how long, what you did there, and what certifications you may have. Resumes allow you to show prospective employers that you meet their needs for a welding position.

  • Format the resume properly. Your resume should have 1-inch margins all around, be double-spaced and have a clean, easily readable font.

  • Start with your personal contact information. At the top of your resume, centered, should be your contact information. Begin with your name, followed by your street address on the next line, then the city and state you live in on the following line. Include your telephone number and email address, as these are the most likely ways an employer will contact you.

  • List your qualifications. Your qualifications are a summary of your job skills. You may have done many of the same things at different jobs. Listing your skills at the top of your resume under the heading "Skills" allows you to show a prospective employer where your abilities lie. Be as specific as you can, and don't worry about bragging too much about your welding skills--this is the place to do that.

  • List your work history. Beginning with your most recent employer, list all the relevant places you have worked under the heading "Professional Experience." If just beginning in the field, list places that you have previously worked anyway. Even if the experience isn't "relevant" strictly speaking, it allows your prospective welding employer to find out about your work ethic, attendance and other factors that are important in any job. This section should include the name of your employer, its location, the dates you worked there, and your title.

  • Detail your work experience. Underneath the general information for each employer, use bullet points to show three or four key duties and responsibilities at each position. Use specific language and actionable sentences that refer to actual tasks performed. These should be in the present tense for current employers and past tense for former employers.

  • List your certifications. Many states require welders to be licensed. You may also have professional certifications for specific niche tasks such as underwater welding. List all your endorsements and certifications under the heading "Professional Certifications."

  • List your education. Under the heading "Education" list whatever professional degrees and certifications from accredited and non-accredited trade colleges you have obtained--and the dates you obtained them--as well as your high school education.

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