How to Write a Resume for Skilled Trades


A skilled trade resume is not just a summary of your skills, certifications and employment history: It should address the topic of the job you are applying for. A well-written resume will increase your chances of landing an interview. Make your most relevant achievements and skills prominent, to encourage the prospective employer to continue reading. An employer will expect to find information covering personal details, range of experience, affiliations, education, skills, work experience, hobbies and references.

  • Write your contact information. This consists of your full name, permanent/mailing address, telephone number and an email address. Include an objective which is short and communicates specific positions, industry and/or relevant skills.

  • List your educational experience, with the most recent degree first. Include the names of institutions attended and the city and state. The degree, major and year awarded are listed as well.

  • Document your range of experience. This section would include apprenticeships, certifications, accreditation's and licensing affiliations.

  • Itemize your skills and experience beginning with the most recent job first. This section includes a job title,employer name and location, dates of employment and a description of the jobs responsibilities and any achievements.

  • Categorize your references; which could include former employers, coworkers or customers.

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  • Write a cover letter. A cover letter allows you to express yourself on a more personal level. It will reflect to the employer your communication skills, your personality, your attention to detail, your enthusiasm, your intellect and your specific interest in the company. Also document your work ethics and back it up with a statistic.

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