You’re all done with your necessary training and are ready to start applying for jobs in the HVAC field. Before you can start putting in applications, you’re going to need to create your resume. It’s the necessary first step to get into any workforce.
It shows the employer what you can do and gives them an introduction to you before they meet you. You need to make sure that you make a good first impression or your HVAC resume may end up in the garbage can.
Are you not sure how to create a resume? Keep reading for a complete guide on all you need to know.
1. Executive Summary Vs. Objective Statement
When given the choice between putting an executive summary at the top of your resume or an objective statement, always go for the summary. The objective statement tells the employer why you’re applying for the job.
It focuses too much on what the employer can do for you. Instead, write up an executive summary. It’s an overview of why you would be the best candidate for the position.
It gives you the chance to tell the employer how you’ll be an asset to them. You shouldn’t pass up on that.
Your resume could show that you’re the most qualified candidate around but if the employer can’t read it then they won’t bother with it. This being said, while the content of your resume is important you shouldn’t ignore the power of good formatting.
Create bold headings for important information like education and skills. This way it’s easy for the employer to navigate through your resume. You also want to spell out every acronym.
While most employers will be able to understand common HVAC abbreviations, it would be just your luck that you send your resume to the one person who doesn’t.
3. Skills to Include
Your skills section is your time to show the employer what you’re made of. Here are a few things that you should list in this section.
It is true that most of the work you’ll be doing in the HVAC field is technical. The thing is, you’ll still be interacting with customers. The employer is going to want someone who they know will be good with their clients.
List any customer service skills that you have. Even if you got them from something simple like fast food or working in a grocery store.
If you gained any certifications then you’ll want to list all of them. Having certifications shows that you care about the HVAC field and your education in it.
Also, the more certifications you have, the more job opportunities you have access to.
Troubleshooting and Diagnostics
Having repair skills isn’t the only part of being a good HVAC technician. You also need to be able to diagnosis and troubleshoot issues. The employer will always have a need for someone with good diagnostic skills.
4. Soft Skills
While the skills above are great to list, aside from certifications they won’t really set you apart from other applicants. That’s why you need to list soft skills that other applicants may not think of putting on their resume.
Highlight skills that make you unique such as communication, organizational skills, and attitude.
The truth is, employers, don’t care too much about the duties you performed at a previous job. What they care about is what you accomplished while you were there. How did you impact the company as a whole?
This being said, instead of stating that you sold HVAC equipment you would say that you increased company sales overall. Tell the employer how many you sold. That will impress them a lot more.
6. List Relevant Job Experience
Chances are, you’ve worked a lot of jobs in your life. You don’t have to list all of them though. Your resume can’t be more than a single page after all.
You only want to list the jobs that are relevant to the one you’re applying to. So, if you’re applying to an HVAC technician position, you wouldn’t list “banker” on your resume for example.
This also includes other HVAC jobs. If they clash with the position you’re applying for now, don’t list them.
7. Use Action Verbs
One quick way to gain the attention of an employer is to use action verbs in your resume. You would write, “read blueprints and other diagrams” rather than “can read blueprints”.
The first one spices things up a lot more and will keep the employer’s eyes on your resume.
8. Read Over It
The last bit of advice we have for you is to always read over your resume. Check for spelling and grammar errors as well as hiccups in your formatting and content.
Once you’re done editing it, allow a family member or friend to read over it as well. A second pair of eyes may be able to spot a mistake that you missed.
It’s a lot of work but the employer only has so much time to read over your resume. If it’s full of errors they will toss it out without a second thought.
How to Create an HVAC Resume that Will Impress Any Employer
Are you ready to break into the HVAC career field? Like any other job, you’ll need to get a solid resume together before you can start sending applications out. Use the tips that you’ve read here to create an HVAC resume that would impress any employer.
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