Construction workers work in a variety of manual labor positions relating to labor or maintenance. Their job responsibilities are dependent on the employer, but may include utilizing, setting up, or delivering tools or other materials and working with technicians.
Because laborer positions are skilled type labor jobs, their resumes should emphasize past working experience rather than an educational background.
Table of Contents:
- Professional Construction Resume Samples
- Professional Construction Resumes (Text Format)
- Construction Resume Writing Tips
- Other Good Construction Industry Samples
Professional Construction Resume Samples
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Professional Construction Resumes (Text Format)
Facts about this resume
- Candidate uses a Reverse-Chronological format
- Candidate has 12+ years of experience in construction
- Candidate emphasizes their knowledge of OSHA safety regulations
1487 San Rio Road, San Antonio, TX 78204
Laborer with 12+ years of experience in construction, inspections, handy work, and repairs seeking a position as a Construction Site Manager. Proven management skills and a deep familiarity with all aspects of successful foremanship. Aiming to leverage my skills and fill the managerial role at your company. Possesses a GED, and bilingual in Spanish and English
*RG TIP: To read more about how to write a Career Objective like the one above, click here.
FAST BOLT INDUSTRIES, INC. San Antonio, TX
Construction Worker May 2008 – Present
- Inspect an average of five job sites per month to determine the extent of maintenance or repairs needed, as well as an estimated budget and time to completion
- Measure and record openings or distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed
- Distributed and utilized building materials, machinery, and tools in a team of up to 15 other workers
- Assisted in constructing buildings and assembling sheet metal components and equipment structural components
- Maintained a clean and safe work area averaging 50,000 square feet
*To read more about how to target your construction worker resume, click here.
SUNRAY FOODS, INC. Sugar Land, TX
General Laborer July 2002 – April 2006
- Performed maintenance and construction work for a large grocery wholesaler serving more than 3,000 visitors per day
- Handled routine repairs to building such as installing or repairing electrical wiring, plumbing, drywall, painting
- Directed the loading and unloading of goods in inventory warehouse with at least 5 other workers
- Assisted other personnel as needed to maintain safety in the assembly/packaging area
VIROH INSTITUTE San Antonio, TX
Diploma, Stanson High School, June 2002
- Can lift up to 100 lbs.
- Familiarity with inspection codes and standards
- Expert with most hand and power tools
- Knowledge of OSHA construction site safety regulations
- Highly motivated and able to lead within a team environment.
- Bilingual (Spanish/English)
*To read more about which skills you need to include in your resume, click here.
Facts about this resume
- Candidate uses a functional format to mask their work history gaps
- Candidate has 5 years of experience as a welder
- Candidates emphasizes their knowledge of SMAW, FCAW, and GMAW processes
- 5 years of experience in layout, fabrication, installation, and repair of industrial and commercial equipment
- Obtained strong management skills by training and leading a team of 10 junior welders
- Recognized for ability to expertly complete welding projects with efficiency and high quality standards
- Technically-savvy welder, with knowledge of SMAW, FCAW, and GMAW processes
- Adhere to industry safety guidelines and standards, resulting in a 34% decrease in onsite accidents
- Trained over 10 junior welders in intermediate welding processes, improving overall work quality by 26%
- Inspected and identified issues, immediately troubleshooting problems and saving $20K in potential costs
- Communicated with clients regarding complex job orders, maximizing clarity and work instructions
- Consistently complete welding projects 23% faster than average welder while maintaining high quality standards
- Completed three large welding projects valued at $300K each, 3 hours ahead of schedule and $1.5K under budget
- In-depth knowledge of SMAW, FCAW, and GMAW welding processes
- Efficiently organized and prepared tools and equipment prior to welding job, streamlining process and consistently completing projects ahead of deadlines
- Maintained tools and equipment, ensuring proper function, and minimizing repair costs
- Implemented strict safety procedures, reducing work related accidents by 34%
Gamma Precision, Great Falls, MT – Senior Welder
ADF International, Great Falls, MT – Welder
Loenbro, INC, Great Falls, MT – Junior Welder
Great Falls College, Great Falls, MT
Welding Certification, February 2010
Construction Resume Writing Tips
Whether you’re a construction manager, superintendent, laborer, foreman, carpenter, or any other construction site worker, it’s critical for you to show off your skills on your resume. Here are three critical skills all construction workers should emphasize on their resumes:
Starting out on the right foot is important, which means having a perfectly written Career Objective to start your resume. The Career Objective gives you an opportunity to let the hiring manager know that you have the relevant skills and abilities that they’re looking for in a new hire.
The following example is the perfect way to capitalize on previous experience, skills and education to capture the attention of any HR Manager.
This particular Career Objective stands heads and shoulders above the competition in three specific areas. These three areas include the following, (pay particular attention to bolded text.)
1. Candidate lists the number of years they’ve worked in the industry:
- “Laborer with 12+ years of experience in construction, inspections, handy work, and repairs.”
2. Candidate includes the exact position/job title he/she is applying for:
- “seeking a position as a Construction Site Manager.”
3. Candidate lists highly relevant skills that will be required for the position applied to:
- “Posses a GED, and bilingual in English and Spanish.“
The next section after the career objective will be the professional experience itself. This section is where you will list skills developed as a laborer under previous employment that may be transferable to the position you are applying to. For example:
This professional experience section is strong because the applicant quantifies their responsibilities with numbers throughout. Numbers are great resume builders, and part of the 5 Steps to Building an Unbeatable Resume. Here’s how the candidate in the resume sample above quantified his/her resume in four places:
1. Quantified the number of locations worked in a month:
- “Inspect an average of five job sites per month.”
2. Listed the size of teams worked with regularly:
- “Distributed and utilized building materials, machinery, and tools in a team of up to 15 other workers.“
3. Mentioned areas maintained in terms of area:
- “Maintained a clean and safe work area averaging 50,000 square feet.“
4. Quantified number of visitors served on a daily basis:
- “Performed maintenance and construction work for a large grocery wholesaler serving more than 3,000 visitors per day.“
Remember to list experiences that showcase your skills and abilities. An additional skills section can also be added to the end of your resume.
Remember to list experiences that showcase your skills and abilities.
4. Including Action Verbs Throughout
Adding action verbs to your resume is a great way to strengthen it and make it more targeted to the position you are applying to. For example, if you are applying for a Foreman position you will want to include more managerial/director verbiage such as “planned” “directed” or “ordered”.
For even more action verb ideas, check out the list here. It is the longest in the universe.
Writing the education and additional skills section is the same process for other reverse chronological resumes. If you’re still uncertain of how to write these sections check out this step-by-step guide.
SEE ALSO> Construction Cover Letter Writing Tips
With the above resume building tips in mind you should be able to find a job in the growing construction and laborer industries.
Other Good Construction Industry Samples
- Entry-level Construction Resume -RG (Note: This resume is suitable for those with little or no experience in construction.)
- Carpenter/Framer – newjobs.com (Note: Great resume. The Professional Experience section is unorthodox, but would probably be effective anyway.)
- Construction Manager – colostate.edu (Note: Fantastic resume, extremely detailed. PDF also includes resume and cover letter advice.)