If you want the best chance of landing a job, your tradie resume needs to highlight your skills, personality and passion for the role you’re applying for.

Having a great resume (even if you don’t have much industry experience) can set you apart from other applicants, especially in highly competitive fields. Find out how to improve your trades resume or apprentice resume below.

Writing a Trades Resume

Some positions can get hundreds of applications. When employers review a trades resume, they’ll be looking for specific skills and qualities.

These are the key criteria employers will be looking for:

  1. Do you have the right skills for the role? (or will you be eager to learn quickly on the job?)
  2. Will you work well on site as a team player? (will you complement the team or drag it down?)

By writing your tradie resume in a way that clearly answers these questions, you’ll improve your chances of getting the job.

Highlight the Right Skills

Employers will be looking to hire a tradie or apprentice to do a specific job. You need to communicate that you can do the role and excel in it. Look at what skills the role requires, then show (in your ‘skills’ section) that you have these abilities. For example, if you’re applying for a carpentry job, list specific skills such as ‘accurately measure cuts’ or ‘use a wide range of tools and equipment’.

Sometimes, especially if you’re applying for your first job, you won’t have the specific skills called out in the job description (e.g. if you have an apprentice resume with no experience). If that’s the case, add similar or soft skills that are relevant to the role, such as leadership skills.

Show Relevant Knowledge and Experience

The ‘past education’ and ‘experience’ sections of your trades resume should include all the relevant qualifications you’ve earned and jobs you’ve had in the past. But this is more than a list. It’s an opportunity to share how you excelled in those positions. For your past education, this should include any extracurricular activities you participated in during your studies or any results you’re proud of.

When it comes to your work and volunteer experience, explain what each role involved and the kind of skills you acquired. This is also a great chance to highlight your key achievements.

Highlight ‘You’

Employers aren’t ordering a new part for a machine; they’re hiring someone to become a part of their team. Unfortunately, many resumes just focus on information and have no human element. Yes, a tradie resume and apprentice resume should be clear and to the point, but it’s also important to show off your personality where possible.

You can do this at the top of your trades resume with your personal statement/professional summary. Here, you can tell a potential employer who you are and what your purpose is.

For example, “I am an experienced carpentry apprentice dedicated to best practice carpentry. I am eager to apply my existing knowledge and develop new skills on site.”

Upskill with a Short Course

If you don’t have much experience or any qualifications to showcase, you can stand out from the crowd by completing an industry short course. These are designed to help you step into a new role confidently.

Some short courses can be applied in a range of industries, such as a First Aid Certificate. Upskilling on your own initiative also shows employers that you’re eager to learn, which is a trait highly valued in any industry.

Applying for new jobs can be tough, but if your trades resume reflects who you are and what you know, you’ll have the best chance at landing that dream position.

Still in high school and looking for a job? Check out our article explaining How to Get a School-Based Apprenticeship.