Completing training in welding technology can open the door to a variety of rewarding careers. You could start working for residential service companies, at engineering firms, or at manufacturing companies—to name just a few of the possibilities. Of course, stepping into these careers necessitates sending out your resume in order to land that coveted interview.
While that process might make you feel a bit nervous, there’s no need to worry. At NATS, you’ll get to benefit from our career services, which means that you’ll receive the expert feedback of a career services representative who can help you craft the perfect resume and ace your interview. Here are just a few tips to help you get started.
Make Your Resume Relevant to the Job You’re Applying for After Welder Technician Training
When employers are looking over your resume, they’re trying to determine if you have the right skills and experience for the job. That’s why keeping your resume relevant and tailoring it to the specific job you’re applying for can be a great idea.
You can look over the job application and double check if you addressed the different responsibilities and skills listed. For example, if a job posting mentions that responsibilities include reading and interpreting blueprints, it could be a good idea to list where you learned and used that skill.
Tailor your resume to the job and its duties
After completing welder technician training at NATS, you can take the practical welding tests. If you pass them, you can join the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) Trade Association, and you’ll obtain a CWB Certificate or Achievement. Listing this certification on your resume can also be a good idea, since welders need to have it.
Keep Your Resume Short and Well Formatted
It’s no secret that employers don’t spend a lot of time looking over a resume. In fact, according to one study, recruiters spend just six seconds looking over a resume before deciding whether they want to keep it or toss it. That’s not a very long time to make a good first impression. However, by keeping your resume short and reader-friendly, you can up your chances of making it through this step.
Recruiters don’t spend a long time looking over resumes
In general, resumes shouldn’t be longer than one or two pages long. In addition, it’s a good idea to format it in a way that makes it easy for recruiters to find the information they’re looking for. For example, you should have a section clearly labelled “Education,” where you list your welding diploma. By keeping your resume easy to read, you’ll make sure that the time a recruiter spends on your resume is well used.
Include Details that Help Illustrate Your Abilities
While keeping your resume short is a good idea, that doesn’t mean you should do away with important details. It can be tempting to shorten bullet points until they’re nothing more than a word or two. However, if you had to compare the following two descriptions, which one would you choose?
“Worked on projects”
“Worked on 2 welding projects, which were both completed on budget and on schedule.”
In the first example, all of the time management and other concerns that you kept in mind don’t have a chance to shine through. This makes it harder for recruiters to see all of your hard work and dedication. By making each of your descriptions count, you can help to show recruiters what a great candidate you are, and help them see why they should call you in for that interview.
Would you like to prepare for a career in welding?
Learn more about the welding courses offered at North American Trade Schools.