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Your First HVAC Job: Resume-Writing Tips

A career change is a major life milestone. Whether you've been out of the job market for more than a few years or you're ready to shift your work focus to a new field, the road to success starts with a quality educational program. And if that includes training in the HVAC professions, you'll need both hands-on and classroom experience.

Even though HVAC training plays a major role in what kind of job you get in the not-so-distant future, it isn't the only step that you'll need to take. As you complete your training and get ready to enter the workforce, you'll need a standout resume that will get you noticed — and get you the job of your dreams.

How can you craft a resume that separates you from the rest of the HVAC pack? Take a look at the simple tips you need to know before crafting the best resume possible.

Clear Contact Information

This might seem like an obvious addition to your resume, but if the contact information isn't clear, your potential employer won't be able to let you know that you have the job. Along with your full legal name, include your current address, phone number, and email address.

Keep in mind, this is a formal document. Avoid nicknames or initials (such as M.A. for Mary Ann). If you do go by a nickname or your initials, you can tell your employer later on — after they've hired you.

Carefully evaluate your email address, making sure that it's work-appropriate. Plenty of people, including professionals, have silly email addresses that make their friends giggle. Even though those who are closest to you think your "party4evr" email address is hilarious, it won't impress a hiring manager. If needed, create a new email that is simple and always appropriate. Consider using your first initial and last name or something similar as an email address.
Objective or Goal Statement
This section isn't always necessary. But if you want to showcase your career goals or let your future employer know that you're serious about a long-term work relationship with them, this statement can help. This section highlights your current skills and may provide information on how you want to use them as your career progresses.

Keep it simple and straight to the point. There's no reason to write a full essay on your career objectives here. Even though this is technically a statement of your career objectives, you need to craft it in a way that shows the employer how you can add value by becoming part of their team. State what position you're seeking (such as HVAC technician), add relevant experience (include years of hands-on training) and state how you'll use this experience and expertise to help the company.

Educational Experience

Relevance is absolutely essential in this section. While you should include your high school degree and the year that you graduated, you don't need to include any other training programs that don't apply to your HVAC career.

Even though education is always a positive thing, including too many programs may make it look like you're not serious about your career. Only include your HVAC training program and any other completed degrees that directly relate to the job you're applying for.

Include relevant information about your HVAC training program, such as the school's name, your completion date, the degree awarded, and internship/externship experience.

Hands-On Experience

If you don't have room to include internship/externship experience in the education section, you can create an entirely new experience entry. If you don't have formal paid experience working in an HVAC trade, don't title this section "Work Experience" or "Employment History." Instead, title it with a fitting name, such as "Hands-On Training," "Practical Experience," or "Internship Experience."

Include the dates of your internship or other hands-on training, what skills you used, what jobs you did, and who you worked for.

Additional Information

The additional information section can include relevant points that don't fit anywhere else. These might include professional organizations you belong to, student organizations you were a part of, or HVAC awards you've received during the training process.

Are you ready to start your career? Contact us at DeHart Plumbing Heating & Air Inc for more information.