3 things to consider when writing your superintendent resume

4 mins | Alex Powell | Article | Resumes & cover letters

Two men wearing construction gear stand in a construction site and look at a blueprint.

We all know how important first impressions are, and so in your superintendent job hunt your well-written resume is key. Here's all you need to know to create a winning resume.

1. Emphasize relevant experience

The first thing a recruiter or potential employer will look for in your resume is relevant experience. For construction superintendent this means the type of company you worked for, the size of the team you managed, and any specialisms you may have, such as experience in commercial or healthcare construction. Use bullet points to make it easy for the reader to scan your resume quickly. 

Eliminate information that isn't relevant, and don't include every role you've ever held. One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is using the same resume for every role, because who has the time to tailor? A recruiter can help you make it relevant and will give you that advice or ask for permission to do so before sending it to a client.  

But if you really want to stand out don’t cram all your experience into the resume. Instead highlight what experience makes you a good fit for that role.

2. Focus on projects

The same goes for your projects. As a construction superintendent, you will be responsible for managing construction projects from start to finish. Include a project list that highlights the size, budget, complexity, and scope of work for each project you have managed 

This will give the reader a better idea of the types of projects you have worked on in the past and whether you have the necessary experience to manage their upcoming construction projects. Don’t be vague, include achievements, results and awards.

3. Use keywords, including certifications and licenses

Recruiters and potential employers often use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to scan resumes for specific keywords. Use the job description to identify keywords and include them throughout your resume, particularly in the skills summary and achievements sections. 

Construction is a heavily regulated industry, and certifications and licenses are essential for ensuring safety on the job site- therefore when quickly scanning a resume if these aren’t present you could easily end on the no pile. It might sound obvious but always include any certifications or licenses you have that are relevant to the position you're applying for, such as OSHA certification. This shows that you take safety seriously and have the knowledge necessary to keep the construction site safe for all workers.

By following these tips, you can create a winning construction superintendent resume that highlights your relevant experience, qualifications, and achievements. Remember to tailor your resume for each application and use keywords to optimize it for ATS.  

And don’t forget to proofread your resume to ensure it is error-free. With a well-written resume, you can increase your chances of landing a construction superintendent position. 

Find your next superintendent job or submit your resume to be considered for relevant opportunities.


About this author

Alex Powell
Executive Vice President

Alex is responsible for the Construction & Property, Engineering, HR, and Life Sciences business streams across the U.S. With 20 years recruitment experience, Alex has managed businesses in the UK, New Zealand, Canada & the U.S. having helped set-up Hays in the latter two countries. During his career he has successfully led multi-discipline recruitment teams in multiple locations specifically setting up IT, Construction & Property, Accounting & Finance, and Engineering in the U.S. His experience covers temp & perm and utilizing both 360 & 180 recruitment models. Alex is a graduate of Anglia University (UK) with a BA (Hons) in Business, and since 2012 Alex has lived in New York City with his wife & daughter.

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