Resumes are a pain to prepare, no matter what industry you’re in. You know what’s even more frustrating than preparing a resume though? Not getting any callbacks for interviews during your job search after several months of putting your current resume out there.
A well-designed resume is considered one of the top tools for grabbing your buyers’ attention. Ideally, you want your resume to be easy to scan, concise, and chronological. But that’s just the start for an audio-visual technician’s resume.
As a technician in a highly competitive industry driven by technology, you need to be strategic about what you include and exclude from your resume. If you’re confused about where to start improving your resume, check out our three tips below to prepare a resume that buyers won’t be able to ignore.
1. Research What Skills Buyers Prioritize
Buyers need to be diligent about the talent they bring onboard AV projects these days because they are costly ventures (both financially and reputation-wise). As such, they want to ensure candidates present skills that define them as great audio and visual technicians. Take note of what skills are most likely to be keywords for buyers.
For your online resume especially, avoid poor search engine optimization practices like keyword stuffing, but do research job postings that pique your interest and use some of the keywords listed. Once you identify several of these priority skills, include them in your resume close to the top so they’re eye-catching.
2. Display Your Digital Badges for Certifications
Your resume as an audio-visual technician is greatly improved by the inclusion of your industry certifications. Potential buyers are often dismissive of AV resumes that don’t include certifications because they assume you haven’t professionally trained for your role. You need to include your certifications or risk looking like an amateur handyman, rather than an entry-level or perhaps even veteran technician.
You have a resume feature, however, that not many industries’ candidates have available to them: digital certifications/badges. You’re probably aware that many manufacturers in the AV industry, like AVIXA, CEDIA, Extron, and Crestron (to name a few) offer digital badges for those who complete training programs with them. If you didn’t, now you know! These badges are easy to spot and confirm industry-standard experience and skills.
Don’t forget about your offline certifications as well though. You’ve earned your stripes through blood, sweat, and tears for those certifications from whatever schools you may have attended. Take the time to list these certifications in an education section on your resume.
3. Include a Chronological Professional Experience Section (With Metrics)
Last but not least, you should list your relevant professional experience on your resume in chronological order. This gives your buyers a timeline of the experience you’ve obtained. Chronological experience also gives them an idea of what types of organizations you’re used to working for and the scale of the projects you’ve helped them tackle.
When you list your chronological professional experience, however, make sure you include key metrics for each entry. By key metrics, we mean the measurable achievements you’ve garnered at each company you’ve worked for. Did you install an innovative sound system that helped a company increase its productivity levels by 60 percent? Did your AV system design generate a significant number of sales for your client?
Include measurable accomplishments that help demonstrate the skills you’ve gained. Not only does it create a consistent brand for you as an AV technician, it shows you don’t just talk the talk of the industry.
Follow these three tips and prepare a resume that’ll get you steady work!