When it comes to must-haves for the audio visual technician resume, freelancers are becoming pretty savvy about what to include and what to save for the interview. What about the resume as a whole though? Are you certain that the structure of your resume, as it stands now, will highlight your best assets and land you an interview?
There’s a lot of resume advice out there, especially now that electronic resumes can be optimized for search engines as well.
We’re here to let you know that the structure of your audio visual technician resume doesn’t have to be rocket science. The key to effectively highlighting what you have to offer is to put yourself in the client’s shoes.
Not sure what we’re getting at? Read on for a strategy that will strengthen both the new and veteran audio visual technician’s resume presentation.
Make Sure Your Digital Badges and Certifications Are Upfront and Personal
You’ve worked hard to earn your credentials as an AV technician, so don’t hesitate to display whatever you’ve got at the top of your resume. Think about what AV companies are looking for as well. A project manager looking to hire an integration specialist is going to have their interest piqued if they spot your AVIXA CTS badge straightaway.
Past formats for resumes tended to favour a “save-the-best-for-last” strategy regarding qualifications, but those days are gone. As a freelance technician in a fast-paced gig economy, you need to consider that project managers at AV companies are equally as busy and need to determine your qualifications at a glance.
Focus on Quantifiable Accomplishments
Focusing on accomplishments is a general goal of resume writing, but to truly highlight your best assets, you need to get more specific. When you speak of your previous successes in your work experience section, quantify your accomplishments. Instead of writing “installed an AV system that improved a client’s productivity” write that you installed a system that “helped increase client’s sales by 30 percent,” for instance.
AV companies want to know exactly what you’re bringing to the table when they read your resume. Tangible results make their decision a lot easier because they can get a good gauge for your abilities. Your digital badges and certifications will grab project managers’ attention, and your quantifiable accomplishments give them further proof of your capabilities.
Be careful not to load your resume’s statements with technical jargon, or jargon of any kind for that matter. Focus on making sure your language is universally accessible by all AV companies instead.
Target a Freelancing AV Platform
Your audio visual technician resume will be best served by targeting companies through an AV-specific freelancing platform. While you might think that narrowing your focus to one platform is limiting, it’s actually the opposite. When you target an industry-specific platform, you’re ensuring yourself a captive audience that will appreciate your certifications and accomplishments and be more likely to offer you work.
A freelancing AV platform also has tools to facilitate the uploading of your resume and your certifications. The platform was built with candidates like you in mind, so your job profile page will display exactly what you want to highlight in an attractive way. And once you start completing jobs you land through the platform, you’ll even have an aggregate rating to display that further proves the high quality of your work!
So, as you can see, although there’s a sea of advice out there regarding how to present your AV resume, it’s a lot simpler than it seems. Concise and specific is the way to go when you want to highlight your qualifications. Apply these principles to your resume and you’ll be getting steady work in no time!