One of my two jobs is marketing for a renovation company. Right now we are looking for skilled tradespeople for window installations and bathroom and kitchen renovations. However, in the past we’ve noticed that this category of workers is notorious for less-than-professional applications when applying for jobs.
Perhaps because it’s a blue-collar field, construction job seekers think it’s okay to be casual when applying for work. However, I think a general rule to abide by is this: whatever level of professionalism you use to apply for a job, that will be the type of employer you attract. If you want a good employer who treats you right, you need to present yourself professionally. Whether your skills are in trades or any other industry, you may not necessarily be an excellent writer. But whether your writing skills are great or not, always have someone look over your resume and cover letter. Get someone with excellent writing and grammar skills, or go to an employment centre and ask someone to review your work. You’ll end up with a much more attractive job application that will get you in the door at more companies you apply with.
I found this great article with some good examples of what do to and what not to do, as well as some general tips. The only thing I disagree with is checking your spelling and grammar using your computer’s spell-check. I’m not saying that’s not a good idea, and you should use your spell-check, but another set of human eyes can catch mistakes that you as the writer (and your spell-check) may not.
The Canadian economy is on the upswing, so there will be more jobs and work to be had. Applying for a job in any field should always include a professional resume and cover letter that has been reviewed by that valuable second set of eyes!