How can I improve my facility maintenance resume?

You can improve your facility maintenance resume by highlighting projects that illustrate any specialized technical skills, show a strong suit of soft skills, and customize your set of experiences to match the particular employer’s specific need. In addition, if you have professional certifications or experience in hot areas such as reliability or the Industrial Internet of Things, be sure to include those as well.

According to a survey conducted by the IFMA, the average age of the facility management workforce is nearly 51 years old. The study showed a critical need for facility management labor. Here are ways you can take advantage of the opportunity by beefing up your resume.

Emphasize Specialized Technical Skills

If you have developed particular technical skills in areas such as heating, ventilating, and air conditioning; electrical or plumbing repairs; or work with a particular type of manufacturing machinery, be sure to emphasize those skills on your resume. These technical skills, sometimes known as hard skills, may be the first set of screening criteria for any employer.

Highlight Your Soft Skills

Although hard, technical skills are important, having strong soft skills in the workplace may be just as critical. All maintenance technicians as well as maintenance managers need to be able to proactively solve problems, work well on teams, communicate effectively, and empathize with coworkers. Be sure to illustrate projects or experiences that you have had that show a strong record of how you applied soft skills to your work.

Customize Your Resume

If you can learn more about the position you are applying for as well as exactly what that particular employer wants in a new hire, you’ll be able to customize your resume for the position. This will give you a leg up in the screening process.

For example, if you know that a manufacturing facility is looking for a maintenance technician to care for its generators, compressors, and lifts, and you have experience performing preventive maintenance tasks on that type of equipment, be sure to go into more detail in this area on your resume.