Instructions for Career Counsellors Overview of Online Resume BuilderInstructions for Career Counsellors Overview of Online Resume Builder


The purpose of the Resume Builder is to help job applicants develop a construction trades-related resume that will print as a Word file. You, the career counsellor, may be assisting a trades worker who needs guidance with writing resumes. This Overview provides you with a description of the parts of the Resume Builder computer program, as well as tips about resumes for the construction industry. This Overview does not provide many details about the navigational features of the resume, so you should have access to the Resume Builder program when you refer to this Overview.

Prior to Using the Tool

It will take the applicant about 30 to 45 minutes to go through the program from start to finish for a first draft. Updates to the resume will take less time. It also depends on how much information the applicant wants to include in the resume, and how familiar the applicant is with the terms used. The applicant should have information on work history and certificates and training ready before starting to use the tool. When the applicant is finished with the program, they can save the resume in a Word file. The applicant should also be aware that some experience with Microsoft Word and word processing is needed to make final changes and touch ups to the appearance of the resume.

Resume Builder Parts

The Resume Builder has nine sections that can be accessed by the navigational menu at the top of the screens. Applicants can fill in as much information as they wish. If they leave information blank for any part of the resume, such as the prompt for “cell number”, that information will not appear on the resume. At the end of each section, the applicant can view the information they have entered for that section.


  1. Personal Information: name, phone numbers, address
  2. Goal: job applied for
  3. Highlights: summary of skills and qualifications
  4. Work History: previous employment
  5. Certificates and Training: lists of certificates and training courses
  6. Equipment and Tools: lists of equipment and tools
  7. Skills and Experience: lists of skills and abilities for various trades
  8. Education: schools and colleges attended 9. Review and Save: file check and save to Word file

Getting Started

The first step of the Resume Builder tool is to start a new resume. To start a new resume, the applicant enters their first name, last name and email address. The applicant also creates a password for their resume. Once the applicant has entered these details, the applicant will click the “Create New Resume” button.

If the applicant has already started a resume from a previous session, they enter their email address and click on “Login.”

Personal Information

On the Personal Information screen, the applicant enters their name, address, phone number(s) and email address in this section. They should also include information about the best way to be contacted, and the best time to be contacted at. For example, if the applicant supplies two phone numbers, they should indicate which one is the best for reaching them. Some contractors like to know the best time to call.


Contractors (employers) are interested in the type of job that the applicant is applying for. The applicant can enter a sentence for this information. Some examples of objectives are included in the tool in case the applicant would like some guidance on how to write a job objective or goal. If the applicant is unclear about the objective, they can return to this section at the end of the session and fill this part in later.

Highlights of Qualifications

The Highlights of Qualifications section is a summary of the applicant’s experience and skills. The tool provides examples and guidelines for highlights of skills. Information that should be included here include: whether the applicant has worked on a crew or has supervisory experience, highlights of trades-specific skills and experience, years of experience in a trade, and certificates that are necessary for a specific job.

Work History

In this part of the Resume Builder tool, the applicant lists past work experience. Remind applicants to list the most recent company they worked for first on the list. If they have worked for many companies, then recommend that they include only the ones in which their work experience is most applicable to the job they are currently applying for. Information they can enter includes:

Company: the name of the company or contractor they worked for. In many cases, the contractor will have an idea about the type of work the applicant has done from the name of the company they worked for.
Project/site (optional): The contractor will have an idea about the type of work the applicant has done from the type of project they were working on, for example, a bridge expansion.

Dates: Enter either the month and year for the start and end of employment for that company, or just the years for start and end of employment. Another option is to write “to present” if employment hasn’t finished yet at that company.

Contact: Some contractors want the name of a contact person for that company. A contact person can be the applicant’s supervisor. Include the phone number for this contact. The applicant might not want to include a contact person if their supervisor no longer works for that company.

Title: The applicant can include their job title. For example, general labourer.

Duties: List some of the main duties that the applicant completed for the company. One example is listed in the tool. Although the Skills section is a place to list the applicant’s work skills, some contractors want to know what the applicant did specifically for this company.

On the following screen, the applicant will be asked if they want to enter further work experience. Applicants can list as many former companies (contractors) as they like. Once the applicant has finished entering their work experience, they will see their entire work history displayed on the final screen of the Work History section. The applicant can “Edit” or “Delete” any of their Work History information.

Certificates and Training

Applicants can select any trade certificates or other training qualifications they have that are relevant to the job being applied for. Some of the terms from the tool are defined here:

  • Confined space entry – safety course about working in areas with enclosed conditions and limited access that could make it dangerous for workers to enter
  • CSO (Construction Safety Officer)
  • CSTS (Construction Safety Training System)
  • Fall protection – safety course about the use of equipment when working at heights, such as a
  • First aid – safety course which has a level designation, such as 1 or 2
  • H2S Alive – safety course on working in an environment with chance of exposure to
    hydrogen sulphide gas
  • PCST (Pipeline Construction Safety Training)
  • TCP (Traffic Control Person)
  • TDG (Transportation of Dangerous Goods)
  • WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System)
  • Hearing test (mandatory in some provinces)
  • Driver’s licence – Some contractors require that workers have a driver’s licence, if the
    worker has a level 1, they should also indicate if they have air brake endorsement.
  • Blaster – job in surface mining and quarrying
  • Faller – job requiring knowledge of cutting timber trees
  • Powderman – job requiring knowledge of explosives

Applicants should keep in mind that certificates mentioned in their resume should be up to date. Contractors may want a copy of their certificates.

Equipment and Tools

The applicant selects the equipment that they have experience with. The applicant can choose “experience” if they have experience but no ticket, or “ticket” if they have their ticket but no experience, or both if they have a ticket and experience. There is also a text area where the applicant can enter any Equipment they may have experience / a ticket for which are not listed in the Resume Builder tool. On the resume, equipment they chose will display as “experience with” and equipment for which they have a ticket will display as “ticket.” Examples: experience with forklift, and forklift (ticket)

Skills and Experience

The applicant completes the Skills and Experience section of the Resume Builder in two parts. On the first screen, the applicant selects all of the trades that they have experience in.

For each of the trades that the applicant selected, they will see a screen listing skills that apply to that trade. For example, if the applicant chooses carpentry, then all the skills associated with carpentry will appear. The applicant will also be able to enter any other job skills and experience that did not appear on any of the lists. If the applicant is very skilled, they have the option to choose that they are skilled in all aspects of the trade. Applicants should limit the number of skills they choose to avoid a resume that consists of long lists of skills.


Applicants can include information about schools they attended or they can leave this section out if they have several years of work experience. They can include the name of any programs, such as ELTT (Entry Level Technical Training), the name of the school or college, and years attended for “start” and “finish.” They should list the most recent school attended first.


When the applicant has finished the Resume Builder tool, they can use the navigation buttons at the top of the screens to review or change information they have entered.

Once the applicant is satisfied with the details to appear on their resume, they can save their resume as a Word document. After the applicant’s document is saved, they need to exit the Resume Builder to make further changes to the appearance and formatting of the resume. Major changes can include changing the order of sections of the resume. At this point, the applicant should spell check the document and switch the document from Web Layout view to Print view. The applicant is able to print their completed resume like any other Word document. The applicant should keep in mind that the finished resume should be no more than two pages.