Must Haves and Things to Avoid


When trying to identify potential employees to present to our clients for potential HIRE, we are intrigued with resumes that include the following:

1.     Current employer is a commercial mechanical (HVAC and plumbing) construction company

2.     Consistent employment within the mechanical (HVAC and plumbing) industry

3.     Stable work-history

4.     Completion of large projects in commercial (high rises, stadiums, commercial buildings) and/or public works (schools, hospitals, airports, etc.)

5.     Details of completed commercial/public works projects (include additional details such as project size, systems installed, building owner, general contractor, year).  This is the most common area missing in resumes!

6.     Career-progression with increasing responsibilities (internal promotions are most favorable)

7.     Federal, state, and local codes and safety knowledge

8.     Industry-specific licenses, certifications, and/or training (Apprenticeship, Journeyman, E.I.T., P.E., etc.) and/or affiliations (LEED, ASHRAE, ASPE, local unions, etc.)

9.     Hands-on field experience in commercial sheet metal, piping, or plumbing construction

10.  Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and/or Construction Management

11.  Industry-specific technical knowledge working with construction applications designed for project management, estimating, design, and/or detailing (AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks, BlueBeam, etc.)

12.  Volunteer experience

While there are a few exceptions, we typically PASS when employee resumes include:

1.     Withholding information such as current or previous employer(s)

2.     Not showing chronological work-history

3.     Frequent job changes

4.     In and out of industry

5.     Large employment gaps

6.     Mainly small/residential and/or industrial oil and gas project experience

7.     Large focus on salary

8.     Inaccurate information (ie: dates on resume don’t match past resume or LinkedIn profile)

Daniela Gomez