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So, you’ve been taking on welding jobs for more than a few years now and you feel it’s high time you ‘level up’ your career. Whether you’re gunning for a promotion or want to apply for an open position with better pay and benefits, the first thing you should do is bring out your welding resume and work on improving what’s in it.

Listed below are five resume tricks to help you do just that.

  1. Write Down Your Welding Experience

Before you can position your resume to aim for advanced positions, you need to sit down and think if you have the welding experience to do it. Write down all the specifics about your work experience, including certifications, apprenticeship, and total years of welding experience.

  1. Leverage the Right Keywords

Many recruitment teams and HR departments in the construction and industrial sectors use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to sift through resumes and automatically detect which ones are relevant. These systems rely on keyword recognition, so it’s a good idea to place keywords relevant to your welding experience. These include:

  • Welding
  • Welder
  • Welding apprentice
  • Journeyman welder
  • ASME certified welder

Aside from optimizing your resume for ATS software, using keywords appropriately makes your resume easier to read for hiring managers, who only spend a few seconds at best to skim through the document.

  1. Choose Your Objectives

 Your resume must serve a purpose. If you want to advance your career, you can write an objective that goes something like:

  • Applying for the position of Certified Welding supervisor to improve my craft and grow in a company that supports sustainable practices and offers world-class services to clients.

The clearer your objective, the easier it will be for recruitment teams to match your application with an open position that matches your needs and goals.

  1. List Your Training

Aside from your experience, outline a separate section listing all your relevant welder training. Make sure it’s up-to-date with all the training, classes, and certifications you’ve acquired since you first became a welder. Don’t hesitate to list all your related welding training—the more things you can add, the better. Just be sure to place the most important certifications at the top of the list so hiring managers and recruiters see them first.

  1. Outline Your Specialties

If you’re one of the few welders out there who specializes in a certain type of welding or possesses unique training, be sure to highlight this in your resume under a dedicated “Specialties” section. For example, if your specialty is pipe welding and you just so happen to have a 6G certification, put this on your resume. 

For more career tips for welders, be sure to check back on this blog. If your job search needs a nudge in the right direction, let the staffing specialists of Top Notch Personnel connect you with our local pool of employers.


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