To be selected for an HVAC job interview based on a resume, it is necessary to stand out from the crowd. One of the best ways to do this, according to Business Insider, is to highlight computer skills related to HVAC.
Incorporate Industry Keywords and Buzzwords
Refrigeration School, Inc., writes that some of the computer skills and software competencies necessary for HVAC techs include:
- Mobile Electronic Order Management Systems - These systems display detailed and current job order information.
- Work Management Software Systems - These systems keep track of work progress from data entered by field technicians as they perform and complete the work.
- HVAC Monitoring Systems - These systems monitor energy usage and system efficiencies.
- HVAC Control Systems - These systems interface with building automation systems (BAS) to give owners control over heating and cooling units.
- Diagnostic Software - This type of software produces automated diagnostics and recommends corrective action.
Capera has a list of other types of software used in the industry. It is a good idea to become as familiar with HVAC software as you can. Often the software companies have trial versions of the software available at no cost to give potential users a chance to learn more about the software programs before buying the full version. With a little effort, it is possible to gain a basic understanding of many of the software programs used by HVAC technicians, which makes a more desirable candidate for employment.
Companies frequently scan resumes for these software keywords, and then look at those candidates for additional selection criteria. HVAC technicians looking for employment should include the names of any HVAC software they are familiar with on their resume.
Place Software Skills in the Billboard Header of your Resume
Naming specific computer software systems you are familiar with right off the bat makes a clear, hard-hitting branding statement that helps define you as a potential employee. Including the names of relevant software helps tailor your resume in order to get a specific job and is not a general objective. The billboard header is formatted in all caps and located under the name and contact info, which is centered on the top of first page of the resume. This is where you should consider emphasizing your software expertise.
An example of this would be:
[Your Contact Information]
HVAC TECHNICIAN WITH FIELDAWARE SOFTWARE SKILLS
This is especially effective when the job offering states the need for certain computer skills. An HVAC technician who has the proper skills should include those skills that were stated in the job offering in the resume billboard header.
In addition to spotlighting your HVAC computer skills, here are a couple more tips to help your resume shine:
Metrics are specific accomplishments and achievements, not job descriptions that show how an employee made a difference with previous employers. Metrics are best expressed numerically by using percentages and dollar figures.
An example of this would be:
Utilizing the information gathered by Avtech Software’s PageR Enterprise and Device ManageR, [Your Name] made equipment upgrade recommendations, which saved the company 15% on the annual energy bills, resulting in a cost-savings of $15,000 per year.
Make Every Resume Special
Tailor each resume to each specific job being applied for so that the resume is a customized version. Be sure that all necessary skills required by the job are included as experience in the resume. HVAC computer skills and software competencies make an individual, who also has the proper mechanical skills, stand out from the crowd.