You know that you are skilled. A prospective employer does not. Since he won’t come begging to you, asking you to provide him with a list of your skills, you have to go after him with it. Of course, not literally, but you must do something to make the employer aware of their existence. How? Two avenues – the resume and the cover letter. Both cover letters and resumes depend highly on skills to make them successful. Whether you chart out your skills in a list form (usually in a resume) or put them in prose (in a cover letter), they are strong enough to lead you right to the interview stage.
But you cannot simply list your skills and be done with it. For instance, the word “capable” is an adjective that probably describes you as an able person, but it does not say “how capable you are” or in what. It just leaves the reader hanging in the middle. How do you handle this situation? You elaborate! If you have to write that you are capable, write how you are capable – capable of doing something that very few others / no one can do. Now this statement (or the likes of it) will get the employer to sit up and take notice.
If you are on this page looking for skills statements for a pipe welder position, keep reading:
• Highly skilled in performing welding on various materials at defined positions by using appropriately chosen welding methods
• Hands on experience in setting up and troubleshooting welding machines according to job specifications and set procedures
• Deeply familiar with popular welding methods including GTAW, SMAW, FCAW, GMAW and SAW
• Unmatched ability to read and interpret schematics, drawings and blueprints to effectively plan and lay out sequence of installations
• Competent in assembling, fabricating and installing a variety of metal pipes and pipe fittings and related materials such as hangers and supports
• Effectively able to cut pipes using port-a-band and reciprocating saws by following established guidelines for safety
• Demonstrated expertise in securing pipes to structures by using clamps, brackets and hangers by making effective use of hand tools
• Documented success in determining required equipment and welding methods by applying knowledge of welding techniques, metallurgy and geometry
• Exceptionally well-versed in determining proper welds to use based on the type of materials involved and situations in which pipes are to be used
• Track record of efficiently recognizing, setting up and operating hand and power tools common to the welding trade, including cutting torches