There is one thing common in all great resumes – emphasis on the skills section. Any resume that you see which concentrates highly on a candidate’s skills is considered a well written resume by a hiring manager. Let’s face it, you cannot do anything without being skilled. Even if you have a cushy white collar job, you have to have skills that got you where you are. And you will need them to climb the ladder further up.
There was a time when the skills section on a resume was elusive. It did not exist. As time went by and hiring managers began understanding its importance, they began insisting that candidates mention their skills on their resumes. So now, all resumes that have a dedicated skills section are automatically chosen as part of the “call for interview” list.
Verdict? The skills section is an imperative part of a landscaping resume! But how does one make one’s abilities stand out in this section? Unfortunately, this is not easy to do. People often make one very grave mistake when listing their skills and that is listing them as three or four word points. This leaves the reader wondering what does this chap want to say? Mention of skills should be done in a somewhat elaborate manner.
• Solid track record of handling mulching, aerating, weeding and grubbing tasks to care for established lawns
• Hands-on experience in mixing and spraying fertilizers and insecticides using hand or automatic sprayers and spreaders
• Highly skilled in mowing and edging lawn and green areas by efficiently using power mowers and edgers
• Adept at planting seeds, bulbs, grass and trees by determining appropriate grounds and using dedicated gardening tools
• Well-versed in preparing green areas by employing aesthetic sense in decorating with stones and plants
• Proficient in following planned landscaping designs to determine grass sowing, sod laying and planting activities
• Competent at operating powered equipment such as mowers, tractors, twin-axel vehicles, sod cutters and pruning saws
• Demonstrated expertise in handling proper upkeep of sidewalks, driveways and parking lots in accordance to company’s image
• Proven ability to prune and trim trees and shrubs in accordance to directives provided by supervisor
• Documented success in creating and implementing landscaping plans according to type of soil and expanse
• Skilled at handling repair and maintenance work on fountains, sidewalks and parking lots
• First-hand experience in maintaining greenhouses and suggesting suitable locations for particular trees and shrubs