The main readers of the C-School Blog are construction management students and construction industry professionals that are looking for construction management opportunities in academia – both of these groups can benefit from the the following post on resume writing. This post is from “Rands in Repose” and is geared towards the tech field; but, many of the observations hold true for the construction industry. The introduction to the posting can be found below:

You’ve got 30 seconds – A Glimpse and a Hook

The terrifying reality regarding your resume is that for all the many hours you put into fine-tuning, you’ve got 30 seconds to make an impression on me. Maybe less.

It’s unfair, it’s imprecise, and there’s a good chance that I make horrible mistakes, but there’s a lot more of you than me, and while hiring phenomenal teams is the most important thing I do, I’m balancing that task with the fact that I need to build product and manage the endless stream of people walking into my office.

A Glimpse and Hook – Full Post

I use a feed reader to keep up to date with several blogs on my favorite topics. A feed reader notifies you when one of your favorite blogs has a new posting. Below you will find a post from the folks at Lifehacker which leads you to a great introductory video on feed readers (specifically Google’s version of this tool):

Have you been curious about Google Reader but weren’t sure how to get started? Blogging evangelist Andy Wibbels offers a free Flash-based video tutorial that walks you through the process of finding and subscribing to news feeds. This tutorial is a great way to get up-to-speed and well worth a look.

ABOUT C-SCHOOLS

C-School Blog is a weblog dedicated to addressing trends in construction management education, providing coverage of student construction competitions, and discussing methods of outreach to generate more interest in construction industry careers.

You can provide ideas for topics that you would like to see covered and I will do my best to address them.

ABOUT MICHAEL NELSON

I grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa and attended Iowa State University’s Construction Engineering Program in Ames, Iowa. During my undergraduate studies, I worked summer construction field jobs including a summer as a concrete laborer, followed by a summer as a carpentry laborer in central Iowa. My final internship jobs were in the field of construction management, when I worked for two summers in the Minneapolis division office of PCL.

After finishing up my Construction Engineering Degree in 1999, I started my full-time career with a subsidiary of Centex Construction that focuses on healthcare construction. I worked on a series of construction projects in Rochester, Minnesota for Mayo Clinic. My projects in Rochester ranged from a new 20 story facility to subterranean pedestrian tunnel extensions which allow the patients, visitors, and staff to avoid the chilly Minnesota Winters.

In 2003, I transferred with Centex to Charlotte, North Carolina to work on a children’s emergency department interior renovation at the Carolinas Medical Center. In 2004, I started a part-time correspondence Masters of Business Administration Program through the University of Florida. I completed my MBA degree in early 2006 and my business school studies gave me a new perspective on the construction industry. I have become interested in how a construction company can differentiate itself from its competitors in order to succeed. My interest in differentiation has lead me to focus on entry-level recruiting and uncovering which college construction programs are consistently producing the best entry-level construction professionals.

Now back to my career path, in 2005, I was offered a position in San Jose, California to assist a project team with a women’s and children’s center expansion. Once out in the San Francisco Bay area, a position with my current firm, Skanska USA Building, presented itself and I am currently working as a project manager on a hospital expansion project in San Jose, California for the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).

Let me know what types of construction education topics you would me to cover / research, via the comments link below. Any comments are appreciated.