Must Know Resume Tips for a Construction Estimator

1 min | Julien Clement | Article | Resumes & cover letters

A man in bright orange construction gear shows a construction plan on a table to a woman wearing a black and white blouse.

If you're applying for a job as a construction estimator, your resume needs to demonstrate your skills in reading and interpreting blueprints, estimating costs and quantities of materials, using estimation software, coordinating with architects and engineers, and more. Follow these tips to create an effective resume that will get you noticed by hiring managers:


Create a strong headline that summarizes your experience and skills. For example: "Construction Estimator with 5 Years of Experience Accurately Budgeting Building Projects".

Skills Section

Include a skills section that lists your technical abilities and expertise. Important skills to highlight include:

  • Knowledge of building materials, labor costs, and building codes 
  • Proficiency with estimation software like Sage Timberline, MC2, etc. 
  • Understanding of accounting principles 
  • Strong math and analytical skills 
  • Ability to read architectural drawings and blueprints

Work Experience

Detail your work history as a construction estimator or assistant estimator. List the companies you worked for, your job titles and dates of employment. Use bullet points to summarize your duties and major projects. Quantify your accomplishments with facts and figures when possible. For example: 

  • Developed cost estimations for multi-million dollar hospital expansion resulting in bid that was 15% under budget 
  • Created proposal templates reducing estimation time by 20%
  • Identified cost-saving alternatives for building materials saving over $50k in costs


List your degrees and certifications like a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management or OSHA 30 Certification. Include your GPA if it was high. 

Optional Sections

You may also want to include sections on Computer Skills, Awards, and Licenses & Certifications if applicable. Bold any software, awards or licenses that are especially notable for construction estimating roles. 

With a polished resume that markets your estimating skills, you can win interviews for exciting new construction jobs. Be sure to quantify achievements and highlight technical abilities throughout your resume. Use this framework as a guide and customize details to fit your own background and career goals.

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About this author

Julien Clement
VP, Eastern Canada 

Julien has a Master in Finance and started his career at EY France. He joined Hays in Lyon, France in 2011 to help develop the Accounting & Finance desk. Then in 2015 he transferred to Canada, opening the Montreal office in Property and Construction. Julien went on to launch the A&F division in 2017, as well as other specialties including Manufacturing and Logistics, HR, etc. The following year Julien managed the permanent desk for Montreal and in 2020 for both Montreal and Ottawa. In August 2021 he got promoted to Regional Director for the Eastern Region and currently manages and leads our Montreal and Ottawa offices. He also has a strong background in Accounting and Finance, Property, Construction, and IT.

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