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What Should I Include on a Landscape Architect Resume?

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When creating a landscape architect resume, an individual should include their education, internships, licenses and certifications, affiliations with architecture organizations or agencies, work experience and skills. Similar to other resumes, those for landscape architecture should present information in an objective way, quantifying wherever possible. Although a landscape architect may have a great deal of work experience and education, these should be limited to the most recent or most relevant, with the overall resume length of the landscape architect resume no more than two pages.

All resumes should show the individual's education. For a landscape architect, this means indicating the institution at which he received a bachelor's or master's degree in landscape architecture or a related field, as these are the minimum educational requirements necessary to enter the field. Institutions listed on the resume should be accredited by a major landscape architecture organization or other agency within the individual's jurisdiction. In the United States, for instance, the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects accredits programs.

Included in the education section of a landscape architect resume should be a summary of any supervised work study the individual has completed. Internships are examples of such work. Some programs provide an opportunity for internship within their curricula, and in some jurisdictions, as much as four years of supervised work experience is required for licensure. Showing these internships demonstrates to employers that the candidate has been able to apply his landscape architecture knowledge in a practical setting.

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A landscape architect should also include any licenses or certifications he holds on his landscape architect resume. These indicate that the candidate has met minimum standards for the industry and is familiar with the current landscape architecture law and the idiosyncrasies of soil, water, climate and plants in the region.

Other items to list on a landscape architect resume if possible are the affiliations the candidate has. For instance, the architect might show he is associated with the American Institute of Architects. These organizations, similar to certifying and licensing agencies, maintain landscape architecture standards, provide field information and sometimes match employers with architects willing to work. Providing these affiliations shows the candidate is serious about being professional in the field.

Work experience should comprise a significant portion of an individual's landscape architecture resume. In this section, the candidate should show his most recent employers or clients, the dates of employment, and the scope of his responsibilities for each job. Each duty should be listed after a bullet point, and each duty should start with a verb to show clearly what the candidate did or made happen. Successes and achievements should be quantified to set the candidate apart, such as "Reorganized landscape plan to a cost reduction of 25 percent."

Employers also want to see the skills a landscape architect has. These can include items such as scheduling, site and field analysis, cost estimate preparation, team supervision, use of computer aided design (CAD) or geographic information systems (GIS) and reading landscape blueprints. Upper-level candidates should be able to show more advanced or specific skills than entry-level candidates.

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