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Wordsmithing your Commercial Real Estate Resume

Are you questioning what’s on your commercial real estate resume? Don’t overlook the tip I discuss below to help land the interview.

The goal of your resume is to get an interview. So, if you are sending a bunch of resumes out, but not receiving interview requests, keep reading.

Before getting into the post I’ll say that, last month alone, 17 of our candidates got interviews with companies we are working with. So if you are looking for a job, do us a favor and fill out our CRE Career Connections form here. And, if your background fits with our clients, you’ll get a call from our team! We also host webinars with companies to help you learn more about who is hiring.

How most people create their Commercial Real Estate resume

Most ALL candidates who are applying for CRE Jobs do the exact same thing.

They put their resume together (with little to no help… maybe they get their parents’ advice on it), go on LinkedIn/Handshake, and apply. There is no strategy involved. If that’s you, I don’t blame you! What I’ve learned looking at thousands of resumes is that they need to be personalized to each company where you’re applying.

Identify your target company before drafting your Commercial Real Estate resume

First, you’ll need to identify commercial real estate companies you want to work for.

Our team at Adventures in CRE has done the heavy lifting on that for you. Go here to download a company list of 2,000 commercial real estate companies that are organized by geography, job function, and company size.

Consider using key commercial real estate terms that match the job description

Secondly, you’ll need to get past what I call “the eye test.”

When a hiring manager or recruiter posts their job description online (in today’s market) they will receive hundreds of resumes. While going through those resumes, hiring managers and recruiters look for key commercial real estate words in your resume prior to determining if you are a good fit to interview.

For example, there is a commercial real estate candidate named Sam. Sam wants to transition away from his current role into a commercial real estate analyst role. Sam went to our CRE Company Database Tool that he downloaded here and clicked on a Brookfield Properties career website page where he found a role for Sr. Asset Management Analyst.

What does Sam need to make sure he includes on his resume to get past “the eye test?”

Sam wants his resume to reflect that he would be a good candidate for the role; therefore, Sam needs to model the wording on his resume to reflect the job description he is applying for.

For this example, I’ve listed a few words, as an example that I found from the job description above: Portfolio, Budget, Business Plan, Decision Making, Presentations, Communication, and Reports.

As a recruiter, if I saw this on Sam’s resume, I would look at his resume deeper and consider interviewing him for this role.

Commercial Real Estate Resume


Adventures in CRE is here to help you not only find a job in CRE but be able to get past the interview process! There should be no doubt in the hiring manager’s mind that you are the best candidate. Your confidence will come from the preparation you put in.

About the Author: Tucker is the Head of Training and Career Services at A.CRE where he works with universities, companies, and candidates to provide training and job placement. Prior to A.CRE, Tucker spent two years at the 9th largest executive recruitment firm, where he focused on recruiting top talent in Commercial Real Estate. Tucker holds a BBA in Real Estate Finance from Southern Methodist University. While at SMU, Tucker was President of the Real Estate Club and was instrumental in providing guidance and connecting students with careers in CRE. Tucker currently resides in Dallas, TX. Please email Tucker if you would like to talk.