Your CV is like your business card. Your CV is a demonstration of all your skills and characteristics that make you a good match for the job you want. It can be the hardest part of job-hunting process and as such we have compiled some tips on how to construct a great CV when applying for a job within the construction industry.
With many new online job searching platforms, recruitment isn’t as simple as going into a business and handing in a CV. Due to online recruitment sites, businesses and employers come across hundreds – if not thousands of CVs – when looking to recruit the perfect candidate. The construction industry is one of the most highly competitive sectors. The industry relies on a number of factors such as specific skill sets to ensure the safety and well running of their team. In order to succeed, it’s essential to ensure that your CV is impeccable.
In the construction industry, there tends to be two types of CVs:
- A Permanent Employee
- A Freelancer/Temporary Contractor
The ‘Permanent Employee’ CV is used for when a person has been in regular work for a set number of employers over a period of time. Break your CV up into sections that are concise and easy to read. You should list your most recent employer first followed by your job title and dates of employment with an explanation of your position within the company and include any notable projects and achievements. If you have worked at a company or with an employer for a prolonged period of time, emphasise the key points.
If you are a ‘Freelancer’ or ‘Temporary Contractor’ try to make your CV as complete as possible. Break your CV up into sections that are concise and easy to read. You can structure your CV similar to that of the ‘Permanent Employee’. First by putting your contracts in date order, stating names of employers, your role/s, responsibilities and project information.
In your CV you should craft a statement that highlights your unique specialties and career goals. If you’re applying for multiple types of construction positions, you can specify your sector with a well written covering letter. Avoid using the term ‘Various’ to describe employers or contracts, this can often raise questions as its too generic and many construction jobs need to know specific skills to ensure you are able to carry out the job.
If you have previous experience within a construction site or in the industry, make sure you mention the details of the work you did, and what you learned that will benefit you in this new role. You should quantify your accomplishments in the form of statistics and numbers. There is no better way to highlight your value to a potential employer than with figures that back it up. Using number to display how you made a difference in that role ensures that your potential employers can see the actual results of your work.
Technology is taking over the world. And with new technology such as online screening processes recruiters use tools to help identify the CVs that match recruiters’ needs. They do this through the function of keywords. Let your keywords reflect your skills. CVs are screened for appropriate keywords to match the employer’s needs. With this in mind you should ensure that you use searchable keywords related to the construction sector. These words should reflect your skills, and link directly to your field of expertise.
It may seem like common sense, but once you have finished writing your CV, read through it thoroughly to check for mistakes! Nothing will do your application more harm than a CV that is littered with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. You can even wait overnight and re read your CV in the morning to read with a fresh pair of eyes just to be sure.
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