Writing a CV for work in the Construction Industry
13th July 2020
A CV is one of the most effective and efficient way to represent yourself to potential employers. It’s your way of demonstrating your professional experience and is your chance to make a good first impression! Employers receive lots of applications, so making sure yours stands out and highlights your skills is vital.
Here’s how we suggest you set out your Construction CV in order to have the best chance at getting noticed.
Layout & Content
Section 1 Name & Contact Details. This is quite straight forward, but remember to put your name, location, mobile phone number and email address at the top of your CV.
Section 2 Personal Profile. Keep this fairly short and sweet; just a few sentences introducing yourself including a bit about your main discipline, how much experience you have, and what you are looking for in your next role. Try to avoid using too many clichés – saying that you work well alone as well as part of a team isn’t going to make you stand out from the crowd.
Section 3 Key Skills. This an opportunity to shout about what you’re great at and what skills you can bring to the table. If you list these as bullet points it will make your CV easy to read and whoever is reading it will get a good idea of which aspects of the role you will excel at.
Section 4 Work History. In reverse chronological order (starting with the most recent), you should list for each company that you have worked for:
- the dates that you were there from and to (just the month & year will be fine)
- the name of the company
- your job title(s)
- your key duties and responsibilities
- the projects that you have worked on. You should list the project name, project value, and project description.
Section 5 Education and Qualifications. There are lots of Construction specific certificates, training courses and qualifications that hirers will be looking for. Make sure to list all your in-date qualifications and list any additional training courses that you have been on.
Presentation is key – A successful CV is always clearly presented and well structured.
A good CV is clear, concise and makes every point necessary without waffling. You don’t need pages and pages – you should keep things short and sweet. A CV is a reassurance to a potential employer, it’s a chance to tick the right boxes, and if everything is satisfied, there’s a better chance of a job interview. Also, employers receive dozens of CVs all the time so it’s unlikely they’ll read each one cover to cover. Most will make a judgment about a CV within seconds, so try to stick to a maximum of two-three pages of A4 paper.
This is your first interaction with a potential employer, therefore you need to make sure you reflects your capabilities. Keep it short and sweet, and make sure all the information is relevant. Don’t forget to spell check, and especially make sure you add your correct contact details!
Hopefully, this guide has helped you – and if you are looking for a new position, take a look at our current vacancies and send your CV to apply! https://www.bromak.com/jobs