How to Write a CV for the Construction Industry that Gets You the Job?

by Mep Job Gulf

Posted on 9/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

We go through many CV’s a day and although there is no particular thumb rule on what you should or not should not do , we offer some advice which we feel is key in helping your job search and chances of interview. First impressions count so making an impact is important but a CV is a standard document. Many CV's that we see include simple mistakes. So how can you increase your chances of success???

Firstly, follow a format that suits your employment sector. We specialize in recruitment for the Construction industry and come across CV's of every length. Typically most fall into the two to three page range, although this can vary for experienced candidates. Two pages is an ideal length as you should be targeting your CV to a particular position.

At the top of your CV we always suggest that you include a profile outlining your main skills and responsibilities. Make things easy for the reader, they shouldn't have to search around for information - make your most relevant information stand out, again this should be tailored for individual job applications. It is also advisable in Built Environment industry to include example project information, it helps employers quantify your experience and they might even have direct knowledge of the schemes you have worked on. Project information also shows the size of projects you have been used to working on. In these industries it is very important to list your computer skills and level of competency. This is particularly important if your role involves AutoCAD, Project Management or Design Software where a range of software experience is a very key requirement that clients look at first.

We would also suggest listing professional memberships of relevant organizations and further training or professional development. Try to avoid the use of unusual fonts, brightly colored paper or strange designs. Draw attention to your content and your skills and project experience.

If you are responding to a specific advert, include the reference and more importantly try and tailor your CV to reflect the key requirements of the job, what are they looking for? What skills do you have that match or are transferrable to their requirements?

Another simple thing to remember if you have been with one company for a long period make the most of your experience, how have you worked your way through the organization, have you been promoted? Don't just right the dates of employment and very little information and then spend pages writing about your interests and education details. The two pages should be used to reflect your strengths. If you have more educational strengths put these before your employment details.

If you have gained more practical skills but maybe lack all the qualifications, put your Employment details first! Finally, a clear layout, think about the line spacing, bullet point, don't use loads of uneven tabs, how does the page break look, does it disturb the look of the CV - a clear layout, well lined up with good margins could make all the difference in getting that all important interview.


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