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A great CV is the gateway to great opportunities whether you’re an industry expert or not, but finding the right company to suit you can be a challenge in itself, let alone getting them to notice you.

There’s a huge amount of exciting opportunities available within the Construction sector, but how can you get your foot in the door? Turning your CV into your ticket to success and not just another in the pile.

Our HR Manager Lisa Lewis has given us an insight into what she looks for when recruiting. Here’s our top 5 tips to create a great CV and get noticed…..

Number 1:  Presentation

The main thing you must remember is that your CV is the first impression you give when applying for a job. Make it count! You need to make your CV stand from the hundreds of others they will no doubt be receiving.

  • A professional, well formatted, layout that draws the eye to the important points is essential.
  • Be clear and concise
  • Check your spelling and Grammar
  • Remember who your audience is and what are they looking for
  • Presenting your CV in ways that suit the role is a fantastic way to get noticed in the blink of an eye. Can you think outside of the box in any way?

Number 2:  Relevance

Lisa’s pet hate is a CV which is obviously geared towards a different job to the one that’s being applied for!

  • Tailor your CV for every individual job and Company. This shows that you have read the advert and job description and that it’s a role you really want and not just applying for on a whim
  • Mention the job you’re applying for and aim to cover as much of the job specifications listed within your CV. i.e. if experience of managing budgets is required for the role, include the phrase in your CV

Number 3:  Sell the sizzle, not the steak!

It’s a hugely competitive market and you need to stand out from the crowd. What’s unique about you? How can you make a difference with your skills and personality? How would they BENEFIT from hiring you? If you have ever heard the saying ‘Sell the sizzle and not the steak’ you’ll know this means selling the whole experience.

  • Sell the benefits of having you as an employee with confidence but don’t come across cocky
  • Make sure you list achievements as well as duties when describing previous roles. i.e. where you’ve made a difference, solved a problem or made a cost saving

Number 4:  Include a Profile

A profile will help us get to know who you are as a person and make an initial decision on if you’re going to be the right fit for our team and culture of the business.

  • Start off with a short, snappy profile about what really makes you tick
  • Grab the readers’ attention, and summarize why you’re a good fit so make sure you do your research on the role, company ethos, and values. Do you align with their values? Remember you need to make sure they are a good fit for you too. This is not a one-sided process
  • Put in your top attributes, make it specific to the role and like the blurb on the back of a good novel make sure it entices the reader to read on and dig a little deeper!

Number 5:  Start with your most recent role

A simple one, but one that’s sometimes overlooked. We want to know about your most recent role first, not what you did for work experience whilst at school. A good rule of thumb is the previous 3.

  • Remember to explain elements of previous roles where you have gained relevant/transferable skills which will stand you in good stead
  • If you have any gaps in your CV make sure they’re explained. We’ve all had them, but employment gaps make recruiters nervous so be honest and explain them upfront

The most important things to take away from this article are to remember that this process is a 2-way street. It’s not about us filling a role, it’s about finding the right candidate that will enhance the team whilst giving you a career and a place to work that supports your development and aspirations.

 

Do you have any questions for our HR team? We’d love to hear them and if you have a keen interest in our industry, you can read our article about why off-site construction could be your next career move or keep an eye on our social channels and recruitment page for the latest opportunities.