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A New Job in Construction? First, Build Your CV…

Recent employment and output figures for the construction industry have started to show signs of improvement. With government initiatives aimed at kick-starting the housing industry, there is now a growing demand for construction workers. If you are looking for a job within the construction industry, how can you create an eye-catching CV?

At CDI AndersElite, we have noticed that demand for workers starting to rise, which means this is the perfect opportunity to freshen up your CV and start looking for new roles. A CV is your first opportunity to make a good impression and really stand out from the crowd. Until the interview stage, a potential employer will not have met you, so your CV is the only way of showing them your capabilities. Here are our top tips for creating the perfect CV… 

Do not have a generic CV
Many job hunters just have the one CV which is used for all applications. However, it is a much better approach to tailor each one to the specific job you are applying for. Read through the job description and specification so you understand exactly what they are looking for. You should focus on the skills and experience highlighted in the job description and make sure they are incorporated clearly into your CV. If they use specific wording in their advert, try and fit these in. Spending that extra bit of time adapting your CV could make all the difference.
Set out your CV clearly
A messy and unclear CV will be discarded straight away. It is not just what you include that makes an impression, but also how you present it. If no thought has been put into the presentation and layout, it will not have the professional appeal that you were hoping for. At Anderselite, we know first-hand how many CVs are submitted for each job - we need to be able to scan through them quickly before forwarding them on to your potential employer.

In this sense, ensuring your CV is as clear and concise as possible will provide you with a greater chance of reaching the interview stage. Place your contact details at the top so they can be easily found and finally, check the document for the correct spelling and punctuation before you send it. If you are in any doubt, you should have a friend or family member read over it as well.

Write a profile
Potential employers often want some quick and concise information about a candidate and a profile is a good way of getting this across. This should be a brief piece about yourself, including what area of construction you work in and what you are looking to do and achieve within your career.

What information should be included?
There is a tendency with CV writing to try and pack in everything you have ever done. However, in most cases this is not possible. A CV should be limited to two sides of A4 paper if this is achievable, so you will often have to summarise the work you have done.

When you are detailing your past experience, start with the most recent position and work backwards. Within each role that you have held, summarise the main achievements. There is no need to list every aspect of the job and many of the day-to-day roles will be self-explanatory. Focus on the main projects you were involved with and your achievements and contributions.

Depending on the length of your career, as you reach the early stages you should start to reduce the amount of information. There is no need to go into great detail about the first position you held over 20 years ago. The same applies for your education. If this is extensive, just detail the last and highest qualifications you hold.

Have a consistent timeline
You do not want employers to start asking questions if there are any obvious gaps in your employment history. With the recent financial troubles, many people were made redundant, but you do not want to emphasise any failings when you are looking for a new role. If there were only brief periods in which you were unemployed, you might be able to gloss over this by only using years instead of months within your employment history. You should however, account for any large breaks in employment, for example through travelling or raising a family. You could then include any ways in which this time benefited your career.

By following these simple tips you should end up with a professional looking CV. When you are battling for a job you need it to stand out for all the right reasons. At Anderselite, we wish you all the very best in your job search.
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