How to tailor your construction CV or résumé template
There is no single “correct” way to put together and present a CV but these general tips always need to be followed:
1. It is targeted on the exact job or industry for which you are applying and hones in on the most important skills you have.
Look carefully at the job description for the construction role you are interested in. What skills and qualities is your prospective employer looking for? Make sure you highlight on your CV or résumé any of these skills or qualities that you have.
2. It is carefully and clearly set out, logically ordered, easy to read and not cramped.
3. It is insightful but concise.
4. It is devoid of any grammar and spelling mistakes. If you note attention to detail as a skill, be sure your grammar and spelling is perfect.
As well as to these ‘musts’, these are our top strategies for personalising this template:
1. Keep evolving
If your CV is written the wrong way round on fluorescent pink paper and it lands you regular interviews, why consider changing it? The bottom line is that if it is generating results, don’t be too quick to meddle with a winning formula. Conversely, if it’s not working, ask people you know to look at it and suggest changes. That said, if you make use of the template on this page as a starting point, you shouldn’t go far wrong.
2. Make use of keywords
If you’ve uploaded your CV to a job site so recruiters can find you, keywords are particularly essential. Job titles together with job keywords will help search engines lift your CV to the top. To find inspiration for keywords, have a search online and find out which words are frequently mentioned when you put in your target role.
3. Keep it real!
Typically a curriculum vitae should be no longer than two pages – and that is two pages of A4 sized sheets. Employers devote, on average, just 8 seconds looking at a particular curriculum vitae, and a quick way of landing your application on the no pile is to give them your entire life history. Maintain your CV punchy, relevant, and save the detail for the interview.
4. Make it look good
Image is everything these days, and that also goes for your CV. Devote some time to perfecting how the curriculum vitae looks, as well as the content. Make use of bullet points where it makes sense to do so, and always keep sentences short. Use the graphic design technique of allowing lots of white space around your text and between sections to make the layout easy to read.
5. Tailor it
It’s a pretty common trick. Sending the exact same curriculum vitae to lots of employers to save time. Across-the-board messages provide modest results so don’t fall into this trap – put in the time to adjust your CV for every single role that you send an application for. Study the corporation and use the job ad to figure out exactly which skills you should highlight to them. They will value the patent effort.
6. Sell the numbers
Backing up your successes with numbers makes selling yourself substantially easier. When writing your work history, don’t just state that you increased sales – inform them you increased sales by 60% over a six month period. Be specific.
7. Include your objectives
Don’t just assume an recruiter will see how your experience links to their job. Instead, incorporate a short personal statement to summarise why you are the ideal person for the position. This should be indicated in your cover letter too.
8. Be honest
Blatant lies on your curriculum vitae can get you in a stack of trouble when it comes to employers checking your references and background. The last thing you need is to begin your new job and then lose your new position for lying. Also, you could get found out at the interview when you suddenly can’t answer questions on things you claim to know. It’s never worth the trouble – don’t do it!
9. Don’t leave gaps without an explanation
Leaving obvious gaps on your curriculum vitae immediately makes employers suspicious – and they will not give you the benefit of the doubt. If you have been out of work it can be a concern but just turn it into something positive. Did you study for a course, do some volunteer work or build soft skills such as communication or teamwork? In this case, make it obvious. Don’t suppose you’ll get the opportunity to explain at the interview – as the gaps could possibly put them off giving you a chance.
10. Correct your errors
Employers do scour for mistakes on curriculum vitae and if they find them, it makes you appear to be careless. With many recruiters experiencing significant quantities of applicants right now, providing them with the excuse to throw out your application as a consequence of avoidable slips is not going to enable you to land an interview. Even if you really feel your grammar and spelling is awesome, make use of a spelling check and ask another person to double-check what you have prepared – the ‘sanity check’.
11. Always keep it current
You should maintain your CV fresh whether you are looking for a job or not. Every time something important happens in your career, record it so you don’t later forget something that might be important.