Construction CV Tips

Darren Scott

December 14, 2016

Is your CV built on solid foundations, or is your mix a little too thin to hold up to scrutiny? Whether you’re a contractor or a tradesman looking for your next permanent position, you need a CV that highlights your skills and experience to an employer. Avoid the vague, and embrace a clear and concise CV that speaks directly to an employer’s job description.

To help you build a professional construction CV, here’s our list of top tips.

Provide up to date contact details

 You’d be surprised at how many CVs we’ve seen with an old phone number or email address that’s out of use. Be sure to update your CV with the correct details, and make it easy for an employer to contact you. It’s also worth ensuring that your mailbox isn’t full and that you keep an eye on your junk mail … you don’t want to miss out on that all-important reply.

Write a summary

In terms of what an employer reads, your CV’s summary is one of the most important elements. Busy employers need a concise summary of your experience to date. Be sure to keep it short, around 3 – 4 lines is ideal. To help you decide what to include, imagine that this is the only information that a recruiter is going to read. Your summary should include your job title, length of experience, and technical qualifications. It’s also worth including achievements or responsibilities to illustrate to an employer why they need to hire you.

Highlight your area of expertise and include relevant keywords

 Keywords are essential if you want to be noticed. If you’re unsure what keywords to include, scan the job descriptions for the terms that they use, then incorporate these into your CV. By doing this you’ll be able to highlight your experience whilst ensuring that it shows up in relevant CV searches. Using the right keywords will bring you one step closer to getting the job you want – be sure to take the time to find out what terms people are using in your industry.

List your projects

 Employers and recruiters love specifics – especially when it comes to the projects that you’ve worked on. If you have any key projects that are specifically relevant to the role you’re applying for, highlight it with a little more detailed information. Emphasise what your responsibilities were and describe any achievements to make your CV stand out. You could even use a subheading of ‘Achievements’ to draw attention to key milestones from your work history.

Acknowledge health & safety

 Health & safety is such an important factor for employers these days, that it’s important to acknowledge your commitment to it. Include any training that you’ve received and highlight your exemplary record. If you’ve helped to implement any safety practices, be sure to mention these in your CV.

Include insurances, industry memberships, and ongoing training

If you’re a contractor, employers and recruiters will want to know that you have the appropriate insurances in place for the type of work that you do. Other things to include are industry memberships and on-going training.  Employers want to know that you’re committed to your continual development, so any information that shows you are still learning is a win-win.

Choose your references carefully

Your first reference should be your current or most recent employer. In addition, you’ll need another reference that is happy to talk about you in a positive light. Before you include anyone as a reference, it’s really important to ask them. They need to be prepared for a reference request – you don’t want it to come as a complete surprise. Prep your referee about the role you’re applying for and be sure to give them a heads up each time you apply for a new role.

 If you’re looking for a perm or contractor job in construction,  rail or highways you can upload your CV to us here.