Are you looking for a construction job? Well, you’ll be aware that you’re not the only one. The reality is that every day recruiters get swamped with new job applications. So, in this post, we explain what you can do to make sure your CV gets noticed.
1: Make your CV scannable
News flash: Recruiters don’t read every word on the CVs they receive. Instead, they scan for information of interest. Therefore, to attract the attention of a busy recruiter, use clear titles, short sentences and bullet points. You’re not doing yourself any favours by waffling, and your CV shouldn’t be any longer than 1 to 2 pages. Also, to make your CV easier to read, include your age, rather than your date of birth.
2: Don’t try to be too clever
Your CV should be professionally laid out. However, don’t try to impress with unusual fonts and colours — your applying for construction work, remember?
3. Be relevant
This relates to point number one. Focus on information that is relevant, such as your experience, qualifications and expertise. Also, don’t complicate things like putting the words curriculum vitae at the top of your CV or name before your name. Are you a carpenter, a labourer or a hammer hand? Whatever your experience and expertise is, make sure you emphasise it on your CV — that’s what recruiters want. The same applies to training and qualifications. Sure, we’re happy that you have a certificate in yoga, but is it relevant for a construction job? Probably not.
4: Make sure you can be contacted easily
Don’t make it difficult for a recruiter to contact you. Ensure your contact details are at the top of the first page of your CV and can be spotted immediately.
5: Watch spelling and grammar
Okay, you’re in the construction industry, and you’re probably more adept with a hammer than a pen. Regardless, there is no excuse for a CV that is littered with spelling and grammatical errors — they will make the document difficult to read, and you will look careless.
Here are some tips for weeding our errors:
- Proofread your CV by printing it out. It’s amazing how reading a document in a different format helps you to spot mistakes.
- Use tools like Spellcheck and Grammarly.
- Get a friend to proofread for you.