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What to include in a CV - 6 essential things that will make you stand out

Aug 6th 2019 12:08pm

The Construction Industry can be a highly competitive environment, irrespective of sector. A good CV can be your best asset when applying for a position, it is your first opportunity for self-promotion and marketing, and for an employer it ultimately decides whether you progress to the next stage of applications. Therefore spend as much as time as necessary writing, editing and updating your CV before applying for any position.

Not all roles require a CV, however for the ones that do this should serve as a guide on what to put in in order to make you stand out from all of the other applicants.

Brief personal statement

Start off with a few lines which will summarise your experience to date and what you can offer the employer. Avoid superfluous details or skills that just fill space, instead, try to make this very concise and unique to your specific skill set and the role you are applying for. 

Career history

Starting with your most recent employer, list your past jobs in chronological order. Be accurate with excluding the gaps, or if you do have gaps in your work history, be clear about what they were to avoid any confusion. If you have had two relevant roles with the same employer that could make a good impression, so make sure the distinction between the two jobs is clear. Think about things that you have done in the past that will catch the eyes of your new employer. Include skills that are relevant to the role and use stats or examples to back them up.

Skills and achievements

If you’re writing a functional CV, or have some abilities you want to show off to the employer immediately, insert a key skills section underneath your personal profile. You should aim to detail four to five abilities at most. Remember, your skills should always be evolving so make sure your skill set is up to date on your CV. 

Education and training

Starting with your most recent qualification, list your education in chronological order. Make sure that you have the ‘to and from’ dates of the institution you attended, then fill out the subjects, grades obtained, and other related awards and achievements.

References

Use this extra space on your CV wisely. It’s commonplace to put ‘Available on request’ rather than list the name, job title, and address of a former employer. 

Proofread

Finally, check for typos and grammar. By making a concerted effort to ensure your CV is 100% error-free, you are providing another signal to the reader that you could be the right person for the job. Above all, checking for errors will build the perception in the reader’s mind that you have a proactive and committed attitude. When competition is so high, the fact of the matter is that a simple typo could mean your CV is rejected, regardless of how well you have answered the above questions.

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