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CV Advice

Useful tips to create a winning CV.

The goal of your CV is to highlight your skills and experience, as well as act as a guide for your future interview.

No matter what type of role you’re applying for in construction, the same principles for creating a winning CV apply. Here, our recruitment experts at Harvey Lawrence have provided their tips on building an effective construction CV based on the thousands we’ve seen over the previous two decades.

Layout

There’s not much room for applying an artistic license to your CV. But remember your target audience is looking to see who you have worked for and the type of projects you have worked on, as well as the role and responsibility that you have had on each. It should ideally be no longer than two pages and follow a standard layout, which is:

  • Contact details
  • Personal statement
  • Professional qualifications
  • Education
  • Employment history
  • Additional information (relevant skills/hobbies)
  • References


Formatting.

It’s important to make sure your CV is easy-to-read, so we recommend using clear headings, writing in short paragraphs and using bullet point lists where possible. Avoid changing fonts or text sizes throughout. Remember to outline your employment history in reverse chronological order, given that your most recent experience is the most relevant. It’s also crucial to include the role and specific project you have worked on, so make these clear under each employer.

Tailoring.

Employers are evaluating your CV in line with the description of the role that you’re applying for. So although it can be time-consuming, it’s important that you tailor and adapt your CV depending on the advertised position, being sure to pull relevant skills they’re looking for to the forefront.

Personal Statement.

Although optional, a good personal statement can sometimes be a deciding factor for employers. It’s also the first thing they will read, so you must get this right to ensure they carry on reading. Avoid making general claims by substantiating it. For example, if you say you’re ‘ambitious’ provide evidence as to why that is.

Check and check again.

It’s vital your CV is free of any spelling or grammatical errors. Use auto spell check but read it over to make sure your sentences flow. If in doubt, pass it over to someone else to check for any mistakes and ensure it all makes sense.

What’s next?

Now you know how to write an effective CV, why not send it over to our team or take a look at our useful tips for landing your next construction interview.