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Preparing your CV for a role in the construction industry

Like in any industry, finding a job within the Construction sector is all about having the perfect CV. Whether you’re looking at a contractor role or a freelancer position, you’re CV is like your business card, if right it’ll get you noticed and will even help to get you that perfect interview.

In what is a highly competitive, vacancy driven market it needs to be flawless. Gone are the days of copies sent in the post or experience written on the back of a post-it note, instead CV’s not need to be well-written, in a well-structured format and provide all the necessary details.

Things have come a long way in recent years and with advances in technology, the majority of roles are accessed and applied for accessible online. Given most people start their job search online an electronic copy of your CV, starting off your CV with the latest word processing software is essential?

Not only will this allow you to create a CV that’s well presented but it’ll also allow you to ensure the grammar and spelling is sound throughout. To help you get started with creating this document, at Recruitment Solutions we’ve looked at every section to help you create the perfect CV for your future job applications.

Document Structure:

To ensure you create a well structured document, begin by basing your CV around the following structure:

  • Your name
  • Address
  • Email (keep it professional)
  • Telephone number
  • Personal Information (marital status, driving licence etc.)
  • Work Experience (In date order, starting with most recent first)
  • Education
  • Qualifications
  • Skills
  • Interests/Hobbies


The general rule is that a CV should be no more than 2 to 3 sides of A4. However this can sometimes be difficult if you have had a long and varied career. What you want to try and avoid is repetition or making sections too long, so try to keep it to 1 – 2 paragraphs at most per section.

Whether you are a Freelancer or Contractor try to make your CV as full and unique as possible. Ensure within each section you begin with a detailed summary and then itemise key facts with structured bullet points.

Within you employment history it’s wise to avoid using terms such as ‘various’ to describe employers or contracts as this can often raise questions about your position in previous role. Employers like to see continuity and longer term projects so ensure you include these and make sure that you include the name of the specific position you held.

Employment History
With any construction role you are applying for, most firms should be familiar with day to day routines so there is no need to extend your employment experience to everything that you day within a working day. Instead try to focus on specific responsibilities that are unique to your role and include important projects that you’ve worked on.

If you are a site manager it might be that you want to include a major development that you’ve worked on and how. This may involve talking about how you managed the team involved with the build or may include what skills you used to ensure the project was successful.

Whatever it may be, ensure that you list a number of important positions that will hold in good standing to your potential employer and are likely to impress.

How you write about your education and qualifications very much depends on what you’ve done before or during your career. If you are just starting out its best to put this at the beginning of your CV as employee’s will pay more preference to this over small job experience, whereas if you’ve been in the industry for a long while then it’s better to summarise with bullet points and place further into your CV.

Do your Research
Make sure before you apply for the position that you read the job specification or in full and re-structure your CV with the position in mind. If you are not familiar with the company then read up on them before applying and ensure you make discuss your thoughts on the organisation and why you’d like to work for them in your covering letter and interview, should you be successful.

It’s normal with any CV to include two references from previous employees that can be contacted prior to a role being offered. Before you note a previous employer down, make sure you ask their position and supply the latest contact details.

We hope this advice helps you to get the perfect construction job but should you require any further help then please contact a member of our staff at info@rec-solutions.net


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