Think of your CV as a sales brochure your sole purpose at this point is to get to the interview table, everything else can follow. Although you may possess excellent qualifications and relevant experience it is the CV which is crucial.
Every organisations wants to hire effective people and recruiting a new employee costs time and money, you have to demonstrate on your CV that you will fit into a company’s culture and understand the built environment sector. It is for this reason that you should perhaps tailor your CV for each specific job application.
Your CV should be error free and neat in its presentation, easy to follow and contain a crystal clear, concise description of yourself in simple relevant language.
Consider the following:
- Use a simple layout which is easy to follow, don’t include colour or fancy fonts – keep it neat.
- Keep everything to a minimum – white space on your CV will make it easy to read, you do not want too many typed lines in one paragraph, this makes difficult reading, use bullet points where appropriate, avoid excessive jargon, as your CV should not be more than two pages.
- Organise your CV based on experience; and bear in mind that your CV will be scrutinised for the relevant experience and endeavour to show consistency, focus and stability.
- List your content skills – these are related to performing a job in a specific field or profession, such as planning, cost control, management. Highlight acquired skills gained in previous jobs.
- Use common sense when detailing your working history, leave off jobs that you have held for a short duration, although you cannot leave gaps, most employers are only interested in the past 20 years.
- Explain if there is a significant gap in your employment history.
- Education – list qualifications in a chronological order and highlight any outstanding awards.
- Results and achievements – if you have achieved above your target or done something in recognition of your dedication such as ‘project of the year’.
- Your, skills and experience should illuminate your CV and mirror your suitability for the job.
The most common attributes which employers look for are:
- You can perform the role and will stay a reasonable length of time.
- You have the ability to learn new skills and are adaptable to change.
- The capability to work under pressure and communicate effectively.
- Reliable, trustworthy and a team player but can act on your own initiative.
And finally, being able to fit into the company’s culture and maintain a positive attitude, as most employers will be looking for certain traits and their purpose is to determine whether you will contribute to the company and deliver.
We’re regularly updating our career tools, so watch out for our new CV templates and examples due to be released July.