With the job market showing signs of recovery, now is a great time to review your CV, iron out some of the kinks, and perhaps find that edge that gets you over the line.
With lots of potential construction jobs on the horizon, a good CV will make you stand out from the crowd.
Check out these common mistakes made when CV writing.
You may think that visually, your CV needs to stand out, with colours and pictures and logos. This not the case. Remember that the person reading your CV is human, and probably has a lot of CVs to go through. Often, they are simply looking for key information like experience or skills.
Following nicely on from the first point, the reviewer of your CV is probably looking for key information, so make it obvious and easy to find. If they spend more than five seconds looking for the right headings, it’s probably going on the ‘no’ pile.
Create clear headings and bold them. Use tables or lists, especially for education and work experience. As long as you’re applying for the correct jobs, this will put you in great stead.
Unclear, vague information
It’s imperative that you state clearly what roles you’ve had in the past, where, and for how long. Don’t be vague or unspecific.
If you’re after a new construction career, don’t just write that you worked on a site. Try to get as much information as you can in the first line or two. For example, instead of saying “worked on site”, say “heavy machinery operator and logistics assistant on site at…”. You can elaborate in the following text but getting this up top is a good idea.
Unreadable blocks of text
Imagine reading big blocks of text about an individual’s work history. Now imagine you don’t know that person. Now imagine you have to do it 50 times. Exhausting right? You’re now in the shoes of the reviewer.
A good tip is to break up the text into nice paragraphs, that are well written. Have someone you know review the text, especially if you know a writer. Text that’s easy and pleasant to read will get the reviewer reading more, and that will increase your chances.
Bad spelling and grammar
Very common, often a result of staring at the CV for too long. Easily resolved by having someone else look at it. Alternatively, run it through some kind of online AI like Grammarly. You may not be writing much throughout a construction career, but bad grammar simply shows a lack of attention to detail, and recruiters will easily dismiss candidates because of this.
When reviewing your CV, there are many templates that you can follow to ensure you’re covering all the bases, we even have a guide on our Advice Hub: How to Write a CV.
Follow the basic tips above to avoid the ‘no’ pile. Remember that recruiters and hiring managers may have a huge pile of CVs to get through, and therefore will be looking for any excuse to dismiss a CV. Don’t give them one.
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