How to structure a good CV to get a new Construction Job

To ensure you get invited for an Interview for the


you are going for, you need to focus on getting your CV right.

A good CV is the gateway to getting an Interview and one of many that will end

up in a recruiters hands. It is, therefore crucial that you sell yourself and

impress the reader at this stage.

The presentation, content and structure are all

very important factors to getting a CV right. Here we will focus on creating the

best structure.

Before you start, write down a list of

competencies, skills and experiences so you have something to work from. Try to

pinpoint those areas that make you stand out from others.

The structure is fairly standard and should follow

a similar order to that detailed below.

Personal Details: At the top of the CV, always

include your basic personal details including: Name, Date of birth, Contact

details, Nationality etc

Work Experience: With the most recent job first,

write down in order those companies you have previously worked for. After

writing the company name, make sure you put your role down and a brief

description of your tasks, responsibilities and achievements. If you have many

years experience in the construction industry, write down all the construction

jobs you have done, highlighting those skills most relevant to the job you are

going for.

Achievements: Think about what achievements you

have made and list those most recent, especially those achievements you have

made in any previous construction jobs. Employers will deduce a lot about you

from what you decide to be important.

Education and Qualifications: With your most recent

qualification first, list the full degree/qualification, where you studied and

what you achieved. Focus on GSCE and above and ensure you mention any

construction related qualifications you have achieved.

Extra-Curricular Activities: Keep this relatively

short and mention your interests and hobbies. Think about memberships of sports

teams/drama societies. Try to keep it purposeful.

General Skills: Mention if you have a driving

licence, what courses you have attended, foreign languages and IT skills at the

end. This is less relevant to your work experience, qualifications and


References: You do not need to mention references

but you can however write Reference available on request and the employers can

then contact you if they need them.

By following the above structure, you will make it

easy for the reader to pinpoint what they are looking for and easy to identify

your skills and abilities that are suitable for the role. As well as getting the

structure right, you also need to look at the presentation. Good CVs are clear,

logical and concise. If you can get this right, you are half way there to

providing a perfect CV to help yourself get a new Construction


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