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Using a CV to land a construction job

Using a CV to land a construction job It may have once been the case that landing a construction job was as simple as turning up at a building site and asking to speak to the foreman, but not any more. These days, it is necessary to prove to employers that you are qualified, able and keen to carry out each particular role.

This might require you to register with job agencies, utilise new technology such as recruitment websites or to otherwise think outside the box. Creating an impressive CV is always a good place to start your search for jobs.

Don't have an up-to-date CV? We've got some tips to help you get your CV right and land that job in construction.

Structuring your CV

Write down a list of your competencies, skills and experiences so you have something to work from. Try to pinpoint the areas that make you stand out from others as well as features that recruiters look for when filling construction vacancies.

The structure of your CV should follow a fairly standard order and include the following sections:

* Personal Details.

* Work Experience.

* Achievements.

* Education and Qualifications.

* Extra-Curricular Activities.

* General Skills.

* References.

This structure makes it easy for the recruiter to locate relevant information and identify whether you are suitable for the job. This is only half the battle though - your CV must also be clear, logical, concise and free of mistakes.

Applying for construction jobs? Present the perfect CV

A well-presented CV can make the difference between creating the right impression on the reader, thus getting you a new job in construction, and it landing in the bin. Everybody writes their CV in their own way, but there are a few points regarding presentation that should be universally adhered to.

Each section must be clearly headed to make the CV easy to read and pleasing on the eye. Make sure these headings and sub-headings follow a consistent size and font, and justify your CV to the left so that each paragraph is neat and tidy. Ensure the space between each line is consistent throughout.

Bullet points are useful way of breaking up large chunks of text, and you must remember to do a spellcheck on your CV. Read it through several times to make sure there are no grammatical errors. With this in mind, ask a friend or colleague to look over it for you.

Omit information not relevant to the job you are going for and write in the third person throughout the document. Make sure that the content you put in is relevant to the construction job you are applying for and remember that lying is more likely to see you get caught out rather than get a job.

Your CV can help to create a very good impression and make a significant difference to your chances of finding a new construction job.

About the Author:

Find out how to get a new construction job and how to write the perfect CV for construction job applications. www.amazines.com/Construction/article_detail.cfm/2291 72?articleid=229172

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