CV template

CV tips for candidates

The first step…
Putting together a CV can be a little daunting, so we’ve compiled some simple hints and tips to help you create the perfect CV – after all, this is the first step towards getting that all important role. You can also find a template to show you the best way to lay out your curriculum vitae.

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  • Contact details – Include your full name, address, contact numbers and email address. Date of birth is optional, as are any social media profile links, such as LinkedIn and Twitter.
  •  Personal profile – Three to five snappy sentences is sufficient, include: your personality, work ethos, achievements and ambitions. Be original and avoid clichés!
  •  Qualifications – Include all professional qualifications, including industry accreditations and professional body memberships (dig those certificates out, you may be asked to provide them to your new employer).
  • IT skills – Detail any design, estimating or project management systems you have used, include use of daily software applications and your proficiency. Be honest, there may be a test!
  • Career history – Your most recent employers are the most crucial, so spend the most space and time detailing your current role and relevant experience. This is a great opportunity to highlight any particular skills or achievements that may help you to bag your future role.
    - Make sure you include accurate dates and full employer name and location.
    - Give a brief overview of the company if desired (one to two sentences is sufficient)
    - Make sure you specify your duties and responsibilities.
    - An overview of the projects and contracts you have worked on including value, duration and construction type is highly beneficial in matching your skill set.
  • Punctuation and grammar – It’s not just what you say it’s how you say it; spell check and proof read your CV. It’s often better to get someone else to cast fresh eyes over the finished piece, as they may spot something you’ve missed.
  • Layout – Take care to be consistent with font, style and size throughout. Use bold titles to make specific areas stand out.
  • References – Supplying at least two industry references will help to speed things along in the interview process. These should be from your current or previous employer, a colleague or client. Most companies will contact referees either just before or, more commonly, once you have been verbally offered a job after interview - so be mindful of giving your current employers details too soon. Choosing the right referee is important, as they will need to be able to comment on your work and character in detail, so make sure you choose someone who will give you a glowing report. It’s crucial to ask the person for permission before using their name and remember to include address, email and phone number.