Construction sites in Sydney can be seen everywhere and tradesman jobs and skilled labourer’s jobs are always in high demand. However, you will still need to write a great CV in order to secure your dream role.
If an employer or labour hire company requires a CV during the interview process, it is important that it stands out from the rest and that it reflects your skills, experience and accomplishments in an easy-to-read and engaging format.
A simple tip to use when applying for any jobs in construction is to personalise your CV for each position you apply for. Create a template that you can work off each time you apply for a different role. Expand on any experience you have that applies to that specific job and take out any information that has little or no value.
10 key points to remember
- Length – no more than 3-4 pages.
- Highlight – make sure you prioritise the points in your experience and skills that match the requirements of the role. This should be added to the top of your resume (below personal summary) and given the title highlights.
- Personal Summary – a great CV should start with a short personal summary to describe who you are.
- Contact Details – you need to include the 4 basic details. Name, address, telephone number and email address (make sure the e-mail address you use is professional , you may need to set a specific account up to use when applying for jobs, firstname.lastname@example.org is not appropriate).
- Straight forward – make sure your CV is straight forward and easy to read, otherwise the employer will get bored and move to the next CV in the pile.
- Time-gaps – if you have any gaps between previous employment make sure these are clearly explained.
- Achievements – list all your greatest achievements to date (don’t just describe your day to day responsibilities , this is boring and won’t enable you to stand out).
- Sell yourself – give specific examples of any qualities you say you have.
- Chronological order – your current role or last role should be listed first on your CV so employers can easily see what you have been doing most recently. Spend more time explaining recent experience as this will always be the most relevant.
- References – always include details of two references, such as former employers. If you don’t have former employees or you have no work history, include details of a former lecturer or family friend.
Before you send your CV to a labour hire company or direct to an employer it is also important that you have written and saved the document in a common format (our recommendation would be PDF) Keep it simple, don’t include a photo of yourself, graphs, tables or any other images.
If possible, ask a friend or family member to proof read your CV (after you have carried out spell check) as the last thing you want is for your potential employer to pick up any grammar, punctuation mistakes or typing errors.
Finally, attach your resume and if requested a cover letter to an email.
If you are looking for a job in construction and would like more information on current job opportunities then please give us a call today on 1800 621 066.