Five ways to tailor your CV for construction roles
Bayt.com offers five top tips for job seekers looking to improve their CV for the construction industry
Your curriculum vitae is like your business card; it includes all of the skills and characteristics that make you a good match for the job you want.
With the advent of online recruitment sites, employers come across hundreds – if not thousands of CVs – when looking for the perfect candidate.
This is especially true for the construction industry, which is one of the most highly competitive sectors in the Middle East. Only those with the best CVs and best first impressions will be shortlisted, so in order to succeed, it’s essential to ensure that your CV is impeccable.
Tip 1: Have a precise career objective
This is the opening section of your CV. It’s the first thing that a recruiter reads when sifting through the thousands of applicants in their inbox.
It should therefore be well written and specific in order to excite the reader and encourage him or her to learn more about you.
Be creative and honest when describing how ambitious you are, as well as the talents that make you stand out.
And make sure not to copy and paste your career objective from a random website. Experienced recruiters will be wise to such tricks.
Tip 2: Let your keywords reflect your skills
Technology is taking over the world. Whenever a recruiter posts a job online, hundreds of job applications start flooding in.
Going through every CV is an impossible task, which is why most recruiters use filters such as the ones provided by Bayt.com. These tools help to identify the CVs that match recruiters’ needs, and include appropriate keywords for this purpose.
All you have to do is focus on using searchable keywords related to the construction sector. These words should reflect your skills, and link directly to your field of expertise.
3. Include your work experience and internships
This section should contain all your previous work experience, especially within the field of construction. Be sure to mention your internships and professional achievements.
If you don’t have previous professional experience, internships can make a huge difference. Having an internship proves that you possess relevant practical experience. It also shows that you will be able to perform some of the tasks that may be asked of you in the future.
Your work experience should include details of all of the duties that you fulfilled in your previous roles, and all of the jobs and projects that you’ve managed.
Tip 4: Pay attention to the layout and language
You must maintain a clear and well organised CV.
Use bullet points to enumerate, use an appropriate font, and keep information concise. In fact, 42.5% of employers in the Middle East prefer a short and concise CV that is no longer than one page.
Use action verbs and avoid any spelling and grammar mistakes, as 21.3% of employers say the biggest mistake on a CV is exhibiting poor language skills.
Always review your CV and ensure that everything is on point. This will prove to potential employers that you are organised and that you pay attention to small details.
5. Don’t forget the cover letter
According to employers, cover letters are really, really important.
This is because a cover letter lets you provide an interesting summary of your profile, as well as highlight your key achievements and core competencies.
A cover letter also helps to get you shortlisted by projecting you in the best possible light.
As with your CV, make sure you use appropriate language, and ofcus on the target job role and your key achievements.
In your cover letter’s conclusion, include a polite request for an interview at the employer’s convenience.
Suhail Masri, vice president of sales at Bayt.com, has more than 20 years’ experience in sales and management.