Get Hired in Construction: 5 Tips for Creating a Good CV

5 tips to writing a good CV  to enter the job market and create a good first impression with potential employers.

A well-tailored CV can open doors to new opportunities that’s why we want to share 5 tips to writing a good CV and some examples of keywords that you can use to make an easy to read CV.

1. CV header and summary:

CV header: your name and contact information (mobile number, email address and/or address).
Summary: Include the type of projects you have worked on (i.e., roads, pavements, drainage, utilities, pipelines, piling, bridges. foundations, earthworks, setting out, etc),

type of engineering or construction experience (on site, office based etc.) and add your abilities and skills.

2. Job experience:

Add your job experience from most to least recent and specify your responsibilities and functions for each project/company.

3. Education and certifications:

Emphasize your education and certifications and the years/months you worked for each company. Plus, a summary of the skills you have acquired so far i.e. Project management, Surveying, AutoCAD, Construction management, Cost estimation, etc.

4. Keywords and phrases:

Add keywords and phrases that are commonly used in the construction industry i.e. Residential, Commercial, Infrastructure, Road, Rail, Bridge, Tunneling, Utilities, Water and Wastewater, Transportation, etc.

5. Кeep it concise and error free:

Keep it concise and error free by making material easy to read by including what is absolutely necessary about your professional background. Use bullet points and carefully edit your resume to check for typos and grammatical errors.

Keywords that you can use in your CV according to your experience in the construction industry:

  • Project management
  • Construction management
  • Structural engineering
  • Site supervision
  • Cost estimation
  • Building design
  • AutoCAD
  • Building codes and regulations
  • Quality control
  • Site safety
  • Building materials
  • Budgeting
  • Site inspections
  • Health and safety regulations
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Surveying

Remember to use these keywords in context with your work experience, skills and achievements.

keywords related to different types of projects that you can use in your CV:

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Infrastructure
  • Transportation
  • Water and wastewater
  • Environmental remediation
  • Energy
  • Institutional
  • Healthcare
  • Educational
  • Public
  • Land development
  • Bridge and roadway
  • Renewable energy projects

Remember to tailor your CV according to the job you are applying for and highlight the relevant experience and skills related to the specific type of projects the company deals with.

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