Step Two: Basic C.V.
A C.V. should always be tailored to reflect the wants and needs of your employer. With regard to design, you can use the Basic C.V Example to the left as a template to build with design software such as Microsoft Word or Publisher. We also highly recommend the website LiveCareer.co.uk who have a brilliant, free online C.V. designer.
TIP 1: One-page design
A simple one-page design with colourful header will catch the employers attention while easing their burden and workload. Undoubtedly they will receive many multiple page C.V.’s and will be thankful for your concise, well-presented application.
TIP 2: Keywords
A top tip is to go through your target employers job advertisement and website and take out keywords that can be used to describe you and your past experiences.
They may be words such as Motivated, Punctual, Health and Safety, Team Work, Customer Service, Client-Focused, Operating Equipment etc. Skills and personality traits that show that you are a people person, practical and good with your hands or operating machinery.
TIP 3: Be honest (it’s a legal requirement), confident, but do not oversell yourself.
It can be tempting to display skills not relating to construction, such as web design for instance or a managerial qualification, but in general, this may go against you if the employer thinks that you are perhaps over-qualified or your passion truly lies in another form of career.
TIP 4: Make it personal
If you are super keen to work with a specific company then use their name in the introduction. It’s a sure-fire way to stand out and the employer will be impressed that you took the time to do so.
TIP 5: Emphasise your skills and interests
Highlight your skills and interests that might support your applications, such as any hands-on, creative or construction based hobbies as well as team-focused sports or associations. This is particularly important if you have little experience in the relevant industry, as it shows you have a general interest and perhaps transferable skills and personal qualities that would benefit your potential new role.
Once complete, save in a PDF format so that it can be printed or sent via social media and email.
TOP TIP: Save the PDF with the company name included to make it easier to locate and send – e.g. ‘Thomas Harris C.V. – Paragon Carpentry’.