When recruiters and career coaches talk about making a first impression on a prospective employer, their focus is often on the interview.
They will advise you how to dress, how to speak, how to introduce yourself to the interviewer with a firm handshake, how to treat everybody that you meet well because you never know who's going to be watching you, and things of that nature.
However, the real first impression that you make on a potential employer is your CV, and it’s arguably the most powerful.
Especially if you are on Linkedin, which you should be, employers will be basing their decision to bring you in for an interview based on the professional story that you've presented them with.
Here are some insights from our experience as recruiters, and feedback from our clients over the years, which will help you build a compelling CV that not only gets you to the next step of the hiring process, but also sets you up for success when it comes time to interview.
Because of the heightened digital visibility that’s come with the use of social media sites and professional networking platforms in the job search and hiring market, the role that a CV plays in the modern job search has evolved from a stand-alone document to just one of many parts to your personal brand.
When writing your CV, it is important to understand the context of your submission. What information might the employer compare it against? Is the information consistent across all of your social profiles? Do you know why they're hiring for that position?
Look at the company's messaging. What are the company's values? What aspects of their work do they take pride in? Is there a theme in the job posting itself, such as financial strength or a certain field of experience they've mentioned more than once?
Making a note of these things, and then tailoring your CV accordingly, will not only help you land the interview, but also give you the ability to make a lasting impression before stepping into the room.
Like many careers, Quantity Surveyors possess a high level of attention. The best candidates to an employer for this position can recognize opportunity, inefficiencies, and solutions to prominent challenges that may arise over the course of a project. Being responsible for the financial aspect of a build means that oversights can be costly. Very costly.
How can you reflect this in your CV?
Highlight examples where you noticed something in a project that was inefficient, broken, or could otherwise be improved, and then give quantifiable evidence of how the solutions or ideas improved those shortcomings.
Take the time to ensure accurately when quantifying these accomplishments and contributions. As compelling as numbers can be, they have the potential to be equally as destructive if the recruiter or employer finds out that they’ve been exaggerated. For the sake of your reputation and credibility as a professional, remove the risk by keeping the information on your CV accurate.
The formatting of your CV itself can tell employers a lot about how you communicate, which they may see as an indication of how comprehensive your reports and written correspondence will be with project managers and others involved in the build.
How easy is it for a recruiter or employer to read and understand your achievements in 6 seconds? This may seem like a short amount of time, but consider this. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the average human attention span is only 8 seconds!
Before submitting your CV for a position, consider asking a handful of people in your network—someone you met in a LinkedIn group, old colleagues, career advisors who aren’t involved in the hiring process for the particular position you’re interested in—for their feedback. The things they point out may surprise you.
For over 25 years, Calco Services has placed driven construction professionals in a wide range of roles throughout England.
If you’re looking to make your next career move, or simply would like to discuss your options with one of our specialist recruiters who can provide you with advice and insight into the current market, then get in touch. We’d be happy to help you in your journey.
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