ExpanderaMera has extensive experience in staffing and recruiting officials in the construction, civil engineering and installation industries. Here we have gathered some of our tips for you as a job seeker in the construction, civil engineering and installation industry.
You will find tips for CV writing, the design of a cover letter and what to consider when interviewing.
Writing CV – for construction industry officials
In your job seeker, CV is one of your top tools. Below we have listed a number of tips that you can use when writing a CV.
Try to be short and concise – but not too short! It becomes a little too general to write that you worked as a supervisor or site manager. Describe the type of project you participated in, how many subordinates you had and how large the projects were. Some general guidelines when describing your work experience are to think Where?, When? and What? Where did I work; When did I work; What did I do the most/ what did I do best?
Use a reverse chronological order (i.e. what you did last time first) for previous work experience, this to make it easier for the recruiter to overview your work experience. do not need to describe everything in detail, only your experiences relevant to the position and usually no more than your last five employers or ten years back in time. Highlight the experience you consider most important. For work experience further back in time, it is enough that you mention company names and what you had for service; e.g. supervisor/construction engineer.
At the beginning of your career, you may place education higher than work experience on your CV – when you have worked for several years, work experience is probably a more interesting merit than where you trained. If you are looking for your first job after graduation and lack experience in the construction industry, you get to list other jobs you have had and then it is important that you think about what experiences you have gained that you can benefit from in another role as well. Perhaps you have learned to prioritize and manage stress on your extra job at a restaurant?
You need to include your educational background in your CV. Mention what your education is, from which school/educator and when it was implemented. Don't forget about the training you received from previous employers!
It can be nice to get a face on the person behind the application. If you choose to add an image, keep in mind that the image should be neutral. By neutral we mean a simple background and without other elements; that is, no food, drink, animals or other people for example.
Other qualifications and tasks
Think about what other qualifications/information you have that may be good to know about the recruiter.
For example, you should list which programs you are used to working in. Don't forget to give yourself a degree – for example, very good knowledge or basic knowledge. Also write which languages you master – also use gradings here.
Another example of useful information in this section is which driving licences you have and whether you have access to a car.
References are usually provided on request. When you start applying for a job, think about which former managers you can leave as a reference and ask them if it's okay for you to leave them as a reference. Prepare at least three references.
Writing a personal letter – for construction industry officials
In the personal letter, you have the opportunity to present why you are interested in the specific position or company you are looking for a job at.
- Customize the letter according to the company and the service you are looking for! Don't send the same letter for all the services you're looking for. The recruiter will notice that the letter is not adapted for the specific service and this does not indicate that you are particularly interested in the position.
- In the personal letter, you have the opportunity to show why you are right for the job and try to "sell" yourself to the employer. Look what words describe the person your company is looking for in your ad. Do those words describe you? Try to explain in the letter how you are, for example, careful and ambitious.
- Be brief - write a maximum of one page
- Don't go into the private too much – around your family, accommodation or hobbies
When you've been called for an interview, keep in mind:
- Arriving on time (but not too early, 10 minutes before is just right)
- Sometimes you can get nervous when you go to an interview, try to relax and be yourself. Don't be afraid to think about it if you don't come up with the answer to any of the recruiter's questions right away.
- Be "whole and clean." Around clothing, you should think about dressing as you do in the position you are applying for, that is, if you are looking for a job where you wear a suit, you should wear it when you go to the interview – otherwise not.
- Bring references if you have not already provided these to the recruiter
- Do you have any questions? Take the opportunity to ask them at the time of the interview