Separate your CV from the crowd – 8 Tips that will improve your CV!

A CV, an abbreviation of Curriculum vitae, is a summary of your work experience, qualification and capabilities. These documents are usually referred to as a resume. The aim of your document is always the same: To make a positive impact on the reader and encourage them to get in touch with your regarding job opportunities.

An average recruiter looks at hundreds of resumes per week, depending on their roles and markets they work in they typically spend no more than 8 seconds on each resume. So you must stand out from the crowd.

Image spending time writing a CV for it only be looked at for 8 seconds. Seems like a waste of time, I know. The fact is you need a CV to apply for positions nowadays, so you must do it right.

I have put together 8 tips on how you can improve your CV today!

1) Research targeted role and tailor resume.

Let’s say that your applying for a supervisor’s position within a civil road Infrastructure company. Make sure you have your CV showing your relevant experience within Roads.

If a company is advertising a role that outlines the critical task such as; the procurement of all plant, material and facilities, coordination of subcontractors and suppliers, make sure you have included these skills. The more relevant the BETTER!

2) Break up text.

Large paragraphs and wordy text is an easy way to make sure your resume gets put into the “No-pile” Recruiters have hundreds of CV’s to go though so make sure you break up the text into easy to read sections. Dots points is also a great way to make your CV punchy and straightforward.

3) Be an Achiever, not a Doer.

Use descriptive and powerful language that assures you come across as an achiever. Here is an example of a Doers writing: ‘Responsible for the supervision on projects. Here is an example of an achievers writing: ‘Supervised daily outcomes for workers to ensure the project is delivered on-time and on-budget’.

4) Don’t include.

Don’t include personal information such as marital status, nationality and gender. Employees are not allowed to make recruitment decisions based on these details, so including it can result in them feeling uncomfortable with them being presented with such information.

5) Use numbers and statistics.

Use metrics, numbers, and figures to back up your achievements that you have delivered. Putting things like, the value of projects you work on, what percentage of your work looks like, e.g. 80% onsite 20% office-based. Using metrics shows recruiters and employers what you can successfully achieve.

6) Make sure your address is correct.

Make sure that your current address is correct. This will increase your chances of you being considered for the position. If you have an address that is in a completely different state or location to where the job is located this will automatically put you in the ‘No-pile’, You’ll be amazed to see how many people forget this.

7) Ensure your dates are correct.

When recruiters speak to potential candidates, they want to know exactly how long you have been employed for but also what happened in between jobs. To save yourself from trying to remember, make sure you include both the year and month of when you started and ended the position.

January 2018 to January 2020. Be sure to put the exact year & month. This is something that recruiters always ask!

8) No need to put a photo of yourself.

There are a couple of industries where photos would be necessary, such as Actors or Models, but within the Construction Industry, this is entirely irrelevant. A lot of employers and recruiters find this to be unnecessary; it also protects them for potential allegations of discrimination.

If you would like and also feel that your image will help you, then I suggest putting a link of your LinkedIn profile on your CV.

Your CV is your first impression, so you must start with the right foot forward. For any more information email us on