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How Building Surveyors Write the Best CV

Posting date: 5 April 2019
Nathan Wakelam our consultant managing the role

6 CV Writing Tips To Land Your Perfect Building Surveyor Job

To help you stand out against your competition, we’ve put together this brief guide to writing a quality CV for building surveyor jobsWith the skills shortage highlighted by the slowdown in the rate of permanent appointments despite a rise in vacancies (KPMG/REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) UK Report on Jobs), now could be the perfect time to search for building surveyors to search for their next career move. 

Know the Position You're Applying For 

Read the job description carefully, so that you understand exactly what your employer needs. This will help you target your CV to the role and the employer. If you are in doubt, you’ll find it difficult to write a quality CV that highlights why you are the right person for the job. 

While tailoring your CV takes a little time, it is well worth the effort that you put in. The CV is your first opportunity to market yourself, and a generic CV may not highlight the specific skills, experience or ability that the employer is keen to hire. 

Lead with a dynamic personal profile 

An employer will expect you to have the relevant qualifications needed to do the job – they will have been detailed in the job description. What they really want to know from the off is that you have the character to fit in with the team and the ambition to grow with the company. 

A dynamic personal profile will include three elements: 

  1. Information about you, including confirmation of your qualifications
  2. Your area of expertise
  3. Your career ambitions 

Make sure that you include these details in the first section of your CV: your personal profile. Be honest while tailoring to the role for which you are applying. If the employer requires an MRICS, make sure that this is what you are. Include your current job title. 

Make your personal profile interesting; a mini synopsis of your professional achievements and passions, and your professional goals, and not simply a highlighted and bland list. 

Make Life Easy for Employers -
Core Skills & Competencies 

According to Canadian company Workopolis, recruiters spend about the same amount of time reviewing a CV as it takes Usain Bolt to run 100 metres: less than 11 seconds. Therefore, you need to get to detail your core skills and competencies quickly. This means right below your personal statement. 

Bullet point the specific expertise that makes you ideal for the position, and include softer skills such as communication skills, time management, teamwork, and an ability to work independently. 

Tailor this section by considering the requirements of the employer, the skills they are seeking, and the environment in which you will be working. 

Prove Your Skills & Expertise 

Underneath your listed skills and competencies, provide evidence that supports them. For example, if the building surveyor job requires that you should be interested in and have knowledge of traditional/rural construction methods, include details of a specific and successful project that you have completed in this field. 

You may also need to show that you have experience in requested competencies; for example, by briefly detailing your experience in AutoCAD and how you produce written specifications, tender documents, and so on. Include the type of clients you work with, and the range of projects you have covered. 

This evidence validates your personal statement and your skills and competencies, and strengthens your application. 

Use Industry Jargon in Your CV 

Some employers use scanning software to scan CVs for the use of common industry terms. Therefore, you should ensure that your CV includes technical language that indicates your knowledge and expertise. If it doesn’t, it may never be seen by the recruiting team that will make the decision of who to interview. As your Building & Construction recruiter what terms they think you must include in your CV so it's easily and successfully scanned by talent management software.

In addition to technical terms, you should also consider words and phrases that pertain to the role for which you are applying. For example, you may include phrases such as ‘degree educated’, ‘management experience’, ‘experience in refurbishment projects’, etc.

One way to ensure that you include relevant terms is to pick them out from the job description. 

Eliminate Irrelevant Details 

The employer is only interested in the skills, abilities and experience for which they have advertised. They are also mostly concerned with recent experience. You should glide over (preferably eliminate) details that are irrelevant to the position or experiences that happened more than five years ago. (This doesn’t mean leaving glaring gaps in your CV.) 

Building Surveyor CVs

Remember, your CV is usually the first meeting you have with an employer. Just like we make snap decisions when we meet someone in person for the first time, an employer will not spend long on getting to know you from your CV. 

In many ways, your CV is like the advert the employer has placed. The building surveyor job advert sells the role to you, and thus encourages you to apply. Your CV sells you to the employer, and thus encourages them to invite you for an interview.

By understanding the role for which you are applying, you can better tailor your CV to help it highlight your expertise and experience that meets requirements of the employer. These six tips for writing a quality CV should help you receive more invitations for interview and, ultimately, land the role for which you are most suited. 

For a confidential conversation to explore the current market and learn of building surveyor jobs that will interest you, contact Macdonald & Company – and don’t forget to connect with us on LinkedIn & follow #BeConnected

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