Concise, precise, with just enough information to make a recruiter feel compelled to interview you, your CV should be structured so that any part of the information it contains can be seen at a glance. If valuable time has to be spent searching through your CV, then it is likely to become a rejection. Hereafter find some general advice on how to structure your CV.
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Name, address, phone numbers and email addresses should all be included. Further details about your nationality, location and preferred place of work are also very useful. If you are willing to work anywhere, you should say so.
The introduction is a vital part of your CV and it is a short statement outlining your personal characteristics. Give a summary that will grab the attention of the employer aiming yourself at their specific requirement. The introduction is your chance to be noticed and tell the potential employer exactly who you ‘really’ are and what you can bring to the role above and beyond anyone else.
Try and link it to past experiences and jobs.
Include all your qualifications, even the MEWP course you did 5 years ago and forgot about. It may be the one thing that puts you ahead of the next person. Sometimes this is all it can take to get you the job. Also, include details of languages you speak and the fluency level.
Present your education and training in reverse chronological order, mentioning your last training at first. Do you have an extraordinary professional skill? List it here as well.
Lifting and hoisting are activities being carried out at a wide range of assets and locations and within lots of specific industries. Locations, assets, companies, industry organisations might all have their specific safety courses, that allow you to travel to the location (think of the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training) get access to the location (such as the Deltalinqs gate instructions) or courses that allow you to work on a specific location, such as the MIST or VCA certificate.
List them here and only the ones that are still valid.
Present your work history in reverse chronological order. Start with your current employer first and work backwards. This may not seem logical to some of you, but trust me, this is how recruiters expect CV’s to be presented.
Use short concise sentences highlighting your main achievements in each role. Do not forget the all-important keywords. Make sure you rise above the noise.
Give more space to detail about your current or recent jobs and less about the past.
Really get to grips with the valuable skills and experience you have gained from past work positions.
Sometimes it is a challenge in itself to keep it short. You might consider to use this part for additional relevant information.
Make a list of the equipment or cranes that you have operated or a summarized overview of all the projects you worked on.
Some may think that this is not important but if you have the same hobbies as your prospective manager it could grab their attention. Also, any related achievements should be listed as they can help demonstrate your winning mentality or dedication to the pursuit of excellence in all walks of life. Only list any hobbies that you feel will fit with the job offered. i.e. If the job is on a heavy lift vessel, don’t mention the fact that you can’t live without a round of golf. Any hobby that demonstrates motivation and commitment is worth mentioning though.
Although it is not mandatory to offer references on your CV, a quick note to say they are available is usually expected. Make sure that you let the referees know your intentions before you offer them up as reference sources.