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Construction CV Template (Text Format)

Forward-thinking Construction Manager with 9+ years of experience managing large-scale construction projects with budgets over £15M. Proven track record of reducing operating costs and construction budgets by over 10%, while ensuring projects are completed on time and in full compliance. Seeking a position at ABC Contractors to apply my skills to large-scale commercial and government projects.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Karmac Trading, Birmingham
Construction Project Manager, December 2019 – Present

  • Manage several small to large-scale projects worth £50M simultaneously while saving £3M annually
  • Direct more than 30 construction projects annually by overseeing all areas, including site assessments, construction budgeting, bidding, negotiations and awards, and project operations
  • Align company resources with new procedures and systems to reduce operating costs by 38% in the department
  • Complete construction projects worth £100K to £15M while assuring quality and adherence to building regulations

LC Trading, Birmingham
Construction Assistant Project Manager, May 2013 – November 2019

  • Oversaw the finances and timetables for multimillion-pound homes, businesses, ground improvement, and infrastructure projects
  • Implemented efficient cost-reduction strategies that reduced construction costs by 11% annually
  • Executed corrective action plans to reduce needless delays in work caused by emergencies and bad weather
  • Managed a £10M budget for 50+ contract packages with a 500-site staff

EDUCATION

University of London, London (2010–2013)
MSc Construction Management, Merit

Relevant Modules: Project Planning and Management; Project Funding and Finance, Corporate Governance and Operations Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Development and Health and Safety

Dissertation: The Application of Green Technology in Construction

Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff (2006–2009)
BSc (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology, upper second-class honours (2:1)

KEY SKILLS

  • Risk management
  • Financial management
  • Negotiation
  • Project estimation and management software including Contractor Foreman, PlanSwift and Esticom

HOBBIES & INTERESTS

  • Carpentry
  • Exercising
  • Travelling
  • Environmental advocacy

How to write a construction CV

Before you begin writing, make sure you know how to write a CV in a way that best emphasises your strengths.

Construction jobs in the UK are on the rise, especially for private commercial and housing work.

But to get hired for your dream role in the construction industry, you’ll need to market yourself the same way you’d promote your portfolio to your clients.

Here are four essential tips to give your construction CV a perfect finish:

1. Showcase your construction CV skills

Employers prioritise extraordinary construction results, and they know you’ll need hard and soft skills to do the job well. So include relevant construction-specific skills on your CV to show employers you’ve got the abilities they’re looking for.

Your hard skills are the technical abilities you’ve learnt through your education and on-the-job training. This technical knowledge is vital for construction workers because it ensures your projects are completed successfully — on schedule, on budget, and without any safety or legal issues.

Here are hard skills to include on your construction CV:

  • Industry knowledge
  • Flexible planning
  • Construction estimation software such as Procore, Estimate Rocket, and STACK
  • Negotiation
  • Financial management
  • Risk management
  • Project management software such as Contractor Foreman, PlanSwift, CoConstruct, and Trimble Viewpoint

Soft skills show how you go about working with clients, colleagues, and site staff. For instance, you’ll need soft skills when you recommend a change of plans to your clients, instruct your site staff on where and how to perform a task, and overcome unpredictable issues. Your hard skills might be top-notch, but you also need soft skills so that your project isn’t compromised by miscommunication and other errors.

Here are some examples of soft skills for your construction CV:

In addition to your skills section, explaining how you used your soft skills in your work experience bullet points is a great way of showing your future employer how you’d work within their team. For instance, maybe you’ve got the knack for anticipating issues and finding solutions.

Here are examples of how a construction manager could showcase their organisational skills in their construction CV’s work experience section:

2. Use strategic construction CV keywords

When employers are faced with a pool of applications, they’ll be on the lookout for job-specific keywords. These keywords are specific to the construction industry, and may relate to the aspects of construction that you’re experienced in (e.g., carpentry, concrete, demolition, and excavation).

Another reason to use construction keywords in your CV is that many employers use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to help them filter job applicants. ATS finds key terms on your construction CV and compares them to the keywords in the job advert posted by the company.

Good keywords to add to your construction CV include:

 

  • commercial construction
  • general maintenance
  • carpentry
  • concrete work
  • plumbing
  • painting
  • flooring installation
  • roofing
  • electricity
  • demolition
  • excavation
  • crew management
  • project management
  • health and safety
  • power tools
  • equipment maintenance
  • driving licence
  • customer service

 

Tailor your keywords to the job by looking at the job advert and doing some research on the employer. Highlight the areas of your experience that make you the perfect candidate for the construction role they’re looking to fill.

3. Present a powerful construction CV personal statement

Your construction CV should open with a powerful CV personal statement — a concise section persuading employers to keep reading the rest of your application. Your personal statement is one of the first things the recruiter will read about you, so ensure it demonstrates all of your strengths.

In your personal statement, explain:

  • who you are
  • what experience or qualifications you have
  • what you’ve achieved in previous positions
  • your career aspirations in relation to this new role

Remember to emphasise your accomplishments rather than your daily tasks. After all, the employer already knows what duties they expect from the role — your aim is to persuade them you’d get the best results. So include some facts and figures from your work experience CV section to further demonstrate your expertise.

Here’s an example of a well-built construction personal statement:

An example of a personal statement for a construction CV with four sentences describing the applicant's top qualifications and skills
Use strong adjectives like ‘Forward-thinking’ to portray yourself as a leader.

4. Plan out a clear format for your construction CV

Planning and layout are just as important in your construction CV as they are in your clients’ projects. Make sure your CV format is visually appealing, with a bold title, clear headings, and good use of white space to lead employers easily through your statements.

Typically, CVs are written in a reverse chronological structure, which means you talk about your most recent experience first. If you already have experience working in the construction industry, put your work experience section after your personal statement.

You can list your relevant construction job experience starting with your current or most recent role and then working your way backwards. After that, write down your education, including any certificates you hold related to the construction industry. List your skills, and round off with your hobbies and interests to showcase more of your personality.

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Eva Chan

Eva Chan is a Senior Digital PR Writer and Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) at CV Genius. Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Eva has 2+ years of experience inspiring and guiding a range of professionals.   Eva graduated from the University of British Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in English.   Eva's insights and career advice have earned recognition from leading platforms including ClearCompany, Dr. Bill, Total Jobs.   For any media-related queries or for a future quote, you can reach her at [eva] @ [cvgenius.com] or connect with her via LinkedIn. Please note that we don’t accept any guest posts.