Why The CV Is Still King In Construction
Several years ago, local newspapers would have pages and pages of local vacancies, but recruitment, like anything has evolved over time and especially with the advent of new technology. For example, people now search for jobs on recruitment agency websites and job boards. But what about the traditional CV? Is there still a place for it in the modern construction industry?
The answer is a resounding yes. For years people have been declaring the death of the CV but in construction it is as important as ever. There is hardly any job in the industry that will not require a CV, so you need to make sure it is up-to-date, relevant and providing the right answers to what hiring managers are asking.
Hasn’t LinkedIn replaced CVs?
One of the big changes in recent years has been how LinkedIn has come to the fore as a professional social media channel. Effectively acting like an online CV. According to the website The Undercover Recruiter, LinkedIn now has 10 million UK users, which means 4 out of 5 British professionals are now on the site. Surely this means that the CV is dead?
No, what it means is that the role of the CV has subtly changed. LinkedIn is used for what is known as ‘passive recruiting’. This is where recruiters and hiring managers find suitable but employed candidates who are not actively looking for a new opportunity. If you’re open, but not actively looking for a new role, then a traditional CV is simply not visible to recruiters in the way that LinkedIn is. But for vacancies that recruiters and hiring managers are seeking candidates for, then a CV is still essential.
Why CVs are still king
The key to an effective job search is customising each and every application to the job and company in question. Two similar site management roles in two different companies may on the surface almost be the same, but there can be small but significant differences. One client may favour candidates more who can get to grips with the admin and reporting side of things, whereas another may want a more hands-on people manager. As a potential candidate, you may need to have both of these skills on your CV, but you will need to highlight one over the other for each application to give yourself the best chance of securing an interview. Quite simply, you should have a separate, dedicated CV for each and every job you are applying for. Unlike LinkedIn, where you can only have one profile.
It’s not just what you say on a CV, it is how you present it. Having a clear, logical structure to your CV will always impress recruiters and hiring managers, and an easy-to-read and concise layout, marks you out as someone who is IT literate, which is always important in the modern construction industry.
If you’re looking for a job, don’t think your LinkedIn profile will do everything for you and that a CV is no longer needed. Utilise both well, and that dream job in the construction industry will be yours in no time.