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CV Tips: How should I present information on projects I have worked on?

4 months ago by Daniel Stargatt
CV Tips: How should I present information on projects I have worked on?

We’ve written a lot of articles about what to include and what not to include in your CV. In this article we take a look at one of the most crucial pieces of information on any construction professional’s CV…. Project information.

Employers always like to see relevant experience when looking to hire new members of their team, so it’s important to not only offer this information in your CV but to also make it clear and easy to read. When our Recruitment Consultants are looking at CVs one of the first things they look at is what projects have you worked on to see if you have the relevant experience for the role they are hiring for.

Below we have outlined some key points for you to include when listing the projects you have worked on, to help put you in the best position when applying for jobs…

Order of projects and where to include them

When listing out your projects remember to write them in chronological order, the same as you would do with your work history. With regards to where you include the project information, we suggest you include a list of projects under the relevant company when listing out the companies you have worked for in the work history section. This will make it easier for the person reading your CV to gain an understanding of which company you worked for when working on the project.

Type of project

The first thing to include is the name of project you worked on. This should include the name of the project and the value of the project. This is essentially your header for this specific project.

Size of project

The next piece of information should be about the size of the project, which can be done in a number of ways depending on the type of project you worked on. It could be based on units built or square footage of the project. For example, if you worked on a housing development, how many houses were built? Or if you worked on a retail fit out, how big was the square footage of the project?

Duration of the project

Next is the duration of the project or the duration of the time you worked on the project. All you need to do here is literally include how many months/years this project lasted or you worked on the project for… simple!

Location

All you need to include here is the city/town the project was located… it’s up to you how specific you are I.e. full address.

Your remit on the project (role within project)

Now we’re down to the nitty gritty. Once you have included all of the information about the type, size, location and duration of the project it’s time to write about your role within the project. There are a few ways you could spec this out, but we suggest you keep it to the key aspects of your role within the project and use bullet points. This will allow you to be concise and make it easier for the person reading your CV to pinpoint the important information. Ultimately, what we’re looking for here is what you actually did during the project and what parts of the project you actually worked on.

Project specifics - It’s important that you mention specifics such as forms of contract, software used and anything you think that is integral to your profession and role. You can quite easily include this when talking about your remit (role within project) but we thought it was important to highlight to ensure that you don’t miss this information out.

What and who you were managing - If you are in a management position, talk about the size of team you were managing, don’t just put ‘managed a team’. This may sound obvious but we do receive CVs that just state that they managed a team with no numbers to support it. Another thing to consider is discussing what part of the project you managed, be specific.

A good tip to consider - Think about the job you are applying for and see if you can include any responsibilities you undertook during the project that matches with the job you applying for. Make it easy for the person reading your CV to be able to match your experience with the job they are hiring for.

Layout

Finally layout. This is purely a suggestion but below is how you could simply layout project information on your CV. Please note that although we have only included five bullet points in the role within project section, use your own judgement as to how many you feel you need. If you need more then that’s fine but be conscious of not making your CV too long…

Quay Street residential development - value of £100m

Size: 300 luxury apartments

Duration: 18 months

Location: Manchester

Role within project:

  • Example 1
  • Example 2
  • Example 3
  • Example 4
  • Example 5

Another thing to consider when looking at layout, is to make it consistent. If you have worked on lots of projects throughout your career then make sure you present the project information in a consistent layout and be concise with the information your are sharing… Make it easy for the person reading your CV to follow.

Summary

What you’re trying to achieve here is to show off your experiences and help the person reading your CV to pinpoint you as an ideal candidate for the job they are hiring for. Projects are an important aspect of any construction professional, so make sure you include the key information on your CV.

We hope this article has helped!

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