Ask The Recruitment Expert - Is my cv as strong as it could be?

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Published on February 19, 2014

Author: MarkBurton2



One of my regular columns in Health and Safety At Work Magazine, responding to questions and giving careers advice and guidance to health and safety professionals.

Know-how ASK THE RECRUITMENT EXPERT I’m desperate to find a new role in 2013 and don’t think my CV is doing me justice. How do I know whether my CV is as strong as it could be? It’s almost impossible to get a new role without a well presented, effective CV. It’s essential to make sure it makes an impact and gives a clear and concise description of what you have done and more importantly can do for a potential employer. It’s a marketing tool and may be the only thing a new employer will know about you before meeting you for an interview. It’s the way to get your foot in the door, at which point you can show more of your personality and flesh out your experience. I assume that the basics are already there but you must include name, address and contact details, details of relevant qualifications, key achievements, work history and some information about your hobbies and interests. Work in reverse chronological order, for both qualifications and experience, employers are more interested in what you’re doing now than what you were doing 5 and certainly 20 years ago. Most important of all, it must be tailored to the job you’re applying for. You need to be able to modify it so that relevant qualifications, experience and quantifiable achievements are included. By showing what you did, how you did it and the outcomes, you can show what value you can bring to a new employer. This is much more powerful than a list of roles and responsibilities and the more relevant you can make it, the more impact it will have with a potential employer. They will want to know the skills and qualities you can offer, backed up by clearly laid out achievements describing some of your previous successes. Remember though that a CV is a personal document. There are standard formats and template documents that you can fill in but even if it’s just the information about your interests at the end of the CV, make sure that the CV reflects something of your personality. Mark Burton, Attwood Burton At t wood B u r ton is a h ea lt h, safety and environment r e c r u i t m e n t c o n s u l t a n c y, Regional HSE Advisor (Housing) – South West London and Surrey – AB1629 – EXCLUSIVE – £40,000–£45,000 + Car/Car Allowance Does the idea of working for one of the UK’s most successful housebuilders appeal to you? One that has a land bank that ensures you will be busy until 2020. You will work on mainly brownfield sites in SW London and Surrey – R/C frame apartment blocks as well as some housing. If you live within a reasonable commuting distance of SW London, can work with minimum supervision and have considerable experience in the Construction and/or Housebuilding sector, we would like to hear from you. Senior CDMC – London or Kent – AB 1625 – To £45,000 + Car + Excellent Benefits Due to a significant increase in workload, this leading firm of Consultants now has an opportunity for a Senior CDMC to join their team. Working from either their London or Kent offices (the choice is yours) you will work on a range of diverse projects. “Self-starters” who thrive on responsibility are what they’re looking for. Please apply in strictest confidence to Alistair Attwood on 01932 213202. Or email your CV to Fire Risk Engineer – North West England – AB1628 – Very Competitive Salary and Superb Benefits. My client is one of the worlds largest insurers, with a tremendous reputation for quality of service, stability and security. Its team works with blue chip clients across all industry sectors, including property, food, manufacturing, construction, civils and transport and logistics. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong track record of success, either in industry or consultancy. We are seeking experienced professionals with an in depth knowledge of fire risk engineering, flood risk management, business continuity planning or similar. As important as technical excellence will be your personality and fit in to a highly professional and sociable team and clear drive and ambition. The role is focused on property risk and as such we are looking for candidates with expertise in fire spread, sprinkler system design, and fire engineering and the impact on buildings, plant, processes and the supply chain. The team has a great reputation for designing and delivering innovative, creative risk management solutions, helping to differentiate them from their competitors. Anyone joining the team will need to have a similar ability to drive improvements and assist clients to problem solve creatively. The role offers a great package including a very competitive salary, car allowance, private healthcare, non contributory pension, bonus and many other benefits. Please apply in strictest confidence to Mark Burton on 01932 213203. Or email your CV to For many more great roles visit or call us for a confidential discussion 46 March 2013 health and safety at work

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