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How to write a great CV for labourer jobs

Published: Tuesday 21st April 2015

A successful, well written and well formatted CV is vital to a successful application for any job. For every job advertised in the UK today there will be an average of 60 people sending in application forms and CVs. Perhaps even more telling is the fact that over half of those people applying are more than suitable for the role. So how do you stand out from the crowd when applying for your next labourer job? Some of the key points to writing a labourer CV are the same as for any application. Make sure that you have checked your CV for both grammatical and spelling mistakes and even ask a friend to proof read it. Keep on reading to find out our top tips for writing a great CV for labourer jobs.

Digital or hard copy CV for labourer jobs?

Should you be sending a printed ‘hard copy’ of your CV through the post or via a digital application process? Which you use will depend upon the requirements of the employer. These days most job application processes are online, even in fields such as construction, and for labourer jobs which you might think are still primarily focused on face-to-face applications and dropping in a printed CV.

Modern CV for labourer jobs

A document with CV written on it with specs and pencil on top

Today a CV is as likely to be ‘read’ and selected for the next stage of an application process by a computer program as it is to be read by a person. In order to make sure your labourer CV reaches the top of the pile, you need to include keywords and phrases related to the job in your CV. For the position in question this would mean including phrases such as ‘labourer job’. Make sure that your CV directly answers the job description listed, as those terms will be looked for by either the human or App reading it. 

The standard length for a modern CV is around the equivalent length of two sides of A4. Make sure everything you write is succinct and necessary. Brevity is better than waffling on with your CV. Include key information including name, address, contact details, summary, work history, skills and experience.

Modern CV Formatting

A CV should open with your name, address and contact details including phone number, email address and any professional social media profiles which you want to include.  You have less than 9 seconds to keep the hiring professional interested and reading your labourer CV. The opening of your personal statement needs to be punchy and attention grabbing. Include a short summary of you, your experience and your drive to be an effective labourer, 3 – 4 lines should achieve this.

Personal and professional skills

Next you need to feature your personal and professional skills and experience in the construction and building industries. Highlight experience in areas such as:

1. Construction/residential, construction/civil engineering

2. Foundation laying

3. Carpentry

4. Blueprint reading

5. Tiling

6. Plumbing 

7. Electrical wiring, etc.

8. Plastering 

Personal skills which you can highlight include: physical health and fitness, strong communication skills, problem solving and accuracy in your work. 

bearded labourer, worker with safety helmet on head in vest standing with arms crossed

Work experience

Move on to your work experience. Here you begin with your most recent positions and work back in time. If you have an extensive work history you only need to include detailed information on your last five years or last few positions, unless there are skills or experience from further past roles, relevant to the position you are applying for. 

Within this you need to include the name of each company worked for, dates you worked for them and the location of the business. Highlight the duties and experience which are relevant to the job you are applying for. As with all aspects of your CV, this area should be tailored to the role. 

The final section, and by no means the least important is to list your academic achievements and any professional qualifications you have attained. Whilst there aren’t any specific entry requirements to get a labourer job, it is always good to show that you have studied and worked towards extra qualifications, skills and abilities. 

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