5 things all Facilities Managers should have on their CV

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With radical changes to the planning system afoot, now could be the time to brush up your CV.

Before you start CV writing, think about how you can differentiate your CV when you’re job hunting. Keep it short, no more than 2 pages, and use bullet points, formatting and alignment so that readers can scan and skim with ease. The more you can tailor your CV to the position you’re applying for, the easier you make the job of a recruitment agency or HR department and the more likely you are to get that interview.

Read on to find out the five things that every facilities management professional should include when updating their CV.

A simple but informative profile

When you’re CV writing, it’s important to keep your profile short and to the point. Keep a tight focus on your personality and experience and avoid generic phrases – they won’t make your CV stand out from the crowd. Instead, you should tailor this section to the job you’re applying for and include:

– Skills that are relevant to the job you’re applying for
– Experience in sectors related to the job you’re applying for
– Character traits that would be an asset to the company

Use this personal statement to good effect to make recruiters to really sit up and take notice.

Keep your skills relevant

If you have more relevant skills than you have space for in your profile, include them in a separate skills section. Again, keep it relevant and focused on the job you’re applying for and bullet point each skill so they pop off the page. Remember, any recruiter will have read through a stack of CV’s so make their job easier for them.

Include your education whatever your level

It’s tempting to skip your educational qualifications when you’ve reached a certain level, but you should always include them whether you’re getting a foot on the ladder or you’re already established in FM. You don’t need to list every GCSE or O level, just the number and the fact that you passed in maths and English. Reference everything in a simple chronological list that says what you studied, where you studied and when.

Show your experience

When you’re including your experience be brief, chronological and honest. If there are gaps in your experience make a virtue of the fact that you went travelling, volunteered or wrote a novel.

Use bullet points to convey the information you need rather than using verbose descriptions – this simple formula is a good starting point:

– Dates
– Name of the company
– Your job title
– Key duties and projects

You won’t need to go in-depth on every FM position you’ve held; try focusing on the last 3 companies or the last 5 projects you were responsible for delivering. Always highlight your major achievements: these might include a project delivered early or under budget. List the kind of budgets you’re used to working with and any promotions you’ve achieved. Recruiters want to know about your successes.

Reference with confidence

Don’t be afraid to list the name and job title of your references. If you’re uncomfortable adding their contact details say you’ll supply them on request.