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Getting your CV on track

11 Aug

A report published by the ORR (Office of Rail Road) in 2016 announced that 216,000 people in the UK were employed by the rail industry and its supply chain.  With 215,999 people other people looking for employment in the rail industry, it’s worthwhile making sure your application stands out from the crowd.

We’ve consulted with our in-house rail recruitment team of experts to give you guidance in writing a rail-worthy CV.  If you’ve read a job description that matches your skills, it’s time to put forward your application. Read our tips below to put your CV at the top of the pile!

Read the job description… again

Go through the job description and highlight whatever skills you’ve got that align to the requirements in the job description. Is a Sentinel card a requirement? Make sure to highlight it so you remember to add it later!

Like a track, you need a structure

Think about how you want to layout your CV and what you think the recruiter will want to know about you first. Refer to the job description and bring your skills to the forefront.

We would generally recommend the framework below:

  1. Name and contact information

  2. Short summary about yourself

  3. Experience – your career history

  4. Your skills and certificates

  5. Education – Include higher education or training courses you’ve attended

Bulk it up

Now that you know how you want to lay it out and what order things should go in, it’s time to get writing! Take out some time to include the detail and keep the job description at the front of your mind. If you’ve highlighted skills required that you have or specific courses you’ve been on, be sure to add those in!

No fibbing

Worried that you only tick 8 out of 10 boxes on the list of requirements? It’s natural to want to upsell yourself on your CV but lie and exaggerations can catch up with you later on! Be honest and make sure you portray yourself accurately and be sure to highlight the boxes that you do tick.

Check, check and check again

You’ve got all the information together and it’s matching up to the job description really well. Don’t let confusion with simple spelling and grammar mistakes let you down at the last hurdle. Check it twice and ask someone you know who has a keen eye for detail to look it over for you.

It’s as simple as that! You’ve got a top CV and now you’re well on your way towards landing your next role in rail. Don’t forget to register your CV with Primat and check out our website to view the latest opportunities in major UK rail projects.


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