Searching for your next facilities management job can be a daunting prospect. Maybe you’ve risen through the ranks with your current employer over a number of years but are seeking a new challenge?
Perhaps a facilities management job opportunity has come up that you’d be a fool not to throw your hat in for?
Regardless of your reasons for seeking a new role the first thing you need to do is make sure that your CV is in order. However, if you have been with the same organisation for a long time it may have been a number of years since you last spruced up your resume.
We look at the things that you need to be aware of in order to catch a recruiter’s eye and dramatically increase your chances of landing that plum new facilities management role.
Does your CV represent your full facilities management experience?
If you have been promoted from within at your current organisation there is a high chance that you haven’t updated your CV for a while. So it may seem an obvious suggestion but make sure that you have included your most recent experience.
And even if you haven’t actually changed job title there is still a high chance that you have gained new experience since you last applied for a new position.
For example, have you learnt to use project management software in the last year?
Has your team grown and you’ve taken on slightly more supervisory status or are you dealing with more senior executives on a more regular basis?
Whether you’ve had to learn stakeholder management strategies or implemented new processes in your team don’t be shy in making the most of “soft skills” that you have developed in your current position.
And rather than just stating your role and responsibilities demonstrate in your CV how you had a positive impact on your department or organisation, such as increasing productivity in your team.
Tailor your CV to the exact facilities management role you are going for
The term facilities management obviously covers quite a broad range of areas and responsibilities. So it could be that during your facilities management career you gathered quite a wide range of experience.
However, this may not all be of interest to an employer who has to wade through countless CVs in order to select the top candidates to interview. They will be looking for someone whose experience matches the demands of the position.
So if the facilities management role you are applying for is one that focuses more on property development and planning, you don’t need to waste space on your CV going into great detail on your experience with HVACR building systems.
Make sure you concisely address the requirements of the job specification, ideally in bullet points, so the recruiter will quickly and easily see you have the relevant experience and your CV will be top of the pile of potential interviewees.
Make sure your CV is fit for purpose
CV formatting has changed a lot over the years, so if your resume hasn’t been updated in a while the layout may need a spruce up as well as your recent job experience.
While you want to include as much information as possible you don’t want your CV to look cluttered, making it difficult for employers to discover why you are the best man or woman for the job. Ensure your CV is no more than two pages long, and as stated above, try and stick to bullet points which highlight your relevant facilities management experience.
Also, make sure you get a second pair of eyes to have a look over the document. When you’ve been slaving a way over a lap top getting the formatting perfected it can mean you miss a careless typo or spelling mistake.
Getting a friend or family member to take a look will ensure that any formatting issues or grammatical errors are picked up before that all important employer scrutinises your CV.
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