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Construction Site Manager CV
I am a vastly experienced, highly respected solution-focused Site Construction Manager with over twenty-five years’ expertise. I provide advanced technical abilities and a full knowledge of all stages of managing projects and a proven track record of delivering projects on time, within agreed client specifications and on budget. I am an engaging and confident communicator who effectively manages and develops teams and understands the need to support the individual and the team to reach objectives. I have continually demonstrated a clear passion for high-quality workmanship and I am highly skilled in working to health and safety regulations, time constraints and project guidelines.
Advanced problem solving and decision making skills
Exceptional project management skills for large-scale construction activities
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Knowledgeable about health and safety in the construction industry
Ability to be responsive to change and to multi-task in a demanding environment
Peter Langley Construction | Site Manager and Project Manager | May 1998-Present
Over 20 years ago, I founded my own construction firm and I provide the complete project management to residential customers for projects valued up to £500K. This has also included refurbishments, complete fit- out of hotels, schools, churches and offices. I maintain overall accountability for hiring, monitoring and supervising a team of onsite tradesman, including carpenters, electricians, painters and joiners and decorators. I also work with the most competitively priced suppliers.
Instrumental in managing relationships with customers whilst onsite to ensure the seamless delivery of projects within their expectations and budgets
Managed strong working relationships with local architects and building control to ensure the relevant drawings were of the highest standards and projects were signed off
Provided specialist input in relation to advising customers on project amendments and where the space could be better maximised
Invited as a guest speaker at the local college to talk to apprenticeship students on the benefits of gaining working experience
Overall accountability for all aspects of building and development including sourcing and securing private contracts
Served as the main designer for the internal fittings; including lighting, heating systems, interior design, fireplace and staircase design, joinery, alarm systems, audio and video systems, kitchen design, bathroom design and roof design
Took full responsibility for all groundwork and drainage, underpinning, concrete floors and structural work, oak truss renovations, cut roof and roof covering, first-floor construction, stud work, brick and stone laying, flagstone laying, kitchen fitting and wall tiling
Barnes Construction | Apprenticeship| 1995-1998
I successfully completed a multi-skilled apprenticeship in all aspects of general site construction whilst working for a local builder to develop skills and expertise. I also worked alongside the family building firm where we undertook a variety of projects including painting and decorating, tiling and carpentry.
Regarded for the ability to develop strong working relationships with clients and instrumental in securing an additional 10 new customers
Worked as part of a productive and collaborative team ensuring the achievement of set targets
Utilised skills and passion for the industry which resulted in gradually taking on more complex projects including the complete renovation of three self-owned properties
Completed a wide range of projects including single and double story extensions, loft conversions, cellar conversions, complete house restorations and barn conversions
Coordinated, directed and monitored subcontractors’ on-site activities and ensured that all drawings, tools and materials were available in line with the planned activities
Construction Site Supervisor’s Safety Certificate and Gold CSCS Gold Card
General Constructing Apprenticeship, Southampton City College (1995-1998)
Hobbies & Interests
Alongside managing my busy construction firm, I also oversee my own property portfolio, including completing a yearly refurbishment project. I also look after 30 self contained flats and all the necessary maintenance that goes with managing a property portfolio.
I play cricket and football at county level and I also dedicate my weekends to coaching under 14s rugby
I am also an avid traveller and enjoy spending my time abroad learning about new cultures and languages. My recent holidays have included South America, Canada, Thailand and India.
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How to give your construction CV the edge
Most job seekers create a CV for their very first position and then simply keep updating the work history as the years roll on. Unfortunately this will leave you with a tired old CV that just won’t make any impact in today’s competitive job market.
When applying for a new job you should always re-write your CV for each vacancy. Tailoring your application directly to the employer will allow you to address their specific requirements. If you keep the same CV for many years you are going to get left behind.
Revamp your work history
Go back over your list of previous roles and see how many of them are relevant to the new role you are applying for. A generic list of past jobs along with their tasks and responsibilities is not going to impress the hiring manager. However, what WILL stand out is how you detail and highlight the relevant roles.
It doesn’t mean to say you should leave any past roles out of your CV, as a gap would always look suspicious. Instead, you should not worry too much about listing the tasks and responsibilities if they don’t relate to the new job. A brief summary of the role is enough.
“Allow the reader to understand specific facts and figures about the developments you have managed. Include details such as budget, timescales, number of units, size of construction team and description of the project itself. You want the reader to be able to visualise and picture the scale and complexity involved in managing it. So be specific, descriptive and showcase your 4 or 5 major developments as mini case studies.”
Support your roles with achievements, proving to employers that you can use the skills they are looking for.
“Give tangible examples of how your project was delivered, what part you played. List your achievements and be proud of what you have achieved. As a result of your achievements, were your put on a bigger job or more complex job? How did it affect your career?
Wherever possible, quantify your achievements. It is much better to say “increased margin on job by 2%” or “reduced claims by £100,000”, rather than making a more general claim. In the construction industry, this language will have most impact.”
The importance of a cover letter can be underestimated. Ultimately you always want to plan to stay ahead of the competition, bearing in mind you could be up against a hundred other CV’s!
If there are twenty other applicants with the same skills and qualifications as you and they have attached a covering letter but you haven’t – who’s application is more likely to gain an interview?
Sometimes a CV alone won’t adequately represent what you can offer a company, and this is where the cover letter shines. It adds a nice touch and shows how much you care about the position, and allows you to explain in more detail how you meet the person specification.
Jen Wiss-Carline has been a Senior Manager and Consultant for several sizeable companies which included dealing with all aspects of staff management and recruitment. She is also a Solicitor and Chartered Legal Executive, having been admitted as a Fellow in February 2006.