Series 1: CV Writing Tips

Sep 27, 2021

Series 1 CV Writing Tips

Your CV is a way to sell yourself. To put yourself forward and show why you’re the best person for a specific job role. 

However, employers and recruiters can receive hundreds of CVs and applications relating to just one job posting, making it vital that your CV and application is the one that stands out above all others. 

In fact, reports show that employers will spend a mere 6 seconds on average reading your CV – for potential candidates, this means you need to get it right, first time. 

With years of experience in the field of fire and security recruitment, we’ve seen our fair share of CVs, which is why below, you will find some of our top tips on how to write a killer CV for those top-rated fire and security jobs

How to write a CV for a job application 

If we look at a CV in a step-by-step process, the first part of your CV should focus on you.  

Outlining who you are, your area of expertise, why you’re applying for the role, and the great value you would bring to the fire and security role advertised.  Remember you must be concise and relevant at all times. 

It’s vital that you match your expertise and experience with what the recruiter/employer has specifically asked for in their job advert—highlighting any particular achievements that may be worth noting that help to demonstrate how this is the perfect role for you. 

Specifically for fire and security roles, you should highlight any qualifications relating to the specific job role in question. 

Particular qualifications to showcase in your CV could include: 

  • Level 3 Diploma in Providing Fire and Security Systems 
  • Certificate in Electronic Security and Emergency Systems 
  • FIA Training and qualifications, including:
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Design  
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Installation 
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Maintenance 
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Commissioning
  • Level 3 Fire and Security Engineering
  • Fire and Security Apprenticeships 
  • Service and Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers 
  • And much more. 
     

The next section of your CV should then move on to your work experience. This section will form the most significant part of your CV and can determine whether you’re a suitable candidate for an interview. 

It’s important that you take a critical approach to this section, leaving out any irrelevant details.  

Instead, you must tell the potential employer what you used to do, how you did it, and what challenges you faced and overcame to achieve the end result (note: it is always a great selling point if you have facts and figures to support any of the achievements mentioned). 

Your experience should be in full, highlighting the most relevant and important aspects, personalising the information to the job role you are applying for. This aspect is vital. You must link your experience to the job description to clearly demonstrate how you are a suitable candidate. 

However, you don’t need to detail every role you’ve ever had – if it’s not relevant, strip it out.  

Ideally, we’d recommend that you don’t go back any further than ten years. 

Finally, as your CV ends, you should look to include any significant achievements or interests. Again, this area helps show that you are human, so it can be vital when companies look for the right “fit.” 

Fire and Security recruitment 

The fire and security sector spans a variety of business types and job roles, making it imperative that you do your background research and ensure your CV is tailored perfectly to the advertised job. 

Your CV should show how you will ultimately add value to a business. It is a way to show that you are up to date with the industry and you’re aware of current opportunities, challenges, changes, etc. 

Work through and review your CV from start to finish to ensure that your CV is relevant to the position and post you are applying for. For example, have you met all of the requirements and expectations of the job description and specification? 

It’s recommended that your CV be no more than two pages in length; however, depending on your skills, experience, and the role you’re applying for, this can vary. 

Our quick-fire CV hints and tips: 

  • Instead of calling your CV a CV, why not let your name do the talking?   
  • Look to break up your CV with section headings. 
  • Avoid common, immature fonts – keep it clear and easy to read. 
  • Put the most recent information first. 
  • Use spacing and bullet points where appropriate. 
  • Ensure there are no, and we mean no spelling or grammar mistakes. 
  • Avoid generic everyday phrases. 
  • Don’t lie or exaggerate. 

Your CV can be everything, and every CV should be different. Tailored to each specific job role and vacancy, showing the skills and experience that make you the most suitable candidate. 

At Secure and Recruit, we help businesses by identifying exceptional talent for the Fire and Security industry. Matching talent to individual fire and security vacancies, we also help with recruiting technology solutions, including AI (make sure to check out our post on how you can make sure to get your CV past AI technology screening). 

To see how we can help you, call us on 01480 275 700 or email info@secureandrecruit.co.uk