The number of jobs available in the Health and Safety sector is rising. By 2020 it is predicted that 2,252,000 people will work in the industry.
The role of a Health & Safety Advisor is to ensure the safety of their colleagues and visitors on site. The work can often be unpredictable and challenging but highly important and hugely rewarding.
Whether you are an industry veteran or new to the industry, follow our tips to help get your CV past the first round of checks:
- Don’t drown in details: Make sure your CV contains all the important details, but do not make it too long so the reader loses interest. It is common practice for a CV to be around 2 pages in length, however 3 pages is also acceptable.
- Online presence: Refer back to your professional profiles. It is common place for recruiter’s and hiring managers to check out your online details. Make sure all your details are up to date. Use it as a chance to expand on your experience and industry knowledge.
- Make it easy to read: Keep technical terms to a minimum as the person who is reading the CV may not be familiar with them. At the same time don’t be too vague. Having the right balance of technical keywords is important to show that you know what you are talking about, but, take care not baffle the reader.
- Shine like a star: You want your CV to stand out from the crowd so tailor it to each specific job opportunity. Generic CV’s are easily spotted. You want to show that you have are genuinely interested in the role and not just applying for every job that is advertised.
- Knowledge counts: You must be able to demonstrate that you have all the up to date relevant qualifications and skill set. Make it easy for the reader to find, list them in chronological order.
- Talk the talk: A large part of working in Health & Safety is dealing with people. Having effective communication skills is vital. Demonstrate this in your CV by including a ‘Personal Statement’ and ‘Personal Skills’ section. Focus on the positive attributes that are important in this role e.g. a keen eye for detail, a good negotiator, a tactful approach etc.
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