Optimise your Health and Safety CV

Does your CV need a serious makeover?

The Problem: You can’t get a health, safety & environment position because you can’t get an interview.

An interesting statistic that I heard recently was that 90% of candidates believe that they have a strong CV or Resume.

Unfortunately, Employer’s report that 80% of the CV’s that they review are quite the opposite.

So, if you think your Health and Safety CV is great but can’t get an interview, it is highly likely that you are wrong.

Maybe you are moving to the UK and have previous HSE experience, but are struggling to get attention?

 Safeti can help set you on the right track.

How good is your CV?

The easiest way to test your CV is to look at what will call your ‘HIT Ratio‘ ……..in other words………….

How many interviews are you getting compared to the number of applications that you have made?

There is a myriad of reasons why your CV won’t make the cut for the interview stage.

Believe or not, you are not the only person on the planet with a NEBOSH Certificate 🙂

Luckily, most people succumb to the same pitfalls. These can be easily identified & remedied.

The bottom line: if you aren’t getting interviews for 100% of your applications, there is room for improvement!

Safeti’s Top 3 Remedies to get your CV fighting fit

  1. Are you Qualified? Around 75% of job applicants for any position are under-qualified. Suffice to say, they don’t usually make it past the initial suitability test. You are pretty much always going to be wasting your time if you make up part of this 75%. Few people will ever satisfy all of the criteria the recruiter has set out, but you need to be honest with yourself. If it is essential to have a Health & Safety Diploma, your IOSH Managing Safely course ain’t gonna cut it. Be patient and realistic.
  2. Value Proposition You need to make a unique Business Case to convince the company to invest many thousands of £’s in you over the next few years. Think about it, if they choose to invest in you they are taking a considerable financial risk. The challenge for you is to demonstrate that the risk is worth taking. Get into this mindset. Take another look at your CV as if you were in the boss’s shoes, do you think you would be worth spending the money on?
  3. Career Highlights To make your Health and Safety CV stand out from the crowd, you have to demonstrate that you want this particular job. The best way to do that is to demonstrate your suitability for the position via practical examples i.e. case studies. This might seem like a difficult task, and that’s why it is so powerful. Few candidates will put the effort into aligning their CV specifically to what the recruiter is asking for. It is an opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd.

Do you think you can nail the our Top 3 tips on your Health and Safety CV?

If so, awesome!

If you are trying to improve your career in the HSE space, you will find great value in the Safeti Podcast.

We interview professionals, specialists and business owners to help you learn, network and have more impact in your career.

I’ve picked some of the best content that I think may help you below, have a listen!

Episode 1, How to Progress your H&S Career

In this episode, we take a look at how you can boost your health and safety career with Jack Cornick from Allen & York.

Jack provides valuable insights into how the HSE market is developing in the digital age and shares strategic advice to set yourself apart from the competition.

Episode 2: Hiring the Right People, with Adel Lawson

In this episode, Adel Lawson takes us through some of the key focus areas that he uses during the hiring process. If you are on the opposite side of the table, how do you know what the employer is looking for? This podcast will also help you see from the employer’s perspective.

Adel shares his  strategy for selecting the candidates that have the most chance to succeed. We talk about the role of behavioural safety, the need for cultural awareness and  the importance of getting out of your comfort zone.  The ‘Hiring the Right People’ podcast will be provide you actionable advice, whether your are the hirer or a prospective candidate.

Before you go, here is a free template for you to use to demonstrate your skills for your next step on the career ladder.

HSE CV Template   269.4 KB

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