A facilities management job CV differs from other sort of managerial and supervisory-level documents. Prospective facilities managers will need to document the following qualities and experiences in order to help stand out from the other applicants in the job pool.
The crux of the facilities manager is to help ensure the smooth operation of events taking place within a large venue. This is not something that can be done with just one or two select workers, but rather an entire array of workers who are involved with different departments: right down to the food and cleaning services.
Having documented evidence of this experience is necessary, since facilities managers will be responsible for the hiring and often direct supervision of many departments worth of workers.
Similar to subcontractor management, facilities managers will have to stay on top of their budget priorities since they will be forced to work within financial constraints. Some of these can become quite difficult to work with, since some events will be required to run to very low budgets. However, documented evidence of working with low budget events can definitely help set candidates apart from others.
These should be listed on a CV, but true documented evidence should be provided during the interview stage.
Not every event will go by smoothly and large-scale crowds require managers who are able to direct the situation calmly and effectively. Fortunately, not every previous position will allow candidates to exercise or develop these skills, but having documented ability to be prepared is of critical importance as is holding memberships with critical lifesaving organisations, like RAYNET.
Fire evacuation is another key area of emergency preparedness that candidates should be prepared to outline their previous experiences on. Where applicable, these should be listed and interviews should discuss how effective or ineffective the policies were; along with any improvements they may make in the future having had this learning experience.
Health and safety.
Candidates who do not hold adequate emergency preparedness experiences should be able to outline their commitment to health and safety. Previous positions may have required them to draft their own policies and procedures to be implemented within events, which should be presented during the interview and documented on the CV where applicable. Similarly, candidates should list any health and safety qualifications they may hold, like first aid and CPR.
Facilities managers will require an understanding of the buildings they are working with. Not every one will be a pristine, five-star events hall that is maintained to incredible specifications.
This means they will sometimes be responsible for arranging minor works and calling in the appropriate personnel to deal with situations, like plumbing or electrical issues. Not only should facilities managers have these contacts at their disposal, they should be able to discuss times when they have called in their services to help deal with a pending emergency at a live event.
Facilities managers will be required to build and sustain relationships with the key people within their field: namely, property owners, community leaders, and important financial decision makers. Being able to foster these healthy relationships will ensure that events can be held and will undergo less strain when it comes to planning approval.
Facilities managers will similarly be required to negotiate their events with key service providers, like cleaners and food vendors. Finding and securing the best priced contracts will be one of the key points of working in a limited budget, which is oftentimes be the case. Only rarely will events have large-scale budgets and near-unlimited funds available to them. Most of the time, it will come down to the best-priced vendors.
Arranging fixtures and fittings.
Fixtures and fittings sometimes are not included with the rental of facilities and will sometimes be required to be sourced from external providers. This will also play a role when an event holder requires something beyond what the facility has in stock. As the facility manager, they will be responsible for securing these items as requested by clients in order to ensure the visible aspect of the event meets their needs.