We are thrilled to announce that Matt Bray has joined Advance TRS as Managing Director of Construction. With over 25 years of experience recruiting in the construction, built environment and major infrastructure sectors, Matt has become the ‘go-to’ man in the world of construction recruitment for many of his clients. His knowledge and professional network are a huge asset to the growing recruitment firm.

“I’m thrilled to be able to join Advance TRS, bringing a new line of business to further establish the company’s growing construction sector” he explains.

Matt has a strong track record of using innovative management and business development strategies to work with clients, ranging from major blue chip organisations to successful SME’s, to place senior hires and project leaders. Comfortable and proven in developing strong business relationships, which deliver revenue in a number of sectors, building an enviable portfolio of client contacts and continues to expand his network.

For Matt, “a key skill is the ability to identify a business opportunity, listen to the need of the client and then propose an innovative solution to deliver results. This honest trustworthy approach ensures businesses and people find me easy to deal with and become an integral partner to enhance their business.”

Matt has significant experience leading recruitment teams, B2B sales and senior appointments through a credible and professional approach to the provision of recruitment solutions. His experience and presence have already brought a positive, professional influence to the team, supporting him in his new role to continue the expansion of the company’s growing Construction division.

He brings with him the experience of having previously directed experienced recruitment consultants in delivering both UK wide and International search campaigns, alongside senior level contingency recruitment to the permanent and interim contract markets.

Group Managing Director, Andy Ridout, explains;

“I’m delighted to have attracted Matt to join the Advance TRS leadership team and I feel we have further strengthened our impressive service offering. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, this combined with an exceptional portfolio of clients, which complement those of the Advance TRS Group.”

“His proven track record and unrivalled knowledge of the Construction sector further imposes Advance TRS Group as a market leader in the Built Environment recruitment sector.”

Matt leads the Construction Division at Advance TRS, providing both permanent and contract recruitment solutions for the UK construction market. With a personal focus on senior and executive hires, his specialist team support with construction project staffing for every phase, from concept and planning through to delivery and commissioning.

See what Matt’s clients say about him:

“I’m always impressed with Matt’s network and knowledge of the construction industry. Matt takes the trouble to understand our business and teams before recommending suitable candidates. This ensures that the behaviour and personality fit is as strong as the skills match. I have no hesitation in recommending Matt and his team.”

“I’ve continued to work with Matt Bray over a number of years, as he understands the industry, and targets candidates that truly meet my requirements.”

“It’s been a pleasure doing business with Matt over a number of years – he’s become my ‘go-to’ man in the world of construction recruitment and makes it his business to understand my business.”

To find out more about Matt, the Construction division at Advance TRS or our full client service offering, call 01483 361 061. Alternatively, click here to search for the latest construction, property, rail and water jobs.

A personal statement is usually the opening paragraph on your CV. It should be a short summary about you, to help employers see how you view yourself as a person and as an employee.

We’ve put together three simple tips for writing your personal statement:

How long should it be?

Your personal statement should be one paragraph, aiming for a minimum of 5 lines up to a maximum of 12 lines on a word document. If you’re looking for a word count, aim for up to 150 words.

If it’s too long, you risk repeating yourself and rambling too much!

If it’s too short, you’re not selling yourself enough!

What should it include?

You need to think about three key questions:

    • Who are you and what do you currently do?
    • What are your career goals?
    • What can you offer to your next employer, that could make you stand out above the rest?

Can I keep the same one for every job I apply for?

All job requirements are different. If you have the time, it would be beneficial to adapt your personal statement each time you apply for a job, so you can make it as relevant as possible to the role you are applying for. Make sure you do your research on the specific requirements the employer is asking for, both for the job and personal skills.

Remember, your personal statement gives you a chance to sell yourself in one paragraph. The rest of your CV is your work experience and your qualifications, so this gives you the opportunity to add that personal touch.

Here’s an example we’ve put together:

“As an experienced project manager, I have a proactive approach which has resulted in numerous successful completions of important projects across the rail industry. I am now coming to the end of my current project and am seeking a new challenge. I am a reliable and well-organised manager, bringing various expertise and knowledge to the table. I have extensive experience across the board and my attention to detail and communication skills is what makes me stand out from the rest.


Make sure you ask someone to read through this for you to pick up any spelling or grammatical errors! You can’t always see these when you are writing yourself.

The latest news this week in the Construction Industry


Half-way point for UK’s biggest road upgrade scheme

The £1.5bn project to upgrade 21 miles of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon has reached the half-way point. Read more…

£150m Bournemouth Winter Gardens scheme gets go-ahead

Plans by Bournemouth Development Company for the Winter Gardens scheme in Bournemouth have been approved by Bournemouth Council Planning Board. Read more…

Engie to buy Forrest housing and energy arms

French energy services giant Engie is set to buy the social housing refurbishment and energy operations of stricken North West contractor Forrest Group. Read more…

Bouygues wins £100m London Royal Mail scheme

House builder Taylor Wimpey has awarded Bouygues a £100m-plus contract to deliver the first phase of its redevelopment of an old Royal Mail and Post Office site in London. Read more…

Researchers at Cambridge Uni to develop self-healing concrete

Researchers at the University of Cambridge are using microencapsulation technologies developed by Dolomite Microfluidics to develop self-healing building materials. Read more…

Go-ahead for £270m Swindon ski and cinema centre

Plans to build a 500,000 sq ft regional leisure scheme in Swindon featuring a big snow centre have been given the thumbs up. Read more…


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The latest news this week in the Built Environment


Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-speed lines into city-centre terminal stations at Manchester and Leeds rather than using the existing conventional railway. Read more…

Nearly 98% of bathing waters pass EA quality standards

The Environment Agency has announced that 97.9 per cent of England’s bathing waters passed standards following tests this year. Read more…

A6 Manchester Airport relief road creates thousands of jobs

Greater Manchester is set to benefit from 5,000 more jobs thanks to a new road improving connections in and around the city to Manchester Airport. Read more…

Industry set to ‘smash’ government target after new build completions see 6.4% year-on-year rise

According to the latest government statistics, new build completions accounted for 195,290 of supply in 2017-18 in the year to April – a rise of 6.4%. Read more…

Wates wins £82m London Haringey tower job

Wates Construction has been appointed by London residential developer Anthology to build a 32-storey tower in Tottenham Hale. Read more…


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