With the increasing demand for skilled engineers, it's a great time to be looking for a new position within the industry. Your CV will only allow you a short window to make a great first impression, so it’s important to cut the fluff and make sure it's up to date with your latest skills and experience. This will then help you to stand out amongst hundreds of candidates and gain the interest of potential new employers or recruiters.
Below, we explain how you can upgrade your engineering CV to ensure you make this happen.
Creativity isn't immediately associated with engineering, but it's required more than you may think. After all, in order to solve problems, you need to find new ways to apply knowledge. To do this successfully requires a creative state of mind to be able to think outside the box.
Writing a CV can equally be just as creative. You have room to play around with your design, so long as what you include is relevant and doesn’t distract the employer from any key aspects. Fonts such as Calibri and Arial can help it to look modernised and formatting can be tweaked and tailored as you see fit.
Tailor your CV
Tailoring your CV to fit the company’s requirements is vital when upgrading your CV. Focus on the required skills and experience needed and tailor it based on the information provided. Research the company and scan through the job description to reflect some of the keywords and phrases used throughout.
However, try not to go overboard, writing a letter filled with buzzwords looks disingenuous so always aim to be authentic. Researching the company culture, its competitors and goals for the year will help steer your CV in the right direction and show that you’ve clearly done your research.
Focus on your experience
Listing your achievements is a great opportunity to impress the potential employer. Focus on any engineering experience you've had during your career and highlight any achievements and positive outcomes as a result. Remember to always make it relevant to the position you're applying for. If you've listed any experience that has no benefit to the company then remove it as it detracts from your key aspects.
Also, don't be afraid to include any non-engineering experience that demonstrates transferable skills. Employers want to know you're a capable and all-round individual, so demonstrating this will only reflect positively on you.
Always try to enforce your key skills with examples to inform the reader why you’re the ideal candidate. Recruiters want to see evidence of your skills and experience to see if you’re the right fit for the job. Start by writing a list of specific skills you’ve achieved so far. You’ll find that you will use different examples based on each different job you apply to.
To impress your potential employer, use numbers and figures to show there are no empty claims in your CV and help increase your value to recruiters. Including numbers will help the reader understand the scope of your current and previous jobs. To ensure you don't give away any sensitive information, use percentages to help quantify your accomplishments
Figures can also help show how you’ve progressed throughout your career. This will prove to the employer that you will provide real results and skills in a practical situation and make it easier for recruiters to select you.
Pay attention to detail
For those familiar with a CV, you’ll know there is no excuse for it being anything less than immaculate. Projects in engineering can be extraordinarily complex and require serious attention to detail. Any mistakes can be costly. It is therefore crucial when upgrading your CV to reflect this so look out for any spelling or grammatical errors. Always proofread your CV and ask a friend or family member to read it as well.
Saving and sending your CV
How frustrating would it be if you’ve just spent the last hour scrutinising over your CV, only for the employer to be unable to open it. By saving your CV as a PDF file, you ensure that the employer will be able to open it on any device.
A CV is an accurate representation of your professionalism. Upgrading your CV to include the relevant skills and experience needed will convince employers that you have what it takes to succeed in their distinctive workplace and meet the company’s needs.
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