No matter what role you are applying for, most employers nowadays are looking for a CV and not only this, but one which is clear, concise and error free. Your CV is the opportunity to tell potential employers about your experience and skills and to give them a reason to hire you. If you’re not quite sure where to start when compiling your CV, these tips should help you make the most of your CV and put you on the right track to securing the role you want.
Length of CV
There is a lot of confusion about the length of a CV and which is the most appropriate. It does vary but as a general rule, you should be able to keep your CV to around 2/3 pages. Many candidates will try and shorten their CV so it all fits into one page or they will mention every detail of their career history, turning the CV into a short novel! Remember that consultants are often inundated with CV’s and simply don’t have time to read pages and pages, but they still need to gain an understanding of your abilities. Keep it concise and clear as to what you do and what you want.
It may seem obvious but many candidates actually forget to put their contact details on the top of their CV. The consultant isn’t going to have the time to try and track you down so always ensure you have your telephone number and email address as the basic contacts. It is also a good idea to have your LinkedIn profile link as it will give the consultant the chance to find out more about your expertise and any endorsements you may have.
Engineering is one of the most diverse industries you can think of and as such, your profile really needs to stipulate exactly what kind of engineering role you are looking for. Whether you are service/installation or maintenance, your profile is the opportunity to be clear about your aspirations.
Always ensure you have a section dedicated to your education. Include degrees, diplomas and any courses you have undertaken outwith or in the workplace. Every bit of training is worthwhile mentioning in your CV. Your highest qualification should be at the top. You should also include any membership of professional bodies you may have.
Start with your last role and work your way back. Provide the name of your employer, the dates you worked and your job title. The duties should be in the form of bullet points and you should leave out any salary information, this can be discussed at a later stage.
It is always a good idea to mention some of your interests at the end of the CV as this helps to personalise it and can give the employer a better insight into what you are like as a person. Always keep this positive and general, the consultant doesn’t need to know you enjoy drinking in your local on a Friday but would be interested to hear about the sports you are involved in.
Spelling and Grammar
It is absolutely essential that you check your CV thoroughly for any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Ok, you are not applying to be a teacher but you need to show that you have put time and effort into your CV, otherwise the consultant won’t be confident about your effort in the workplace. Use the spell check option and ask someone you know to have a read through it, just to make sure.