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Top tips for writing a winning CV

On average, employers will only spend 5-7 seconds reading your CV, so it’s vital that you impress them from the start. With that in mind, is it time to give your CV a complete overhaul? Read our top five tips for ensuring you give the best possible first impression to employers…

Whether you’re thinking of applying for your first role or continuing your career in engineering – making sure your CV stands out from the crowd is key if you want to catch the eye of the best employers, regardless of the position you’re applying for!

1. Shout about yourself

Your CV is the first tool at your disposal to market yourself to employers, and help you get to that all-important interview stage. You’ll want to make sure your CV is well presented and clearly structured with section headers, highlighting your best qualities concisely. There isn’t a specific recipe for success but focus on a clean and tidy format with the most up to date and relevant information near the beginning.

2. What should be on your CV?

Generally, your personal details should be on the header of your CV, making it as easy as possible for the employer to get in touch with you. So, remember to include your name, telephone number, address, and email address.

Below your personal details you can begin listing your employment history, starting with your most recent employment, and working backwards (unless you are a recent graduate, in which case perhaps start with education first then experience). Give thought about the job you are applying for, and the skills and knowledge required, as you can link this to your work history, providing insight into the relevant experience you’ve gained.

Following your career history and achievements, this flows nicely into listing your education and qualifications. List your education, starting with the most recent, including dates, full title of the qualification, place of study and results gained. Don’t forget to add any specific modules or projects of relevance.

3. Interest & Hobbies

Hiring Managers are keen to learn about your hobbies and interest to find out more about the type of person you are. It should be kept short and to the point, but can include any extracurricular activities you enjoy, whether that’s going to the cinema, playing PS5, channelling your inner Mary Berry, or heading out for a friendly game of whatever sport you enjoy.

The engineering sector is built on attention to detail, innovation, and collaboration amongst many other things, so highlight what transferable skills and experiences you can offer whether from personal or professional experiences.

4. References – what to include

At the end of your CV, you may want to include the contact details of your references. However, unless they have been specifically requested, you do not need to include these. A simple ‘references available on request’ should suffice to close.

5. Proofread, check, double check and check again!

When you think you have finished with your CV, and you have read it so many times that you can recite it off by heart and backwards whilst balancing on your head, make sure you ask somebody else to read it for you as they will help uncover any errors or highlight areas to improve.

One final point to remember is that your CV is likely to be the framework for any interview you may attend. Be prepared to answer any questions or elaborate on any information provided, so be comfortable with your application before submitting it. Make sure the contents are honest and accurate.

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