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4 elements you need on your CV when entering the engineering market

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A well written CV could be the difference between getting an interview and not being considered for the role. Engineering roles are traditionally very technical, require structure, and attention to detail so it is key that your CV reflects these skills. Your engineering CV should have a clear and concise structure that highlights your skills, experience, and education.

Here are our top tips to help you write the perfect engineering CV to help you land that coveted job.

Highlight your engineering education

According to UCAS, the top five roles that Engineering graduates secure are in:

  1. Manufacturing
  2. Professional, scientific, and technical
  3. Construction
  4. Wholesale and retail trade
  5. IT

So, if you’re looking to apply for a role in one of these sectors, or something similar, you know you’ll most likely need a degree. Most universities in the UK offer four-year undergraduate or integrated masters degrees (MEng) in engineering, which is a good indication as to the sort of qualification requirements needed when applying for a role in engineering.

Only subjects and areas of interest should be highlighted on CVs. For example, Maintenance Engineers interested in automation engineering roles should highlight the systems they have experience in, such as Allen Bradley, Siemens, Mitsubishi etc.

Engineering employers love professional development. Include all up-to-date courses, even if you are currently completing it such as Six Sigma and/or Lean manufacturing. This shows drive and ambition for the subject and will always be received well.

Have some engineering work experience to talk about

Real life industry experience is invaluable. Detail your work experience in a structured manner using bullet points. Each bullet point should be roughly two lines long with a concise description of the experience and why it’s relevant to the role you’re applying to. It’s about making yourself as applicable as possible.

Talk about relevant interests and hobbies related to engineering

What you do in your free time can tell recruiters a lot about your motivations, so don’t be afraid to include any clubs, groups or events that show how you’ve developed your skills and demonstrated a genuine interest in engineering. Relevant interests and hobbies will often include transferable skills which could make you a more desirable candidate.

Relevant personal details and professional profile links

As well as including your personal details like name, contact information, address, and date of birth, you should try to include a link to your LinkedIn profile and/or a link to an online portfolio, such as your own website. If you include a link to a portfolio, make sure it includes up-to-date examples of your work. This can act as an insightful extension of your CV.

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