Engineering CV Tips – 17 March 2018

Create an engineering CV that the employer will not ignore.

Follow the tips written by the aerospace recruiters hiring engineers for the most exciting engineering roles. Create the most effective engineering resume.

The resume of a fresher engineer may vary from an experienced professional. Aerospace engineer resume is different from mechanical engineer resume. However the tips below can be applied to all engineering resumes.

This article was written in cooperation with the recruiters hiring engineers for the most exciting engineering roles around the world.

When applying, in general, adding a motivation letter and recommendation letters from previous employers, internship advisors, companies increases considerably the value of your application.
Dinara Karimova – HR Administrator at Space Applications Services

Did you know a recruiter spends an average of 20 seconds before deciding to either discard your engineering CV or continue reading?

Before you start looking at job advertisements, sending CV’s and searching for the company that may accommodate your skillset and experience – try to reverse the order.

Think about the company that would best suit you. What criteria should your ideal employer match? Which values are important to you? What will surely give you satisfaction in the work environment? Are there thing you would not accept in it? Knowing the answers to these questions may help you identify the employers that you would like to work for.

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A mutual fit between you and your company of choice is the perfect scenario. Now comes the hard part – proving to the employer that you belong in his ranks, and you should start doing it from the very beginning – the application process.

Write a short summary at the top of your CV.

In a few (3-5) sentences summarise your accomplishments. Define a clear goal for your career. State the tools you have been using and that are relevant for the job you want to have. Mention the coding language you excel at.

Display the experience relevant to the position you are applying for.

The top of your list of previous experience should provide all the information that a recruiter will be looking for with regard to the job you are trying to land. If you have other experience that is not necessarily relevant to this job offer but still you wish to include it, place it at the bottom of the list.

You don’t need to be concise in your CV when presenting facts important from the recruiters point of view. Structure your job descriptions.

Present yourself when describing your current or previous job positions. Start your roles with a brief intro that describes the company you work for, where you sat within the hierarchy and what the overall goal of your role was. Then bullet point your responsibilities to show the work you carried out and showcase your skills and output. Finish with highlighting some impressive achievements you have made during your time in the position.

Keep it short – it shows the ability of a candidate to go straight forward to a point. Precision is the key.
Dinara Karimova – HR Administrator at Space Applications Services

Recruiters see plenty of CVs daily and work to tight deadlines. If your CV has the volume of a novella, perhaps you should work on it.

Check each point and ask yourself: “Will this persuade a hiring manager to interview me?” If the answer is no, then remove or reduce that point. Be careful though not to overdo and end up with a CV that lacks in the necessary content, as described in the previous paragraphs.

Be specific in your engineering resume, use examples.

General statements won’t always do. Use examples that show your potential employer that you will fit right in. Have you previously taken part in projects that are in line with the position you apply for? Projects that left you with valuable and relevant experience? Have your actions influenced your company? Did they positively impact the company results, image, client relations? By all means, brag about it.

Do not leave gaps in your previous job listing.

If you had time off between employers, try not to leave it on display without comment. Perhaps you took on interesting personal projects, volunteered in a facility, completed various training courses, or traveled… A gap in your professional experience may very well be turned to your advantage.

Use PDF format.

You can never know what kind of capabilities the recruiter’s computer has. Successful reading of a .xdoc file is not as obvious as one might think.

Very often CV document files are troublesome: fonts get lost or unidentified and switched, things get moved around in the layout…

PDF is the best format for your resume. It translates the text format of your document into a visual, fixed vector image, so that the receiving end is getting exactly what you see. This way after exporting your document to the PDF format and opening it on any computer, the font is unchanged. If you happen to be using other programs such as CorelDRAW to create your resume, make sure the text will be exported to PDF as such and not, instead, converted to curves. Convert your MS Word documents into PDF here.

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