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Seven top tips to perfect your engineering CV and covering letter
engineering employers, notably smaller companies, prefer CVs and covering
letter. Here are some hints and tips to help you perfect your CV and covering
letter to convince recruiters you’re right for the job.
1.Length of your CV: A CV
should be no more than two pages of A4, and a covering letter just one page. By
researching the skills sought by the employers you’re targeting and then
matching your experience to theses you should be able to fit in all the
information that is relevant to that particular graduate job.
2. Layout: the layout of your CV
is important. Choose a layout that is clear and easy to read, avoid small fonts
and large sections of text. Use a skills-focused or chronological format for your
CV, depending on what sells you best, and remember to tailor your CV to each
3.Personal statements: many students start their CV’s with a
brief personal statement outlining their abilities and aspirations. If you
choose to do this, be specific and keep it relevant to the engineering job in
4.Educational history: your educational history from your university
years should include your predicted or actual degree class, information on
group projects and your dissertation, any modules relevant to the job, and
relevant academic awards. Include you’re a level (or equivalent) subjects and
grades. Give GCSE/standard grad results.
work experience: outline engineering work experience in your CV, judging how
much detail to give by how closely it relates to the specific job you are
applying to. Explain what skills you learned and how they can be transferred to
the position in question.
work experience: many engineering employers
look very favourably on achievements and experiences outside engineering. This
can be a real boost if you haven’t been able to secure engineering work
experience – and can give you an extra edge if you have. Examples worth
mentioning include fundraising, voluntary work, organising independent overseas
travel, sporting achievements or taking a leading role in a university society.
Don’t go into detail: summarise your achievements and any transferable skills
7.What’s the point of a covering letter?Most engineering graduates have a
fairly wide range of career options open to them. Outside the engineering
sector, graduate engineers are sought after for their numerical skills and
problem-solving mentality; inside, there’s a wide range of industries and job
types that engineers of most disciplines can choose from. Your covering letter,
therefore, is a chance to convince the engineering employer in question that
you want to work in their industry, for their specific organisation, and in the
job role advertised.