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CV Advice

A CV is the most important document you will ever write. It’s the first impression a potential employer will have of you, and to make them more than a potential employer, it is essential you create a lasting impression.

  • Time is critical. Recent research has shown that prospective employers look at a CV for a maximum of 20 seconds!
  • The first page of your profile needs to make an instant impact.
  • A CV should be no longer than two pages, a snapshot of what you can offer an employer that starts with a four line summary of what you’ve done.
  • ‘I established and grew the solar inverter sales from £500k in 2009 to £1m in 2011’ says ‘success’ to an employer, rather than, ‘I was responsible for solar inverter sales.’
  • For design roles, highlight commercial successes ie: ‘I designed 4 DCDC power supply units over the last year, 3 of them are now in production'. This implies a commercially thinking designer.
  • List your career history, starting with your most recent job and ending with your last.
  • For jobs over ten years old just use one line, an employer is interested in your latest experience and that is what you must spend precious space on. Only ever include relevant information.
  • You must ‘customise’ your CV for specific job roles to underline why you and you alone, should be considered for them.
  • Often engineers assume that employers will know what they do because they have used industry buzzwords rather than spelling out what it is they do
  • Your CV must be accurate.  The exact dates between jobs matter, as employers use these to determine continuity, length of service and stability.
  • Time is money. Investing in new staff is expensive, clients value a candidate who shows honesty, commitment and career progression.
  • Those starting careers should include skills and experience gained from part time/holiday jobs, hobbies and voluntary work.
  • Finally, check your spelling, grammar, readability and layout. Nine out of ten CV’s have at least one error in them. Get someone outside of engineering to proof read it to make sure it's short, punchy and to the point.
  • Never assume your CV has arrived, always follow up with a phone call.

At per we want our candidates considered for the roles we put them forward for. We talk prospective candidates through their applications, ensuring their CVs say the things that get them interviews. We discuss prospective candidates with employers and stress their core competencies.

Your CV gives us an opportunity to answer any questions that are asked - and show you in the best possible light, that’s why it’s important you get it right.

Click here to download our CV template (in Word format)