How to write a CV for engineering jobs

Whether you’re looking for your first engineering role or switching jobs, it’s important that your CV is up-to-date and industry relevant...

  • An engineering CV should focus on your technical skills. After your contact details, create a section called ‘Technical Summary’ or ‘Technical Expertise'.
  • Break this into subcategories so that it’s easily scanable. Remember that employers only spend an average of 2.5 seconds on each CV, so make it clear what you can do! For example, subcategories may include: Technical certifications, Networking, Programming languages, Web applications, Data applications, Operating system and Hardware.
  • Keep in mind that your CV most likely going to be viewed on a screen rather than as a hard copy. This could be a good opportunity to link to an online portfolio, or add an image section at the end with photos of your work.
  • Only write about relevant work experience. Your pizza delivery job at college or that weekend bar job over Christmas aren’t likely to be relevant to engineering. Don’t waste the employers time with unnecessary details – strip your CV down to your most relevant work experience and most impressive achievements.
  • Check out engineering recruitment sites and make a list of key words, experience and qualities that employers are looking for. Fit as many of these as possible into your CV.
  • Remember that the HR manager may not have your technical knowledge. Avoid using unnecessary acronyms or industry jargon.
  • Highlight your accomplishments. Just because you have had the same duties in another job doesn’t mean you are the best person for the job. Did you streamline the company’s processes, or speed up development time?
  • As an engineer you should be detail orientated. Triple check for typos!


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