As an aviation engineer, the chances are you have plenty of experience and many qualifications that prove your abilities for the roles you desire. However, simply having these attributes is not enough…you need a strong CV if you want to get hired
For aviation engineers, a winning CV remains an essential document to attract recruiters. So, how can you demonstrate your skills, achievements and experience to create a CV that will get you job interviews?
Get the structure right
There may be lots of information you want to cram in. However, without a logical and clear structure to your CV, recruiters will struggle to read it and may not even bother if it’s too messy. Making sure your CV is well organised with distinctive sections is crucial so that your CV is easy and enjoyable to read.
Follow a logical layout with a personal profile at the beginning, followed by some bullet pointed key skills, and then follow with your most relevant and recent experience. A CV should be no longer than two sides of A4, so try to keep the layout and the information short, concise and captivating.
Do your research
It is highly important to tailor your CV for each role and organisation you apply for. For high-demand roles, a blanket CV for every job you apply for will not show your commitment or interest. Make sure to research your target roles and organisations thoroughly before you start writing your CV. Show you are right for the position by including the key requirements from the job description into your CV, so employers can easily see that you are the candidate they are looking for.
Go easy on the jargon
Throughout your career as an aviation engineer, you may be used to acronyms, abbreviations and words that may seem nonsensical to many people. While you may think the use of these words shows your prowess in the industry, they could confuse the recruiter or may not have the same meaning for the organisation you are applying for.
Technical information should be used if it is relevant to demonstrate your achievements, but make sure it is easy to read and easy to understand by all, not just experts in your specific niche. As a rule of thumb, you want to ensure that your anybody who reads your CV can fully understand it; from the first-stage recruiters, right through to the MD.
Prove your results
You may have many skills under your belt. However, recruiters will need proof of these skills, and the best way to showcase this in your CV is by showing your results. Make sure to include your achievements tangibly, using numbers, statistics and figures to demonstrate your achievements in a way that shows what an impressive feat you have accomplished.
Perhaps you developed a new way of working saving the company a significant sum, or maybe you were able to cut production time by a certain percentage or increased the safety record considerably. Whatever you have accomplished, bring it to life with facts and figures.
By following these four tips, you are well on your way to a winning CV that captivates the attention of recruiters and ensures you are considered for your next career challenge.
Andrew Fennell is a former recruiter and founder of StandOut CV, a leading advice centre for CV writing and job search. Andrew contributes careers advice to a number of sites including The Guardian, Business Insider and CV Library.
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