How to: Write an Engineering Graduate CV

Through the combination of technical and transferable skills, writing a Graduate Engineering CV can be tricky.

By demonstrating technical knowledge, practical experience and soft skills such as communication in one document, this quick ‘How to:’ will set you in the right direction.

First Impressions

Ensuring you have an easy to read, balanced layout for your CV is key to getting noticed for the right reasons, and means that the reader will be able to easily navigate around your information – a great way to do this is through a combination of bullet points and short paragraphs, with bold, neat headings and sub-headings where necessary.

If you are not sending an accompanying letter then a short paragraph at the beginning of your CV summarising your career goals, core attributes, expertise and most important skills and experiences would be recommended.

Following your introduction, a common approach to CV layout is to separate your content into different sections so it’s easy to read and understand:

‘Qualifications and Training’

As a graduate, your qualifications and training are an important part of your desirability for a potential employer, outlining your education history in detail to include module titles and core topics ensures that the extent and variety of your knowledge is understood by anyone reading your CV.

‘Skills’

When you’re applying for your first graduate level job, you work experience is likely to be limited so employers are most interested in the potential you show based on the skills and knowledge you have accumulated. This means it can be useful to create a skills section before you list each job or placement you’ve held. It’s also important to include evidence in the form of examples of how you have gained or used each skill.

Don’t forget to also include transferable skills such as leadership or working under pressure as these are important to employers.

‘Relevant Experience’

It is important to describe in detail examples of the duties and responsibilities you had during each placement. Using the company’s Job Description is a great way to match your experience to the roles criteria.

‘Career History’

Although your career may not be industry relevant, important attributes such as organisation skills, consistent punctuality and good customer service are important to most employers and should not be disregarded. Other soft skills as previously mentioned such as communication and team work are core within many engineering roles

‘References’

Include references, even if they aren’t requested at the application stage, demonstrate that you are confident there are people who can confirm your experiences, skills and qualities. A minimum of two referee’s is recommended, with at least one being outside of your academic circle.

Once you have created your CV;

Don’ forget to accompany your CV with a covering letter, check out our tips here.

You can apply for a job on the Brunel Resources website by visiting our jobs page, selecting your desired role and clicking on the ‘apply for job’ button.