CV Writting

My CV: “The magic way” to my next project. Your CV is the privileged communication tool with the business world. Recruiters take on average 6 seconds to read a CV, according to an American study. To catch the recruiter’s eye, the layout needs to be simple and the content detailed yet clear. Here are some practical tips to maximise your chances of selection.

How to draw up a professional CV?

General information and layout:

The main objective when writing your CV is a clear and structured layout. A consistent layout, following the request for information given in the job offer you are applying for, will increase your chances. We recommend you to detail your various skills and key information as follows:

  • Job title of the position you are applying/looking for on the top part
  • Education, detailed in reverse chronological order in the centre of the page
  • Professional experiences and positions held in the centre of the page
  • Additional skills in the lower part of your CV

Quality of the content

Spelling and grammar are too often neglected by candidates. They constitute however the first elements recruiters will notice. We advise you to have your CV proof-read by a relative or a professional and to use the spellcheck available on your word-processing software. With this is mind, write a fluent and easy-to-read content with action verbs illustrating your previous experiences.

Your CV should mention all expected information and clearly list personal details such as:

  • Surname
  • First name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Telephone number

Education & qualifications

If you do not want to lose your reader, we recommend you to emphasize several important points for a good comprehension of your academic background:

  • University/school full name and speciality (Université technologique de Compiègne (UTC) Speciality: Process Engineering)
  • Courses or main projects’ names, especially “tutored” projects which could bring added value to the desired position
  • Significant international travels (Period, place, circumstances: gap-year, internship, university exchange etc.)
  • Career description in reverse chronological order

In order to confirm your technical knowledge, do not hesitate to list all known software as below:

  • Software type (Project management, procurement, document management, design, simulation, etc.)
  • Level of expertise for each given software (number of years of experience, projects carried out and software version)

Do not forget to list your language skills often very useful for international projects, as indicated below:

  • Languages in order of importance and level
  • Justify the level of training using a classification (fluent or notions). If fluent, provide a proof (mother tongue, TOEIC, TOEFL, duration of stay abroad, etc.)

Professional experiences & references

This part is the heart of your CV. To lighten the content, do not hesitate to give facts and figures and use bullet points. Your professional experiences (jobs, internships, voluntary work) should also appear in reverse chronological order. Some practical advice to improve your resume:

  • Give details on the scope of the positions held:

     

    • Project steps (R&D, Engineering, Construction, Installation, Commissioning, Maintenance, Decommissioning etc.)
    • Role (Health & Safety, Purchasing, Project Management etc.)
    • Position (Director, Technical engineer, Project Manager, Designer, Draughtsmen)

We recommend to add at least one reference for each significant experience (of 6 months or more). A simple reference check will reassure the recruiter and propel you at the top of the list for the final selection.

To be as exhaustive and as reliable as possible, we recommend you to describe each experience as follows:

  • The length of your description should be proportionate to the importance and the duration of the project
  • Give details on the company branch (for multinational) and use the name of the general project: EPR Hinkley Point, EDF NNB, (Civil engineering department, commissioning and construction services)
  • List your accreditations and certifications (CD, H0/B0, PR1, ISO14001 auditor, BOSIET (Basic Offshore Safety and Emergency Training), COFREND, etc.)
  • Give key figures (Number of people on site and in the department, budgets, size of managed teams, etc.)
  • Add a rapid conclusion for each experience
  • Experiences should always appear in reverse chronological order

For information purposes, MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) – courses divided in different modules presenting specific issues and completed with a quiz – are becoming highly popular and can be used as a bonus in your CV to illustrate your professional skills. Do not hesitate to visit the official website with the following link: https://www.mooc-list.com

 

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