How to format your engineering CV plus a FREE CV template

When it comes to job hunting in the Aerospace and Automotive industries, an easy to digest CV is crucial. A successful engineer's resume showcases your skills and experience without causing irritation in the process.

That's why we've written this guide to help you format your perfect CV to boost your job search, we have also provided you with a CV template in word so you can get your job search started right away!

The Format:

At the start, you need to add the most vital information of your whole CV - If you don’t include your contact information, employers and recruiters won’t be able to get in touch with you, and your details will be tossed to the side.

  • Name - Your first and last name, middle names usually aren’t needed.

  • Address - This is to match your location to the job role. You don’t need your full address, just city/county.

  • Telephone - Preferably your mobile phone, as we can’t remember the last time we answered the house phone!

  • Email - Your email is where you will receive all the job information, it also let’s the employer/recruiter get in touch if you’re not available on your phone.

Next you should add your key skills, this is the place to highlight your strengths and any achievements you are proud of. This will also aid your job search as it showcases your expertise related to the position you are applying for.

Obviously, your employment history needs to be added to your CV, this should only include jobs that relate to the role you’re applying for - you don’t need to include the bar you worked in for 6 months when you were 18 if you’re applying for a Quality Manager position.

List your history in reverse-chronological, including the position details, dates, and company.

Here’s an example of how to lay out each position:

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After your experience you should highlight your Education/Courses. You don’t need to add all the GCSEs you completed just your degree or relevant training courses.

If you’re a recent graduate you should write a bit more detail on your experience at University, such as any societies you were apart of, or any awards you’ve won.

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Lastly, you can add additional information that will aid your job application. It is usually a nice touch to list hobbies in your resume to give it a personal fee.

Adding your referees to the end of your CV is no longer standardised. You can include a line that reads ‘references available on request’, but if you don’t have room, it’s acceptable to remove it altogether.