How’s your Curriculum Vitae looking?

Whether a Design Manager, Maintenance Engineer or Graduate/Trainee Engineer looking for a job or simply looking to refresh your CV. We thought we would provide a few key pointers to bear in mind when putting pen to paper.

Firstly , it is important to remember that you need to present yourself, skills and accomplishments.

Contact Details – Double, triple, quadruple check. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to contact the perfect candidate. If in any doubt always get someone to have a look for any typos!

A short summary – this is what recruitment consultants look at first. Recruiters spend a lot of time reading CV’s so make yours stand out. Also, use this section to explain why they should hire you. Think what makes you right for this position? Highlight your experience, key skills and how you would suit the role advertised. What qualities do you have that would suit the role?

We’ve put together an example summary for a Senior Manufacturing Process Engineer.

“ I am an experienced Senior Manufacturing Process Engineer with 15 years’ experience in the automotive industry in the UK. I have a lot of transferable skills from pre-delivery to customer handover of the production system. My main skilled areas include Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Machine Equipment and system launch, problem solving and six sigma and productivity. I am a strong engineering professional with a lot of technical skills, enthusiasm and malleability. “


Some people chose to include these in the experience section however by adding a separate section it makes it clearer to read. Tailor those skills to fit each job application.

We have had a look at an example of an Aircraft Engineer’s skills section.

  • Leadership
  • Problem solving
  • Strong oral and written communication 
  • Design optimisation
  • Risk management
  • Teamwork


It is important to list qualifications on your CV. Recruiters need to be sure that you have the right qualifications for the job they are hiring for.  In this section make sure you focus on technical skills.  

Some qualifications that you might find on the CV of a mechanical engineer include:

  • Light Vehicle Maintenance Diploma Level 3 (2014 – 2016)
  • Light Vehicle Maintenance Diploma Level 2 (2010 – 2012)
  • CAD
  • Training: Risk Management

Work Experience

Highlight here the experience that you have suitable for the role you are applying to. The CV should display your achievements in both current and past positions. Try to show evidence of these achievements (percentage increases or financial figures). Make sure you mirror the language of the job spec in your CV and try to short sentences. Bullet points work well in this section.


Some roles will require you to have a degree specific to that job role. Include any education you have received in the relevant areas, it will strengthen your application, as recruiters will have a clear understanding of your background knowledge.

Hobbies and interests:

Don’t forget to include this small section at the bottom. It can help the recruiter to identify whether you’d be the right fit to their company.

Some examples;

  • Coding or computing (technology jobs)
  • Drawing, woodworking, and DIY (Engineering)
  • President of the local sports club (management positions)

Finally: Goodluck!

Click HERE to see the current vacancies we have at Ernest Gordon Recruitment. If you are looking for a change in career don’t hesitate to contact us.