Whether you are applying for a job directly or engaging a recruitment consultant, your CV is a great tool for selling your experience and creating the right 'first impression'. We suggest that before you begin your job search and start actively applying for new opportunities you make sure that your CV is up to date and ready to send to prospective employers.
We have seen hundreds and thousands of CV's over the years and have compiled what we believe to the best format to follow below.
A few things to consider….
Try and keep your CV to 2-3 pages (excluding your project list)
Keep the font as Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri and size 10
Despite popular assumption, a selfie is not required!
Don't overcomplicate the format, keep it simple and make it easy to read - bullet point your experience where possible
Use key words. Unfortunately, many employers are busy people and are often overwhelmed with applications, therefore they can be guilty of 'skim reading' your resume. Using key words relevant to the role ensures that your CV will stand out.
Your personal details should be included at the top of your CV including:
Mobile Phone Number
Linked in Profile
Your professional summary is your first chance to sell yourself and grab your prospective employers attention. This should be a short summary (no more than 3 lines!) of your experience to date that showcase your skills and strengths relevant to the role that you are applying for. You may want to consider including:
Years of experience
Areas of expertise
Project sectors that you've worked in
Example: "Senior Mechanical Engineer with 5 years of international experience in the design, delivery and project management of commercial, healthcare and education projects"
Extending from your Professional Summary, list your top 5 key skills. Have a think, what are your strengths, what makes you stand out from a crowd?
List your key software proficiencies including those used for design, drafting, modelling and project management. It is advisable to list your level of proficiency alongside each software.
Revit MEP (Intermediate)
Here, list your qualifications starting with the highest qualification first. Don't forget to include:
Name of Institute
Dates of attendance
Subject of study
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Final Grade: Distinction 6.5/7
University of Western Sydney
2007 - 2010
Professional Memberships and Accreditations
List your professional and industry memberships/accreditations that are relevant to your industry, such as the National Engineering Register or CPEng Chartership.
Here is the important stuff! This section is where you should list your previous employment and demonstrate that you have the skills and experience relevant to the job that you are applying for. We suggest listing your employment starting with the most recent first and going back to any graduate or intern positions that you may have started out with. For each position, we recommend that you include:
Name of Employer and Location
Dates of Employment - month and year
Job Title - list numerous job titles with
dates if you were promoted throughout your employment.
Joe Bloggs Engineering, Sydney May 2012-June 2016
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Technical Delivery of projects ranging from commercial fit outs to large scale hospitals and infrastructure
Successful leadership of projects including budget and resource management, client consultation, and design management
Involved in the improvement of business workflows, leading the development and roll out of digital design tools and training nationally
Mentoring of junior staff
Lead Mechanical Engineer for XYS commercial precinct
Successfully delivered XYS commercial precinct with ZYX outcome
Development relationships with key clients across health sectors to develop $1.5million of revenue
Rather than including details of your projects within your employment summary, we suggest compiling them at the end of your CV. Break down your projects and list them into sectors i.e. commercial, residential, healthcare including:
Name of Client
Name of Project
Value of Project
Overview of Scope
We believe it's important not to overwhelm potential employers, so only go into detail on your 'key projects', and list the others as 'Client, Project, Value'.
References are a great opportunity for prospective employers to carry out background checks to make sure that you have the right skills for the job. We suggest listing 2 references in leadership positions that you have previously reported to as well as at least 1 client that you have worked with on a project. Don’t forget to include:
Name of Referee
Job Title of Referee
Company Name and Location
Your relationship to Referee
Contact details of Referee