First – congratulations on coming to the end of your engineering degree! It’s been a long road, but you got there. Now comes the challenge of getting somewhere to hire you, and you can do that with a first-degree engineering student CV.
It may seem impossible to show why you should be hired when you have minimal experience, but it can be done. Once you learn how to create the perfect CV and make your academic experience shine there will be no stopping you!
Why are CV’s so important for engineering students?
Your engineering CV is a personal marketing tool that you can use to wow potential employers and bag a job interview. It reflects all your academic training up to now and should include any relevant industry experience you have. A well-curated CV can stand out from the competition so it’s important you spend the time getting it right.
How to create an engineering student CV
Creating an engineering CV doesn’t have to be rocket science, follow these simple steps below to write an effective student CV:
Ensure your contact information is up to date
One of the most important things on your CV is your contact information. If a potential recruiter likes what they see on paper, it’s important that they can reach you. Include your name, e-mail address, contact telephone number (including dialling code) and physical address, and if you have a website or online portfolio add this too. This should be in a slightly larger font than what you would use for the rest of your CV and feature at the top of the first page.
Add your personal statement
After your contact information, it’s important to include a short and snappy personal statement to give recruiters an idea of who you are, what you can do, and what your career goals are. You should create a summary of how your skills match the job description and explain your experience and education, as well as a summary of why you’re applying for the role. On average, recruiters spend less than 60 seconds scanning your CV, so make sure your personal statement counts.
List your experience
To get a job you need some experience, but to get the experience you need a job. It’s a vicious cycle, but there is a way around it for graduates who may not have much industry experience.
To get a recruiter’s attention you don’t need to show that you’ve been working in engineering, you need to show that any experience you have – whether that be through volunteering, part-time jobs you held at university or university coursework – is relevant to the job you’re applying for. When listing responsibilities, always use bullet points and mention any relevant transferrable skills you have that are likely to make a good impression on the recruiter.
List your education
Recruiters need to understand if you’re qualified for the job, you’re applying for so listing your education is important, especially if you have limited experience. Whilst you don’t need to list every module you’ve done as part of your course; any relevant ones should be detailed along with a short summary of what you did and the outcome.
Include your key achievements
Facts, numbers, and key achievements allow recruiters to recognise your added value because it gives them an idea of the work you’ve been involved in and the impact of your involvement. Bullet points that include facts and figures help measure the results that you have achieved for yourself and other teams.
When writing your CV try to add some measurable achievements, for example:
- Produced a range of CADs that led to the company I was interning for winning a contract for a €1m building project
- Awarded ‘Top Achiever’ status above all other engineering graduates for my consistent hard work and high grades
Proofread your graduate engineering CV
You only have one chance to make a good first impression on a potential recruiter, so after you have finished compiling your CV, make sure you take the time to proofread it carefully. Typing errors and spelling mistakes on your CV can quickly scupper your chances of being considered for a job, so you want to avoid these at all costs.
Ensure you set aside time to proof read your CV and once you’re satisfied with it have a second set of eyes look over it for you. It can be easy to miss mistakes so having a second opinion will always help!