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The 5 skills your mechanical engineer CV must have
If you have a good understanding of the types of skills most commonly expected, you are already one step ahead of the competition. But trying to figure out what an employer wants to see on your CV is not easy. Your first stop is of course the job advert, which will set out some of the key skills the employer is looking for. Try to focus on these when writing your personal statement and employment history, as they’re what matters most to the employer.
Some skills, however, just go without saying – and an employer probably won’t list them in the job advert for that reason. These include:
Your experience in the industry needs to shine through on your CV. It will reassure the employer that you have the knowledge and expertise they’re looking for. Using the right keywords within your CV should give them confidence in your abilities. You should also include industry related results and achievements that will clearly demonstrate your understanding for what they want.
If however you lack the relevant work experience you can still swot up on the industry. Your lack of experience shouldn’t hold you back, so take the initiative and improve your commercial awareness. This will also help you greatly in the interview.
If the role you’re applying for requires team interaction on a daily basis, then your CV needs to show your awareness for this skill. Some individuals write a CV that only focuses upon their own achievements, but you can break the mould.
Write a CV that provides examples of the team’s efforts and the resulting success. Although your CV is mainly all about your own skills and attributes, it also needs to show your willingness to help others and achieve the company’s goals.
TEAM = Together everyone achieves more.
Communication is an integral part of everyday working life. Written or verbal – effective communication gets the best results. Your CV will act as an initial test of your written communication skills, and will be under scrutiny. Are there any spelling or grammatical errors?
You ability to communicate effectively can be proven within your CV. Focus upon what matters to the company. For example, if you are writing a mechanical engineer CV, it would be vital to the company that you are able to do the following:
- Show good oral communication skills and confidence in dealing with a range of people, including clients, contractors, designers, directors and plant operators.
- Show precise and concise written communication skills.
These traits would need to be demonstrated within your CV using examples from your experience. You might also consider attaching examples of your work, such as planning documents, audits, reports and recommendations you have worked on.
Time management/organisational skills
How you organise your time effectively throughout a normal working day is essential. An employee who has poor time management and organisational skills will often be less productive, and mistake can easily be made. Meeting deadlines and handing that report in on time shouldn’t be a problem for you. This is why you need to include this soft skill on your CV.
The employer wants to be able to place their trust in you to be able to carry out your duties in an organised and timely manner. They do not want to have to micro-manage you on a daily basis. Include examples within your CV that shows you know how to manage your time effectively. It could include details of projects or anything else that demonstrates your ability to be organised.
Specific job related skills
The most important skills which need to be in your CV are those that have been requested on the job advert. These specific or hard skills are often mandatory, so without them on your CV you might as well not apply.
But however obvious these hard skills may appear, you’d be surprised at how many people miss some of them off. In some cases you will find that the candidate has those skills but fails to match the right keywords from the job advert. In other words, they are the same skills but have been named differently. Or have hidden the skills within their work experience or qualifications/education.
Matching the skills on the job advert is the key to getting an interview. Those skills are clearly important to the employer and they shouldn’t have to read between the lines to figure out you have them. Consider creating a ‘Core skills’ or ‘Key skills’ section which highlights the most important.
Another place you can find skills that are valued by employers for a mechanical engineer CV is on job profile websites such as Prospects.ac.uk.