Having an effective CV can be the difference between landing your dream job, and searching for months for a job you’ll settle in.

When applying for a new job, engineers must showcase their skillset to impress recruiters. Being able to sell yourself in the 30 seconds or so it takes for a recruiter to scan a CV is essential. Below, we’ve highlighted some key points for you to use as a guide when writing the personal summary section of your CV:

 

Grab the recruiter’s attention

For an Avionics Engineer role, the competition is high. So your CV will need a winning edge. Your personal summary is the perfect section to do this. A couple of sentences explaining who you are, your experience and why you should be chosen for the job.

Use the first sentence to show your worth. For example: “Highly skilled Avionics Quality Assurance Technician with a demonstrated ability to work in aircraft.”

 

Now that you have their attention, they’re inclined to spend more time on the rest of your CV – time to pad out your personal summary with a few skills (we would recommend that you pick out just a couple of standout skills, and then follow up with a skill section).

“Skilled in Aviation Maintenance & Repair, Documenting procedures, Advanced Troubleshooting, Navigation/Communications, Electronic Warfare, Inspections and peer training.”

 

Finally, we can move on to why you’re looking for a new job – you can still sell yourself here. Boast your need for a new challenge and what your hopes are for the role:

“Looking for a role as a Sight Lead or Management/Supervisor position where I can challenge my skills and further develop my career.”

 

Sell yourself

Your personal statement is more than a biography or paragraph about your work experience. It’s a quick opportunity to show recruiters why you are the ideal candidate for their role. But don’t be too modest – sell yourself. This is your opportunity to show them why you would be an ideal fit for their business. 

 

Tailor your CV around your personal summary

Your personal summary should be a snapshot of what your CV entails. The rest of your CV should then compliment this, as well as the role in question. Once you’ve tailored each section of your CV to the job, you have a brilliant opportunity of catching a recruiter’s eye 

 

Tailor your application to each job you apply for

 This is extremely important. Recruiters will be able to spot if you’ve just copied and pasted your CV and personal summary from another application. This demonstrates that you couldn’t be bothered to take the time to write an individual application – is that really the first impression you want them to have of you?  

What is the Aviation Job Expo?

The Aviation Job Expo is the UK and Europe’s only job fair for the entire aviation industry. If you’re looking to connect with engineering and MRO companies, look no further. 

You’ll meet exhibitors such as BAE Systems, Bombardier and Simply Engineering Jobs – simply register for your free ticket now!

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