How to write the perfect mechanic CV:
1. Find your motivation for moving
Before you start to write your CV, it’s important to work out your motivation for finding a new job.
At M&E, we find that for a lot of mechanics, they feel that their career has progressed as far as it can with their employer and their work now feels stagnant and unvaried. Everyone’s reason for choosing a contract role is different, but we do see similarities.
If you do choose a contract role, you can be sure that along the way you’ll build your confidence, expand your cultural awareness, build friendships and contracts and add value to your CV.
Here are some great reasons for choosing a contract role
2. Writing the perfect CV
If your career so far has not required a CV, perhaps you’ve always worked in the military or have held the same position for a long time, then writing your first ever curriculum vitae (CV) can seem daunting. However, when compared to some of the other challenges you may have experienced in your career – especially if you’ve served in the military – it really is a simple task.
The first place to start is to sit down and write out your job experience since you left school. Even if the job isn’t relevant to your future work as a vehicle mechanic, it may help to show a different dimension to your experience; for example, working in customer service roles can demonstrate that you’re good with people, or having your own business can show that you’re used to managing lots of different areas of work.
3. Making a statement
You should begin your CV with a brief summary of your experience, so potential employers can get a snapshot of your suitability before reading the finer details of your qualifications and job experience. Consider this a ‘personal statement’, a chance to outline your best attributes and the highlights of your career to date. One or two short paragraphs is enough.
If you’ve served in the military, you should definitely mention this and make reference to any operational duty you have had that may be relevant to the role you’re applying for.
You should also ensure that you include in your statement the specific types of machinery you are skilled on which are relevant to the job you are applying for.
Save any personal interests such as hobbies for the end, when you can briefly summarise the things you enjoy outside of work; though this isn’t essential, recruiters and clients like to get a well-rounded idea of a person before an interview.
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4. Adding your experience and qualifications
Next, you need to add any qualifications you have, beginning with your earliest such as GCSEs or O Levels followed by any A-Levels or further education. It’s essential to put down any relevant qualifications that you have earned that directly help your career path, such as any City & Guilds qualifications like Mechanical Manufacturing, Welding Skills or Engineering Construction.
After your qualifications, you’ll need to outline your career history, starting with your most recent experience and leading back to your first role.
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5. Increase your employability as a heavy vehicle mechanic
If you want to increase your chances of getting an exciting role, or if you feel that your CV is lacking, you can take additional courses to boost your experience to make yourself more attractive to potential employers.
These can be taken as part of your Graduated Resettlement Time from the army, or if you’re not serving in the forces you can take additional City & Guilds qualifications from a local higher education facility.
Alternatively, if you’re just starting out in your career you could consider an apprenticeship with a large employer, which can help to give you a wealth of experience and qualifications while you earn.
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6. How to explain your career gap after the military
Finding new employment after leaving the military can be stressful enough without having to explain a gap in your career following your time in the army – for whatever reason. While a career gap is unlikely to put off a potential employer, the ‘unknown’ is something which can stand against you, unless you can easily and succinctly explain it on your CV.
By explaining any career gaps openly and honestly, employers will place you in a position of greater trust.
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7. Keeping your CV up to date
It’s important to keep your CV up to date, especially when working in a contract role when you might change jobs more frequently to meet the demands of the market.
This also helps potential employers to see that your experience is right for a role and that you’re motivated to do all you can in the search for employment.
If you gain a new qualification, or more experience working on different or more technologically advanced equipment, for example, it’s a good idea to update your CV as soon as possible. When a great job is oversubscribed, showing that you have the most up-to-date experience is what will give you the edge.
8. Get professional help
If you’re considering a role with M&E Global, you’re in the perfect position for updating your CV, as our experienced and friendly team will be on hand to help you. We can help you put together a template which will highlight your qualifications and experience, give you tips on how to format and proofread your finished CV.
We will guide you through the whole recruitment process, so you can be sure that you’ll have someone to provide assistance every step of the way.
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