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Tailoring a CV for the Energy Industry

Posted on November 10, 2017

Writing a CV on a laptop

No matter what point you’re at in your career, a good CV will be crucial in helping you find a new job whether you’re changing position, company or industry. Most CVs follow a standard template, and whilst the general rules still apply to the energy industry there are a few differences to be mindful of. 

Formatting

A standard energy CV will follow the format of resume summary, skills and professional qualifications, work experience, education, references. If you’re new to the energy industry or are applying for your first position from university then use the traditional format of summary, work experience, education, skills, references. 

Content

Use the summary to give potential employers a brief idea of your skills and work history (and why this makes you perfect for the job), this section should be edited for each application to make it more specific to the job you’re applying for. 

If you have relevant qualifications – such as specific health and safety training or professional training – be sure to include this with your skills and education. If your work experience has been quite varied you may wish to separate your skills into categories such as technical, business, management. If you are chartered or working towards a chartership make this absolutely clear in your qualifications section. 

Network

Include details of membership to any professional or environmental bodies or organisations within your professional skills. If you use LinkedIn to network within the industry, you may wish to include a link to your profile, but be wary if your current employer doesn’t know that you’re looking for a new position. 

Find more guides on writing CVs and cover letters as well as interview tips on our candidate resources page. Upload your CV and we’ll be in contact with you, we appreciate the time that goes into preparing a CV so we promise to reply to every application we receive. 

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