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Careers in Aerospace: Top CV Tips

A career in the aerospace industry can be rewarding and challenging, with the opportunity to work on some cutting-edge technology projects which may well impact on all our lives in the future. At Anderselite we are aware that, some aerospace candidates could miss out on a job simply because their CV wasn't up to scratch. So, whether you're a graduate looking for your first job, or have experience and want to shift up a gear, here's some suggestions to help you write a high-flying CV and land your dream job.

First Impressions Count
It's estimated that employers positively or negatively assess a CV within the first few seconds of opening the envelope and spend only two minutes reading what it contains. That means that you only have one chance to impress them. Getting the fundamentals right will enhance your chances of being invited to interview. There is no standard format for CVs but there are some basic guiding principles which will help yours stand out from the rest.

Keep it clean and ordered and allow as much white space as you can. Use a sans serif typeface if possible (for example Arial, not Times Roman) for maximum legibility and clarity. Keep the margins as wide as you can and experiment with bold and italic versions of your chosen font to differentiate between, for example, your previous job title or educational establishment and the dates you were there. This will break up the page, allowing the reader to access relevant information more easily. Finally, keep your CV as short as possible. Two pages are the maximum anyone realistically needs; employers simply don't have time to wade through page after page of information.

First Section
Start with the title "Curriculum Vitae" at the top. Underneath put your name, address and contact details, including an email address and mobile phone number. There is no need to put your date of birth, as age discrimination is now illegal in the UK and employers cannot make a decision on your suitability for employment based on your age. However, this will become apparent to them when they read your educational and previous work experience dates.

Personal Statement

This section should tell the employer, briefly, about you, your personal qualities, achievements and ambitions. It need not be long - a short paragraph will do - again, brevity is always best. Consider using bullet points for extra emphasis. This is your first chance to really 'sell' yourself to your potential employer, so try to start with a bang, introducing yourself as, 'Currently working as...' or 'Recently graduated from...'. Next, state what type of position you are looking for - you should individually tailor each CV to the specific role you're applying for. This will indicate that you've taken the trouble to personalise your CV rather than operating a blanket approach. The final part of your personal statement should reveal your long-term objectives - this needs to be carefully worded and should be based on research gleaned from both the initial recruitment advertisement and the company's website. In this way, you will demonstrate that you've put a lot of thought into your application and are committed to the role.

Employment History
Start with your most recent role and work backwards, chronologically. This is your chance to highlight the experience and skills you have which overlap with those the employer needs. Emphasise what contributions you have made to previous employment, always bearing in mind what an aerospace employer will require and what particular sphere you specialise in. Don't forget to mention why you left previous jobs, i.e. 'To take up new role with next employer', or 'To undertake voluntary work abroad'. The more experienced you become the less relevant, for example, a Saturday job when you were a student becomes - but if you have the space, it's still good to include less significant roles to show that you are dedicated and prepared to work hard.

This section allows you to indicate what training courses you have undertaken and their relevance to the position for which you are applying. Draw attention to courses which are pertinent to the section of the aerospace industry you are interested in and make sure you include the levels of qualifications you received, if applicable.
Hobbies and Interests
These can offer an employer a glimpse into your personal life to demonstrate to a potential employer that you're a well-rounded human being, with interests outside work. Don't make things up, however and state that you enjoy sky-diving or are a black belt in judo when you're not. Such little white lies which are designed to impress, will inevitably catch you out in the long run. If you simply enjoy spending time with your family at the weekends, don't be afraid to say so.

Ideally include two references, one of which should be your current employer. They should be people who can comment on your professionalism, experience and skills. If you are fresh from university, ask your senior lecturer or professor if they will be your referee.

At Anderselite, we wish you all the very best in your career and hope that your ideal Aerospace role is just around the corner. Send us your CV and keep checking the Anderselite website for the latest vacancies and you’ll be sure to never miss a trick!

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