Articles - How engineering job seekers can use keywords to enhance their chances

It’s important to realise how important it is to use relevant keywords on your online CV’s, resumes and profiles such as LinkedIn to increase your chances of being spotted by the right employers. This applies no matter what your sector is.

For example you should mention CAD programs you use like

  • Computer aided industrial design (CAID)
  • Computer aided engineering (CAE)
  • Computer aided styling (CAS)
  • Computer aided manufacturing (CAM)

This will help recruiters who are looking for candidates with those specific attributes to fish you out from the crowd.

Don’t forget your previous roles such as for electrical engineering:

  • Carrying out studies for new innovations
  • Drawing up plans using computer-assisted engineering and design software
  • Testing installations and systems
  • Analysing data

While a chemical engineer would:

  • Lab test on developing products
  • Using computer models
  • Pilot production phase
  • Developing methods of dealing with by-products and waste materials in an environmentally friendly way.

You can look at job descriptions for guidelines, as those specific requirements would be what they are looking for.

Listing your qualifications is a must. For example an aerospace engineer could include:

  • Foundation degree/BTEC HNC/HND/Degree in aeronautical/ aerospace engineering
  • The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) licensed

Similarly a mechanical engineer would write about any:

  • Foundation degree/BTEC HNC/HND/Degree in mechanical engineering
  • Five+ GCSEs (A-C)
  • Maths and Physics A level
  • A Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS)

Use nouns not verbs where you can avoid them. Employers are looking for skills, degrees, job titles and names of products and software rather than searching directly for ‘assisted or contributed’.

Ceren Kardelen Sagir | Strike-Jobs.co.uk Journalist

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