Help your CV to stand out

Understanding the Powersystems job role?

Before you start tailoring your CV, save yourself some time and make sure you have thoroughly read through the Powersystems job description. It may be stating the obvious, but it is important to know the job you are applying for.

The first time you read a job description, ‘treat it like reading a comprehension exercise’, read it all the way through, to the bottom’ then do a quick gut check. Is this role the type of job you could do and want to do? If the answer is yes read the job description again!

As you read, it’s important to remember that some of the information you’re looking for ‘will be explicit and some will be implicit, so it’s imperative that you read between the lines. Take time to understand the message that is being put forth.

At this early stage I like to take a highlighter pen and note the key information for later.

Understanding job role expectations

A job title can sometimes throw you off and you may think it is right role for you, especially when some jobs just require you to upload a CV and it’s done! However, make sure the detail of the job description and between the lines is a good match to your skill set, experience, and career level.

Almost all job specifications will include duties and responsibilities required for the job and normally these will be ranked in order of most important to least. It’s important to consider if you would be comfortable with these daily tasks listed under these headings or if you think with further training, you will be able to deliver the job role expectations.

Research, research, research..

There is much more to Powersystems than just the job application. Make sure you are also doing your research, making sure you know what it is that we do. Read the latest news about us and the projects that we have successfully completed.

Right from the outset, It’s worth knowing if you are going to like Powersystems, agree with what we do, and if we look like the right culture fit for you. Take a look at our Powersystems Vision, Mission and Values, a simple task that can really help your job seeking experience.

What qualifications do Powersystems want in your application?

As you re-read, highlight, or write down details that you give you more insight into Powersystems.

Skills and experience – think about how your skills and experience or allied experience, core abilities and personal qualities meet the essential and desirable criteria of the role.

For education and training,  think about how you will showcase the relevant training and courses that you have done to meet the demands of role.

Laying out your CV

The layout of your CV does matter, and both your CV and cover letter should be sectioned into clear, concise segments that are easy to read.

Reflect on which of the themes, qualities, skills, experience, achievements, qualifications, education, and keywords in the job description pertain to you. Work these into your CV sections, cover letter and any other application materials to make it clear to the reader why you’re a great fit for the job.

It’s important to use the correct terminology when necessary within these sections, on both your CV and cover letter. This will make it clear to the reader that you have relevant understanding of electrical engineering terms and are aware of their meaning.

Your key skills section can include all skills that you feel are relevant to the job specification and your area of expertise. It may be easier to list your skills in bullet points to help it look more organised and to the point. For every job you apply for, the skill section should be altered. (If necessary) Depending on what the job brief asks for, you may have to change the arrangement of skills into priority, from most important to least. Each job will have different skill priorities, so if you have the skills that are requested, make it easy for the reader to find.  

Writing your covering letter

To be identified as a top candidate it is important to write a cover letter that not only compliments your CV but highlights the distinct connection between your skills and experience with the described characteristics of an ideal candidate.

When writing the cover letter, it may be important to talk about your skills and achievements after your personal statement. The most important things you want to present to the employer should always be at the top, it’s what keeps them engaged and read the whole letter. The cover letter is the extra opportunity you get to shine! Talk highly of yourself and mention your strengths, why you are the right candidate and what you think you could bring to the role. This is your chance to give a little bit of extra detail and go that extra mile.

A good covering letter will make your CV stand out from the others that. So to boost your chances of being invited to an interview, we have pulled together top tips to help you prepare a winning letter.

Top tips for your cover letter

Where a CV lists your skills and experience, a cover letter demonstrates how these skills and experience make you a suitable candidate. Using our top tips, you’re sure to create a letter that will bring your CV to life.

If you would like to discuss your cover letter or need assistance with tailoring your application, please get in touch. Alternatively, search in our careers section to apply for one of our roles.

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