Optimize your application

My CV: the key to my next project.

Your CV is a special tool for communicating with us. It is important to create a simple and well spaced layout that will make it easy to read and visually hook the recruiter. We have prepared some tips that will help you enhance your application.

How to optimize your CV


General and page layout:

The main objective when writing your CV is to create a simple and well structured layout. A coherent structure, based on the information requested in the job offer, will help the recruiter to understand. We suggest you include your various competences and all the key information on your CV:

  • The title of the job you are applying for / looking for in the first section
  • A clear, detailed outline of your academic background, in reverse chronological order in the middle section
  • Your experience including the positions you have occupied since your studies also in the middle section
  • A list of additional competences at the end of your CV

You do not have to keep your CV to an A4 sheet, particularly when you have a great deal of experience. We advise you to send a detailed CV.


Quality of the content:

Spelling and grammar are still far too frequently neglected by candidates. However these are the first things recruiters see. Bear this in mind, and produce content that flows and is easy to read with action verbs that effectively illustrate your previous experience.

In addition your CV should have the usual general information required by this type of document, and include all your personal information such as your:

  • Last name
  • First name
  • Address
  • E-mail
  • Telephone number


Training and qualifications:

If you don’t want to lose your reader, we advise you to highlight a few important points that will make your academic career understandable:

  • The name of the establishment in full with the detail of the speciality if there is one.

For example: Technological University of Compiègne (UTC), speciality process engineering.

  • Details of current or notable supervised projects which may demonstrate added value for the vacancy
  • Any significant international projects you have been involved in (time, location, circumstances, etc.).
  • Your academic career in reverse chronological order (newest to oldest)

Lay out and highlight your technical knowledge by mentioning any software in which you are proficient, and follow these tips:

  • Identify the type of software (process, design, simulation, software etc.)
  • The level of expertise on each type of software mentioned (years of experience, projects and software version)

Also, don’t forget to mention your language skills, often very useful in international projects, as shown below:

  • List the languages in order of importance and proficiency
  • Justify the level of training for each with a classification (fluent or notions) and proof of educational achievement if current (TOEIC, TOEFL, stays abroad mentioning duration, etc.)


Experience and references:

This part represents the core of your CV. For ease of reading, be factual and use numbers, bullet points, leave plenty of spaces and ensure your CV is well organized. Your working experience (employment, internships, and volunteer work) should also appear in reverse chronological order. To optimize your CV, here are some tips:

  • Specify the context of your achievements in the positions you have held

In addition we recommend adding at least one reference for each significant experience (greater than or equal to 6 months) and therefore for each post. A simple check of your references will reassure the recruiter.

In order to be as complete and reliable as possible, we suggest you lay out your experiences as follows:

  • The length of the description should be in proportion to the importance and duration of the project
  • Give details about the branch of the company (if a multinational) in which you worked and give the title of general project: Flamanville 3 EPR, EDF
  • Highlight your accreditations giving details for sensitive posts (CD, H0 / B0, PR1 etc.)
  • Provide figures (the number of resources, budget managed, the size of the teams managed, etc.)
  • Add a short conclusion for each experience
  • Always mention the positions you have held in reverse chronological order


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