Research shows that an average recruiter...
looks at about 750 CVs to
generate 250 phone calls, to
get 150 conversations, to
put forward 15 CVs, to
gain three interviews, to
finally place one candidate.
Your CV is one of the most important things when looking for work in the nuclear industry, some platforms - led by LinkedIn - are arguing that a CV will be outdated soon, this may be true in the long run but that won’t be happening in the nuclear industry for the foreseeable.
The CV is the ultimate gateway for your next role. LinkedIn is great for advertising and building contacts but your CV is the sales brochure of your skills, experience and value.
"an average recruiter looks about 750 CVs to place one candidate."
You need to have an extremely professional, well balanced and customised/ tailored CV to stand a chance of getting a call from a recruiter. Getting that first call and shortlisting your CV with other thousands of CVs is the first hurdle. So, how do you do it? Below are the key points:
The Nuclear CV format
You Nuclear CV should be arranged in the following format,
Tailor/ Customise your CV
Make sure you tailor your CV and don't make it too generic in order to appeal and market yourself to a huge audience.
Try to tailor your CV as much as possible by focusing on the Job Description. Analyse and investigate the job post first and make sure the skills and experiences required are evident on the first page of your CV. Put all your key highlights on the first page but make sure it is attractive and not boring to read.
As part of the customisation of your CV, you need to make sure you include a profile summary. This should be short, clear and elaborate enough to make clear that you are the exact person they are looking for and the role is ideal for your experience and skills.
Show you are proactive
Employers in the nuclear industry look for problem solvers who can expedite the delivery of their projects. Emphasise your problem-solving skills and experience, give 5-7 short examples and scenarios.
Give priority to your experience, not qualifications. Employers look for experience and secondary at your qualifications or portfolio of certifications. They need experienced people who can deliver tasks quickly and efficiently.
What do you bring to the party?
List your unique selling points on the first page in a bullet from. Be honest and accurate about the information and do not afraid to brag about your achievements.
Is it all about Keywords, Keywords and more Keywords? The answer is yes, but only the relevant keywords you have skilled and experienced.
Make sure you have relevant Keywords in your CV (related to the job advertisement). Some agencies or companies use certain software applications to scan keywords to select your CV. They will certainly do a “control F”. Make sure you don’t save your CV in non-searchable formats and don’t include any tables or pictures.
"Analyse and investigate the job post first and make sure the skills and experiences required are evident on the first page of your CV."
So there are two ways to achieve this,
List all your relevant Keywords bellow your roles.
Have a magic table with experiences.
Create an experience table with keywords
This is an ideal tool for all but very useful if you have at least 10 years of experience. Make sure your table is focused on your role and not loaded with too much technical jargons.
Use bullet points
Avoid paragraphs and use bullet short sentences, and a single typeface. Make it crystal clear with your writing and avoid a large use of jargon as recruiters like to feel that they are speaking to another human being and to get a feel of your personality through your CV.
Where to put your qualifications
Golden rule: “Education gets you your first job. Experience gets you the second”
List your educational qualifications at the last (last page of your CV) don’t try to elaborate your qualifications. The name of the qualifications and the year you completed would suffice. Just summarise your GCSEs, just focus on your professional qualifications.
Length of your CV
CVs can be lengthy with the years of experience but do not exceed more than 5 pages. 3-4 pages is the ideal - 2 pages better. It’s OK to use jargon when referring to specifics of the roles but be careful, recruiters are not always technical themselves.
No matter how technical you make sure you include your business skills also (management, leadership and communication skills).
"Education gets you your first job. Experience gets you the second."
Make sure all the skills for each job are listed in full and in their regular and irregular mnemonics. Remember, particularly if you know that you are applying through agencies you need to makes sure your CV comes up at the top when you agent does the “Control F”.
CV Profile Summary
Have a personal summary with 5 lines to elaborate who you are and what you are good at. Bullet point at least 3-5 key achievements for each role (what you have delivered for that organisation successfully).
Explain your sector
If you have years of experience in a specific sector, highlight your transferable skills and how they are applicable to the nuclear industry. This is something that is quite unique and relatively recent in the UK nuclear industry.
Add your LinkedIn profile link to the top of the CV. LinkedIn is a fabulous tool with great reviews and recommendations. Having many recommendations on your profile will show that you are a reliable and a top candidate for the role.
When writing your CV, check spelling, check grammar and use a common font such as Arial and Calibri keeping the font continuous throughout. Steer away from including a photo of yourself in your CV.
"highlight your transferable skills applicable to the nuclear industry"
The objective of the nuclear employer is to hire people who can hit the ground running from the first day. They may not expect you to have all of the experience associated with the nuclear elements of the job but they are not going to pay you the salaries demanded of nuclear workers if you don’t have the basic experience and skills. It’s all about the what you can do for the employer and not the other way around.