CV tips to help you land a job in the Renewable Energy sector
Renewables is one of the fastest growing industries in the MENA region. With increased investments in the clean energy sector, its no doubt more and more talent is making a switch to renewables. Whether you’re a fresh graduate looking to build your career in this sector or an experienced professional looking to transition, it’s important to have a tailor-made CV to help you standout. Here are 6 tips to help you get started:
1. Tailor your CV as per the job description
It is crucial that you update your CV for each job that you apply for. One clear tip is to make sure that the skills and key achievements on your CV correspond to the job description. This is an excellent way to demonstrate to the hiring manager that you are a good fit for the company. For example, you could be applying for the position of Construction Manager or Project Manager. Highlight previous successful projects you've completed, focusing on the end result and impact you had.
Remember that companies advertise these positions because they have a need or a challenge, so you must position yourself as the solution.
2. Be concise
Imagine yourself reading through application after application; you won't have time to sift through every little detail. You want your CV to pique the hiring manager's interest, and if they see a document that is too long, there's a chance it won't be read thoroughly.
A concise CV demonstrates that you've taken the time and effort to consider which skills are truly required for the job you're applying for. Also, keep in mind that the roles should be as relevant to the Renewable Energy sector as possible. For example, if you're applying for a Site Engineer position – Civil, Mechanical, or Electrical – there's no need to include information about your retail assistant job as a teenager.
3. Include relevant keywords
Many CVs are scanned for specific keywords using an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). As a result, it's essential to include keywords related to the industry and the role in your CV. This does not, however, imply cramming them all in at random places. Try to incorporate them naturally into the relevant sections. Here are a few general keywords to get you started:
- Battery energy storage systems
- Grid connection
- Renewable energy
- Solar PV
- Wind Turbine
Keywords are important for more than just the ATS. When hiring managers manually review CVs, they will always appreciate references to key skills or industry specific words, as it demonstrates that you are well-versed in the Renewable Energy sector.
4. Keep the layout neat
A well-organized CV makes a good first impression. Maintain consistent font sizes and avoid using more than one typeface in a single document. A sloppy CV is a bad idea; it gives the impression that you've put in little effort and is the best way to have your CV thrown out.
5. Focus on value added and achievements
It's obvious that listing technical skills and experience is important, but it's also important that you explain how your work has benefited the company. Listing skills is useful but contextualizing your value and demonstrating how your technical ability made an impact is more powerful. You're then providing more than just a list of your skills; you're highlighting how your abilities directly benefited your previous employer(s).
6. Get someone to proof-read your CV
You can become numb to your own mistakes after reading your own words over and over again. It's a good idea to have a friend or colleague review your CV; a fresh set of eyes can help you gain a new perspective.