CV Format

For CVs that are sent into us, please do ensure the following criteria is met, as these are the necessary items we find are most often missing. We may be unable to process your application if the timeframe is short and your CV is not up to standard!

  • Provide the CV in Microsoft Word format, to allow us to reformat the CV slightly into our standardised format, adding our branding etc.  Besides minor typos, please note we will not change any of the key information or layout without your permission. With your request we can CC you on the version of the CV we actually send to the client
  • Include a head and shoulders photograph on a light background
  • Include your age or date of birth
  • Include your nationality or nationalities based on the passport/s you hold
  • Mention your availability and location, or mention this on any cover letter / email
  • Keep it to two pages wherever possible, certainly no more than three
  • Please DO write your CV in good checked UK or US English

Other CV Advice

It goes without saying this may be your only chance to make an impression on potential employers. The best engineer in the world might whose CV does not impress might not get past the first stage.

  • Your reference’s details need not be included on the actual CV, but included separately.
  • Consider truncating, or even omitting anything not strictly relevant to the position you are applying for (for example non-marine work experience).
  • Put the most recent and most relevant courses and experience first.
  • Space things out nicely to make for easy reading. (Paragraphing).
  • Any common font is acceptable as long as it is easy type to read and not too small. (for example, Helvetica, Century Gothic or Times New Roman)
  • Section titles in colour can help bring a modern, nicely broken up format to the CV and make for easier reading.
  • Ensure your CV is layed out professionally and easy to read, preferably using tables. Remember that narrower lines of text, shorter sentences and good paragraph spacing make for easier reading!
  • Example template CVs that we find have proved popular are available on request.
  • Remember we will not re-write your CV if it is not up to standard, but we will offer advice. There have been occasions where we have been unable to put forward CVs to clients due to the timescales involved and amount of time required make them correct and presentable.
  • The headline “CV” or “Curriculum Vitae” is not required and will only take up valuable space.
  • Please avoid over-capitalisation!  Please only use capital letters where actually required – headings, name and starts of sentences etc.  We see this mistake a lot it can take a while to correct.
  • Finally, it should go with out saying, but spell-check, grammar check and proof read the CV.
  • Our final tip – when you’re happy, PRINT IT OUT and proof read it and check the layout again in hard copy!  This is how the client team will most likely view it when meeting to discuss candidates for roles.  The overall impression of the CV is much better viewed printed out than on the screen, and it is also easier to read making any omitted mistakes easier to spot.  Mark any final changes in pen as you read through it prior to final editing.

Remember, you can always run your CV past us for our opinion prior to submitting it officially.