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What to include? What to avoid? Top tips on how to create an effective CV

When it comes to reading a CV, nobody wants to read a book! Condensing your experience and ensuring you are not ending up with a very long CV can seem daunting. Still, it’s important to remember that a shorter and more concise CV can actually be more effective. Writing a good offshore contractor CV requires careful consideration of the skills, experience, and achievements that are relevant. A well-crafted CV should highlight your qualifications, work history, and skills clearly and concisely. This article will provide a comprehensive guide on how to write a CV with a manageable length without losing any critical information and presenting it in a clear and concise manner to make the best possible impression on potential employers.



Before you start writing your CV, it’s essential to understand the requirements of the role you are applying for. Read the job description carefully (if applicable) and make a note of the skills and experience that the employer is looking for. This will help you tailor your CV to the specific needs of the role and demonstrate your suitability for the position.



Start with your personal details: Full Name and contact details. Even though it might seem obvious if you get the essentials wrong at this point, your chances of getting an interview are gone.



Introduce a “Headline”: Your headline should focus on the job you are targeting and state the exact job title.



Instead of a lengthy personal statement, use a short summary statement to highlight your keyskills and experience. This should be a maximum of a few sentences and should be focused on the offshore industry. It is the first thing a potential employer will see when they read your CV, so it’s important to make it count. A good summary should be concise and to the point, highlighting your keyskills and experience relevant to the job. It should also demonstrate your passion for the job and your willingness to work hard and learn new skills.



When writing your CV, it’s important to highlight your key skills that are relevant to the offshore industry. These may include technical skills such as welding, rigging, or crane operation and soft skills such as communication, problem-solving, and teamwork. Be sure to provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated these skills in previous roles and how they have contributed to your success.



Qualifications and certifications are an important part of your CV, as they demonstrate your knowledge and expertise in the offshore industry. Be sure to include any relevant qualifications or certifications, such as offshore survival training, health and safety training, or relevant trade qualifications. If a particular certificate is significant to your targeted role, then referring to it briefly in your summary is acceptable. Unless you are in the process of renewing your certification, you shouldn’t add an expired certificate to your CV.



Choose the most impressive and relevant achievements from your previous roles and highlight them in bullet points. This will help to demonstrate your skills and experience in a concise and effective manner.



Your work history is an important part of your CV, demonstrating your experience and expertise in the offshore industry. Provide a detailed list of your previous roles, including the company name, job title, and dates of employment. For each role, provide a brief description of your duties and responsibilities, as well as any achievements or successes you had during your time in the role. However, only expand on job functions that are appropriate and relevant for the position you are applying for. Also, don’t describe your first job’s duties when you’re applying for an executive post.


Additional Tips:

  • Use bullet points

Using bullet points can help you to present your information clearly and concisely. Use short sentences and bullet points to highlight your achievements and responsibilities in previous roles.

  • Remove irrelevant information

Take a critical look at your CV and remove any information not directly relevant to the job you are applying for. This includes personal interests and hobbies unrelated to the offshore industry.

  • Remove repetition.

Avoid repeating information in different sections of your CV. For example, if you have listed your qualifications under a separate section, you do not need to mention them again in your work history.

  • Use a clear and concise format.

Choose a clear and concise format for your CV, with a simple font and minimal use of graphics or design elements. This will help to ensure that your CV is easy to read and scan quickly.

By following these tips, you should be able to condense your offshore contractor CV to a good length of 2-3 pages without losing any important information. Remember to focus on the most relevant information and present it in a clear and concise manner to make the best possible impression on potential employers.