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Jun 2015 – Feb 2016Assistant Site Engineer Al Hamad Construction

Main duties performed:

  • Performing general construction duties across various sites
  • Shadowing the Senior Site Engineer in his day-to-day activities
  • Gaining insight into the construction industry
  • Making sure that the factory work was in agreement with the original ITP’s


  • Level 4 NVQ Employability Skills – City & Guilds
  • Site Environmental Awareness Training (SEAT)
  • First Aid at Work – St. John’s Ambulance
  • Level 2 ECDL – BCS


  • Communication: I have a proven ability in effective communication, diagrammatically, verbally and in written form. I have successfully communicated, liaised and worked with various professionals from all backgrounds and with a variety of different skill sets.
  • IT and Design: I have excellent working knowledge of the following computer programs: Microsoft Office packages, AutoCAD 2D/3D, Navisworks, REVIT, Cyclone 3D Lazer Scanning, SolidWorks, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Management: I have the natural ability to mentor, develop, inspire and lead groups of people to achieve the objectives set by the organisation. I am a friendly, approachable and inspiring professional and I lead my team by example.

Hobbies and interests

Due to my enduring passion for engineering, I enjoy building upon my knowledge of various computer programs that I can utilise to further my career in the industry. I also enjoy playing a number of sports, including tennis and indoor hockey.


Mr William Campbell
Senior Engineer, O’Keefe Construction
Address: 23 Edmund Rd, Clay, C48 19Q
Tel: 0733 7680 3478
Email: [emailprotected]

Mr Hans Fries
Construction Supervisor, Al Hamad Construction
Address: 6 Corner St, Leeds, Q10 3CC
Tel: 0733 6575 0452
Email: [emailprotected]

Please note: the above CV Example is presented in the UK format and layout.


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How to structure and format your civil engineer CV

  • Adopt a traditional CV format: Unconventional CVs catch employers off guard and make it harder for them to find the important information that they are seeking. Adopting a standard/traditional CV format, on the other hand, are a format that employers are familiar with and can use their previous exposure to them as a reference point to find the information that they need. This is very important, especially as employer surveys have shown that recruiters only tend to read each CV for around 30 seconds.
  • Only include relevant information on your CV: You have limited space on your CV so make sure that you omit/remove any irrelevant or outdated information. Your CV should only contain your most important information presented in a clear, structured manner. Any additional information you can include on your cover letter or share with the employer at the interview stage. Examples of irrelevant information include your date of birth, age, marital status, gender and nationality. Examples of outdated information include part-time jobs in unrelated fields from a long time ago and school-level qualifications if you now have a university degree. Remember, when in doubt, leave it out!
  • Make your CV easy to read: Your CV should be easy to read, scan and navigate. Don’t be tempted to cram as much information as you can with the aim of impressing the employer. This will cause information overload and get your CV rejected! Break down any big, chunky paragraphs into smaller ones by using short sentences, bullet points and subheadings.
  • Keep an eye on the length of your CV: The ideal length of your CV should not exceed more than 2 A4 pages. If you run out of space on your CV, you can omit voluntary sections such as the hobbies and interests section (see below). You can also omit writing your references on your CV by stating, “References are available upon request” at the end of your CV. This will free up more prime space on your CV for more important information that will add value to your application.
  • Adjust the margins and spacing of your document: Another simple way to free up some more space on your CV is to adjust the margins and spacing of your document. Type in your search engine, “Adjust the margins in Word”, for more information and guidance on how to do this.
  • Use a professional font: There are hundreds of fonts to choose from so which one is the best font to use for your CV? This is a good question. To improve the scannability/readability of your CV, you should use professional, mainstream and established fonts such as Verdana, Times New Roman, Helvetica or Calibri. These high-legibility fonts are easy-to-read on screen and in print. Check out the 10 best fonts to use on a CV for more information and examples.

How to write a civil engineer CV (step-by-step guide)

Personal details

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The top of your CV starts with your personal and contact details.

The things to include in this section:

  • Your name (first and last name, no middle names)
  • Address of residence
  • Telephone number (preferably mobile)
  • E-mail address

You may also add a link to your LinkedIn profile or personal portfolio (if you have one).


  • Michael Palmer
  • 81 High Street Lane, Perry Hall, P70 3CD
  • Mob: 07978377266 Email: [emailprotected]

Note: Write your personal details in a compact/concise format so that it doesn’t take up too much space.

Personal profile

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Next, you need to write an eye-catching personal profile statement (also known as a CV summary).

A personal profile is a short introductory paragraph which tells the employer about your personal attributes, skills, abilities and work experience.

Since it’s the first item that an employer will see, you need to ensure it’s effective at portraying you as a strong candidate for the job.


  • Tailor your statement for the role
  • Keep it short and to the point (4-5 sentences at most)
  • Highlight your key strengths and achievements
  • Back up your statements with real-life examples

Civil engineer CV personal profile statement

I am a highly competent graduate civil engineer with a proven track record in planning, designing, developing and maintaining construction projects. I am a natural leader, demonstrated in my ability to supervise a team of twelve construction staff at a busy construction site. I possess excellent interpersonal skills and have the ability to work with people from all backgrounds. My expertise includes establishing project requirements, carrying out feasibility studies and developing detailed blueprints using computer-aided design (CAD).

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Next, you can include a list of your main achievements and accomplishments.

Employers are interested in your achievements because they demonstrate that you can complete work successfully and deliver results.

Examples of achievements you can include on your CV:

  • Good grades in examinations
  • Awards and certificates
  • Promotions
  • Extensive work experience in the industry
  • Elected for leadership positions (project manager, team leader, etc.)
  • Learned a new skill or solved a problem
  • Organised events
  • Improved business efficiency or performance
  • Completed work on time and within budget


  • Awarded Chartered Engineer (CEng) status by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • Over 5,000 hours of relevant work experience in the construction industry
  • Elected project manager on numerous occasions at C&G Buildings

Employment and work experience

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The employment and work experience part of your CV contains details of your previous jobs and work experience.

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This section is important for two reasons.

First, certain jobs require relevant work experience so employers will be able to tell at a glance whether an applicant is suitable for the job or not. This will speed up the selection process for the job.

Second, having worked in a company before – even in an unrelated field or industry – demonstrates to the employer that you have certain skills that make you employable, for example, teamwork skills. Employers highly valuable transferable skills so don’t worry if you don’t have work experience in the same job or industry; employers value all types of work experience.

Types of work to include in this section:

  • Full-time and part-time jobs
  • Unpaid and voluntary jobs
  • Professional work placements
September 2020 – PresentCivil engineer C&G Buildings

Main duties and responsibilities performed:

  • Planned, designed and managed construction projects, including roads, bridges, tunnels, damns, buildings, power plants and railways.
  • Undertook technical feasibility studies before the start of projects
  • Performed complex calculations to ensure the accuracy of plans
  • Performed risk assessment on sites and buildings
  • Produced details blueprints and drawings
  • Supervised a team of construction workers and contractors

Civil engineer duties to add to your CV

  • Design, plan, develop and maintain construction projects
  • Inspect and analyse the site location and the surrounding area
  • Establish the project requirements with clients
  • Perform technical feasibility studies (materials, costs and time requirements)
  • Prepare and implement project plants
  • Ensure projects are completed on time and within budget
  • Draw up blueprints using computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Establish the potential risks and challenges of construction projects
  • Supervise contractors on construction sites
  • Liaise regularly with architects, consultants and subcontractors
  • Ensure that the construction sites meet health and safety requirements


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Next, you need to give details of your educational background.

Here you can include all types of education from school-level qualifications all the way to any post-graduate degrees.

Each entry should accompany the following information:

  • Start and end dates
  • Name of the qualification or course
  • Name of the educational institution (school, college or university)
  • Subjects studied (relevant to the job)


2014-2017Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)University of SurreyDegree classification: 2:1.

Relevant Modules:

  • Civil Engineering Practice
  • Materials & Statics
  • Structural Design
  • Numerical And Statistical Methods
  • Engineering Surveying, Health And Safety
  • Hydraulics And Environmental Quality
  • Soil Mechanics
2013 – 2014
Results: Physics (B), Geology (A) and Maths (C).
A-LevelsBrooklands College


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The qualifications section of your CV is dedicated to any additional qualifications that you may hold, in addition to your school, college or university studies.

These are usually vocational/practical training qualifications to help you improve your skills and experience in a particular field.


  • Level 2 Certificate in Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services
  • BTEC Level 1 Exploring the Construction and Engineering

Note: You may also combine the “Education” and “Qualifications” sections if you prefer.


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According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a skill is “an ability to do an activity or job well, especially because you have practised it.”
Skills are divided into two types:

  1. Soft skills: These are the skills that relate to your personal character, such as interpersonal, organisational and time management skills.
  2. Hard skills: These are the skills that need to be learned and practised to master them, such as using computer software or creating a floor plan.

Your CV should contain a mixture of both these types of skills because both are highly valued by employers and are required to do any job well.

Tip: Don’t just list skills, try to elaborate on where you demonstrated the skills in real life.

  • Competent in using computer-aided design (CAD) software such as AutoCAD, Solidworks, Civil 3D, Revit and Inventor to produce designs and plans
  • Excellent communication skills (both written & verbal)
  • Produce detailed engineering designs, study reports, specifications and drawings
  • The ability to perform complex calculations
  • Knowledge of foundations of civil engineering, buildings and construction
  • The ability to work to deadlines and within budgets
  • The ability to work under time pressure and across multiple construction sites
  • Strong mathematical and scientific skills
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • An eye for accuracy and attention to detail
  • A high level of computer literacy
  • Project management skills
  • Knowledge of health and safety laws and regulations
  • Produce and prepare Flood Risk Assessments

Hobbies and interests (optional)

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You may be thinking that as a civil engineer, you don’t need to include your hobbies and interest on your CV.

You’re right that mentioning hobbies on your CV is not necessary and optional.

However, sometimes it can be beneficial to include your hobbies on your CV.

For example, mentioning that you enjoy going to construction exhibitions demonstrates to the employer that you are passionate about buildings and construction, an essential requirement for this role!


In my free time, I enjoy watching construction documentaries and TV series such as Grand Designs and Extreme Engineering.


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The last part of your CV contains details of your references, people whose contact details you give to employers to vouch for your character, skills and abilities.

At least one of your references should be a current or former employer.

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The other can be anyone that knows you well, such as a former teacher, tutor, coach, etc.

Family members or friends can’t be your references because employers want to get an unbiased, professional opinion about you.


Mr Travis Holgate
Senior Civil Engineer, 101 Architecture Ltd.
Address: 7 Lamp Road, Hull, H28 9QQ
Tel: 07663571920
Email: [emailprotected]

Mr Richard Edwards
Quality Manager, C&G Buildings
Address: 28 Shannon Way, Derby, D23 9CM
Tel: 0787435685279
Email: [emailprotected]

Note: It’s recommended to ask your references for permission before using them as your references. Not only is it good manners but it will also make the conversation between the employer and your reference more pleasant and less awkward.

Tips to make your civil engineer CV more effective

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  • Tailor your CV to match the needs of the job: Look at the job advert and identify the skills, abilities and experience that are required for the job and then mention them on your CV where appropriate. Also, your CV should contain the same key terms and phrases as the job advert, further strengthening the impression that you are the ideal candidate for the role.
  • Write a tailored cover letter with each CV: Sending a cover letter with your application is an effective way to improve the impact of your CV as it will act as an introduction letter to your CV. The letter informs the employer about the reason for your application, your key strengths and abilities and why they should consider you for the role. Not many applicants send cover letters so make sure you’re the one who does.
  • Proofread: It is essential that you proofread your CV for grammar and spelling mistakes, especially as you’re applying for a role in which attention to detail is very important. Imagine if employers get the impression that you will be making typos on your technical drawings just like did on your CV!
  • Showcase your portfolio at the interview: You should never go empty-handed to a job interview. Remember, a job interview is your chance to sell yourself so bring with you your portfolio containing examples of past projects/works which will impress the employer. As they say, seeing is better than hearing!

You’ve now reached the end of this guide.

If you have followed all the guidelines and tips in this guide, you should now have an impressive civil engineer CV that will get you job interviews in no time.

Good luck with your job hunt!

Written by Sobhan Mohmand
Sobhan is a qualified Careers Advisor and Professional CV Writer with over 10 years of experience in helping job seekers get a job. He is a Member of the Careers Development Institute (CDI) and is listed on the official UK Register of Career Development Professionals. He holds a Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development (QCF).

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How do I write a good CV for a civil engineer? ›

Follow these steps to write an excellent civil engineer CV:
  1. Include contact details. Add your email address, postal address and telephone number. ...
  2. Write a career summary. ...
  3. Outline your education. ...
  4. Describe your key skills and attributes. ...
  5. Outline your employment history. ...
  6. Mention any hobbies and interests (optional)
Sep 29, 2021

What is the best CV template 2022? ›

1. Reverse-Chronological Resumes. The most widely used resume format among job seekers today, reverse-chronological resumes are also probably the easiest for recruiters and hiring managers to understand at a glance—which is itself an advantage.

What a 2022 CV looks like? ›

Your CV must contain a brief history of your employment in reverse chronological order. Avoid listing routine job functions in too much detail. Focus of the functions you have handled that match the job that you are currently applying for. Don't let you CV exceed 3 pages.

What is write in about me in a CV for a civil engineer? ›

Highly skilled and knowledgeable Civil Engineer with a strong record of sound and safe public works construction projects. Adept at coordinating with building and engineering professionals for every project stage. Strong multitasker with exceptional skill in functioning well in a high-pressure work environment.

What are 2 soft skills a civil engineer needs? ›

List of Soft Skills for Engineers
  • Communication (both listening and speaking)
  • Creativity.
  • Collaboration.
  • Time management.
  • Conflict resolution.
  • Problem-solving.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Attention to detail.
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What are the 3 major factors that are to be considered by a civil engineer? ›

It was found that the top three (3) most significant factors affecting civil engineering project performance are delay in making payment, environment uncertainty and the clarity of SFoC.

Where can I download a CV template for free? ›

More Free CV Templates. Microsoft Office and Google Docs offer some excellent CV templates in their online repositories. But there is a huge array of CVs available from other sources just waiting to be discovered. Canva is an amazing source of free creative CV templates.

Is it OK to use template for CV? ›

Yes, it's just fine to use resume templates, if you use them wisely. They aren't as “evil” as some people claim them to be. In fact, sometimes resume templates can be quite helpful.

How can I make my CV stand out 2022? ›

Here are our top tips for making yours stand out from the crowd.
  1. Add 2021 experience. This may sound obvious, but the last year has been anything but normal. ...
  2. Include soft skills. ...
  3. Mind the gaps. ...
  4. Refresh your CV summary. ...
  5. Remove outdated information. ...
  6. Check contact information.

What are the 5 main things your CV should include? ›

Every CV should include the following sections: Contact Information, CV Profile, Work Experience, Education, Skills. Good additional sections to put on a CV are: Certifications, Associations, Languages, Extra Training and Courses, Conferences, Publications, or Awards.

What 3 things should be included in a CV? ›

The essentials. This includes contact information, resume summary or objective, work experience, education, and skills. The optional sections, including extracurricular activities, projects, awards, training, certifications, hobbies and interests, volunteering experience, and others.

What are the 5 responsibilities of a Civil Engineer? ›

Civil engineers conceive, design, build, supervise, operate, construct and maintain infrastructure projects and systems in the public and private sector, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment.

What is the most important skills a Civil Engineer should have and why? ›

A good civil engineer knows his mathematics and physics especially when identifying and solving engineering problems. In addition, civil engineers train to be skilled in design techniques and working with maps, drawings, and models. More than adequate knowledge in computer-aided design software is required.

How long should a civil engineering CV be? ›

Keep it brief: The ideal length for a CV profile is 5-10 lines, while a personal statement can be slightly longer at around 10-15 lines. Your aim is to provide recruiters with a high-level view of why you're perfect for the role, whilst making them keen to find out more in the rest of your CV.

What are 4 responsibilities task of civil engineer? ›

Civil Engineer Responsibilities:

Developing detailed designs. Doing feasibility assessments and site inspections. Preparing and implementing project plans. Researching and providing estimates for projects.

What is your greatest strength for civil engineer? ›

Examples of the Best Answers
  • I have an extremely strong work ethic. When I'm working on a project, I don't want just to meet deadlines. ...
  • I have extremely strong writing skills. ...
  • I am a skilled salesman with over ten years of experience.

What is key skill for civil engineer? ›

A good Civil Engineer should be equipped with technical skills such as identification and solving of civil engineering problems, in depth understanding of design techniques, and working with maps, drawings and models, as well as CAD software, applications of MS-Excel in Civil Engineering.

What is the biggest challenge for civil engineer? ›

One of the biggest challenges a civil engineer has to face is to ensure their safety. The likelihood of accidents, both minor and major, is quite high at construction sites. Some accidents can lead to a civil engineer incurring major injuries and some may even lose their lives.

What personality type are civil engineers? ›

Previous data from the ASEE-MBTI consortium showed the most common personality types in civil engineering in were ISTJ (23%) and ESTJ (21%) with the next most popular personality type of ENTJ with only 7%.

What is the most crucial branch of civil engineering? ›

Transport engineering continues to be one of the most pivotal civil engineering disciplines. Engineers in this sector design, construct and maintain all forms of public transportation systems across the world, including roads, railways, ports and airports.

Should CV be in Word or PDF? ›

Sending your CV as a Word document allows them to correct any errors and optimise it for ATS. Recruiters may also want to remove your contact information before forwarding to employers to eliminate bias. When compressed, Word documents are generally smaller than PDF files.

What is the most used CV Template? ›

Here's why the reverse chronological resume format is the best choice: It's easy to read and skim through. Hiring managers are familiar with it because it's the most commonly used one.

What is difference between CV and resume? ›

The CV presents a full history of your academic credentials, so the length of the document is variable. In contrast, a resume presents a concise picture of your skills and qualifications for a specific position, so length tends to be shorter and dictated by years of experience (generally 1-2 pages).

What are the common mistakes to avoid while writing a CV? ›

11 Common CV Mistakes According to Employers
  • Having spelling errors and bad grammar. ...
  • Exaggerating the truth. ...
  • Poor formatting. ...
  • An unoriginal personal profile. ...
  • Not focusing on your achievements. ...
  • Making your CV too long. ...
  • Putting the wrong contact information. ...
  • Not tailoring your CV to the specific role.

What words should not be used in a CV? ›

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  • “Salary negotiable” Yes, they know. ...
  • “References available by request” See the preceding comment about unnecessary terms.
  • “Responsible for ______” ...
  • “Experience working in ______” ...
  • “Problem-solving skills” ...
  • “Detail-oriented” ...
  • “Hardworking” ...
  • “Team player”

Do and don'ts for CV? ›

The CV should be professional and should include your important data. Don't include the following information. These things are not necessary: age; ethnic identity; political affiliation; religious preference; hobbies; marital status; sexual orientation; place of birth; photographs; height; weight and health.

Is 3 pages OK for a CV? ›

The average length of a CV should be around two to three pages. Employers do not have strict requirements on a CV's length, but making the length of your CV two to three pages helps the hiring manager digest your experience for the position they're hiring for.

How do you big yourself up in a CV? ›

How to sell yourself on a CV without sounding arrogant
  1. Quantify your achievements. Telling a recruiter or employer that you're great is just giving them your opinion. ...
  2. Quantify your responsibilities. ...
  3. Share others' opinions. ...
  4. Avoid using pronouns. ...
  5. Show what you know. ...
  6. In conclusion… ...
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How can I make my CV sound impressive? ›

How to make your resume sound good
  1. Use text that's clear. ...
  2. Use bullets and numbered lists to separate large bodies of text.
  3. Make sure to clearly define the sections of your resume.
  4. Simplify any complicated wording or lengthy phrases.
  5. Proofread for spelling and grammatical errors.
  6. Maintain consistency of voice and tone.
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What are power words in a CV? ›

Resume power words are words or phrases that help a job applicant's resume stand out from the rest. They are usually action words that are striking and help describe tasks and responsibilities that were handled in past jobs.

Why does a CV get rejected? ›

Inaccurate Dates

You must ensure that when you list your jobs that you have accurate start and finish dates; usually stipulating the month and year will be sufficient. A CV without this information will be rejected because the recruiter will simply think you are trying to hide something.

How do you write a winning CV? ›

Pro tips:
  1. Present only your main tasks, experiences and skills that are relevant to the position.
  2. Use bullet points to list your skills and tasks by groups, it will look clearer.
  3. Write short sentences.
  4. Do not go into detail.
  5. Do not write more than 3 pages.

What should an engineering CV look like? ›

How to write an engineer CV in 8 steps
  • Write in your personal information. ...
  • Write your professional summary or profile. ...
  • Include soft and hard skills relevant to engineering. ...
  • Describe your professional experience. ...
  • Input your educational degrees. ...
  • Include the certifications you've earned. ...
  • Add any relevant honours and awards.
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What should a civil service CV include? ›

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  • Your CV is a document that allows you to summarise your education, work history, skills and experience which relate to the job you are applying for. ...
  • Your work history can include paid work, volunteering work and/or work experience through school or college. ...
  • Remember your CV is a chance to sell yourself.


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