As an automotive recruitment agency we have seen a lot of vehicle technician and MOT testers’ CVs in our history. Some of them are great, some of them leave room for improvement. It comes without saying that a well written CV that demonstrates all your skills and work experience is a must if you are serious about getting a job in the automotive industry.
Based on the experience of our recruitment consultants, we have put together a few tips that should hopefully help vehicle technicians and MOT testers looking for a new job with creating a perfect CV.
DO stick to a 2-page limit.
Ideally, vehicle technician or MOT tester’s CV shouldn’t exceed 2 pages. If you are an experienced professional your CV should fit in two pages, if you are only just starting your career, a one page CV will be just perfect.
DON’T include personal information.
Don’t include your photo, date of birth, gender, political affiliation, religion or similar. If you include this information, your CV might get dismissed immediately by a prospective new employer to avoid a potential accusation of discrimination.
DO make a good first impression by avoiding spelling errors, poor grammar or meaningless jargon.
It is always worth using a spell-checker and asking somebody else to proof read your CV before you submit it. Those mistakes will not blow your chances, but avoiding them will definitely show you are serious about the job.
DON’T include irrelevant work experience.
If you have done jobs in the past that are not relevant to the job you are applying for, it makes sense to limit the details of unrelated job experience to a minimum.
Last but not least, DO structure your CV into categories and use bullet points to create a clearer document.
We suggest you split your vehicle technician CV into the following categories:
1) Name and contact details
At the top of your CV include your name, current address and contact details (telephone number and email address on which you can be easily reached)
2) Your goal
This is where you should include a short statement about what you are trying to achieve – what position you are going for, would you like to work on a temporary contract or permanent basis, and anything about yourself to support this statement, e.g.
An experienced vehicle technician seeking temporary work opportunities in Sheffield area, which will allow me to utilise my strong problem-solving skills and great knowledge of motor vehicle technology gained during my work in fast-fit outlets and independent garages.
3) Work experience
Include all your relevant experience in chronological order starting from the most recent and working backward towards the oldest. State clearly: position, employer’s name and location, and start and finish dates (ex. MOT tester, Halfords Autocentre, Cambridge, May 2005 – August 2011). Also, include a list of your duties/responsibilities in each job position.
4) Education and qualifications
Remember to include information about all completed:
• apprenticeship schemes
• automotive courses at college (Level 1 Certificate/Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance, Level 2 Certificate in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles, Level 2 Certificate/Diploma in Vehicle Technology)
• industry qualifications (Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Automotive Engineering, Level 3 Diploma in Light/Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles, Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Technology)
• further industry qualifications (Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Automotive Diagnostic Techniques, HNC in Automotive Diagnostics and Management Principles, Level 4 Diploma for Automotive Master Technicians)
• IMI Automotive Technician Accreditation
• Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) courses
• Relevant internal training courses
• For MOT tester jobs: a Level 3 qualification in vehicle mechanics or passed the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) Nominated Tester Assessment exam
5) Skills/areas of expertise
You should show your potential new employer that your skills match the requirement for the role. Some useful skills of an automotive technician and MOT tester job applicants include:
• an up-to-date knowledge of vehicle developments, especially new engine types and electronics
• an excellent knowledge of motor vehicle technology
• strong practical skills
• good problem-solving skills to find faults
• the ability to follow written and spoken instructions
• an awareness of health and safety regulations
• the ability to work quickly and pay attention to detail
• good communication and customer service skills
• a reasonable level of fitness
• an awareness of health and safety regulations
We hope these tips will help any vehicle technician or MOT tester job candidate write a successful CV. Remember, a good first impression counts for a lot!