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•  How To Layout Your CV

•  How To Layout Your CV



CVs in the offshore Industry tend to follow a different format to the rest of industry.


Getting a job these days is more about being in the right place at the right time. Your CV maybe has about 15 seconds to persuade the person scanning it to put you in the Yes or No pile. These days they get hundreds of CVs to look at when there may only be half a dozen jobs.


Having your information in the same standard format allows the reader to scan your CV easily and hence pick up the information they want leaving a few more valuable seconds to maybe look at it in more detail and hence put you in the Yes pile. Companies have become used to looking at CVs sent by the ROV Agencies, and these formats are the ones that most people now use.



·          You know what you are talking about, people reading your CV may not. Check your CV for abbreviations or specific tasks which may need further explanation. E.g. “good experience of FAIM”. What’s FAIM?? OK, it’s an Asset management system. Change your description to “good experience of FAIM (asset management software system)”

·          Tweak your CV to match the job you are applying for. Does the job you are applying for require good administration knowledge. Emphasise your previous admin skills or qualifications (experience of using Word, Excel, maintenance of system paperwork, ability to use Autocad). If the job is a hydraulic system engineer, emphasise your hydraulic skills. Remember, you have to try and keep your CV to 2 pages. Cutting out stuff which is not important to the job you are applying for will help keep the size down as well as concentrating the relevant experience/qualifications you have for the job you are applying for.



Offshore CVs are not the same as onshore ones. Forget the “fit everything on one page”, use two pages for the CV and as many pages as it takes for the Offshore Experience section.


The Layout of the CV is generally in the following order:-



Do the world a favour and try not to use the words or phrases “excellence, strive to be, highly motivated, enthusiastic, team player, proven record, stakeholder”. They all sound so false.

Of course you are a highly motivated, team playing enthusiastic excellent Engineer who is striving to be the best ROV Pilot in the world, personal challenges and to assist a world leading company and its stakeholders to be the best in their field.

That sounds desperate. OK, it’s better than “I’m quite a good engineer and want a job, go on, gizza job”. Try and give an honest profile of what you are and what you want without using the usual buzzwords of professional CV writers – it will be noticed!  


Personal Details

Name, address, contact details etc. I personally would not put passport numbers or home phone no. on it (mobile yes). Just remember you may be sending this information out to many people, you may post your CV on job websites where others may get a hold of it. You may not wish all this information to be general knowledge. It may be wiser to put more detailed contact information in the cover letter that you send with the CV rather than the CV itself. This is up to the individual.


If you have more than one passport (dual nationality), put that in. If you have Visas (e.g. work permits for other countries), put that in.


Do you have a car license; are you certified for HGV, PSV or forklift? Put that in. Don’t quote Group, A, D, E etc. People don’t necessarily know what that means.


If you have offshore survival and medical, put it here along with expiry dates. Remember Norwegian medical and survival is additional to the standard OPITO approved one, mention Norway if applicable.


Formal Qualifications

From earliest to latest, these are your secondary school, college and university.


On The Job Qualifications/Further Courses

Any company given training, and additional courses you have taken, list them all here.


Job History

Starting with your present employer and working back.


For each job you had, give the job title, the company name and a brief rundown of your experience and duties.

Obviously, if you are changing career to come into ROVs, its difficult to equate to other jobs, so here are some areas to mention which will be relevant to ROVs if you have done them in your previous jobs:-

Health & Safety – have you carried out Risk Assessments, COSHH, PAT testing, any H&S responsibilities.

Planned Maintenance – have you designed, maintained, followed a planned maintenance system

High Voltage – have you worked on HV systems, do you know about permits and isolations

Electrical/electronic – have you repaired to component level; have you soldering experience, cable repairs?

Hydraulics/Mechanics – what level of work have you done, changing valves, making up hoses, designing systems?

Fault Finding – have you been doing fault finding on systems; to what level, sub systems, boards or components?

Supervising – have you been in charge of people, have you done appraisals

Working away from home – are you used to being away from home for long periods

Admin – how are you at paperwork, have you written any procedures, are you any good with a PC, have you experience of Word, Excel, Access, etc.




Add anything you want in here if you want. Especially if the hobby is relevant to the job being applied for, e.g. remote control model flying, DIY, welding. Stamp collecting may be a hobby, but it’s not really relevant and does make you look a bit sad, so maybe don’t include everything!



You may put “available if required” or you can list the person and contact details.


Offshore Experience

Not usually applicable if you are starting out.

This is usually a table of all the jobs you have worked on offshore, with the latest at the top. Each column consists of:-





Job Description (Supervisor etc.)

Job Task (pipeline survey, drill support etc.)

Equipment used (T3, TSS440, profilers etc.)


It doesn’t really matter how many pages this runs to, it is a quick glance look for the Company to see what kind of work you have been involved with and what vehicles/equipment. They can tell straight away if you have been on a lot of Survey jobs, drill support, construction etc.



The above is not an exact way that you MUST have a CV, but hopefully it will give you a better idea of what an offshore style CV is like.

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