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How transferable are your engineering skills?

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Technip announced last week that it would be cutting 6000 jobs as the oil crash continues to take its toll. This follows some hefty reductions in staff numbers by other service companies in the oil and gas sector including Schlumberger, who in April announced 11,000 job cuts and Halliburton who has shed 9000 jobs.

“Technip warns on profit and prepares to axe 6,000 jobs as oil crash takes toll” - Financial Times

Bad news for all those in engineering and even worse news if you happen to be one of those affected.

But what of those transferable skills?

The good news is that many engineers that have been working on projects in the Oil and Gas sector will have skills and experience that can be transferred to other sectors.

Unfortunately, however, it is all too easy in the good times to become complacent.

“The old CV that has served you well over the good times therefore only gets the most basic of makeovers/updates”

After all!

You’re a highly qualified, skilled and in-demand engineer; the client will see immediately from your CV that you are the person for the job.

And that is the complacent bit.

The experience the client is seeking and those transferable skills you have are hidden on page 4 or 5.

In many cases the difference between a CV rejection and interview can be a simple rewrite of the CV, with the re-emphasis on both the transferable skills and key experience sought.

So if you have been affected by the job losses, yet have experience in one of the current busy sectors i.e. Rail, then is it time for a redraft.