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CV WRITING FOR ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING STUDENTS. WHAT IS A CV AND WHY DO I NEED ONE? Think of a CV as snap shot of your true working potential! It's your.

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2 WHAT IS A CV AND WHY DO I NEED ONE? Think of a CV as snap shot of your true working potential! It's your first and maybe only shot to impress an employer. It outlines: What skills you have What strengths you possess What relevant education or qualifications you have What relevant work history you have And how all of the above make you the right person for the job!

3 Can I just modify a CV from a friend or website? A CV is YOUR chance to shine!

4 A CV is also: A sales document – it needs to shout: “I’m proud to be me”! “I am the solution to your problem”! A chance to show your attitude! A great CV shows you have a hard working, positive attitude The way employers decide who they will interview

5 Your CV should be logical, specific and modified to suit each position. It’s your chance to shine, but it must be true and you must be prepared to back it up with explanations and specific examples Also called: mirroring

6 Have a look at this CV template: Question: In which section will I make it clear that THE SPECIFIC JOB I’m applying for is the perfect job for me? Answer: In the Objective/Profile section, the Highlights section and the Skills section LET’S TRY IT - HAVE A LOOK AT THIS JOB AD:

7 HAVE YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES? Electrical Fitter Electrical Fitters maintain and repair the vast array of electrical equipment used by the Army in New Zealand and overseas. In order to achieve this you'll need to undertake some extensive and first class training such as: Basic Electrical Fitter Maintenance repair documentation, perform basic general engineering skills, maintain small generators, repair single-phase electrical generators and maintain three-phase generators. Intermediate Electrical Fitter Repair and maintenance of three-phase generators and field equipment. Senior Electrical Fitter Refrigeration Repair of in-service refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. As you can see you will receive extensive training and a great chance to travel. You'll need: To be a minimum age of 17 Have completed at least 3 years secondary school. Have a proven ability in English, Mathematics and Physics or General Science at NCEA Level 1 (12 credits per subject) or equivalent). Have 100% visual colour perception You must have been a New Zealand citizen and have lived in New Zealand for at least 5 years.

8 How would you write the Objective or Profile for this particular job ad? Remember: an Objective or Profile sets out exactly what role you are looking for – it must mirror the job advertised or the role you are marketing yourself for

9 An example of a Career Profile specific for this job: I am about to graduate with a Level 2 Certificate in Electrical Engineering from MIT. I have developed skills in basic engineering and also attained good grades in NCEA Level 1 Maths. I also have 100% visual colour perception and I am an NZ citizen. I am looking to bring my dedication and outstanding work ethic to the NZ Army. It has to be true!

10 Now it’s your turn to write an Objective specific to the advertised job You will be working with a leading manufacturer of wire harness, cable and control panel assemblies servicing multiple industries. The role requires sound experience in assembly and wiring switchboards and control panels to a high quality. This is a challenging position in a fast paced production environment. Skills required: Experience reading drawings Practical knowledge of hand & power tools Working knowledge of electrical machinery Panel wiring testing & commissioning experience preferred Personal attributes: Mechanical analytical skills Versatile problem solver Must be able to work with a team Organised and tidy Good communication skills This electrifying challenge combined with a very attractive remuneration package is on offer to a results focused achiever with a positive ‘can do' attitude. Contact Debbie on 09 375 7689 for a confidential chat.

11 Highlight 3 qualities the employer is looking for that YOU HAVE. Then write a three sentence Objective/Profile statement that mentions any skills you have that would fit with what the employer is looking for. Be honest; but also, don’t underestimate yourself You have 5 minutes to complete this task.

12 Let’s have another look at the template – what comes next?

13 Next come highlights…. What are the most interesting or successful parts of your life so far?  full licence?  NZ resident?  a fantastic mark in a specific course?  a great sporting or athletic achievement?  excellent references?  an amazing attendance record?  have you helped your community somehow?  have you done any volunteer work?  think of the person in the world who loves you the most - what would they say about you? Order these according to what the employer is looking for.

14 Pick 3 of these words to add into your Objective or Highlights accurate active adaptable adept broad-minded competent conscientious creative dependable determined diplomatic discreet efficient energetic enterprising enthusiastic experienced fair firm genuine honest innovative logical loyal mature methodical motivated objective outgoing personable pleasant positive practical productive reliable resourceful self disciplined sense of humour sensitive sincere successful tactful trustworthy Pick 3 of these words that describe you best

15 Next come skills… Brainstorm ALL of the technical skills you’ve learned while studying at MIT or at another school (Hint: look at your course outline) Brainstorm ALL of the skills you’ve gained throughout your life What are YOU good at?

16 Communication Skills Explain your ideas and feelings (Express) Listen and ask questions Share information using different technologies (e.g., voice, e-mail, computers) Read and understand information (e.g., words, graphs, charts, diagrams) Talk easily with others Greet people Take messages Seek information from others Counsel people Create and talk about new ideas Write clear reports Speak in public

17 Problem Solving Skills Identify problems Look at different points of view Recognize different parts of a problem Identify the root cause of a problem Be creative in exploring possible solutions Consider different solutions Put the solution into action Check to see if a solution works Change the solution if needed

18 Leadership Skills Supervising others Arrange social functions Motivate others (making others feel interested in something) Negotiate agreements (come to an agreement about something) Decisive (able to make decisions) Plan Delegate (giving someone else a job to complete) Run meetings Direct others (telling other people what they need to do) Self-controlled Explain things to others Speaking in public Self-motivated Get results Solve problems Mediate others (helping two sides come to an agreement) Take risks Instructing others (showing others what to do) Competitive when necessary

19 Positive Attitudes & Behaviours Skills Confident (feel good about yourself) Deal with people, problems and situations with honesty and respect Recognise my own and other people’s good efforts Take care of my personal health and hygiene Show interest, initiative and effort Accepting responsibility (admitting where you could have improved)

20 Responsibility Skills Set goals and priorities balancing work and personal life Plan and manage time, money and other resources to achieve goals Accountable for my actions and the actions of a group Socially responsible and contribute to your community Meeting deadlines (Getting things done on time) Aware of personal and group health and safety practices

21 Learning Continuously Skills Be willing to continuously learn and grow Find your personal strengths and areas for development Set your own learning goals Identify and access learning sources and opportunities Plan for and achieve your learning goals

22 Hands On Skills Use my hands Assemble or make things Build or repair things Construct or repair buildings Use complex machinery Operate tools and machinery Drive or operate vehicles Repair things Good with my hands

23 Skill in Working with Others Understand and work within the dynamics of a group Flexible (Open to change) Respect people’s differences Accept and provide feedback in a considerate manner Contribute to a team by sharing information and expertise Lead or support when appropriate Understand the role of conflict in a group to reach solutions Manage and resolve conflict when appropriate Patient with others Encourage others Care for others Persuade others Confront others Interview others Teach others Kind Pleasant Counsel people Sensitive Sociable Listen Trust Supervise Tactful (concerned or thoughtful of others) Understanding Outgoing personality Help others

24 Dealing with Numbers and Information Skills Analyse data or facts Investigate Measuring and calculating Audit records Keep financial records Make estimates and verify calculations Controlling budgets (organising large amounts of money) Find information using technology (research computers databases) Calculate (figure out the total amount of something) Manage money Negotiating (give and take, to make an agreement) Observe and record data Compare, inspect, or record Count, observe, compile Research Pay attention to details Take inventory (counting the stock or merchandise of a store or company)

25 Creative and Artistic Skills Artistic (able to express yourself through art) Music appreciation (love for music) Dance, body movement Perform, act Drawing, art Play instruments Expressive (able to express feelings easily) Present artistic ideas Write short stories Write poetry Design web pages Achieve high scores in video games

26 SKILLS SPECIFIC TO ELECTRICAL FITTERS/ELECTRICIANS study and interpret electrical wiring diagrams install and maintain electrical wiring and equipment repair or replace electrical wiring and equipment test electrical wiring and equipment for safety keep records of the problems they find with electrical wiring and equipment and the servicing they carry out.

27 SKILLS SPECIFIC TO ELECTRICAL FITTERS/ELECTRICIANS knowledge of electrical theory knowledge of electrical legislation, codes, and standards of practice knowledge of how to install electrical wiring and equipment excellent communication skills the ability to read and interpret wiring diagrams good problem-solving skills maths skills record-keeping skills first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills knowledge of safety procedures.

28 SKILLS SPECIFIC TO ELECTRICAL FITTERS/ELECTRICIANS accurate and methodical practical and logical responsible and able to work unsupervised able to use their initiative able to work well as part of a team able to follow instructions and procedures safety-conscious.

29 How should I order all this? Remember: Order your skills from the MOST important skill for this particular job to the least important skill for this particular job

30 Next steps… Fill in all of the details you can remember about any paid or volunteer work you’ve done – most recent goes first Fill in the Education section – most recent goes first Fill in the References section – make sure these people know you are using them as references

31 THINGS TO REMEMBER: Size 12 font (except for name) Easy font to read – Times New Roman or Arial Overall design: columns, borders – needs to be easy to read Use space

32 THINGS TO REMEMBER: THE STRUCTURE Ideally 2 pages Make it look and function logically

33 THINGS TO REMEMBER: THE CONTENT Demonstrate that you can do the job Include relevant work experience that match the job Include relevant qualifications that match the job Include relevant skills/interests or personal qualities that match the job

34 THINGS TO REMEMBER: THE WORDING Be professional—no slang, no spelling errors or grammar mistakes Short and to the point/Less is best


36 THINGS TO REMEMBER: THE ONCE OVER After you’ve finished, read and re-read it Make sure all the information you’ve included is accurate Check for any spelling or grammar issues Have someone who can be objective read it and see if it needs changing

37 CV Checklist:  Printed on clean A4 paper  Name is letter head and big/clear  Your contact details are correct  Objective is clear and concise  Skills are clear, true and relevant  Education is accurate and relevant  Work experience is chronological going backwards and inclusive of month/year for start and finish dates  Work experience includes company, job title and outlines duties very clearly  Relevant volunteer experience is included  Interests included are simple  Work related referees with accurate contact details are listed


39 VISIT THE CAREERS CENTRE Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm JKL Block, South Campus Ph: 968 8615 for an appointment PS: visit eMIT - Careers Centre for online career guidance !

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