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1 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.orgImproving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org 1 CV Workshop Presenter’s name Date/Venue IMechE careers workshop

2 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org 2 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org University course University and graduation year Relevant work experience Current job role Currently company About me!

3 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org 3 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org Writing an effective CV The Do’s and Don’ts of covering letters The benefits of Associate membership Routes to gaining Professional Registration Content

4 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org 4 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org Two main types of application Written Application forms Covering letter Verbal Telephone interviews Introductions or networking Both may require a CV to be presented during the process of application. Applications

5 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org 5 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org A CV is a sales document - you are the product! A CV must convince an employer that they are making an investment, which is likely to lead to enhanced business. The investment can be either the appointment itself or simply the time given to interview you. What is a CV?

6 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org 6 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org Think of your CV as your first interview; you rely on it to do your talking for you. - 2 sided document (maximum length) - 12 font, white paper, no gimmicks. Basic Details – Name, Contact Details, Qualifications, Employment History. Personal Qualities - Initiative, Communication, Leadership, Teamwork, Commercial Acumen, etc. Professional - Memberships e.g. IMechE or Training. Your CV- 1

7 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org 7 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org Your CV- 2 Principal job functionsa brief description of what each past job role entailed Specific Achievementsbroken down as Situation -> Action ->Result Problem ->Timescale ->Benefit Key attributes linked to achievements may include Self Motivation Communication Skills Initiative Team building/ Work Leadership

8 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org 8 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org CV Structure Page One Name and contact details. Education - most recent first e.g. Degree, A-levels. Professional memberships or training e.g. IMechE Associate, Project Management course, etc. Page Two For each previous job: dates of employment, position in the company, main responsibilities. Key achievements: Situation - Action - Benefits Outside interests: hobbies, sport, clubs, etc. References: where necessary/appropriate, give two most recent employers if possible.

9 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org 9 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org CV Summary Think of it as your first interview It’s a sales brochure for you Comprehensive, detailed and clear Bullet points instead of long text Stress your achievements – be truthful Check grammar & spelling!

10 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org 10 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org A very powerful tool The only opportunity of introducing yourself formally short of the interview itself Provides the link between the company’s need and your direct experience, qualities and ambitions. One side of A4 maximum Indicate where you saw the advert you are responding to. Refer to the position for which you are applying and state your suitability for the role. Covering Letters - 1

11 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org 11 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org Explain why you are applying Demonstrate what you have to offer e.g. relevant work experience, skills, knowledge and personal qualities Make it clear how you fit this particular job Indicate that you can supply any further information required and your availability for interview Positive, upbeat closing - “I look forward to hearing from you in the near future” Yours sincerely (if addressed to a named person) Yours faithfully (if the letter is addressed to Sir or Madam) – avoid if possible. Covering Letters - 2

12 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org 12 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org You are being judged every time you either speak or write to prospective employers or agents working on their behalf. Be concise, clear and friendly in your communication style. Pay close attention to details, grammar, spelling. Preparation is key Useful resources: University Careers Service Engineering Opportunities: www.engopps.com www.prospects.ac.uk Recruitment Directorieswww.engopps.com www.prospects.ac.uk Covering Letter Summary

13 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org 13 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org Companies are looking for professional engineering management for the future IMechE membership demonstrates you are actively doing something about your own development Attend local events, network, ask intelligent questions, understand what Professional Registration mean for your career and to your prospective employers. Institution Membership

14 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org 14 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org Chartered Engineer (MEng) Incorporated Engineer (BEng) Shows employers that you’ve reached a benchmark standard of professional competency. Internationally recognised and sought after. Acquired though a combination of Academic Qualifications and Professional Development (work experience). Professional Development can be monitored through Professional Development Record (www.pd-how2.org) or IMechE MPDS.www.pd-how2.org Professional Registration

15 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org 15 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org Monitored Professional Development Scheme An accredited professional development programme which many UK companies actively promote The eMPDS scheme has a consistently high success rate; 93% of people on eMPDS go on to become professionally registered. Professional Registration 2

16 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org 16 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org Use your membership! Go along to local events, network with professionals, ask an intelligent question, get yourself noticed. Get relevant work experience. Make sure you understand Professional Registration. Visit: www.imeche.org/students to stay up to date. Upgrade to Associate after graduation.www.imeche.org/students Questions

17 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org 17 Improving the world through engineeringwww.imeche.org If you are in your final year and are not currently receiving the monthly Affiliate newsletter via email, then you are not an IMechE Affiliate or need to update your contact details. Make sure you are an Affiliate by joining now or update your details as soon as you can; membership is free. Contact membership@imeche.org After Graduation you can upgrade to Associate Member and use the post nominal ‘AMIMechE’ after your name. IMechE will contact you when you graduate with all the information you need to upgrade.membership@imeche.org IMechE Membership


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