Preparing an Effective CV and Cover Letter - Engineering Shaun Pulman, Career Consultant. Room 126, The ClockTower 09 373 7599 ext 89409 Email: [email protected] www.auckland.ac.nz/careers. Outline. Where to start - Identifying your skills What skills are required?
Shaun Pulman, Career Consultant
Room 126, The ClockTower
09 373 7599 ext 89409
Email: [email protected]
CV QUIZ – True/False
Most employers are looking for the ‘package deal’:
Q + WE + S + PQ
+ Work Experience
+ Personal Qualities
Therefore, to be competitive, we need to show them what we have to offer that’s relevant in each of these 4 areas!
Different Types of Skills
SPECIALISEDnumeric, modelling, programming, quantitative analysis, project work...
TRANSFERABLEcommunication, research, problem-solving,teamwork, analytical, time-management, organisational
Personal Qualitiespatience, persistence, creativity, accuracy...
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Source: CV Survey of Auckland Employers, 2006 (conducted by AUT)
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Catch employer’s interest quickly
Show employer that what you offer is relevant for them
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I am formally trained in electronics, telecommunications, data transfer systems with progress into data processing, particularly data capture, technical specifications, programming, computer interfaces and system testing.
My career objective is to broaden my experience and skills in computing, particularly in communications, local area networks and in computer languages, with a company that will make use of my investigation, diagnostic, analytical and system solution skills.
I believe my strongest assets are my self-disciplined professional attitude, accuracy, adaptability and eagerness to learn more to develop the highest standards possible.
Education Knowledge/Summary of Skills and Experience:
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EDUCATION Knowledge/Summary of Skills and Experience:
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) 2009 - 2011
University of Auckland Key grades
Civil Engineering Materials and Design A
Technical Communication for Engineers A-
Environmental Engineering Design A-
Introduction to Structures A
Fluid Mechanics 1 A
Land Information Systems B+
Mathematical Modelling 2 B
Recipient of the Tonkin and Taylor Scholarship in 2010.
Winner of 2009 Engineers Without Borders Design Challenge.
Project partner in 2008 EWB Tonga Biodigester design.
NCEA Level 3 2006 – 2008
Takapuna Grammar School
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Work History Knowledge/Summary of Skills and Experience:
Landsdowne Limited, Auckland Dec 2008 – Feb 2009 Information Systems Officer (Summer Position)
Specifying, designing and implementing automatic data capture system (data transfer directly from scientific instruments to computer)
Evaluating commercial software and hardware in terms of costs/benefits
Programming for workstation computers
Landsdowne Limited – Refinery, Auckland Dec 2007 – Feb 2008 Instrument/Energy Engineer (Summer Position)
Installing and upgrading computer system associated with energy metering
Supervising instrument workshop
Specifying, designing and commissioning instrumentation systems
Analysing energy consumption for energy reduction
Work History Knowledge/Summary of Skills and Experience:
FURTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
Sage Restaurant, Auckland City Nov 2004 – Oct 2005
McDonalds Family Restaurant, Auckland City Mar 2002 – Feb 2003
Body Shop, Takapuna Jan 2001 – Mar 2001
• Serving customers
• Ordering stock
• Supervising staff
• Assisting with promotional activities
• Promoted to maitre d’ at Sage Restaurant
• Crew member of the month at McDonalds; two months running
Interests Knowledge/Summary of Skills and Experience:
Touch Rugby – played at social level for last three seasons
Surf Life Saving – Past President of South Beach Club for five years
Photography – keen interest which has extended to developing a collection of contrasting national scenery prints
These interests have further developed my teamwork skills, leadership skills and creative skills
Referees Knowledge/Summary of Skills and Experience:
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Dear Knowledge/Summary of Skills and Experience:
I was very pleased to see the Telecommunications Engineer position advertised on SEEK, and I would like to apply. I have followed Vodafone’s brand closely, and I am an enthusiastic user of your products. I believe that my background in technology and innovation is a great fit with your organisation.
I have a strong academic record in Bachelor of Engineering at The University of Auckland. I feel that I have gained excellent skills with a strong emphasis on practical outcomes, and I particularly enjoy the project that I completed on systems logic, where I received an excellent grade. I understand that a lot of your technical systems use similar systems to those I used in my project, so it would be great to discuss what I could offer you.
My work history has encompassed both information systems and instrument engineering, as well as broader employment. I have seen that your organisation prefers people with all-round skills, and I think that my ‘can-do’ approach would suit the work environment. I note the community programmes that Vodafone engages in, and I believe that this aligns closely to my sense of social justice, which is demonstrated by the voluntary work for Greenpeace in my background.
Recently I met one of your technical staff, Winston Rhodes, at an event at The University of Auckland, and we spoke about some of the work that is in progress at Vodafone. He encouraged me to apply for this position, as he said that I had the type of skills and outlook that would enable me to succeed there. I have since conducted some research into the organisation, and I am extremely enthusiastic about the culture that you have created.
Enclosed is my CV for your perusal, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future. Please contact me either by cell phone on 021 444 4444, or by email on [email protected]
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