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‘Building your Career with the IMechE’. What is a CV?. 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

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Building your career with the imeche

‘Building your Careerwith the IMechE’


What is a cv

What is a CV?

  • 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


Effective cvs

Effective CVs

  • “Keep it brief - you don’t want to give too much away otherwise you’ll have nothing to talk about at interview”

  • Maximum of 2 to 3 sides

  • Use a White quality paper, A4 size

  • Use word format or rich text format

  • Use Times Roman or Ariel font 10pt or 12pt

  • Don’t use tables


Your cv

Your CV

  • The CV’s job is to get you an interview

  • It must contain:

    • Personnel details

    • A Profile

    • Basic Details - Qualifications, experience, etc)

    • Employment details or Key Skills

    • Achievements to date

    • Outside interests


Personnel details

Personnel details

  • Name

  • Date of Birth, Status

  • Residence, Contact information

  • Education, Professional Qualification (AMIMechE)

  • Driving licence


Profiles

Profiles

  • A headliner “Attention grabber”

  • Outlines key skills and experience

  • Made up of 3 to 4 paragraphs

  • Use words from the advert/job description to mirror your skills


Employment details

Employment details

  • Current employer name and location

  • Dates of employment

  • Job title/s

  • What the company do, manufacture,sell

  • What your role and responsibilities are

  • What your key achievements have been

    • Problem, Time scales, Costs, Benefits


Key skills

Key skills

  • Key attributes related to your achievements might include:

    • Self Motivation

    • Communication Skills

    • Initiative

    • Team building/ Work

    • Leadership

    • Technical Skills


Imeche membership

IMechE Membership

  • Companies are looking for professional engineering management for the future

  • IMechE membership (at whatever level) demonstrates you are actively doing something about your own development

  • If you can’t be bothered to think about developing yourself, will you be any value in developing the company?


Building your career with the imeche

CV

Summary

  • Think what are the company are looking for

  • It’s a sales brochure for you

  • Comprehensive, detailed and clear

  • Bullet points instead of long text

  • Stress your achievements

  • BE TRUTHFUL


Covering letters

Covering Letters

  • A very powerful tool due to the following:

    • You get 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

    • Introduces the employer to the person behind the CV


Covering letters1

Covering Letters

  • State where you saw the advert & the position

  • Summarise what they are looking for

  • Briefly outline your key matching skill

  • State “should further information be required” that they should not hesitate to contact you and that you look forward to hearing from them in the near future

  • FOLLOW IT UP WITH A PHONE CALL!


Covering letters2

Covering Letters

Summary

  • Always take the opportunity if allowed

  • Tailor it to the job you are applying for

  • Draw their attention to the key reasons you are right for the job


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • You are being judged every time you either speak to or write to a prospective employer or agency working on their behalf

  • Learn to be concise, clear and friendly in your communication style

  • Preparation is key

  • Finally remember :-


Building your career with the imeche

“PERSISTENCE BREAKS RESISTANCE”


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