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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


  • 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?



  • 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


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


Covering letters2
Covering Letters


  • 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


  • 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 :-