Careers Presentations - CV Workshop

IMechE careers workshop
CV Workshop
Presenter’s name
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About me!
University course
University and graduation year
Relevant work experience
Current job role
Currently company
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Writing an effective CV
The Do’s and Don’ts of covering letters
The benefits of Associate membership
Routes to gaining Professional Registration
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Two main types of application
Application forms
Covering letter
Telephone interviews
Introductions or networking
Both may require a CV to be presented
during the process of application.
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What is a CV?
A CV is a sales document - you are the
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.
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Your CV- 1
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.
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Your CV- 2
Principal job functions a brief description of what each
past job role entailed
Specific Achievements broken down as
Situation -> Action ->Result
Problem ->Timescale ->Benefit
Key attributes linked to achievements may include
Self Motivation
Communication Skills
Team building/ Work
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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.
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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!
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Covering Letters - 1
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.
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Covering Letters - 2
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.
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Covering Letter Summary
You are being judged every time you either speak or write
to prospective employers or agents working on their
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:
Recruitment Directories
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Institution Membership
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
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Professional Registration
Chartered Engineer
Incorporated Engineer
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 ( or
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Professional Registration 2
Monitored Professional Development
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.
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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: to stay up to date.
Upgrade to Associate after graduation.
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