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Mechanical Pt2 Intro Oct 12

Employability, placements and CVs

Alex Elkins

on 6 December 2012

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Transcript of Mechanical Pt2 Intro Oct 12

ANSWER One to one drop-in sessions.
Small group sessions
Further workshops

Email me for an appointment and to have your CV checked - Alex.elkins.1@city.ac.uk Further support – what would be helpful?
Add “Curriculum Vitae” to the top of your CV – we know what it is!
Add a photograph of yourself
Add personal detail such as age, gender, religion, sexual preference
Submit more than 2 pages
Have big areas of white space (use columns)
Make statements that can’t be proved. ( “Outstanding problem solving skills.” – have you won an award?)
Use the same CV for every application
Be the same as everybody else Tips – DON’T Write about skills developed underneath the source of development i.e. underneath your current course or job
Expand upon your work responsibilities – sell your experience, quantify tasks
Use action words (verbs) to start each bullet point e.g. achieved, liaised, developed, organised, managed, awarded...
Add descriptive words (adjectives) to describe your skills/competencies e.g. competent, proficient, skilled, confident..
Tailor your CV to the type of job you are applying for Ways to Enhance your CV Contact details – name , address, tel no and email
Education – including your current course! Dates, place of study, course, relevant module info, results/grades
Employment History – dates, job title, company, location, duties, level of responsibility, achievements, skills developed
Skills Profile – technical AND transferable skills
References – available upon request
Display information in reverse-chronological order – most recent first Your CV: Essential Information The Year in Industry http://www.etrust.org.uk/year_in_industry.cfm
STEP www.step.org.uk/
SES http://www.studentemploymentservices.co.uk/
Fledglings http://www.fledglings.net/
Gradcracker www.gradcracker.com
Rate my Placement www.ratemyplacement.co.uk
Prospects www.prospects.ac.uk (options with your subject)
Milkround www.milkround.com
Target Jobs www.targetjobs.co.uk
Inside Careers www.insidecareers.co.uk
City University Career and Skills Development service (Career Hub)
Moodle SEMS Placement and Internship Resource Centre General websites

Employability, Job search and CVs Keep it relevant
Highlight personal achievements
Have a sensible email address
Save your CV with your name – not just “CV”
Reflect on skills developed from extra-curricular activities
Edit, keep it recent and relevant
If you have lots of relevant work experience list it above education
Add full contact details
Make links to the job you are applying for
Emphasise your strengths Tips - DO 1 or 2 full pages
Be clear & consistent - keep dates, titles & bullet points in similar places
Emphasise headings
Use a standard font (Arial or Calibri)
Font size: 11
Use bullet points and short statements to stress key achievements and job responsibilities
SPELLING, GRAMMAR, SENSE CHECKING Your CV: Tips on formatting Profile – not critical but some recruiters like them if they are relevant
Projects/Achievements/Additional info – if you have examples which could add value and demonstrate your skills, add them
Professional memberships – student membership of the IMechE?
Hobbies and interests – be interesting! Employers want to know who you are and what interests you Your CV: Desirable Information How to identify a suitable placement 9 -15 months (typically 12, minimum 9)
Given significant responsibility and treated as a graduate employee
Sometimes less competition for placements than summer internships
Assigned a Visiting Tutor to support you and visit you on placement
Submit assessed deliverables – placement plan and reports
Reduced fees are usually covered by your funding body
Degree transcript will show “With Placement”
Pre-placement briefing and support provided What happens - Industrial/Sandwich placement Work shadowing
Voluntary work - http://volunteering.city.ac.uk/home.aspx
Engineers without Borders http://www.ewb-uk.org
Summer Internship ( 8-12 weeks)
Erasmus http://www.britishcouncil.org/erasmus.htm
Industrial/Sandwich placement (9 – 15 months) Types of work experience Graduate Advice - Listen Up! Your Degree is not Enough More than 60 per cent of university students now leave with a 2:1 and with government policy aiming to get 50 per cent of over-18 year olds in higher education, the graduate job market has never felt more crowded. It could lead to a job when you graduate
Potential to raise your degree classification
It will make you more employable
“Test” a role or a company
Apply theory to practice
Build team working skills
Develop technical skills
Develop commercial awareness
Build confidence
Earn money Benefits of doing a work placement Benefits of doing a work placement
Types of work experience
How to identify a suitable placement
Where to look for vacancies
CV writing Today’s session QUESTION You're in a car with a helium balloon on a string that is tied to the floor. The windows are closed. When you step on the gas pedal, what happens to the balloon—does it move forward, move backward, or stay put? Alex Elkins – Professional Liaison Unit 36% % of vacancies expected to be filled by grads who have previously worked for the firm All identified by employers as desirable skills for new employees A recent survey of employers conducted by Gradplus.com identified skills graduates were lacking in. 44% - Business and customer awareness 25% - Self management 20% team work 19% - Problem solving Skills analysis Motivations and values Job role research Applying to roles - where to start The basics - CVs HAVE A GUESS AT THE TOP 4 ANSWERS
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