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Elevate | Get your CV right

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New Civil Engineer is hosting a week long online recruitment event to help engineers boost their careers.

Whether you want to work abroad, update your CV or propel yourself out of middle management, New Civil Engineer is hosting a dedicated week of online content to boost your career.

The Elevate event will bring together expert advice from top recruitment consultants and in-house experts. It will explain how to make essential career moves, as well as providing job market overviews for sectors including roads, rail and water.  Content will be refreshed daily.

CV webinar

The week, starting Monday 25 June, will kick off with CV queen Victoria McLean, chief executive of City CV, hosting a webinar on putting together and updating a CV.

McLean says the difficult part of writing an engineering CV is presenting the right balance of technical knowledge, practical experience and personal skills. Ahead of the webinar, here are some of Victoria’s CV tips;

Make it easy for the recruiter to hone in on your key selling points. Ease of navigation is so important. The worst CVs tend to look like an impenetrable essay. Break yours down into logical sections and summarise your experience with benefits-led bullet points.

Give evidence of your knowledge and skills. When detailing your skills and experience, give examples of how you have gained or used your expertise. You will not sound credible if you simply make random claims.

  • Make your experience relevant. Do your research and ensure you know what the employer is looking for. Then, highlight relevant examples from your career, to match your expertise with the job criteria. Give details that demonstrate the specific skills you gained – what did you do? What effect did your involvement in the project have?
  • You will need to include the keywords used in the job description and person specification and keep it to two pages. Employers are not looking for an autobiography.
  • Triple check for mistakes. Precision and attention to detail are key attributes for any engineer. Make sure your CV reflects this. Spelling, grammar and line spacing mistakes look sloppy. Use a consistent font and a professional writing style – third person and past tense.
  • Remember, you are a professional brand. Your CV is a professional document and the first chance you have to make a great impression. Engineering recruiters want to see strong technical skills, relevant project experience and well-rounded personalities.
  • LinkedIn is a must. With over 450M members worldwide and 10M jobs advertised, 90% of recruiters and head hunters use LinkedIn. So, if you’re not on the platform, it’s career suicide.

A LinkedIn member with an up to date, 100% complete profile could be 18 times more likely to be found in recruiter searches.

  • Join our CV and LinkedIn clinic with Victoria McLean, chief executive of citycv.co.uk. Our live chat on Monday 25 June from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. To register for the CV webinar click here

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