Many students start with a brief personal statement outlining their abilities and aspirations.
'I would encourage every graduate engineer to include a short profile in their CV,' says Nims Mepani, the graduate recruitment and programme manager at Bechtel.
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Outline engineering work experience in you CV, judging how much detail to give by how closely it relates to the specific job you are applying to. Many engineering employers look very favourably on achievements and experiences outside engineering.
Nims recommends: 'Start by summarising the main things you did during your work experience. For example, one major engineering recruiter comments that it awards extra points at the applications stage for ‘life experience’.
Download a guide to preparing your Functional Resume A good cover letter can help you get a job interview by convincing an employer that you have the skills to do the job.
It will also demonstrate your written communication skills.
Depending on how long you have been working for at least one of your referees should be someone to whom you’ve directly reported.
Always ask permission to nominate someone as a referee first.