Ever thought about a career in Engineering? Ever considered working for one of the world’s largest global design consultancies?
As one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, we’re well placed to invest in your development and support you in becoming an expert in whatever inspires you most. With Atkins, you’ll be joining a team who help to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas from moving people across London faster on Crossrail through to solving the energy challenges of the future.
Our work covers a range of sectors including Transportation, Water, Defence, Energy and the Built Environment. We’re looking for talented engineering graduates from civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, chemical, aerospace and aeronautical, systems and communications as well as IT, physics, geography and maths. You’ll be responsible for driving your own development in your own way. It’s your future, after all, but we’ll give you plenty of support along the way to make sure you realise your potential. Your contribution will be valued and you’ll be offered a competitive salary, flexible benefits and structured professional development opportunities in return for your hard work.
So….not sure how to make an application? Let me give you a few hints and tips as a graduate recruiter! We all know the basic format of a job application; contact details, education, work experience and references. It’s not very exciting is it? So how do you make sure your application gets the recruiters attention?
Here are 7 tricks you can use that will help you ‘stand out from the crowd’.
- Tailor made
Recruiters want you to talk about their role!
- Focus your application on the graduate job and the industry you are applying to.
- Have job adverts/descriptions to hand and pull out the key skills and experience the employer seeks
- Use these to help you work out what information to include and make sure you have shown how your skills, qualifications and experience match the requirements
- Style it out!
Poor spelling, grammar or layout could be holding you back!
- Decide on your layout and style and be consistent with the use of headings, dates and font.
- For CV’s specifically there are many ways to organise the details so aim for clarity.
- Check any guidelines the employer has provided carefully to ensure you will be submitting your details correctly.
- Plug the gaps
Employers notice gaps, so unless you explain the ‘gap’ we can end up assuming and interpreting this as negative.
- Any gaps in applications are easily spotted as continuity and consistency are key.
- So make sure you include all relevant details such as exam results and any information around extended breaks in Education and Work Experience.
- Ask about me!
- Avoid general personal statements like enthusiastic, energetic & committed and add some value.
- Instead write about what you want to do as a career and why. This will show some focus and direction in a CV and help give you ideas when answering application questions.
- Make sure you acknowledge your achievements and responsibilities and use ‘I’ and not ‘we’ when describing your actions
- Take your time
- Don’t be too hasty in sending off the application.
- Some applications may require you to complete different stages before you submit the final applications and CV so remember to take advantage of opportunities to save your progress.
- Tailoring every application and CV may seem time consuming but don’t be tempted to copy and paste. Employers want you to apply to the job they have, not just any job. By taking the extra time you are showing you have really made an effort to understand their requirements.
- Check it out
- Always spell check – first impressions count so use the correct spelling and grammar in your CV and application forms. Many forms also don’t let you go back and make corrections so ensure you do this before you move on to the next question.
- Targeted – Check your CV or application is appropriately targeted for the role you are submitting it against and you haven’t left any blanks.
- Attachments – Ensure CV’s, Cover Letters, References etc. are correctly attached.
- Save your stuff
- Keep a record of all of the roles you have applied to and keep a copy of your CV and application.
- Print out or save copies of the job advert/descriptions as companies could have removed or closed the roles before your interview. Plus it will help remind you of the roles requirements.
- Check your online presence i.e. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and any other blogs or comments and make sure they reflect the information you would like to show an employer
I’ll be publishing more articles shortly to guide you through the recruitment process….so make sure you keep an eye out!
Closing date for applications is Wednesday 21st December 2017.
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