CV Tips

  • By James Rabbett
  • 12 Sep, 2016

Your CV is your first impression on HR and Recruiters...

Spend time on your CV and make sure it's right before sending it out.
The internet is packed full with information on CVs - how to write CVs, what to include in CVs, what not to include in CVs, how to structure a CV etc... you could lose days in just researching the topic! So here, we wanted to provide a few key points that really help. In a concise way, to the point and easy to understand...rather like how a CV should be.

  • It absolutely must be in a logical order and an easy-to-read-format! Those who are reviewing your CV probably have 100's of others to review also. Therefore they skim read and a review can take only a matter of seconds . A messy CV with no real order is likely to frustrate and end up at the bottom of a pile.

  • It has to be keyword optimised ! Firstly in order to be found on databases (like Job Sites) by Employers & Recruitment Agencies. Secondly to capture the attention of the reviewer ...as mentioned above, CVs are mostly skim read and the reviewer will be looking out for certain relevant keywords.

  • It has to be balanced and easy-to-understand . Laymen's terms with the right balance of jargon. Write the CV almost as if you are explaining yourself to a complete novice. Remember, Recruiters / HR are not necessarily specialists in your field, they need to be able to understand your CV. Also, don't assume that the Hiring Manager will automatically understand either!

  • It has to be succinct, straightforward and to the point . Avoid lengthy paragraphs as these can give rise to waffle. Don't go into too much detail, you need to save something for the interview! Instead, use short exciting points that summarise the good stuff and tease the reviewer into wanting to know more! We promise you, Recruiters & Employers do get excited when they read a great CV because they get one step closer to filling their job!

  • NEVER EVER, EVER USE BOLD LETTERING; RED TYPE OR !!!

  • Always double-check for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. These kind of errors can be costly. Use 'spell check'.

Hope it helps!
By James Rabbett 25 May, 2017

These are interesting, highly engineered products that incorporate pretty much all of the engineering disciplines.

We need someone who can work with customers to understand their requirements, develop specifications and translate them back to the business.

You will be responsible for the development of existing products to complement new systems; the interface between Engineering and R&D departments - overseeing the certification process through performance & quality assurance tests; coordinating engineers from both departments to deliver final products.

We’re looking for someone with a Mechanical bias who has an understanding of hydraulic, electrical and controls engineering and how they interact. Someone who can perform FEA calculations and has experience of performing risk analysis (Hazops, Hazids) to ensure the safety, reliability and maintainability of the product.

You will need to know about pressure vessels, design for manufacturing and have at least 3 years post-grad experience. Business fluent English is mandatory, German is an advantage.

The company is a Global manufacturer and part of a $2Billion+ Group.

For full details please contact James Rabbett on +44 (0)7891690977, message on LinkedIn or james.rabbett@systemsengineeringjobs.com

 

SEJ Recruitment is acting as a Recruitment Agency in regards to this position.

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By James Rabbett 25 May, 2017

This is a full lifecycle role, from order/kick-off to handover, working with interesting, highly engineered and complex systems that incorporate pretty much all of the engineering disciplines.

We need someone who is an Engineer by trade and classically trained in Project Management -structured and process-driven, experienced at delivering projects based on fixed requirements / milestones. Someone with exceptional stakeholder management skills, who understands engineering processes, the manufacturing lifecycle and can speak with customers /representatives on a technical level.

Projects have a turnaround time of between 6 - 18 months and you will be responsible for ensuring delivery within agreed time, cost, quality and technical requirements. Developing and communicating clearly structured action plans; identifying deviations and implementing corrective actions; managing and communicating change requests; keeping the project on track.

You will have a drive to deliver optimal solutions at the best possible price and so have a keen eye for the financials and strive for savings. You will also be a master negotiator & influencer and a creative problem solver.

Business fluent English and German required.

The company is a Global manufacturer and part of a $2Billion+ Group.

For full details please contact James Rabbett on +44 (0)7891690977, message on LinkedIn or email at james.rabbett@systemsengineeringjobs.com

 

SEJ Recruitment is acting as a Recruitment Agency in regards to this position.

By James Rabbett 19 May, 2017
Experience with procurement of metal components and steel is a prerequisite. Also Fluent German and English - both spoken and written.
For full details please contact James at SEJ Recruitment Limited 
By James Rabbett 19 May, 2017
For full details please contact James at SEJ Recruitment Limited
By James Rabbett 19 May, 2017
For full details please contact James at SEJ Recruitment.
By James Rabbett 12 Sep, 2016
The internet is packed full with information on CVs - how to write CVs, what to include in CVs, what not to include in CVs, how to structure a CV etc... you could lose days in just researching the topic! So here, we wanted to provide a few key points that really help. In a concise way, to the point and easy to understand...rather like how a CV should be.

  • It absolutely must be in a logical order and an easy-to-read-format! Those who are reviewing your CV probably have 100's of others to review also. Therefore they skim read and a review can take only a matter of seconds . A messy CV with no real order is likely to frustrate and end up at the bottom of a pile.

  • It has to be keyword optimised ! Firstly in order to be found on databases (like Job Sites) by Employers & Recruitment Agencies. Secondly to capture the attention of the reviewer ...as mentioned above, CVs are mostly skim read and the reviewer will be looking out for certain relevant keywords.

  • It has to be balanced and easy-to-understand . Laymen's terms with the right balance of jargon. Write the CV almost as if you are explaining yourself to a complete novice. Remember, Recruiters / HR are not necessarily specialists in your field, they need to be able to understand your CV. Also, don't assume that the Hiring Manager will automatically understand either!

  • It has to be succinct, straightforward and to the point . Avoid lengthy paragraphs as these can give rise to waffle. Don't go into too much detail, you need to save something for the interview! Instead, use short exciting points that summarise the good stuff and tease the reviewer into wanting to know more! We promise you, Recruiters & Employers do get excited when they read a great CV because they get one step closer to filling their job!

  • NEVER EVER, EVER USE BOLD LETTERING; RED TYPE OR !!!

  • Always double-check for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. These kind of errors can be costly. Use 'spell check'.

Hope it helps!
By James Rabbett 12 Sep, 2016
Please don't venture into the interview stage treating it as being the hardest part of the recruitment process. The hardest part was actually securing the interview, being shortlisted out of possibly dozens of applications. You have to feel good about that!

There are many aspects of the interview that are under our control, things we can do that can only have a positive affect. The key is in preparation - the more prepared we are, the more confident we will be. The following points will help guide your preparation:

Research – the   company, the role, the people
  1. There are so many sources of information on the internet that will help with this.
  2. Know the job being offered. Read the brief and speak to your Recruiter to find out the specifics of ‘who’ the employer is actually looking for.
  3. Know the employer! What it does; the markets it serves; current & future projects, that kind of thing. Good talking points and could provide substance for your interview questions.
  4. Know who is interviewing you. Make sure you get the names from your Recruiter of all those who will be present at the interview. Look them up on LinkedIn or Google and get an idea of their backgrounds, you might find there are things you have in common.
Prepare answers to likely questions…
  1. Put yourself in the Hiring Managers’ position, think about the kind of information they need in order to make sure they are hiring the right person for the job.
  2. Think about the types of questions they will need to ask to get at that information.
  3. When answering questions relate back to what you have done in the past. Give examples of your experience that are relevant to what is being asked. For instance “What would you do in this XYZ situation…? You would need to refer to a similar situation you have dealt with, what you did and the outcome, what you learned and possibly what you would do in the future.
Attire & Body Language…
  1. Research suggests that an interviewer makes up their mind regarding a candidate within the first few seconds of an interview. The rest of the interview is just confirming their decision. You only have one chance to make a first impression, so play it safe and wear business attire. Even if it’s a dress-down Friday and your interviewer is in shorts.
  2. In terms of body language, don’t over think it or else you could appear wooden. If you have done you research and preparation then you will feel more confident and comfortable than you would if you had done none…and when you are confident and comfortable your body language will follow suit.
  3. Just make sure that you start and leave with a firm handshake!!!
Prepare for the interview in advance…
  1. Rushing around getting things ready in the hours before your interview will just increase your stress levels. Don’t let that happen. Make sure you have everything you need for the interview ready in good time. Printed CV and any required documents; names and contact details for the employer; directions and route planned out.
Definite don’ts!!!
  1. Don’t be late; get to the interview 15 minutes early. It gives you time to sit quietly and breathe.
  2. Don’t yawn during the interview.
  3. Don't pick your nose, especially not with your right hand!
Definite do’s!!!
  1. A firm handshake.
  2. A friendly smile.
  3. Eye contact.
  4. Look interested – nod, agree etc...
  5. Accept a drink at the start of the interview, it saves asking for one halfway through when your mouth is dry and you’re struggling to get the words out.
  6. Remember, the people in front of you are, just people.

Good Luck!
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