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Career Elevator Pitch: A How-To Guide for Job Seekers

Mastering a career elevator pitch can be hugely beneficial when you’re job hunting. It lets you summarise your value and expertise and deliver it quickly and succinctly so that you can position yourself well and maximise your worth to a potential employer.

Top 5 Time-Wasters Killing Your Job Search Prospects

Job hunting is no fun. That’s expected. The usual job search experiences range from seemingly unending rejections to permanent communication black holes from job sites or recruiting firms. The whole job searching experience is often difficult and time-consuming.

How Modern is Your Engineering CV?

Increasingly we’re meeting engineering professionals from all walks of life who are facing the same issues and who are unsure about how to navigate these in the new world of job search. What is clear is that doing the same things to find a job today as you did five or ten years ago will no longer produce the same results.

Applicant Tracking Systems Explained

Did you know that Google received 2 million job applications in 2017? And, Facebook receives somewhere in the ballpark of 250,000 job applications each year? When applying for a vacancy with large engineering or tech companies, many candidate’s CVs must first survive the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) before an actual person looks at them. Read this article to find out how to get your CV ranked highly within applicant tracking systems, so that it can then go through to the next stage of the recruitment process and be seen by internal recruiters and hiring managers.

How to Create Your Online Brand

There has never been a time in history where it has been easier, cheaper or more efficient to shape your personal brand to highlight your passion, spotlight your skills and expose to the world, your accomplishments. The proliferation of online platforms has made it possible to deftly create or sculpt a specific identity that conveys who you are, your particular interests and your ultimate objective in life. Let’s take stock of some of the possibilities that we tend to recommend to our engineering and technical clients.

Is social media helping or harming your job search?

Social recruiting uses social media profiles, blogs, and other internet sites to source and screen candidates. It’s fast becoming an attractively integrated HR and Marketing strategy that supports the recruitment process for businesses both large and small.

Although most employers use social resourcing to look for information that supports an applicant’s qualifications for the job, others look to identify and assess if the candidate has a professional online persona aligned with the company’s values. This involves searching for what other people are posting about the candidate across a variety of social media platforms and popular search engines.

Scotland Engineering & Tech Apprenticeship & Graduate Careers Fair 2018

Join ABCV Solutions Director, Amelia Brooke and other inspiring engineering and technology employers who will share their insights on what it is like to work for them and what you can expect from pursuing a career in engineering.

Hosted by EqualEngineers, come along to this lively event to find out about apprenticeships, placements, internships and graduate opportunities. Don’t forget to bring along your CV and drop in for a FREE CV Review.

Get your free tickets here

5 Ways to Celebrate International Update Your Resume/CV Month

September is International Update Your Resume Month! Most people don’t think about updating their resumes (or CVs as we like to call them here in the UK) until they find a suitable vacancy. But updating your CV doesn’t need to be a time consuming or painful experience.

Should You Upload Your CV to LinkedIn?

There’s no doubt that the tools for job hunters have improved over the last few years. Social media, with platforms like LinkedIn, are proving invaluable in helping careers grow across a wide range of professions.

The mistake that many job seekers make, however, is to simply upload their CV to sites such as LinkedIn – the truth is that this platform is a great marketing opportunity and you’ve got some prime advertising real-estate to play with.

Get it right, and it should draw potential employers to your profile and significantly increase your chance of getting that dream job.