Sold on short and sweet CVs

What should people facing redundancy, or uncertain whether to enter a volatile sector like engineering and manufacturing, do?

Recruitment specialists advise that the most important thing is to get a good CV. ‘It should be short and sweet, to the point, listing achievements,’ David Mackintosh, managing director of Pinnacle Recruitment, advises. He says at lot of engineers miss out on jobs by not using CVs to describe the kind of work they have done and to outline the nature of the companies which have hired them.

‘There is no need to spend money on a CV. It should be no more than two pages, with bullet points highlighting key details,’ he suggests. ‘When looking for a job, spread the net wide, but don’t waste time chasing things which may not be suitable. Find out as much as you can about a job you are applying for.’

Recruitment specialist Jonathan Lee points out that in engineering and manufacturing, people expect computer skills.

Carl Gilleard of the Association of Graduate Recruiters says: ‘People have got to learn to cope and embrace change. Some people see change as a threat and immediately think restructuring or redundancies are bad news. Others see it as an opportunity. But employers have an important part to play by helping workers to gain and update skills which will be of use in a flexible workforce.’

Job seekers of different ages should concentrate on different sectors. According to the EMTA’s Labour Market Survey of Engineering in 1998, the motor vehicle sector is more likely to employ people under 25. By contrast, half those employed in basic metal manufacture are 25. Employers in the east Midlands are the most optimistic.