CV or résumé
One of the most important first steps when apply for jobs is to ensure that your CV is up-to-date and that it demonstrates your relevant skills. Sometimes you will need to alter your CV to show how your skills meet the requirements of the job.
It might sound obvious but before you submit your CV check that you have highlighted the skills and experience that are required, you have explained any gaps and read it to make sure there are no spelling mistakes or other errors.
As a member of the IET you have access to a variety of information and resources to help your career, from career management tools and training courses to mentoring. To find out what is on offer that can help you visit the career development section of the IET website.
The IET also offer a dedicated engineering and technology jobs board with relevant job vacancies from all over the world.
Recruitment agencies can be very helpful when looking for work, there are many that specialise in engineering or have departments which do. You can usually search their websites without registering, but it can be useful to register as they can then contact you about relevant vacancies.
Networking is becoming more and more important when looking for working and it is not uncommon for jobs to be filled without them being advertised. The more people you speak to the more likely you are to hear about upcoming vacancies.
The IET provides lots of opportunities to network with other engineer, try and make the most of these; attend local network events, talks and lectures, at training courses speak to the other attendees, get your name and your face known.
You can also try online networking, sites like LinkedIn allow you to promote yourself and advertise your experiences and skills. If you use these sites make user that your profile is kept up to date, and get involved in discussions in groups. The IET has a LinkedIn group, as do many engineering companies and other interest groups. Recruiters also look on LinkedIn for people who may be of interest.
Geographic and cultural differences
If you are looking for work in another country research how the recruitment process works there. If you are attending an interview check to are there any cultural differences that you need to be aware of.