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Chrisss said:
Having your name in big letters on the side looks a bit over the top.
you think its too big then? the idea was so that when they are flicking through a pile to find a particular CV it stands out... might take it down a size or two though.
 
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To be honest not very good. I don't like the layout its hard to read. Lay it out with the name in header makes it easier to read

Also what sort of jobs are you looking for with this cv? for any graduate jobs I'd bin it as it doesn't give any idea of what you can do. You need to pad out what you have done at uni a very brief synopsis of each year with what you done i.e. any practical experiments / experience or papers written.

you could fit that all in by summarising you music/travel/relaxation into one personal interests section.

Also don't actually include reference details in the cv just write references available on request
 
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mattx2 said:
thanks for your input. i was in two minds over going for this format or going with a more conventional layout. Do you really think its hard to read? i admit it is a bit of a waste of space, especially as it is reapeated on the second page. i might try a more conventional layout and see what its like.

i feel its important to get this right! thats why im starting quite early.

This will be for summer placements between my 3rd and 4th year, but would also stand for the basis for graduate jobs at the end of my 4th year.

with regards to the uni work, i would assume that any serious employer would know what was required to get this degree? i admit it is a little thin and needs work, but it is a first draft. If i put in every thing i did then that would take up pages, i guess there is a compromise somewhere.

any more input? especially someone within the engineering area?
 
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Luke284 said:
with regards to the uni work, i would assume that any serious employer would know what was required to get this degree? i admit it is a little thin and needs work, but it is a first draft. If i put in every thing i did then that would take up pages, i guess there is a compromise somewhere.

any more input? especially someone within the engineering area?

If you’re looking to do a job that would involve your degree then I'm sure employers would have a basic understanding of what you might have learned, but degree courses vary from Uni to Uni so they will want to know what modules you have done and your finial year project or other major assignments you have done.

This would be easier to fit in if you used the traditional layout as having the name down the side eats into space you could be using.
 
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Luke284 said:
thanks for your input. i was in two minds over going for this format or going with a more conventional layout
any more input? especially someone within the engineering area?

Engineers are generally autistic - dont like change.

By all means keep the side bar, but flip your name around to horizantal.

Group GCSEs into 2-3 lines, not that important.

Bin relaxation (esp. film, socialising and cooking, unless you are gourmet). Factor it into other experience - make something of the DOE work that you did, and Scuba qualifications. If you`ve spread to 2 pages then fill them.

What other engineering experience do you have - make more of it your input to website work (i.e. what ovel insight you had). Try to improve descriptions of what you have done - dont just list.
 
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film and socialising have already gone!

my main engineering experiance was supposed to be a work placement at AWE, but i didnt get security clearance in time. hoping to work at xmas, so will see how that goes.

ive scrapped the side bar, i think it would be good for a "arts & Design" CV as its more creative, but not so "precise" (if thats the right word) for an engineering CV.

i shall post up the next draft, once ive compleated it.

also, should references really be left out, but available on request? ive heard so much conflicting advice on this matter!
 
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Luke284 said:
also, should references really be left out, but available on request? ive heard so much conflicting advice on this matter!

left out they take up to much space and is an employer really going to be getting references before they have even interviewed you?
 
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ive taken on some of the advice and my new CV is almost ready.

ive taken the references out for now, but im tempted to leave one of them in. he is my tutor and head of department. he is regarded as the dogs ******** wrt to chem eng so might be worth having his name there? or is that just a bit cheaky?
 

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Luke284 said:
ive taken on some of the advice and my new CV is almost ready.

ive taken the references out for now, but im tempted to leave one of them in. he is my tutor and head of department. he is regarded as the dogs ******** wrt to chem eng so might be worth having his name there? or is that just a bit cheaky?

I would ask him first. I use my tutor as a reference on mine but I made sure it was ok with him first. Have one academic and one ex-employer imo.
 
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