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A CV is the first impression you give to your potential next employer. It needs to be clear, concise and honest, and getting these key aspects into your CV are essential to your application process. The built environment still remains as one of the most in-demand sectors in the United Kingdom, meaning there is lots of opportunities for potential roles for you as an employee, and lots of employers to impress with your CV. An...
As you step into the world of work, armed with your degree and a sense of purpose, a few strategic tips can help ease the transition and increase the likelihood of landing that coveted first position. Stepping out of the lecture hall into the professional realm can be both exhilarating and daunting for recent graduates. Firstly, ensure your CV is a real springboard into an engineering career. Crafting a compelling resume is an art that...
In the ever-evolving built environment, one glaring disparity often stands out – the age gap. This industry, essential to the infrastructure of society, is witnessing a noticeable generational divide. On one side, seasoned veterans with decades of experience; on the other, a new wave of young professionals eager to make their mark. What are the benefits of an ageing workforce in the industry? Experience and expertise...
As the built environment tackles expansion, climate change, and advancing technologies, the demand for skilled professionals is high. However, a large disparity exists between demand and the availability of sufficiently qualified and experienced professionals. In the 2023 Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) report, The Skills Construction Needs*, the CITB identified the need for almost 225,000 extra workers by 2027 to meet the...
Building Engineers work across the life cycle of a building, in roles that incorporate the design, construction, conservation and reclaiming of the areas and places where we live, work and function. Working within the built environment offers a broad range of rewarding career paths. Below is a list of some of the key specialisms across the construction industry, to help you gain a greater understanding of different professional job...
With the press stuffed full of stories about ChatGPT, it seems the new artificial intelligence tool can do just about anything short of washing your clothes. But can it help you land the perfect building engineer job? Read on to find out.      ChatGPT was developed by OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research organisation. Its team designed and trained the model using a combination of techniques including deep...
A three-day weekend sounds like catnip for employees, but they might just be setting themselves up for a more stressful week. The idea of a four-day work week, which has been making the headlines recently, is a relatively new idea, you might think. But the concept was coined by English social reformer Robert Owen, who in 1817 advocated for shorter workdays. In those days the working day ranged from 10 to 16 hours, and Owen’s...
Why you should polish up your social media accounts when applying for building engineer jobs, as employers may check them in the screening process.  It seems that a well-written CV and covering letter is not enough to earn a new position these days, and if your social presence online contains anything inappropriate it could hinder your chances of getting the role. A study by CareerBuilder found that seven in 10 employers have...
The story behind the’ Great Resignation’, hybrid working and what it means for employers and employees. The ‘Great Resignation’ term coined by Anthony Klotz, associate professor of management at Mays Business School in Texas, has come into sharper focus since 2021 as dissatisfied workers have sought opportunities elsewhere.  But what has brought this on, and how can employers prevent this from happening...
When preparing for an interview for that job you’ve set your heart on, there’s one question that crops up time and again: “Tell me a bit about yourself”. Although this question seems straightforward, it catches out candidates time and again. We will discuss how you can tackle this question to impress your interviewer. It might be tempting to speak about your life history, but what the interviewer is looking for is...
Polishing your CV can ensure you’ll get your foot in the door for that new role you’ve been coveting.  Getting personal  Your CV filename should contain ‘Your name – Job you are applying for – Date‘ so that it is easy for potential employers to find and file. At the top of your CV put your full name, then your location and contact details. You don't need write ‘CURRICULUM...
A cover letter is as likely to be an email these days – but however you send that (often fiendishly difficult to write) accompaniment to your CV, make sure it shines. It has as crucial a role in getting your foot in the door as your CV itself. So why do some applicants give them so little thought or, as many hiring managers will testify, don’t even bother writing one at all?  A well written cover letter, according to one...