Getting an interview
“Making sure your CV is up to date is a good start. Tailoring your CV to each role is an absolute must.
The most overlooked opportunity of job hunting is making use of your network. Contact colleagues, friends, relatives, conference contacts, anyone who might be interested and ask if there are any positions; plenty of engineering companies have internal hiring schemes. If there are none currently available, ask if they can keep an eye out and you’ll be sure they’ll think of you next time they hear anything.
University careers fairs are a great opportunity for networking. Showing your knowledge of the engineering industry and current trends as well as being personable and friendly to the potential recruiters there is a fast-track way into the company. If you can research the companies attending beforehand, know what you’d like to do and figure out good questions to ask them, then you’ll really make an impression.
Many conferences offer tickets free to students even if they don’t specifically say so, just ask! This is how I’ve gotten into expensive conferences that are typically priced only for companies to attend, like the "Pharma AI & IoT” conference which usually costs £1320!
I found out about my first summer placement at GSK by asking a friend working there if any positions were open; these roles are all either filled through word of mouth or on the company’s jobs page. I’m a firm believer that you’re much more likely to get a job you like by doing direct to a company’s hiring page and contacting them directly.
Job boards can be a useful tool to plan what you’d like to do and where. I’d use Glassdoor to find reviews of the company, even typical salaries to know what to expect and if you can negotiate, interview questions which are commonly identical year after year, and of course available job roles.”