Job hunting

IChemE membership shows a commitment to both your personal development and the profession as a whole which will impress future employers. Membership also affords you access to a host of professional development resources that can help you take the first steps toward a great career, further your vocation, or find a new job such as:

Job-hunters' survival kit

This members-only guide to finding a job, writing a good CV and attending interviews can be found in the Resource page of this website. Log in on the right, and a link to the Resources page will appear in the main navigation bar.

The Chemical Engineer

Read The Chemical Engineer online every month to find out what’s going on in industry and access an impressive job advertisement section. Plus, you can download the free smartphone/tablet app for daily updates to keep you informed of which companies are doing well, which industries are expanding, and to help you get an accurate picture of the job market.

Regional member groups

As a member of IChemE you have access to the best resources for careers information – your fellow members! Attend regional member group events to make contacts with those in the same position as you; members who have started a new job and can offer tips and advice; and some who will be in senior positions, able to explain what they look for in a candidate. 

Special interest groups

If you are interested in a particular sector of chemical engineering why not get involved with the appropriate special interest group? Meet other engineers who work in your field and use these contacts to find out which companies are hoping to expand, who to send your CV to, and how to get into your chosen industry. As with member groups, your best resource for chemical engineering information is your fellow members.

Accredited Company Training Schemes (ACTS)

IChemE accredits in-company graduate training schemes across the breadth of chemical, biochemical and process industry, in order to help graduate chemical engineers realise their potential and maximise their value to the company. Visit our ACTS pages to view a list of the companies currently involved and to find out more.

CV/resume tips

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so take your time and follow our key tips to getting it right first time:

Making sure to only include the relevant details about your skills and competencies are key to marketing yourself. Recruiters are looking for candidates who fit the role, so make some bullet points of the key words from the job description and then match your knowledge, skills, abilities and attitude to what they are looking for. 

Recruiters are looking for relevant qualifications and experience, and good CV layout. Whatever layout you choose you should always include the following headings: 

    • experience
    • education
    • qualifications
    • work history
    • positions held
    • affiliations
    • references

Make sure to use correct grammar and spelling. Your CV should be clear, concise and in chronological format. Try and keep the CV to two A4 pages, and include a covering letter explaining why you would be perfect for the job.

For more information about how to write a CV consult the Communication Skills Book for Scientists and Engineers which can be found in the resources page of this website (members only - log in above).

Interviews

Interviews give the company an opportunity to find out if you’ll fit into the organisation, and give you the chance to find out if this is the right job for you. Below are some tips for job interviews but more details can be found in the Communication Skills book:

    • research the company beforehand
    • have a list of questions you'd like to ask
    • make sure to give a good impression
    • give concise but comprehensive answers
    • stay cool and stand up for yourself if challenged

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