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Work out 25 February + 25 MarchJob Tuesday: 5 March: Pay negotiation, 2 AprilQuickcounsellings – Tuesday 12-14 Bart, Wednesday 10-12 Fugl
CV and Cover Letter Seminar 15:00 – 17:00 Wednesday, 13th February
Today’s agenda15:15 – 15:45 How to write a good CV?15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break16:00 – 16:30 How to write a good Cover Letter?16:30 – 16:45 The “elevator pitch”16:45 – 17:00 Why unsolicited applications pay off - presentation by Elitsa Marinkova
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Starting to Write your CV• Is your own personal marketing tool, as it provides the first impression that a prospective employer has of you.• Important that your CV is well laid out in a clear format, which makes it easy for the employer to read and find the relevant information he or she requires.• Simplicity is always best. Unless you are applying for a graphic design position, - keep it simple! Avoid using too fancy and complicated decorative fonts and colours.• A good CV is clear, concise and easy to read. Make use of bullet points and headings to provide a clear framework and make the information easy to follow.• Two pages.• English or Danish ?
CompetencesList a couple of your most important competences
How to Structure your Chronological CV1. Personal details2. Personal profile3. Work experience4. Education5. Skills6. Interests7. References
How to Structure Your CV1. Personal detailsMake sure this section clearly states your: Name NOTE: if your name does not obviously show if you are male or female, include this as well Nationality Residential address Phone number Email address Date of birth (optional, but helpful) Photo?
Example- Personal detailsName XXXDate and place of birth XX-XX-XXXX, FranceAddress XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX DenmarkE-mail XXXX@XXXXX.XXTelephone +45 XX XX XX XX
How to Structure….2. Personal ProfileThis is your opportunity to write a brief summary about yourself.• What are your main skills?• What are your personal qualities?• Think in keywords and try to be as specific as possible. Remember that everyone writes that they are a communicative, team player.• This is also a good place to put your language skills and an overview of what you are looking for. Please make sure you change this if it doesn’t match the job description you are applying for!• Keep it short and to the point.
Example- Personal ProfileA determined and proactive communication manager with international experienceand good administrative skills. An intercultural communicator with excellent Frenchand English skills. A strong team player who is inspired by other people but also worksindependently.• Administration: reliable administrator with extensive experience in dealing with administrative procedures from administrating network database to large scale courses and meetings.• Communication: experienced and versatile communication professional dealing with many different stakeholders, both internal and external communication.• International: a proactive person with good intercultural communication skills and the ability to relate to wide range of people. A strong team player who is inspired by other people but also works independently.
How to Structure…3. Work experience• List your most recent experience first.• Give the name of your employer, job title, dates of employment and, of course, what your tasks and achievements were. Well known employers in your country may not be known in DK• Use an appropriate job title if the one you actually have is misleading. Relate to Danish educational system.• If your professional work experience is lacking, you can also mention any internships (as long as they don’t go back further than 5 years)
Example - Work experience2011 Communication Consultant French Business In partnership with the Management team, defined France and planned the communication strategy. Responsible www.website.com for all communication activities relating to restructuring activities.2007 – 2010 Public Relations Specialist & Assistant to Global Marketing managing director France Management and facilitation of numerous marketing www.website.com projects and communicating with business partners. Created, maintained and further developed a large business network in UK and France. Produced training and marketing material in French and English.2011 Communication Consultant French Business, France In partnership with the Management team, defined and planned the communication strategy. Responsible for all communication activities relating to restructuring activities.
How to Structure…4. Education• Start with your most recent education first.• List the subject and where you studied.• If you have a degree please state the level and skills you achieved. Relate to Danish conditions.• We also recommend listing exams or diplomas that you have passed whilst in employment
Example Education2006 - 2007 Public Relations Consultant & Communication ECUK, UK Manager Distance learning. Diploma with final grade 1,8 (grade scale 1-10 with 1 being the best)1994 - 2000 MA: Information & Communication University of Communication and information planning, Paris, France communication in organizations, oral communication and information, project handling1994 – 2000 MA: Information & Communication University of Paris, FranceCommunication and information planning, communication in organizations, oralcommunication, and information, project handling
How to Strucure…5. Skills• Language proficiency, clearly and honestly stating your fluency level.• Computing experience and possession of a driving license should be included.
How to Structure…6. Interests• These are particularly relevant if you were involved in activities in which you had leadership responsibilities, or which involved relating to others in a team.• Once again be precise, e.g. Reading [what exactly? i.e. 20th century fiction], Sport [which sports? i.e. tennis or squash].• Similarly if you have published any articles, jointly or by yourself, give details. If you have been involved in any type of volunteer work, mention this.• Prospective employers will often look at the hobbies and interests listed in someone’s résumé as it gives them a more comprehensive picture of the candidate and can give vital clues on personality and motivation. This is especially often the case if the candidate is a graduate with not much work experience.
How to Structure…7. ReferencesThere are two options here:• you can use the generic statement References are available on request’, which means that the future employer has to ask permission for access to your references;or• you can include the names and contact information of your references on the CV, if you have approval.
Points to remember• Max 2 pages• Use simple language• Documentation: do not send documentation unless mentioned in the job ad• Have someone read over your CV• Do a spell check! (“I speak fluent Englesh, Inglish, Eniglish” does not really instill confidence)• CV in Pdf.• Print out your CV
Strategy for applying This I know also Not something they asked for, but still interesting You This I match Put your focus here focus here The job This I can learn Don’t touch upon this before the job interview
Preparing your Letter of MotivationStart by;• Researching the company well• Reading over the job description thoroughly• Preparing your letter by thinking about the following points; Why do you think you are specifically suitable for the role? What are the competences you possess that match the role? Why would you want to work for that particular company?
Letter af motivation – inspirationMotivation• Why are you applying for this specific job?• Show appreciation for the organisation• Do you know their strategy/ mission?• How do you see yourself fitting in the organisation?
Letter af motivation – inspirationProfessional competences• What can you offer? Explain your professional competences – how will they match the tasks• What advantages will they gain from hiring you?• Relate to the task and how you can use your competences to solve them
Letter og motivation - inspiration Personal Competences • Remember to include your personal and social competences • Give examples – not just hot air and buzz words – e.g. what do you mean by flexible and structured?
Guidelines• Future oriented and targeted• One A4 page• Use examples• Pick the top 3-5 essential requirements from the advertisement and answer them carefully• Make sure you close positively - "I look forward to meeting you at interview to discuss further…"
Identify the Job• What is your market value? – Which companies could be interesting for you – and not least interested in you? – Think in broad terms – focus on matching the possibilities with your competences!
Contacting an EnterpriseTo phone or not to phone?• Yes, only if you have relevant questions.• You could be remembered as the person, who wasted time.• Prepare the questions beforehand.
Examples of Questions:• Do they recruit people with your educational background? if yes, for which positions?• What kind of responsibilities do those employees have?• Which personal competences are important to have in the job?
Unsolicited applicationsHeadline.Description of you and your proposed function in the enterpriseWhat can you offer:”sales speech” – how and why will the enterprise benefit from hiring youSummary:Summarize your competences and explain how they match theproposed function
Tips• Focus: Stay focussed and be explicit regarding your job wishes• Contact the enterprise: Phone, e-mail, personal contact• Follow up. Show your motivation and make them remember you
Why?• Networking• Meet enterprises – Student jobs with an enterprise while you are studying – Internships – Graduate job• SME’s and international• Job vacancies
How to present yourself• Like a jobinterview – first impression counts• ”we hire people not educations” (Danfoss)• Focus on competences – your education does not tell all• CV ?• Elevator pitch – Be to the point and create a positive impression of yourself
Elevator Pitch• 30 seconds• Result: ”Give me a call” – Education – Competences also personal – Work experience – Job wishes