1<br />15 steps to building a winning CVYour CV is the first thing they see of you – make it work<br />Prepared by <br />L...
  Interview Training
  Mock Interviews
 Psychometric Testing</li></ul>We do face-to-face and telephone consultancy for CV & Interview Preparation<br />
To get these slides…<br /> Email GetThatJob@SliNuaCareers.com<br /> Put ‘Slideshow’ in the Subject Line<br /> Will also se...
3<br />#1 Understand that it’s a sales document<br /><ul><li> You’re the product
 Sell yourself – no-one else will
 Not the  time to be bashful or shy</li></li></ul><li>#2 Understand that it’s not just a dry, academic list of ‘stuff’<br ...
#3 Step into the employer’s shoes<br /> They need someone to fill a role<br /> Can it be you?<br /> How?<br /> By thinking...
#4 Make decisions<br /> It’s a CV, not a novel – so decide what helps to sell you<br /> To make some items stand out, othe...
#5 Aim for early impact<br /> To sell, bring the strong stuff to the front & top<br />  Hook their interest – invite furth...
#6 First details<br /> Your name<br /> Your contact details<br /> Make it easy for them to get to you <br /> Keep this inf...
#7 Next up – Personal Profile<br /> Something about you, who you are, what you represent, what value you will bring<br /> ...
#8 Key Achievements, Skills & Attributes<br /> 5-6 bullet points, max<br /> Selecting key elements from your life – work, ...
#9 What next? <br /> Education & Qualifications<br /> Or Work Experience<br /> Depends on where you’re coming from, and wh...
#10 Work Experience <br /> Closes all the gaps<br /> But does more than that<br /> Sells you <br /> Highlight the relevant...
#11 Education & Qualifications <br /> Same rules apply<br /> Close the gaps, but…<br /> Highlight what is relevant, what w...
#12 Hobbies & Community/Voluntary Interests <br /> Not exhaustive <br /> Give a flavour of who you, your sense of contribu...
#13 Referees <br /> This can vary from job to job – in some cases ‘Referees available on request is appropriate’ <br /> In...
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Good CVs get interviews, good interviews get jobs. But all the feedback we get from employers and HR managers is that the vast majority of CVs are poorly-presented and fail to portray the candidate in the best possible light. Here SliNuaCareers.com give some valuable tips on how to craft a CV that helps, rather than hinders you, in your job search.

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15 Steps to building a winning CV

  1. 1. 1<br />15 steps to building a winning CVYour CV is the first thing they see of you – make it work<br />Prepared by <br />Liam Horan<br />Sli Nua Careers<br />We consider ourselves the best at:<br /><ul><li> CV Preparation
  2. 2. Interview Training
  3. 3. Mock Interviews
  4. 4. Psychometric Testing</li></ul>We do face-to-face and telephone consultancy for CV & Interview Preparation<br />
  5. 5. To get these slides…<br /> Email GetThatJob@SliNuaCareers.com<br /> Put ‘Slideshow’ in the Subject Line<br /> Will also send you our free eBook Get That Job!<br />If you feel you need help with your CV, contact Liam Horan of Sli Nua Careers today<br />2<br />
  6. 6. 3<br />#1 Understand that it’s a sales document<br /><ul><li> You’re the product
  7. 7. Sell yourself – no-one else will
  8. 8. Not the time to be bashful or shy</li></li></ul><li>#2 Understand that it’s not just a dry, academic list of ‘stuff’<br /> You are entitled to shape your CV the way you wish<br /> Once you cover off any potential blanks, you can highlight what you wish to highlight <br /> Ask yourself the question – does this help to sell me?<br /> If yes, include, and highlight<br /> If no, should it go in? Why?<br />4<br />
  9. 9. #3 Step into the employer’s shoes<br /> They need someone to fill a role<br /> Can it be you?<br /> How?<br /> By thinking about what they’re looking for<br /> And why<br /> And then showing how you fill that role <br /> Start from the employer’s needs – and work back <br />5<br />
  10. 10. #4 Make decisions<br /> It’s a CV, not a novel – so decide what helps to sell you<br /> To make some items stand out, others must appear small or not at all<br /> Be decisive<br />6<br />
  11. 11. #5 Aim for early impact<br /> To sell, bring the strong stuff to the front & top<br /> Hook their interest – invite further enquiry<br /> They may not look beyond the first few lines<br /> Are you stoking their curiosity?<br /> Or turning them off?<br />7<br />
  12. 12. #6 First details<br /> Your name<br /> Your contact details<br /> Make it easy for them to get to you <br /> Keep this information tight – apart from your name, it’s not a sales feature<br /> Coca-Cola don’t put contact details as the main sales features<br />8<br />
  13. 13. #7 Next up – Personal Profile<br /> Something about you, who you are, what you represent, what value you will bring<br /> Apply it to the job you’re actually applying for<br /> These details will change each time<br /> Step into the shoes of the employer<br />Possible: “Conscientious Yard Manager with a proven record of thorough, reliable work. Seeking a challenging position with a progressive company, where I can bring to bear my attributes of attention to detail and enthusiasm to fine-tune any operation in which I am involved.” <br />9<br />
  14. 14. #8 Key Achievements, Skills & Attributes<br /> 5-6 bullet points, max<br /> Selecting key elements from your life – work, sport, education etc<br /> To give a flavour of the kind of person you are <br /> Decide to include items that complement the job you’re going for<br /> E.g. a teacher might highlight record of sports coaching or leading the local choir<br /> These items can appear later on too<br />10<br />
  15. 15. #9 What next? <br /> Education & Qualifications<br /> Or Work Experience<br /> Depends on where you’re coming from, and where you’re trying to go to <br />11<br />
  16. 16. #10 Work Experience <br /> Closes all the gaps<br /> But does more than that<br /> Sells you <br /> Highlight the relevant experience<br /> Highlight = more detail, bring to top of the CV<br /> If you break chronology, to highlight relevant ones, can close the gaps with a headline at bottom saying: Other Work Experience<br />12<br />
  17. 17. #11 Education & Qualifications <br /> Same rules apply<br /> Close the gaps, but…<br /> Highlight what is relevant, what will engage the employer<br /> Changes from application to application <br /> Highlight relevant Final Year Projects, Theses, etc<br />13<br />
  18. 18. #12 Hobbies & Community/Voluntary Interests <br /> Not exhaustive <br /> Give a flavour of who you, your sense of contribution <br /> Relevant ones are crucial (remember the teachers who leads the local choir or coaches the local Camogie team)<br /> Think ‘selling’ not ‘listing’ <br />14<br />
  19. 19. #13 Referees <br /> This can vary from job to job – in some cases ‘Referees available on request is appropriate’ <br /> In other cases, it is good to include – makes it easier for employers to contact them:<br /> In these cases, give full names, titles, and contact details<br /> Tell Referees they may get a call <br />15<br />
  20. 20. #14 What if… <br /> I haven’t worked outside the home for ten years?<br /> Apply what you’ve learned there to benefit of employer<br /> Show enthusiasm for training/return to work place <br />16<br />
  21. 21. #15 What if… <br /> I have worked in one sector for years, and that sector is now dead in the water?<br />Show your enthusiasm for the sector your are now targeting<br />Your work record – highlighting where you’ve learned new skills in the past<br />Highlight the skills that will transfer<br />You will be surprised how many skills do transfer<br />Talk to people in new sector<br />17<br />
  22. 22. 18<br />Random descriptions of a good CV<br />LogicalEngaging Sells you<br />Regularly amendedWhite spaces <br />FREE FROM MIS-SPELLINGSTight To the point<br />Invites further discussion Accurate Neat<br />
  23. 23. We consider ourselves the best at…<br /> CV Preparation<br /> Interview Training<br /> Mock Interviews<br /> Psychometric Testing<br />We do face-to-face and telephone consultancy for CV & Interview Preparation<br />If you feel you need help with your CV, contact Liam Horan of Sli Nua Careers today<br />19<br />
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