When did you last update your CV? Writing a CV can be a lengthy process that requires a lot of effort and concentration if you are to do it well. It is a good idea to ensure that you always have an up-to-date master CV so that if you should ever need one unexpectedly you’ve got the raw material for more targeted CVs readily on hand. Keeping your CV up-to-date also serves as a reminder that you need to ensure you stay marketable – if you don’t have at least one new thing to add to your CV each year you could be going backward in your career. Today I’m going to talk through how to write a CV that gets you the career you really want rather than just a job. First we’ll go through the purpose of a CV and how to make yours stand out from the pile. I’ll briefly touch on the difference between a CV and a resume. Then we’ll discuss how to choose an appropriate CV format – chronological, functional, or combination. And then 7 rules for writing a professional CV and pay particular attention to the Headline and to Keywords.
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<ul><li>The purpose of a CV
Making your CV standout </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing a CV format </li></ul>-Chronological -Functional -Combination <ul><li>Guidelines for writing a professional CV </li></ul>-The headline Writing a CV to get the career you want
<ul><li>a tool with ONE specific purpose – to win a job interview </li></ul>The purpose of a CV
<ul><li>Only 1 interview is granted for every 200 CVs received </li></ul><ul><li>Your CV will likely be scanned in 10-20 sec rather than read </li></ul>The power of a strong CV
“ What would make someone the perfect candidate? Make your CV stand out <ul><li>Target your CV to the job for which you are applying </li></ul>
CV Format <ul><li>Chronological CV </li></ul><ul><li>complete breakdown of career by dates
used by job seekers with a steady work history </li></ul><ul><li>Functional CV </li></ul><ul><li>emphasizes 2-4 major skill sets
used when changing careers or after hiatus </li></ul><ul><li>Combination CV </li></ul><ul><li>combines both styles
used by self-employed professionals and consultants </li></ul>What format should you use?
Chronological CV Dates of employment in reverse chronological order
Functional CV Convert work history and background into skill sets Move dates & companies down to draw attention to skills
The Headline First, three parts to describe you (1) powerful adjective (experienced, efficient, successful…) (2) function that defines your position (marketing, chemist, sales…) (3) level of experience (manager, associate, assistant…) Accomplished financial associate Talented scientific team leader Then, combine with defining skills, responsibilities, accomplishments Accomplished financial associate adept at overseeing all aspects of business development Talented scientific team leader with seven years’ pharmaceutical experience
Seven guidelines for CV writing (1) Use the right point of view… the silent I Manage 10 Sales Associates responsible for generating 90% of company revenues. (2) Use action verbs … Manage, Managed, Direct, Directed, Implement, Implemented (3) Start with a headline or objective Focus on what you have to offer not what you want from the company (4) Don’t use articles Get rid of “a”, “an”, “the”… (6) Ensure there are NO mistakes check, double check and check again (7) Avoid topics that may work against you age, photograph, personal interests and activities (5) Use numbers and symbols correctly Directed seven employees and oversaw £1 million budget.
Get the job you really want Your CV is a tool <ul><li>target it to the job advertisement