Packaging yourAIESEC Experience* *from a Session at IPM 2005
Session Objectives• Help delegates market themselves well for the right job/career.• Help delegates see a recruitment process from the eyes of employers.
Scope• What motivates an organisation/company to look for candidates?• Writing a CV, filling out an application form.• How do you position your AIESEC experience in your CV?• Interview tips.• Setting realistic career expectations.• Help delegates see a recruitment process from the eyes of employers.
JudgementThe ability to adopt a sharp and rigorous approachto problems, allied with an effectiveness in spottingissues early, in a manner that allows newopportunities and problems to be identified aheadof time, and new perspectives framed.
DriveA relentless drive to have broad impact, with apreparedness to question and challenge thestatus quo, and the self assurance that enablesgoals to be achieved. They want to ‘leave amark’ rather than just achieve results.
InfluenceThe individual has a good understanding ofhim/herself, knows how to influence the behaviourof other people to achieve goals.
• In groups of 5 or 6, come up with some narrative that you could put on a CV that describes what AIESEC - the organisation - is all about. You will be briefed on your target organisation on the next slide.• Nominate one of the group to distil this and share it with the rest of the group (as if you were telling a recruiter).
• You will be asked to come up with a summary on AIESEC geared to the following recruiters: – Local charity (NGO); – Multinational; – Entrepreneur (SME); – Venture capitalist; – Government agency; – MBA college; – Intergovernmental organisation or international NGO.
• What are the qualities, skills and achievements you gained from AIESEC?• Of these, which would you say are the most valuable to this potential employer and why?
Writing a CV• CVs are called a variety of things - tailor to your audience.• There is no universally accepted format.• CVs should clearly explain to the reader what it is you can do for them.• You are not writing a CV for yourself, you are writing it for the reader.
Writing a CV• Your CV should be: - A well-presented, selling document - A source of interesting, relevant information - A script for talking about yourselfRemember: The purpose of your CV is notto get you the job. It is to get you aninterview!!
Content• How long should it be?• What format? - A standard two-page printed CV - A one-page summary CV - A ‘skills’ CV
Developing Your CVThe most common contents of a CV include: • Personal Details. • Skills and Career Summary. • Key Achievements. • Qualifications. • Career History.
Content• It should meet the needs of your target organisation wherever possible. A single ‘generalist’ CV is unlikely to be sufficient.• It should highlight your achievements and how they relate to the job/role/scheme you’re applying for.• It should give the reader a clear indication of why you should be considered for this role.
What to include• Generally, the document should contain no more than 2 pages.• Your CV should be honest and factual.• The first page should contain enough personal details for a potential employer to contact you easily.• Choose a presentation format that allows you to headline key skills, key achievements or key attributes.
• Your employment history should commence with your current or most recent job and work backwards.• Achievements should be short, bullet- pointed statements and include your role, the action you took and the result of your action.• Leave out information that is irrelevant or negative.• Hobbies: Drop them if you run out of space!!
• Information that clearly demonstrates your suitability for the role and enhances your chances of being short-listed should be included near the beginning of the CV.• Include details of recent training or skills development events you have attended which could be relevant.• List all your professional memberships and relevant qualifications.• Always include details of languages you speak (and proficiency level)
Standard CV• Use good quality paper.• Be conservative with your presentation and layout.• Dont make the margins too deep or too narrow.• Resist writing lengthy paragraphs - be concise.• Careful use of bold type can be effective.• Use a standard typeface (e.g. Times New Roman or Arial).
Standard CV• Do not use a small type in the hope of getting more in.• CV writing is a repetitive/refining process. No one ever gets a CV right first time.• Circulate your CV to a few trusted colleagues for comments.• Check for spelling or typographical errors.• Hobbies are not always necessary.• Be realistic.
Recent Graduate?• You may be competing against candidates with more work experience.• Emphasise recent education, training, courses, other activities (i.e. positions of leadership – AIESEC).• Look at course work as an equivalent of work – present examples of experiences.• Graduate schemes usually offer best opportunities.• Consider a ‘skills’ CV.
Always remember:• You must feel comfortable with your CV. Its yours.• Always take a copy to an interview.• If possible, tailor each CV for each job application
A few words on Application Forms• Some recruitment processes (like Graduate Schemes) require that all candidates fill out application forms.• These days, most application forms are online.• Wherever detailed application forms are required, remember that recruiters may use it as a process to eliminate.• Application forms can be laborious, but it is important you fill them out carefully.
A few words on Application Forms• The nature of the questions in the application form can provide a view of the qualities and skills they are looking for in the candidates.• When filling in applications forms by hand (on paper), make sure it is legible.• Always keep a copy of the application form questions and your answers.
Do:• Demonstrate good non-verbal communication.• Dress for the job or company.• Listen and take care to answer the questions• Refrain from talking too much• Ensure you’re not over-familiar• Use appropriate language
Do:• Ask questions• Put aside any hierarchical barriers or knowledge of other candidates• In assessment centres remember you’re not being observed in one event• Explain any gaps in your CV
Don’t:• Be economical with the truth (i.e. don’t lie!): Don’t even think about it!• Badmouth your current colleagues, company or boss.• Complain• Talk about people you don’t get along with• Go unprepared – don’t fail to research the company/organisation
Remember:• Interviews and Assessment Centres are 2-way events• This could be your one opportunity. Don’t waste it!• Be yourself
Setting Realistic Career Expectations• Your first role is not likely to be the one that fulfils ALL your career goals!• Be realistic about the competences you still need to develop.• Apart from competence, you also need to build credibility to develop your career.• It is unlikely that your first few roles will enable you to have as much influence as your highest AIESEC role.
Setting Realistic Career Expectations• You may not get it right the first time – you find out more about an organisation only after joining them.• Try and identify a number of functions into which you can transfer your competence as a start of your post-AIESEC career.