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How to write a great CV and cover letter

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  • Writing a Brilliant CV
  • You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do. Henry Ford
  • The 5 - 10 second glance View slide
  • The First Look
    • Your CV will go in the bin if:
    • It’s too long – it should be 2 pages MAX
    • It doesn’t have a personal profile and list of skills on the first page
    • If you can’t make out the information easily
    • If it’s difficult to read
    View slide
  • Getting an Interview
    • You WILL get an interview if:
    • You have good experience and achievements from your previous jobs
    • Your skills and experience match the job
    • You STAND OUT from the other candidates in terms of your achievements & career objectives
  • Writing a Job Winning CV
  • CV Layout
    • Contact details
    • Personal profile
    • Skills
    • Education & Qualifications
    • Professional Experience
    • Personal details
    • References
    • Keep it SIMPLE!
  • 5 Steps to a Great CV
    • Be positive ! Concentrate on what you can do, not what you can’t
    • Back up your claims with good evidence from your own experience
    • Sell yourself on the first sheet with a clear career objective & skills
    • Include an email address & mobile phone number
    • Include something exciting under your personal interests
  • The Killer Cover Letter
  • Why your Cover Letter is so Important
    • It makes a FIRST IMPRESSION
    • Potential employers spend 80% of their time reading your cover letter
  • Cover Letter Layout
    • You will need to include:
    • A heading after the salutation giving the job title and/or reference
    • An opening paragraph expressing interest in the job
    • A second paragraph briefly outlining relevant experience & achievements
    • A closing paragraph asking for an interview
  • 5 Steps to a Great Cover Letter
    • Always address your letter to a real person
    • Your letter needs to state clearly what you want to accomplish
    • You need to make your letter personal to the company
    • Make sure your letter is enthusiastic about the job
    • Don’t be afraid to ask for an interview