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  1. 1. LANE 462- CA-2011 I HOW TO WRITE A CV THAT REALLY WORKS Part: II By: Shadia Yousef Banjar 12/9/2010 1 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar
  2. 2. The importance of your CV/Resume cannot beunderestimated. First impressions count in competitivejob markets.12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 2
  3. 3. There’s More Than One Way to Present YourselfIn part I , we have been analyzing why it is so important to ‘sell yourself’.We have examined how to identify your skills and achievements and whatinformation to include on your CV. This part concentrates on how to presentthis to the reader.PUTTING ON THE STYLE WHICH APPROACH TO TAKE!There are three main styles of CV:1 The chronological CV.2 The functional CV.3 The targeted CV. 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 3
  4. 4. Each one has its strengths and which style you use will depend on: 1. what you have already done 2. what you intend to do. It may well be appropriate for you to have more than one version of your CV and to present yourself using different styles.12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 4
  5. 5. The Chronological CVThis style of CV presents yourcareer history in chronologicalsequence, starting with yourmost recent job first. C V12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 5
  6. 6. This style is useful when:• Your career history shows natural progression and growth.• You’re staying in the same field of work.•You have worked for well known companies with good reputations.•Your previous job titles are impressive.•You’re aiming to work in a traditional field, e.g. government or education, when where you worked or studied is important. 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 6
  7. 7. •Your last or current position should include more informationabout your duties, skills and achievements than previous ones.•The less recent your job, the less information you will include.•Remember, when writing about your work, only include:1. the main highlights,2. what you achieved (not just what you did),3. the skills you developed,4. facts and figures that help sell you (e.g. managed a team of 14 staff, working to a budget of £250k).So if your career to date emphasizes continuity andprogression and you have worked for well knownemployers, this style may well be best for you. 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 7
  8. 8. The functional CVThis style of CV highlights your main skills andstrengths and does not place so much emphasis onwho you worked for and what your job title was.The functional CV offers greater flexibility on howyou present yourself than a chronological CV. 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 8
  9. 9. This functional style is useful when:•You want to emphasize skills and strengths not necessarily acquired throughpaid employment.•Your career to date consists of a number of jobs, most of which areunconnected.•You want to change careers and therefore your present position may be of norelevance to your future ambitions.•You want to emphasize skills and achievements from previous work experiencewhich were not required in your most recent position.• You are entering the job market after a break or for the first time.•Most of your work has been freelance or you have worked on a number oftemporary assignments.• You are self employed and want to present to clients the range of areas inwhich you have experience.•You have had a number of job titles, but the work has been basically the same.(Using this style avoids endless repetition of the same information.) 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 9
  10. 10. •This style can be used when sending your CVon a speculative basis, as it gives a briefoverview of the range of your skills, rather thansimply emphasizing what you have done in yourmost recent position.•For this reason it is also useful when contactingagencies who may wish to consider you for anumber of positions.12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 10
  11. 11. The Targeted CV•This style of CV, as the title suggests, is best to use when youare aiming for one specific type of job.•As such, the CV can only be written with the job in mind.• Although much of the content of the CV may be the same asused in the previous styles, this one will be tailored accordingly.•Greater emphasis will be given to detail that relates specificallyto the job in question.A targeted CV can be a combination of functional andchronological CVs. However, all detail included will bewritten with a clear objective in mind, as opposed to ageneral overview. 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 11
  12. 12. This style is useful when:•You have a specific job to go for, or are responding to aparticular job advert.•You want to emphasize skills and achievements, not necessarilyacquired in your most recent work, or which were obtainedoutside paid employment.•Adopting this style will, by its nature, mean you are likely to havea number of versions of your CV which you adapt accordingly. + 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 12
  13. 13. Getting The Length And Layout RightOne of the main talking points around CVs ishow long they should be. It is helpful firstly toanswer the following:1. Does my CV give enough information to the reader?2. Have I been able to portray fully my skills and achievements?3. Am I getting interviews? 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 13
  14. 14. •Most people agree that there is no need for a CV to be anylonger than three pages – and quite often two pages is enough.•To some extent, this will depend on the size of type face andhow spread out your information is.•There are those that argue that a one-page CV proves mostsuccessful and that it should be possible to include allrelevant information on one page.•Certainly, if the reader is inundated with CVs and only has toglance through one page of yours, this may be an advantage.•The key, is to concentrate on what you want to tell thereader and then decide how long your CV will be. 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 14
  15. 15. The third question is perhaps the most vital one.Ultimately, if you are not gaining interviews:•you are applying for the wrong types of jobs.•your CV needs changing.•you need to adopt different strategies for using your CV.•The readers of your CV have different preferences. 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 15
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  17. 17. MAKING FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT•The length of your CV will depend on how you decide tolay out your information and also on which one of thethree styles you choose to use.•When someone sees your CV for the first time, they willbegin to form a strong impression immediately. This willbe influenced by:a. the quality of paper usedb. how neatly the CV is presentedc. whether or not the CV is clear and easy to read. 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 17
  18. 18. The reader does not want: •eye strain from trying to decipher a mass of words crammed onto a single sheet of paper •to be faced with a seemingly never-ending document that fails to get to the point and does not give them the information they require. •Remember: Your CV must look good visually and be easy to follow.12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 18
  19. 19. The use of headings, bullet points and bold lettering can all play their part in helping to make your CV look good.12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 19
  20. 20. CV No-No’s1. No more than three pages.2. No CV without editing. Learn to Edit your CV and know what needs to be in and what doesn’t.3. No frivolous email address. Keep those ones for your friends and get a new one for the job search. Your name, or some version of it, is all you need.4. No too small font size. Keep it to 12pt for Arial or Times New Roman. There is no need for any other font – if you like a modern look go for Arial, if you like a traditional look Times is for you.12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 20
  21. 21. • No Gaps. Every year of your career should be accounted for. If you took a sabbatical or time out to do non-work stuff, you need to say something to explain that time• No Platitudes and clichés. They don’t say anything. “A highly enthusiastic team player” or “Hardworking and able to work alone or in a team”. Has anyone yet confessed to be a lazy misanthrope? Keep the subjective opinions and the pointless clichés out of the profile statement and focus on facts.• No need to be a job board tart. Recruiters are using clever programs to manage on-line applications. If you are rejected by one consultant in a firm it flags up for the others the next time you apply for something. If you consistently get rejected, sooner or later the other consultants will stop opening your CV, especially if you apply for a wide range of unrelated positions.• No need to rush. Don’t forget, January is traditionally a good month for recruitment. 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 21
  22. 22. One Last Thing: EDIT EDIT EDIT!12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 22
  23. 23. Resource:•How to write a CV that really works © 2009 Paul McGee. Published by How To•Five CV No-No’s, by Nick Gendler: 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 23