Curriculum Vitae and Covering Letters


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Curriculum Vitae and Covering Letters

  2. 2. 2NUWAN GUNARATHNE []curriculum vitae What is a CV? Different formats How Could a CV be Structured? Personal Details Education Work Experience Skills (Optional) Interests and Achievements References How Should I Present My CV? You are the HR Manager!
  3. 3. 3NUWAN GUNARATHNE []Learning OutcomesBy the end of this session, you should be able to :• identify different types of CV• understand the importance of having good CVs andcovering letters• to be able to produce an effective CV and covering letter fora range of different requirements
  4. 4. 4NUWAN GUNARATHNE []• your marketing tool – often the first impression anemployer gets so it has to be perfect!• an organised summary of personal details, education andexperience, targeted to the specific position or company• a chance to demonstrate your strengths and enable you tofocus the reader’s attention on the aspects you want tohighlightWhat is CV
  5. 5. 5NUWAN GUNARATHNE []• Chronological• Skills Based• Targeted• your CV is organic – it will change with time andcircumstance.Different Formats
  6. 6. 6NUWAN GUNARATHNE []How Could a CV be Structured?• personal details• education/qualifications• work experience• skills profile (optional)• interests/extra curricular activities• references
  7. 7. 7NUWAN GUNARATHNE []1) Personal Details• name• address• telephone number• email• nationality?• date of birth?
  8. 8. 8NUWAN GUNARATHNE []2) Education• Can be reverse chronological order – most recent first1. postgraduate study2. university education3. pre-university education GCSE’s/A-level (orequivalent) with grades4. any relevant courses e.g. intensive marketing course
  9. 9. 9NUWAN GUNARATHNE []• introduction to databasemanagement systems• introduction to web design• networks andtelecommunications• object-oriented analysisdesign andimplementation• programming and datastructures• programming solutions ofthe internetEducation2001 – 2004 London Metropolitan UniversityBSc Computing and Information Systems 2:1Example of Education
  10. 10. 10NUWAN GUNARATHNE []Example of Final Year Project :• I developed a stand alone online test system using VisualBasic 6 and Microsoft Access as the backend database. Therole of the database is to store login details for candidates,display questions and choice of answers and also keepdetails of the test result.
  11. 11. 11NUWAN GUNARATHNE []3) Work Experience• can be in reverse chronological order – most recent first• employers name, location (what they do)• full time, part time, voluntary Work• dates• job titles• description of duties involved• main achievements
  12. 12. 12NUWAN GUNARATHNE []Example of Work Experience:September 2004 – CurrentRecruitment administrator (part-time) – NHS Trust,London• preparing offers of employment letters and terms ofconditions of employment• arranging interviews, obtaining references, applying forwork permits and criminal record checks• dealing with queries both face to face and on the telephone• general office duties such as filing and photocopying
  13. 13. 13NUWAN GUNARATHNE []4) Skills (Optional)• Analytical• Business awareness• Communication• IT• Languages• Organisation• Problem Solving• Taking Responsibility• Team work• Time ManagementAll relevant skills including:
  14. 14. 14NUWAN GUNARATHNE []Example of Communication Skills• good communication skills both oral and written, gainedfrom giving seminars and presentations whilst atuniversity• communication skills displayed whilst advising customerson a range of products when I worked at IKEA and JohnLewis
  15. 15. 15NUWAN GUNARATHNE []5) Interests and Achievements• positions of responsibility• travel• membership of clubs or societies• music/Sport• hobbies and other leisure activities
  16. 16. 16NUWAN GUNARATHNE []6) References• the names of two referees(one professional and one academic)• name and job title• address• telephone number and fax number• email address
  17. 17. 17NUWAN GUNARATHNE []How Should I Present My CV?• good quality paper (white or cream)• maximum 2 sides of A4 (1 side for USA resume)• consistent font size and type• correct spelling and grammar• correct use of language• attractive layout and easy to read• get a second opinion (from someone who knows!)
  18. 18. 18NUWAN GUNARATHNE []You are the HR Manager!• Look at the 2 CV’s. Comment on them as if you wereassessing them for a job• Judge them on appearance, content and how they describetheir skills• You have 15 minutes to do this
  19. 19. 19NUWAN GUNARATHNE []A resume does not get you a job…A resume does get you an interview.And, putting time and considerationinto your resume is one of thebest ways to prepare for your interviews!Remember …
  20. 20. 20NUWAN GUNARATHNE []Covering Letter
  21. 21. 21NUWAN GUNARATHNE []What is a Covering Letter?• a covering letter always accompanies a CV• the main function is to attract and maintain theemployer’s attention• it should emphasise interest in and suitability forthe job• it must create a good first impression –particularly if the application is speculative• the cover letter should complement and developthe information in the CV, not duplicate it
  22. 22. 22NUWAN GUNARATHNE []Speculative Applications• state why you are writing• be clear what you are asking for• needs to be more convincing/persuasive• identify skills required• follow up with phone call
  23. 23. 23NUWAN GUNARATHNE []Responsive Applications• why are you writing?• evidence of relevant skills/experience• illustrate understanding of job description• why do you want to work for this company?• what’s your motivation for wanting job?
  24. 24. 24NUWAN GUNARATHNE []Covering Letter Structured?• opening Paragraph• middle paragraphs (2 max)• closing paragraph
  25. 25. 25NUWAN GUNARATHNE []Opening Paragraph• introduce yourself• who you are?• why are you writing?
  26. 26. 26NUWAN GUNARATHNE []Middle Paragraphs• why do you want the job?• why should the employer consider you?• selling yourself• demonstrate knowledge of the company andindustry
  27. 27. 27NUWAN GUNARATHNE []Closing Paragraph• restate your interest in the job• convey your enthusiasm and motivation• indicate your availability to interview/start the job• end on a polite, optimistic note!
  28. 28. 28NUWAN GUNARATHNE []24 Granger RoadLondonN3 6LP10 June2005Ms. S JohnsonGraduate Recruitment ManagerCarver Marketing Ltd6 Bridge LaneLondonW1 7YUApplication for Position of Graduate Marketing TraineeDear Ms Johnson,Opening Paragraph ………………………………………………………..Middle Paragraph 1…………………………………………………………Middle Paragraph 2…………………………………………………………Closing Paragraph………………………………………………………….Yours sincerely,David Trent• Dear Sir or Madam =Yours faithfully• Dear Ms Johnson= Yours sincerely• Don’t forget to sign theletter!
  29. 29. 29NUWAN GUNARATHNE []Present My Covering Letter?• good quality paper (white or cream)• maximum 1 side of A4• word processed• consistent font size and type• correct spelling and grammar• attractive layout and easy to read
  30. 30. 30NUWAN GUNARATHNE []THE ENDName : H. Nuwan GunarathneWeb :