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This is Power point focusing on CVs, as delivered at Vitae's PRISM Conference on 4th July 2011 at LJMU.

This is Power point focusing on CVs, as delivered at Vitae's PRISM Conference on 4th July 2011 at LJMU.

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  • For everything else…think creatively There may be experiences you have from outside academia that feed into research, teaching and administration Have a heading which covers “Other work experience”
  • Content and presentation Professional looking Evidence that you have researched the organisation and job function Matching your knowledge, skills and abilities to the employer’s requirements Relevant information for the reader: edit
  • http://careers.guardian.co.uk/careers-blog/stand-out-applying-work-infographic http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k131/frostie_13/frostapplication-2.jpg http://cjspurlock.squarespace.com/resume-cv/
  • An international hospitality graduate has landed himself a job that pays £40,000 for six-months work - he's the first official meerkat ambassador. Josh Mitchell, 22, beat five other candidates on the shortlist after a public vote. The graduate of UWIC University, Cardiff, will run social media initiatives and represent the meerkats at sport and cultural events over the summer. More than 1,500 people from across the country applied for the role, supposedly dreamed up by comparethemeerkat.com founder Aleksandr Orlov. The six shortlisted candidates - who included a University of Cambridge graduate, a former Royal Navy officer from Chesterfield, a supermarket supervisor from Leeds and a Cornish surfer - had to persuade the British public they were the person for the unusual job. Mr Mitchell used social networking sites Facebook and Twitter to rake in votes, with 7,500 cast for the candidates in total. He posted videos on YouTube, went to student unions, created a campaign website, got in touch with local newspapers and took to the streets to canvass voters.

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  • Perfecting your CV Fiona Christie & Tahira Majothi Careers consultants University of Salford www.careers.salford.ac.uk Martin Burns http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinb/3883237587/ Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
  • Outcomes for today
    • To identify key components of different types of CV
    • To anticipate what employers want from a CV
    • Critically reflect on your own CV and consider how to use for different purposes
  • Important to stress!
    • You may need more than one version of your CV
    • Be prepared to adapt your CV for each application
    Alvaro Castano http://www.flickr.com/photos/alvarocastano/1226019300/ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
  • Academic CVs – some basics
    • 3 key pillars/elements: research, teaching and administrative skills
    • Academic Achievements
    • Qualifications first, then relevant work experience before your other work experience
    • Referees – 3
    • No restriction on length
    • Personal contact details at top (tip – put name as footer on each page)
  • Research focus
    • Brief summary of current research under PhD – include names of supervisors (You can append an abstract at the end)
    • Emphasise the creative and innovative aspects of your research where possible
    • Incorporate - Publications/articles, contributions to books, Conferences, posters, Collaborations, Membership of research groups/learned societies, Funding obtained
  • Teaching
    • Teaching/demonstrating experience (paid and unpaid)
    • Training, mentoring, facilitating
    • Supervision of students
    Teddy-rised http://www.flickr.com/photos/teddy-rised/2814710002/ Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
  • Administration
    • Responsibility for
      • Planning conferences
      • Committees
      • Marking and assessment and related paperwork
      • Examinations
    Luxomedia http://www.flickr.com/photos/videolux/2390152100/ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
  • Non-academic versions of CV
    • What does a researcher have to offer to non-academic employers?
  • Put yourself in their shoes – what does an employer need to know?
    • To establish the relevance of your skills
    • To be convinced of your motivations for moving away from what you are currently doing and towards a career with them
    • To be able to understand what your research is about, in simple terms
  • Do your homework: Research the job role
    • Use the information provided by the employer – job description/person specification
    • www.prospects.ac.uk : click on “jobs and work” – “explore types of jobs”
    • Talk to people doing that job. Get Work experience/shadowing if it’s possible.
    • Attend employer events – on campus and beyond
    • www.vitae.ac.uk – Careers in Focus events
  • Standard headings
    • Personal details – brief and relevant
    • Education
    • Employment/work experience
    • Achievements or Positions of Responsibility
    • Interests/Hobbies
    • Referees – two usually or “available on request”
    2 pages maximum: your best bits! Don’t forget – space allocated denotes importance.
  • Non-academic CVs - content
    • Brief details of research and qualifications – no need for appended abstract, full publication details etc.
    • Ensure it is JARGON FREE and focus on skills developed from academic and work experience
    • Highlight non-academic achievements
    • Focus on skills developed from study and work
    • Separate skills section or weave into bullet points relating to the job/study you have done
  • Strong language: Quantify where possible – e.g..,
    • “ Successfully managed two six week research projects to refine two experimental waterproof wall coverings under the direction of a Senior Research Manager.”
    • “ Project management – delivered required results on time, and within tight budgets (of £39,000 and £16,000 respectively)”
  • Strong language: Stress personal involvement – e.g..,
    • “ I supervised students in the Physics Department undergraduate teaching laboratories, making sure they fully understood and successfully completed their practical work. “
    • “ Currently manage 5 volunteers to deliver web-based services to local children.”
  • Strong language: Use power verbs – e.g..,
    • “ Initiated and co-ordinated programme to link university students to special needs’ schools as part of classroom support and local community paired reading schemes”
    • “ Throughout my PhD I have had to maintain and prioritise different projects, set objectives and meet targets within the tight constraints of time and resources”
  • The basics of presentation
    • A4 – good quality white/cream paper
    • Arial font or similar – minimum size 10
    • Clear headings in bold
      • Signpost the reader
    • Reverse chronological order (most recent first)
    • Use bullet points – short paragraphs (4-5 lines max), and clear spaces between sections
    • Avoid too much fuss – e.g. indenting and columns/colour/shading
  • Covering Letter
    • Your current situation – brief introduction
    • Why this job?
    • Why this organisation?
    • What you can offer that matches the job? Knowledge/Skills/Experience
    This is not the same as a personal statement as part of a job application – that’s another story
  • Infographic CVs
    • “ Poster CV”
    • Condense key information in a visually appealing way.
    • Predominate use of charts, graphs, images
    • Colourful and bold
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/iconolith/253426954/ Christen Bouffard Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
  • Doug Belshaw. Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougbelshaw/4274387237/ CC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bartclaeys
  • Online: www.linkedIn.com
    • “ Facebook for Professionals”
    • Provide full profile where possible
    • Join relevant groups, make use of discussions, provide status updates, upload CV and recommendations
    • Try to source “Informational” interviews
    • Link to Blog, website, Twitter etc
    • http://grads.linkedin.com (5 useful short ‘getting started’ videos)
    Mario Sundar. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mariosundar/470973290/ Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0
  • www.linkedin.com
  • Online: Academia.edu
    • “ Academia.edu - Facebook for Academics” @herrndorf via Twitter
    • Aimed at Academics – share and follow research
    • 100,000 research areas
    • Follow friends or academics
    • News of latest papers and talks
  • Video CVs
    • Pitches ‘you’ as potential employee
    • Editorial control
    • Match skill set and ‘fit’ to employer
    • Used in fairly low numbers by job seekers
    • Do your audience/employer research!!
    • Graeme Anthony, needed a new job in PR when he moved to London.
    • http://youtu.be/9EzNll1U2N8
    • Josh Mitchell’s winning video audition for “Meerkovo” Ambassador for Compare the Meerkats.
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEkriQcY1zo&feature=related
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  • Good luck
    • Thanks for listening