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CV writing presentation 2013

  1. 1. AKA The 30-second sell Steve Whittington, SchoolJobs CV writing
  2. 2. Objective This session aims to: • Demonstrate the importance of the CV within the context of the application process • Provide you with the tools to develop an effective CV that reflects your personal experience, knowledge and skills • Help you avoid CV disasters like this...
  3. 3. ABOUT ME I bought a house with my now fiancé and partner of eight years; we have been living together for the past 30 months. We also have a son, Lucas, who is seven and a half months old. I have always had a passion for cooking, I have an easy going personality and enjoy meeting all types of people and I’m effortless to get along with. My other interests are my two dogs Oscar and Harley, I love to socialize with family and friends, I also love listening to music and exercising in my spare time. I used to play a lot of basketball with friends and enjoyed participating in various types of sports. CAREER OBJECTIVE Seeking a position in customer service where my general experience will be further developed and utilised. ACHIEVEMENTS Having a baby Purchasing a house at such a young age Completing year 12 VCE
  4. 4. Dispelling some job application myths True or false? 1. The school may receive over 50 applications for a single vacancy. TRUE! My personal record is 167 applications for an advertised role.
  5. 5. Dispelling some job application myths True or false? 2. The employer reads the cover letter before reading the CV. FALSE! Imagine you are shortlisting for a position. You receive 50 applications. What is the most efficient way of selecting candidates? Example.
  6. 6. Which would you trust? CV • Legal document • Objective viewpoint • Chronological format • Factual style • Verifiable with referees Cover letter • Courtesy document • Subjective perspective • Topical format • Persuasive style • Hard to substantiate claims Yahoo ‘résumégate’ ‘After just four months on the job, Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson is out of work this week after it was discovered he had lied on his résumé. While his resume boasts 1978 degrees in both accounting and computer science from Massachusetts' Stonehill College, Thompson has since admitted he never earned the latter.’, April 2012
  7. 7. Dispelling some job application myths True or false? 3. It is possible to make an employment decision in less than 30 seconds. TRUE! I will prove it!
  8. 8. Recent Senior Maths Teacher application
  9. 9. Dispelling some job application myths True or false? 4. Content is more important than presentation. FALSE! They are equally important. Consider the last time you were marking student work.
  10. 10. Dispelling some job application myths True or false? 5. Each application receives an equal amount of consideration. FALSE! Some are quickly rejected, others pondered over. Sometimes, early applications receive more attention.
  11. 11. Dispelling some job application myths True or false? 6. Principals are rational, unbiased, unemotional, 100% reliable professionals who are never tired or stressed. LOL! As if….!
  12. 12. How is this picture relevant to this session?
  13. 13. ‘Selling’ your ‘magazine’ • The 1st page of your CV is PRIME REAL ESTATE • Your USP is like a Nobel Prize winner on the cover of Time magazine. Don’t waste it! • Do you know what your USP is?
  14. 14. Knowing your brand Lifestyle Imagination Liberty regained Innovation Simplicity Hopes, dreams and aspirations Passion
  15. 15. Knowing your brand Apple Microsoft
  16. 16. Knowing your brand Coca-Cola Pepsi
  17. 17. Knowing your brand Qantas Virgin
  18. 18. Knowing your brand Collingwood Hawthorn
  19. 19. What are you known for? Academic Caring Organised Leadership potential Sporty Patient Hard-workingRelate well to students Experienced
  20. 20. Your brand Write down (BFF p.4) 3 – 5 bullet points that accurately describe your ‘brand identity’: e.g. • Enthusiastic and outgoing • Comprehensive subject knowledge • Relate well to my students • Strong community values
  21. 21. What does a great CV look like? A CV is a personalised document that reflects your unique individual strengths & values. Know your strengths and lead with them: • Highly qualified? Mention your grades. • Experienced? Be proud of it. • Sporty? Brag about it. • Passionate about curriculum? Then nerd it up!
  22. 22. What does a great CV look like? • Supermarket music…
  23. 23. What does a great CV look like? • Supermarket music… …or regal fanfare? • Blow your own trumpet funky horn!
  24. 24. CV ‘modules’ • Personal statement • Qualifications • Key skills and achievements • Employment history • Professional development and memberships • Activities and interests • Referees See template on BFF pp.12-13
  25. 25. Which module goes where? That depends on your brand! • Academic? Emphasise your qualifications. • Career change? Emphasise your experience. • High achiever? Emphasise your achievements. Not sure what your brand is? Ask those who know you best and whose opinion you value.
  26. 26. Style guide: Personal Statement • This is your 30-second job pitch • 3 sections: – Overview of attributes: Pick me because… – Background skills and experience – Describe style and give a guarantee • Strong personal voice • Use I, me, my • Convey passion and enthusiasm
  27. 27. Example I am a respected and admired teacher who is known to provide a safe and stimulating learning environment. As PYP Coordinator, I have demonstrated meticulous organisation skills through the facilitation of assemblies, PYP staff meetings, curriculum development and the execution of a self-study. I have strong interpersonal skills, establishing positive working relationships with students, parents and staff, based on mutual respect, collaboration and collegiality.
  28. 28. Style guide: Key achievements • Dynamic language • Past tense • Omit 1st person • Convey objective voice • Increase credibility, decrease risk
  29. 29. Example • Constructively led staff through curriculum section of combined three-way self-study (IB/CIS/NEASC) • Facilitated and promoted staff professional development, both in-school and externally • Selected to participate in three reading and writing summer institutes at Teachers College, Columbia University, resulting in in-school training of staff and implementation of the workshop models across all grade levels
  30. 30. Style guide: Other • Key skills/qualities/competencies – Dynamic – Objective – Use strong adjectives to emphasise nouns – Link attributes using ‘with’ and ‘through’
  31. 31. Example • Highly qualified professional with practical Accounting experience • Proven ability to motivate Middle School students through the use of innovative ICT resources • Enthusiastic and engaging teaching style coupled with in-depth subject knowledge • Fluent Mandarin speaker with two years’ in country teaching experience at Tertiary level • Empathic and caring approach, with proven success in improving underperforming students’ results
  32. 32. Using dynamic language Which sounds more impressive? • I was involved in NAPLAN testing Or • Coordinated the school’s NAPLAN procedures and liaised with colleagues to ensure efficient and timely reporting Now write three of your own dynamic achievement statements.
  33. 33. Your CV: The basics Do Don’t Depends Keep to 2 – 4 pages Put Résumé or CV at the top Use minimal colour Give your file a suitable name Put your photo Hyperlink to portfolio page Keep it ‘clean’: Balance of white & black Use fancy fonts and graphics Link with social media Keep formatting consistent: Bullets, fonts, tables and tabs Send in multiple copies or hard copies
  34. 34. Choosing referees • Professional – Your current Principal or Deputy Principal – Placement mentor/supervising teacher – University lecturer • Personal or pastoral – Seldom required; Some Catholic or Christian schools – Possibly a parent or member of school community • Check with them first! Choose wisely and confirm contact details
  35. 35. Conclusions • Quality overrides quantity • Applying for jobs is an exercise in selling – Know what you are selling – Articulate it concisely – Don’t sell yourself short – Ensure what you are selling is what people want • Don’t be afraid to solicit feedback on your application • If in doubt, seek advice
  36. 36. To download this presentation and other resources register at Connect with Steve on LinkedIn or visit @schooljobsaus