How to Write a
CV that talks
for you ?
Soft / Business Skills
Ahmed Eltanahy
How might I get there ?
Which Way is the Best?
How can we ensure arrival ?
Where am I NOW?
Where do you want to be?
1-
2-
...
• CV – What does it mean?
• Why do you need a CV ?
• Things you should avoid.
• 4 Resume essentials.
• Things you should c...
The word CV comes from the Latin name
Curriculum Vitae
Which means “course of life” or Simply
“Life Story”
CV – What does ...
• It is Not to obtain a job.
• It is to obtain an Interview.
• CV is an advertisement of your abilities.
• Think deeply, w...
• Need more challenge for you CV.
REMEMBER
• Employer scans your CV for the first time in less than
» 10 seconds.
Why do y...
• 1- ABBREVIATIONS:
AFPCA , GHWIHT , MRSRM , ZESN , TWTN
Too Many abbreviations make your CV unreadable, Avoid it unless i...
2- NEGATIVE WORDS:
Boring , Fired , Hate, Conflict, Blocked ..etc Catch recruiter Eye.
Remember The Rule:
If you have some...
3- COLORS:
It is not a show, Don’t use colors to make your CV attractive
Remember The Rule:
Attractiveness is a matter of ...
4- SPELLING, GRAMMER & PUNCTUATION
MISTAKES:
Spelling mistakes is the poison to your CV.
Things that you should Avoid:
rea...
5- UNNECESSARY INFORMATION:
Gender , Religion and detailed Martial status as examples of
unnecessary information in your C...
6- Using a very Big or very small font size & the unusual fonts:
Fonts to be used
(English):
Arial
Verdana
Time New Roman
...
• Don’t write CV at the top.
• Don’t put picture unless it is requested.
• Don’t put any attachment unless it is requested...
1. Proofread your resume.
– "I read it when I wrote it!“
– Put your resume in front of people you trust - your boss
exclud...
4. More resumes…….. More chances.
– You finally updated your resume, but you
shouldn't stop there.
– You should update you...
• Too long / too short.
• Hard to read.
• Wordy.
• Non Professional.
• Lacking a career objective.
Common CV problems
• Identification & contact Information.
• Objective.
• Position you’re seeking.
• Type of organization.
• Field.
• Educati...
• Identification Data:
– Top Right/Middle of first page.
– Name is the title (no other titles).
– Addresses; phone numbers...
– Usually means post-secondary and can include special
seminars, college and university.
– If you are just starting colleg...
• Includes full-time paid jobs, part time jobs, trainings or volunteer
work.
• List the month/years you worked, position, ...
• List:
– Computer and Software.
– Languages (indicating the grade of fluency).
– Technical skills.
– Communication or Lea...
• Activities:
– In university or outside: Conferences, Clubs,
charity.
– Sports.
• Hobbies:
e.g. Reading, Music, … etc.
Ac...
Personal Data:
• Date of Birth.
• Marital Status.
• Nationality.
• Driving License.
References:
You need not put these on ...
• "Responsible for hiring new employees.“
– "Recruited new hires for the company."
• "Responsible for maintaining the clie...
Contents of A Successful Cover Letter
• Your name and contact information.
• Recipient's name and contact information.
• I...
• Close the letter by promising the reader to contact them on a specific
day and time to schedule an interview.
• Thank th...
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  1. 1. How to Write a CV that talks for you ? Soft / Business Skills Ahmed Eltanahy
  2. 2. How might I get there ? Which Way is the Best? How can we ensure arrival ? Where am I NOW? Where do you want to be? 1- 2- 3- 4- 5-
  3. 3. • CV – What does it mean? • Why do you need a CV ? • Things you should avoid. • 4 Resume essentials. • Things you should consider. • Common resume problems. • How to construct your resume? • Get your resume in Action. • Cover Letter • Resume Sample • Q & A (Expected time 15 minutes) Agenda
  4. 4. The word CV comes from the Latin name Curriculum Vitae Which means “course of life” or Simply “Life Story” CV – What does is mean ?
  5. 5. • It is Not to obtain a job. • It is to obtain an Interview. • CV is an advertisement of your abilities. • Think deeply, what make advertisement work? • Advertisement usually 30 second , but you keep remember it , why? • Agencies take a lot of time and effort to produce a 30 second message to sell a product. What time and effort should you pay to prepare a two page CV that SELLS YOU Why do you need a CV ?
  6. 6. • Need more challenge for you CV. REMEMBER • Employer scans your CV for the first time in less than » 10 seconds. Why do you need a CV ?
  7. 7. • 1- ABBREVIATIONS: AFPCA , GHWIHT , MRSRM , ZESN , TWTN Too Many abbreviations make your CV unreadable, Avoid it unless it is commonly recognized . Things that you should Avoid: Remember The Rule: KISS: Keep It Smile & Smart
  8. 8. 2- NEGATIVE WORDS: Boring , Fired , Hate, Conflict, Blocked ..etc Catch recruiter Eye. Remember The Rule: If you have some difficulties , Keep them to the interview, but you have to prepare yourself. Things that you should Avoid:
  9. 9. 3- COLORS: It is not a show, Don’t use colors to make your CV attractive Remember The Rule: Attractiveness is a matter of content, “Colors” in the CV is like a full make up lady in a FUNERAL Things that you should Avoid:
  10. 10. 4- SPELLING, GRAMMER & PUNCTUATION MISTAKES: Spelling mistakes is the poison to your CV. Things that you should Avoid: read it and re-read it and re-read it and re-read itand re-read it and ………… Remember The Rule: Spelling mistake is a sign of Careless person, if you want to be at that position , Do IT! Use a spell check or consult a professional writer. Write your CV
  11. 11. 5- UNNECESSARY INFORMATION: Gender , Religion and detailed Martial status as examples of unnecessary information in your CV. Remember The Rule: Employer doesn’t care that much about what your children are doing. Moreover, it is not your Autobiography. Things that you should Avoid:
  12. 12. 6- Using a very Big or very small font size & the unusual fonts: Fonts to be used (English): Arial Verdana Time New Roman Tahoma Fonts to be used (Arabic): Arabic Transparent Simplified Arabic Fonts Size to be used: 10 - 12 Things that you should Avoid:
  13. 13. • Don’t write CV at the top. • Don’t put picture unless it is requested. • Don’t put any attachment unless it is requested. • Don’t use poor quality paper and printer. • Don’t use photo-copied CV. • Don’t use Capital letters in writing the whole CV. • Don’t use the expression I and I am • Don’t use border in tables Things that you should Avoid:
  14. 14. 1. Proofread your resume. – "I read it when I wrote it!“ – Put your resume in front of people you trust - your boss excluded - and listen seriously to their suggestions. 1. You are what you read. (Read more). – Buy/Borrow books. – Browse the internet. – Visit general libraries. 1. Be a resume voyeur. – Look at other people's resumes whenever you get the chance. You'll find good ideas - and bad ones. – Consider using the best ideas for your own resume, as long as they relate to your experience. CV Essentials
  15. 15. 4. More resumes…….. More chances. – You finally updated your resume, but you shouldn't stop there. – You should update your Master CV on monthly basis maximum. – If you're going to apply to a variety of jobs, make sure you have a resume tailored for each. CV Essentials
  16. 16. • Too long / too short. • Hard to read. • Wordy. • Non Professional. • Lacking a career objective. Common CV problems
  17. 17. • Identification & contact Information. • Objective. • Position you’re seeking. • Type of organization. • Field. • Educational background. • Work experience. • Extracurricular activity. • Honors and awards Received. • Skills & trainings. • Personal data. • References. How to construct your resume ?
  18. 18. • Identification Data: – Top Right/Middle of first page. – Name is the title (no other titles). – Addresses; phone numbers; e-mail and/or fax addresses; • Objective: – Write what you want to work in as: • Required Position. • The field of interest. • The kind of the company. Identification Data & objective:
  19. 19. – Usually means post-secondary and can include special seminars, college and university. – If you are just starting college, you can include high school as well. – List the following: • Degrees. • Month/year obtained or expected. • Names and locations of schools. • Grade point average. • A brief summary of important courses you’ve taken might also be helpful. Education:
  20. 20. • Includes full-time paid jobs, part time jobs, trainings or volunteer work. • List the month/years you worked, position, name and location of employer or place, and responsibilities you had. • Use chronological format to emphasize most recent. • Write all job descriptions in parallel phrases. • List the most important responsibilities or successes first. • List your Achievements in each job Experience:
  21. 21. • List: – Computer and Software. – Languages (indicating the grade of fluency). – Technical skills. – Communication or Leadership among others (soft skills). • Match your skills and experience with an employer’s needs. • Difference between trainings & skills. Skills:
  22. 22. • Activities: – In university or outside: Conferences, Clubs, charity. – Sports. • Hobbies: e.g. Reading, Music, … etc. Activities and Hobbies:
  23. 23. Personal Data: • Date of Birth. • Marital Status. • Nationality. • Driving License. References: You need not put these on your resume, instead, you can prepare a separate list of references. Usually, you give this list to prospective employers after your interview. Write in you CV References furnished upon request. Personal Data And References:
  24. 24. • "Responsible for hiring new employees.“ – "Recruited new hires for the company." • "Responsible for maintaining the client database.“ – "Maintained client database.“ • Start with actions commands / verbs. • Past tense is mostly preferred. • For the current position, you may use the present continuous tense. Get your resume in Action
  25. 25. Contents of A Successful Cover Letter • Your name and contact information. • Recipient's name and contact information. • Identify the position you are applying for and mention where you found the announcement and when. If you have been referred through a person, mention their full name and title. • Introduce yourself, your educational degree and your current employment situation. • Begin by stressing your interest in the company and display some knowledge of its activities and/or achievements. • Identify your strength areas and why you think you match the position requirements. • Highlight your biggest achievements and refer to your resume for more details.
  26. 26. • Close the letter by promising the reader to contact them on a specific day and time to schedule an interview. • Thank the reader for taking the time to read your letter. • Sign your name preceded by "Sincerely," "Cordially," or "Best Regards." Contents of A Successful Cover Letter

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