CV Writing

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A file a made years ago for my vocational school students to teach them how to write the most basic CV in English.

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  • CV Writing

    1. 1. What is a CV? How to write a CV that works? CV-writing
    2. 2. Main Fields in CV <ul><li>Personal info r mation </li></ul><ul><li>Education, qualifications , skills </li></ul><ul><li>Career history, career summary </li></ul><ul><li>Achievements , additional information </li></ul><ul><li>Interests (optional) </li></ul>
    3. 3. Personal information includes <ul><li>Surname, Given Names </li></ul><ul><li>Date and Place of Birth </li></ul><ul><li>Nationality </li></ul><ul><li>Address, Telephone numbers, E-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Marital Status </li></ul><ul><li>Children if you have any (optional) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Qualifications, Training <ul><li>University, College, Vocational School </li></ul><ul><li>High School </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Training, Courses </li></ul><ul><li>! Don’t forget to mention the dates of graduation and the length of studies as well as degrees and diplomas starting from the most recent. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Career History <ul><li>! Start from the last occupation. </li></ul><ul><li>Employer – its field of activity, short profile. </li></ul><ul><li>Your occupation in the company – the tasks you performed, the number of subordinates you had. </li></ul><ul><li>The period you worked for the company (also months in addition to years). </li></ul>
    6. 6. Additional information <ul><li>Languages </li></ul><ul><li>Computer skills </li></ul><ul><li>Driving licence </li></ul><ul><li>Hobbies, interests </li></ul><ul><li>References (optional) </li></ul>
    7. 7. Steps in preparing a CV: <ul><li>Gather all the information you need. </li></ul><ul><li>Check with a friend if you missed any key achievements. </li></ul><ul><li>Look at examples of cv layouts. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask somebody for a second opinion, then alter if necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>Type it or have it typed. </li></ul><ul><li>Proof read the typed CV. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Make sure your CV: <ul><li>Does justice to your skills, abilities and qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Is easy to follow </li></ul><ul><li>Clearly shows you meet the requirements of the job </li></ul><ul><li>Uses language you're comfortable with when talking about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Shows you have researched the employer thoroughly. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Questions You Can Ask Yourself: <ul><li>Is the layout simple and clear? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there any typing errors? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it factually accurate? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the writing style concise and direct? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it have KEY achievements rather than everything you’ve ever done? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it one or two pages of length? </li></ul>
    10. 10. Reasons for CV R ejection <ul><li>Poor visual layout </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Overwritten paragraphs </li></ul><ul><li>CV too long </li></ul>
    11. 11. What should I bear in mind? <ul><li>Don’t overwrite your CV </li></ul><ul><li>Check the layout (plenty of white space) </li></ul><ul><li>Use short sentences </li></ul><ul><li>Give only the information that is relevant to the employer </li></ul>
    12. 12. What else should I bear in mind? <ul><li>First impressions matter ! </li></ul><ul><li>Check the CV for spelling and grammar mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Always print out your CV (unless required otherwise) </li></ul>
    13. 13. TASK: write a correctly formatted CV
    14. 14. Materials used: <ul><li>Materials used: http:// www.xecutivesearch.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ivillage.co.uk/workcareer/findjob </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cv.ee </li></ul><ul><li>Oxford University Careers Service </li></ul>

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