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How To Write A Cv That Talks For You


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How To Write A Cv That Talks For You

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