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Creating A Winning Cv

  1. 1. Creating a Winning CV Careers Advisory Service
  2. 2. This session will cover: <ul><li>The basic do’s and don’ts </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas on content </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas on layout </li></ul><ul><li>Some thoughts on specialist CVs </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas on where to get more help </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity to ask questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. The basics before you start <ul><li>Research the industry sector and job area first. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know what you are applying for and to whom. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure you know what a potential employer is going to be looking for in terms of qualifications, skills and experience. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Employers spend an average of 60 seconds looking at each CV. Yours must be clear, relevant and targeted to get into the shortlist pile. </li></ul><ul><li>Your CV is your selling document so you decide the final look and content. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Content and headings <ul><li>The following headings are a guideline: </li></ul><ul><li>You need to think about your own information and adapt or add as necessary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Name & contact details </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education & Qualifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Details (Work Experience) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional Information (Hobbies & Interests) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>References </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Curriculum Vitae </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Details </li></ul><ul><li>Surname: Jones </li></ul><ul><li>First name: Elizabeth </li></ul><ul><li>Home Address: 35 Ridgeway Road, Isleworth, London, TW17 5TP </li></ul><ul><li>Term Address: Flat 3, 54 Northanger Road, London SW7 4RT </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone Number: 020 7854 3905 </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Number: 07989 3475895 </li></ul><ul><li>E mail: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Nationality : British Sex: Female </li></ul><ul><li>Status: Single Date of Birth: 24 September 1983 </li></ul>Your details - an example
  6. 6. Key points <ul><li>Make an impact with your name and details. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid unnecessary labels </li></ul><ul><li>Keep contact details simple </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Just one reliable address & telephone number </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consider first impressions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inappropriate email addresses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unprofessional messages on answer phones </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If in shared accommodation ensure people are primed to take messages </li></ul><ul><li>Keep details to minimum and only those of direct relevance at point of application </li></ul><ul><li>You may wish to include nationality in order to clarify need for work permit </li></ul>
  7. 7. Elizabeth Jones Flat 3 54 Northanger Road London SW7 4RT 07989 3475895 [email_address] Improved example
  8. 8. Education 1994 – 1999 Isleworth School, Ridgeway Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW5 4DL GCSE's gained in: Maths (A) Physics (A) Chemistry (A) Design & Technology (A) Geography (A) English Language (B), German (B) Art (C) English Literature (C) 1999 – 2001 Isleworth School, as above A-levels gained in: Physics (A), Mathematics (A), Computer Science (C) 2001 – 2005 Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2AZ MEng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, expected 2:1 Education section – an example
  9. 9. Key points <ul><li>Make sure that most recent qualifications come first. </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight what you have done, degree title in bold and first. </li></ul><ul><li>Give the most detail to the most relevant qualifications. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the work related skills gained from your degree. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid long lists of modules and subject areas but for technical jobs include those that are of particular relevance. </li></ul><ul><li>Include any work related projects or assignments and remember to describe the achievements and outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t include full addresses for institutions. </li></ul><ul><li>Optional whether to include GCSEs – after first degree level these would not usually be included. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Education & Qualifications 2001 – 2005 MEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering (expected 2:1) Imperial College London The degree course provided me with a sound base for the application of mathematics to real-life problems as well as practical hands-on skills development in computer-aided design (CAD) of industrial quality for integrated circuit layout and design and microprocessor development systems. The courses included a range of technical subjects, and I developed excellent written and verbal communication skills, presentation skills and worked in teams on a range of project. Also developed sound analytical and problem-solving skills. Final year project work investigated challenges for modern manufacturing techniques for optical communications in the 21st century. End of project report received ‘best of year’ award sponsored by BT. 1994 – 2001 Isleworth School, Middlesex A-levels: Physics (A), Mathematics (A), Computer Science (C) GCSE's: 9 Grade A-C, including 5 A's Improved example
  11. 11. <ul><li>Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Star Jewellers 2004-05 </li></ul><ul><li>In the summer of 2004 and then part time while studying I worked as a sales assistant selling costume jewellery to customers. </li></ul><ul><li>GEC Marconi 2003- 4 </li></ul><ul><li>I did an industrial placement and worked on various projects. We built and tested prototype circuits for may different applications. </li></ul><ul><li>Onkar Fashions 2002 -3 </li></ul><ul><li>I had a Saturday job here working on basic sales work mainly fashion accessories. </li></ul>Work experience - an example
  12. 12. Key points <ul><li>Use headings with more impact – Career Details/Work Experience/Engineering Experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight job roles rather than companies </li></ul><ul><li>Use sub headings to allow you to bring relevant work to the top even if out of chronological order. </li></ul><ul><li>Think about achievements and beneficial outcomes not just duties. </li></ul><ul><li>Use part-time work to indicate valuable transferable skills. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Career Details </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering Experience </li></ul><ul><li>2003- 2004 Electronic Design Engineer </li></ul><ul><li> BAe Systems </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6 month fulltime Industrial placement </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Designed and built digital circuits using CAD </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tested prototype systems making recommendations on further development </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Selected and approved military specification components suitable for use in specific equipment </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monitored and controlled project budgets achieving considerable cost savings </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Member of multidisciplinary team, producing results within deadlines </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wrote and presented written reports to senior management team. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Commercial Experience </li></ul><ul><li>2004 - 2005 Sales Assistant (part time) </li></ul><ul><li> Star Jewellers, London </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Customer Service Trained </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Negotiated sales and dealt with customer complaints </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible for cashing up and banking </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Trained new staff in store procedures </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>2002 – 2003 Stock Controller/Sales Assistant (part time) </li></ul><ul><li> Onkar Fashions Ltd, London </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Liaised with suppliers about the ordering of goods </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Implemented new computerised stock control system </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organised displays, promotions and point of sale material </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stock taking </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Skills – an example <ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><li>I have a driving licence. I am computer literate, being familiar with a wide range of packages and systems. I have also recently started evening classes in German. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Key points <ul><li>Use sub headings to separate out different types of skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Give adequate detail for technical packages. </li></ul><ul><li>Check to find out what software is used for the job applied to. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget languages, driving licence, health & safety, first aid etc. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Improved example <ul><li>Computer Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Software: Proficient in GNU C, JDE, Microsoft Visual Studio </li></ul><ul><li>Programming Languages: Conversant with C++, Java, Assembly, SQL, Haskell, Prolog </li></ul><ul><li>Operating Systems: Competent in use of Linux, MS Windows </li></ul><ul><li>Languages </li></ul><ul><li>Currently learning German </li></ul><ul><li>Conversational French </li></ul><ul><li>Driving Licence - Full clean UK Licence </li></ul>
  17. 17. Hobbies I enjoy all sports including Tennis and Cricket; like reading; and Travelling; have done some voluntary work. I have been a prefect at school and at college I have held some positions of responsibility in the International Societies Additional information section – an example
  18. 18. Key points <ul><li>Use positive headings such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interests and Responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsibilities and Achievements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Give a range of interests and bullet or bold each one. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid one word interest lists. </li></ul><ul><li>Use key words and phrases to say how involved you are. </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate your enthusiasms, personality, how you get on with people, how you fit into different environments through what you chose to do. </li></ul><ul><li>Quantify your achievements where possible. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Interests and Responsibilities Tennis Enjoy playing doubles in tournaments at my local club Cricket Member of school and College teams Travel Enjoy independent travel and have visited Germany, Canada, east coast USA; plus several visits to India and Kenya International Societies Vice-Chairman Member of negotiating team to achieve budget from Student Union Responsible for organising the Society’s 2004-05 social programme Have held the following posts - Publicity Officer, Events Chairman, Chief Treasurer Main Achievements Increased membership by 10% and attendance at events by 25% Managed a number of events within budget Negotiated good value for money for catering, flyers and disco Motivated teams through clear communication to meet strict deadlines Improved version
  20. 20. References <ul><li>Two is the norm, one academic, one from work environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Give name, job title and contact details, full postal address, email, telephone number. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you check with referees first. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide your referees with details about the types of jobs you are applying for, copy of your CV and any other relevant information. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are very short of space leave the details off and indicate that references are available on request. Have them ready to provide when asked. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Specialist CVs <ul><li>For certain career areas it might be important to include slightly different headings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Laboratory Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publications, conferences etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Membership of Professional Bodies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The more technical and subject related the job the more detail you include on the content of the degree. </li></ul><ul><li>There are some variations on CV format for different parts of the world, research what is the norm for the region you are applying to. </li></ul>
  22. 22. The covering letter – why have one? <ul><li>To sell yourself by making links between your education, work experience and interests and the job role you’re applying for </li></ul><ul><li>To demonstrate your motivation (say why you’re interested, show enthusiasm and personality) </li></ul><ul><li>To provide other information, e.g. about availability for interview </li></ul>
  23. 23. The covering letter – key points (1 of 2) <ul><li>Normally one side of A4 </li></ul><ul><li>Formal presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Preferably to a named person: </li></ul><ul><li>“Dear Mr./Ms. Smith,” (Yours sincerely) </li></ul><ul><li>“Dear Sir or Madam,” (Yours faithfully) </li></ul>
  24. 24. The covering letter – key points (2 of 2) <ul><li>Four key sections: </li></ul><ul><li>What you are contacting them about? </li></ul><ul><li>Why you want to work in that job for that company? </li></ul><ul><li>Why they should be interested in you – i.e. what you have to offer </li></ul><ul><li>What you hope will happen next </li></ul>
  25. 25. Further help and resources for CV writing <ul><li>From the Careers Information Room </li></ul><ul><li>temporarily at 48 Prince’s Gardens </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take away booklets and leaflets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DVDs and Videos - ‘Looking good on Paper’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information on CVs for other countries </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>For a copy of this presentation go to </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>resources/adviceandguidance/careersserviceseminars1 </li></ul>