CV’s can be word processed or typed but never handwrittenTrueA CV should always clearly state CV at the top of the page.FalseAlways send a CV with an application form.FalseEmployers do not need to know your age, sex or marital status on your CVTrueA brightly coloured CV will attract attention and improve your chancesFalseA CV should never be longer than one side of A4.False
Choosing your Style V Reverse Skills CV Chronological CV Tells employers about your skillsLists your information methodically Easy for employers to identify how youGives basic information meet their needs Has to be related back to experience.Most common style of CV Giving lots of practical examples canEasy to put together be hard.
The Artists CV Use Gallery Exhibition Competition Only Professional Professional Professionalinclude Artistic Artistic Artisticdetails: Experience Training Achievement
CV Rules Length – 2 sidesGood quality white Always list most paper recent first Simple Layout – Font – Clear & Plain Easy to read No to colours, pictures, s pelling mistakes
What to include All relevant experience counts. This could havePersonal Details been gained as part of your studies orName Education voluntaryAddress Name ofContact Telephone School/College/Uni Employment or ExperienceNumber Qualifications gained You may include details of relevantEmail Address – No silly modules which have been studiednames Employers Name Year Awarded Town/City where basedThis section should beno more than 1/3 of a Dates of workside of A4. Make sure you are easily contactable at the Job Title details given. Brief outline of job role
Other optional sections ReferencesPersonal Profile/Career ObjectivePlace under Personal Details. Should be no Name of referencelonger than 3 – 4 lines. Can be changes to suitjob description. AddressSkills section – if skills basedPlace before employment and education. Contact Telephone NumberAllows you to provide information specificallyrelating to advertised vacancy. Relationship to refereePositions of ResponsibilityPlace either before or after Employment. Mayinclude activities outside work e.g. Sportscoach, Scout Leader etc.. If references are notVoluntary Work explicitly requestedOpportunity to highlight your commitment to you can writearea of work and skills gained. ‘Available Upon Request’ to save spaceInterests/HobbiesEmployers want to see you as well-roundedperson and imagine if you will fit into thecompany.Professional DevelopmentIn house courses/training i.e. Health andSafety, National Licensees Certificate, BasicFood Hygiene, Customer Care
Power WordsPower words can help you highlight your skills and abilities without using ‘I’ and‘my’ all the time and becoming repetitiveFor example: “I have good customer service skills”you could use instead “providedfast andefficient service to customers in a popular city centre restaurant on a Saturdaynight.”Some examples of power words•Achieved Established Reorganised•Co-ordinated Created Supported•Arranged Attended Developed•Designed Marketed Negotiated•Edited Helped Planned
Think about your skills..... Problem solvingTeamworking Interpersonal skills Research skills Leadership/ Management Flexibility/ Adaptability IT skills Time Management/ Ability to work under Communication Organisational pressure
Leadership•Being able to motivate & direct others•Taking responsibility for the direction & actionsof a team•Setting objectives.•Training new members of staff, acting as amentor•Leading on a presentation at college or work•Organising & motivating others.•Taking the initiative•Persevering when things are not working out.•Taking a positive attitude to frustration/failure.•Accepting responsibility for mistakes/wrongdecisions.•Being flexible: prepared to adapt goals in thelight of changing situations
Team working • Playing in a sports team, or other group i.e.) choir, drama etc.. • Working on a group project at college or work. • Leading/supervising a team of other people. • Attending meetings and making an active contribution. • Participating in group discussions and taking initiative where appropriate. • Recognising and utilising skills and knowledge of other team members.
Flexibility/Adaptability • Ability to work evenings/weekends and do overtime • Willing to undertake further training and learn new skills to improve your work competence. • Self-awareness, being aware of strengths and weaknesses and what you need to improve on • Flexibility in own job role and willingness to take on new tasks, extra responsibilities and helping out others when needed.
Communication• Writing reports/essays/assignments at college.• Making an active contribution to discussions in class, or in formal meetings at work• Delivering a presentation.• Producing essays, reports, dissertations, etc at college.• Writing letters, memos etc.. in employment.• Writing in a grammatically correct, accurate and structured manner.• Using IT software to improve written presentation i.e.) Word, PowerPoint etc..• Using e-mail to communicate with people, to request information or send documents.• Competent in using the internet to retrieve information or undertake research.• Communicating with people face to face or over the telephone.• Ability to communicate appropriately with a wide range of people, colleagues, managers, general public.• Interviewing people.• Giving/receiving constructive feedback on other students work, progress.
IT Skills •Using word processing packages •Using spreadsheets and databases •Proficiency of typing •Use of internet and email •Adaptability of skills – company specific software packages •Experiences of data input •Experiences of producing electronic presentations •IT Qualifications