First impressions including cv writing for students & job seekers


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For 1st time job seekers, students & people seeking to enhance their career in a new organisation. Taking you through the stages of CV writing, Cover Letter, Interview Preparation, Interview Attendance & Follow up.

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  • Very good Paul. I am actually doing a CV writing session for International Students (as a volunteer) this Sunday and I could point them to your shared presentation, thanks!
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First impressions including cv writing for students & job seekers

  1. 1. 1st IMPRESSIONSImproving Business Communication
  2. 2. CommunicationCV writingCover LetterConfirming the interviewPreparation for the interviewAttending the interview –What to do and what not to doPost interview?Improving Business Communication
  3. 3. CommunicationWhat Do You Understand by Communication?
  4. 4. Effective communication is about conveying yourmessages to other people clearly and unambiguously.Its also about receiving information that others aresending to you, with as little distortion as possible.Communication
  5. 5. How Do We Communicate?
  6. 6. Communication• Verbal CommunicationWhat we say (Words)• Vocal CommunicationHow we say it (Inflection & Tone)• Non Verbal CommunicationWhat we don’t say (Non Verbal)
  7. 7. Your Opinion?
  8. 8. Communication Impact by %
  9. 9. COMMUNICATION• Only 7 percent of face to facecommunication is actual words.• 38 percent tone, 55 percent visualclues, only 7 percent words. Mehrabian
  10. 10. The Words Onlyreadersshouldimaginetryingtoreadwritingthathasnospacesbetweenwordsandwhichhadnopunctuationwhichwasoneparagraphlongithadnothingonthepageexceptwordswhichhadtobefiguredoutwhichsomeitmesranfromlefttorightandthenrighttoleftwithoutanycluestohelpdeciphermeaningintimewritersbegantoseparatewordswhichmadereadingeasierbutittookyearsandyearsofdevelopmentbeforesuchthingsasparagraphsandperiodsbecamestandardinwritingparagraphseventuallybecamecommonasdidperiodsandtheotherformsofpunctuationincludingstartingthefirstwordofasentencewithacapitallettertheprintingpresshasbeenanimportantfactorinthedevelopmentofpunctuationascluestointonationandmeaning.COMMUNICATION
  11. 11. readersshouldimaginetryingtoreadwritingthathasnospacesbetweenwordsandwhichhadnopunctuationwhichwasoneparagraphlongithadnothingonthepageexceptwordswhichhadtobefiguredoutwhichsomeitmesranfromlefttorightandthenrighttoleftwithoutanycluestohelpdecipher meaning in time writers began to separate words which madereading easier but it took years and years of development beforesuch things as paragraphs and periods became standard in writingparagraphs eventually became common as did periods and theother forms of punctuation, including starting the first word of asentence with a capital letter. The printing press has been animportant factor in the development of punctuation as clues tointonation and meaning.COMMUNICATION
  12. 12. COMMUNICATIONGeorge Orwell• Never use a long word where a short one will do.• If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.• Never use the passive voice (e.g. "Bones are likedby dogs") where you can use the active voice("Dogs like bones").• Never use jargon if you can think of an everydayequivalent.
  13. 13. COMMUNICATIONNon Verbal ImpactOver half of your communication impact isbased on what you don’t say!Creating RapportMirroring & Matching
  14. 14. THE CVTranslationCurriculum Vitae[the] course of [my] life
  15. 15. THE CVSales documentNo more than 2 sides of A4Font TypeTimes New Roman or CambriaFont Size11 or 12 dependent on font chosenDO NOT USE A GENERIC CV – STAND OUT FROMYOUR COMPETITION
  16. 16. THE CV OBJECTIVEFuture employer is interested in what you can dofor the organisation NOT what the organisationcan do for youImportant that you show key areas ofachievementCareer experienceEducation – dependent on jobPersonal skills & attributesPossible career objectives
  17. 17. THE CV CONSTRUCTIONNameContact Details (add:t:m:e)Role applied forProfile – What you think about yourself andhow it will benefit the organisation at whatlevel of responsibility•Education Qualifications•Skills & Attributes•Achievements to back up S&A•Education Qualifications
  19. 19. THE CV CONSTRUCTIONJobs / Experience in reverse chronologicalorder (Last one first)NO NEGATIVITY OR BLAMING OTHERSPut some detail on the achievements toenhance the skills & attributesUse positive & action words
  20. 20. Action Words• anticipated• arbitrated• ascertained• charted• checked• classified• collected• completed• conducted• conserved• consolidated• constructed• controlled• coordinated• counselled• created• decided• defined• delivered• detailed• detected• determined• devised• diagnosed• directed• discovered• dispensed• displayed• disproved• dissected• distributed• diverted• dramatized• drew• drove• eliminated• empathized• enforced• established• Estimated• printed• processed• produced• programmed• projected• promoted• proof-read• protected• provided• publicized• purchased• recorded• recruited• reduced• referred• rehabilitated• related• rendered• repaired
  21. 21. THE CV CONSTRUCTIONJobs / Experience in reverse chronologicalorder (Last one first)NO NEGATIVITY OR BLAMING OTHERSPut some detail on the achievements toenhance the skills & attributesUse positive & action wordsOther personal info – hobbies, interests etc tobring out the type of person you are.
  22. 22. THE COVER LETTER• Maximum One A4 side only• “Please find attached my CV” only will not get a positiveresponse• Allows your personality to come through• Make it relate to the role applied for & the reader• Show how you feel that you can fit into the organisation &why it would be to their advantage to invite you tointerview• If sent by email put letter in body of the email as blankemail with attachment sometimes treated as spam• Be Succinct• Check for spelling and grammar
  23. 23. CONFIRMING THE INTERVIEWFollow up by phoneInformation neededPlace?Time of interview?Who?No of People?Duration?Content?Confirmation
  24. 24. PREPARATION FOR THE INTERVIEWResearchPlan Your ObjectivesThe CompanyThe SectorThe RoleYour PresentationQuestions to ask
  25. 25. ATTENDING THE INTERVIEWAppearancePunctualityApproach - Body languagePositioningConfirming Duration of InterviewTaking Control – Ask QuestionsQuestioning & ListeningClosing
  26. 26. POST INTERVIEWFollow Up&Stand Outfrom the otherApplicants
  28. 28. Paul Clayton FInstSMMt: 0845 3081377 t: +44 (0) 1529 e: business management & training consultancy specialising in business growth, strategicSales & Marketing planning and Customer Experience Management (CEM).Improving Business Communication