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Career Guidance - Resume Writing and Interview Skills


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This presentation is for you if you want to know about the following:
-Difference between CV & resume.
-CV writing techniques (format & content).
-Interview phases and preparation (before, during & after)

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Career Guidance - Resume Writing and Interview Skills

  1. 1. • Resume Writing Techniques • Interview Skills
  2. 2. Who we are?
  3. 3. Resume Writing Techniques Interview Skills
  4. 4. You are searching for them and now they are searching for you ONLINE SEARCHING
  5. 5. Learning Objectives : Resumes & Interviews • C.V & Resume : The difference and when to use which. • What is C.V or Resume • Resume writing mistakes • Identifying different types of resumes. • Getting the types of resumes merged in one. • Writing a well-organized and professional resume. • Developing strategies for interview preparation. • Pass an interview successfully.
  6. 6. • A written version of yourself, of who you are. • It’s you just as a product selling to companies. Resume is :
  7. 7. C.V & Resume : The difference and when to use which • The three major differences between CVs and resumes are the length, the purpose and the layout. A resume is a brief summary of your skills and experience over one or two pages, a CV is more detailed and can stretch well beyond two pages. The resume will be tailored to each position whereas the CV will stay put and any changes will be in the cover letter. • A CV has a clear chronological order listing the whole career of the individual whereas a resume’s information can be shuffled around to best suit the applicant. I would say the main difference between a resume and a CV is that a CV is intended to be a full record of your career history and a resume is a brief, targeted list of skills and achievements. • Let’s revise: • CV – long, covers your entire career, static Resume – short, no particular format rule, highly customizable
  8. 8. • Summarizing – Oversimplifying abilities, responsibilities, and accomplishments. • Hard formats ( Formatting Inconsistencies ). • Burying important info in the text or layout. • Focusing on Responsibilities Instead of Results Potential Resume - Writing mistakes :
  9. 9. • The most common font to use is Times New Roman, in black and size 12 points. • Other serif fonts (with tails) to consider that are easy to read include: Georgie, Bell MT, Goudy Old Style, Garamond. • Popular sans serif (no tails) fonts include: Arial, Tahoma, Century Gothic and Lucida Sans. • Any of the above fonts would be reasonable for a resume as long as you consistently use one font only. • Make your headings and name stand out, think of your resume like a blog post or newspaper article. • Make headlines bold, Italicize, CAPITALISE or underline. And feel free to increase the font size to 14-16 points. • Try and keep your resume to one page, leave the reader wanting to know more. Resume fonts & sizes:
  10. 10. Resume formats • Resume formats are a bit more debatable than resume font or size. But, obviously you want the most important information first. • Contact information. List your full name, address and contact information at the top of the page. You should center the information and be sure to bold and CAPITALISE your name. • Value statement. State the role you are applying for and what values you bring to the job. Objectives state what you are trying to accomplish, value statements explain why you should be hired. • Core strength. List industry keywords and specific skill-sets that pertain to your job and industry. This is a high level overview of your qualifications and industry knowledge. • Experience. However, if education is not the strongest component of your resume, go ahead and list your experience first, starting with your most current job and all your responsibilities. • Education. Clearly state your schooling from the most recent institution you’ve attended, with all dates, locations and certification received. • Honors & awards. After education and experience, you can list your professional skills and any relevant awards or certifications.
  11. 11. C.V Types Chronological Functional
  12. 12. Let’s see an example of each and how they can be set on one form
  13. 13. Mohamed Hamdy Younis 9 Obour Buildings, Salah Salem St., Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt. (+20)1006111198 (+20)1026524404 Job Objective: Seeking a training position where a five-year training experience along with remarkable record of enhancing corporates’ staffs . Highlights of Qualifications. - Five years of soft skills training experience - Holding TTT (Train The Trainer ) with a merit grade. - Holding TOT (Training of Trainers ) with a merit grade. - Excellent command of communication skills. Functional Resume
  14. 14. Organizational and Planning Skills : - Organized New Horizons orientation partnerships in EDU Egypt program. - Planned most of the training meetings for the Conrad development team. - Supervised the assessment and OPI tests for the new batches of trainers in New Horizons . - led and organized the activities the training team of Stream Global Services . Interpersonal/Communication Skills : - Served as a liaison with the training team of CIB bank in Egypt. - Coordinated the training sector activities with the associate trainers for Aristo Academy for training. - Prepared the training material for training department in Stream Global Services. Professional Experience
  15. 15. Personal Skills : - Creative, self motivated, reliable and dynamic. - Excellent communication skills . - Good at meting deadlines. - Ability to work individually and as a co-operative team member . Teamwork Skills : - Collaborated with a 4 member – team to research, organize and present the training material and plans. - Done 2 projects during my study in the faculty about : - Different means of training. - Management of training classes.
  16. 16. Research Skills: - Conducted extensive research for the above projects from diverse resources. Computer Skills : - Proficient user of MS Office applications. - Fair user of Photoshop 6,7 . - primary knowledge of image editing basics. Work Experience and Educational background can be customized – see this PDF Example
  17. 17. Interests: - Reading and surfing the net. - Traveling, and swimming. - Playing football, tennis, and basketball. Personal Information: Date of Birth : 21st January 1988 Military Status : Completed Marital status : Single Nationality : Egyptian
  18. 18. Interview Skills Before During After
  19. 19. Before Know yourself Know the requirements of the job Know the organization
  20. 20. During Soft skills – Eye contact- Posture and Gesture STARModule WIIFM concept You only get one chance to make a good first impression Situation Task Action Result Whats In It For Me
  21. 21. Qualifications questions : • Why should we hire you ? • What makes you considered over the other candidates ? • What are your strengths points/weaknesses ? • What was your greatest accomplishments and failures ? • What new skills have you developed recently ? • Tell me about yourself (WIIFM )
  22. 22. • Where do you see yourself in five years ? • What type of positions you are interested in ? • How will this job fit in your career plans ? • How would you deal with you superiors ? Career Goals
  23. 23. • Tell me about a situation when …. ( STAR Module ) • Can you give me brief on your most recent work experience. • What do you like most/least about your last job ? • Why have you left this company ? • Have you ever managed to change one of the procedures in one of these companies and how that worked for the company’s good ? Your Work Experience
  24. 24. After Thank your interviewer Ask them why hiring ? Ask when you’re supposed to get a feedback.
  25. 25. If you found what you were looking for then share the knowledge. If you want more professional tips then contact us