Writing a Brilliant CV

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How to write a great CV and cover letter

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  • Writing a Brilliant CV

    1. 1. Writing a Brilliant CV
    2. 2. You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do. Henry Ford
    3. 3. The 5 - 10 second glance
    4. 4. The First Look <ul><li>Your CV will go in the bin if: </li></ul><ul><li>It’s too long – it should be 2 pages MAX </li></ul><ul><li>It doesn’t have a personal profile and list of skills on the first page </li></ul><ul><li>If you can’t make out the information easily </li></ul><ul><li>If it’s difficult to read </li></ul>
    5. 5. Getting an Interview <ul><li>You WILL get an interview if: </li></ul><ul><li>You have good experience and achievements from your previous jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Your skills and experience match the job </li></ul><ul><li>You STAND OUT from the other candidates in terms of your achievements & career objectives </li></ul>
    6. 6. Writing a Job Winning CV
    7. 7. CV Layout <ul><li>Contact details </li></ul><ul><li>Personal profile </li></ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Education & Qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Personal details </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it SIMPLE! </li></ul>
    8. 8. 5 Steps to a Great CV <ul><li>Be positive ! Concentrate on what you can do, not what you can’t </li></ul><ul><li>Back up your claims with good evidence from your own experience </li></ul><ul><li>Sell yourself on the first sheet with a clear career objective & skills </li></ul><ul><li>Include an email address & mobile phone number </li></ul><ul><li>Include something exciting under your personal interests </li></ul>
    9. 9. The Killer Cover Letter
    10. 10. Why your Cover Letter is so Important <ul><li>It makes a FIRST IMPRESSION </li></ul><ul><li>Potential employers spend 80% of their time reading your cover letter </li></ul>
    11. 11. Cover Letter Layout <ul><li>You will need to include: </li></ul><ul><li>A heading after the salutation giving the job title and/or reference </li></ul><ul><li>An opening paragraph expressing interest in the job </li></ul><ul><li>A second paragraph briefly outlining relevant experience & achievements </li></ul><ul><li>A closing paragraph asking for an interview </li></ul>
    12. 12. 5 Steps to a Great Cover Letter <ul><li>Always address your letter to a real person </li></ul><ul><li>Your letter needs to state clearly what you want to accomplish </li></ul><ul><li>You need to make your letter personal to the company </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your letter is enthusiastic about the job </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid to ask for an interview </li></ul>

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