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  1. 1. I HOW TO WRITE A CV THAT REALLY WORKS Part: I By: Shadia Yousef Banjar 12/9/2010 1 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar
  2. 2. Sell yourself!12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 2
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION•People may be viewed as products when they applyfor a job or sell their services.•They sell their skills, experience, qualities andpotential.• No matter how good a ‘product’ the person is, theirfuture success will depend to a great extent on howwell they market themselves.•One of the most important marketing tools anindividual can have when seeking to promotethemselves is a Curriculum Vitae (CV for short)which is the Latin for ‘the course of your life’.12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 3
  4. 4. A Curriculum Vitae (CV)The CV is an important marketing tool.Who needs a CV?•School/college leavers•Graduates•Women returners•Careers changers•Those made redundant•Consultants•Writers12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 4
  5. 5. When do we need a CV? When applying for: •Summer jobs •Work placements •Agency work •Voluntary work • Full and part time work •Consultancy work •As an aid to filling in an application form •Temporary work12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 5
  6. 6. MAKING A CV WORK FOR YOUThe purpose of a CV is to inform briefly the reader of a number ofpoints about yourself. This usually includes:•personal details (name, address, telephone number)•education•training received•work history – (the name of the company and how long you worked there)•skills you possess.Other details that may be included are:•age and marital status•addresses of where you worked•hobbies and interests•references. 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 6
  7. 7. The aim of a CVA CV is your sales document that highlights yourskills, achievements and experience in such a waythat the reader is motivated to meet you.The objective of a CV is not to get you a job orto win you a contract, but to get you an interview ormeeting. 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 7
  8. 8. The Role of Your CV in Finding a Job12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 8
  9. 9. The CV plays a central role in getting you fromwhere you are to where you want to be:•It accompanies or helps in completion of anapplication form.•It is usually accompanied by a letter.•It leads to the all-important interview/meeting.12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 9
  10. 10. • Whatever the purpose of the CV, our objective will nothave been met unless it leads to a meeting.• It is vital that we present ourselves in the best and mostappropriate light.• So our CV is not simply about supplying informationabout ourselves.• Our CV is our personal sales brochure. 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 10
  11. 11. •Unlike an application form, when we have littlechoice in what we include and the way we presentthe information, the CV is completely different:•We design the layout of our CV.•We decide what to include and what to exclude.•We determine how long it will be and how it willbe presented.12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 11
  12. 12. •We are competing in an overcrowded market, seeking to grabthe attention of our reader.• Every day personnel managers, directors and managers arebombarded with literature, most of which will end up in the bin!•A single job advert can result in a company receivinghundreds, if not thousands, of replies.• So: How will we make ours stand out? How can we make an immediate, positive impact on thereader?•When we begin to see our CV as our personal salesbrochure, which advertises what we have done and can dofor the reader, then we have an increased chance ofmeeting our objectives.12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 12
  13. 13. Avoid Information OverloadUnfortunately, many people go straight into the ‘tell mode!An example of a CV packed with information:•Age and date of birth (just to emphasize how old he really was!)•All the schools and colleges he had attended throughout his life.•The year he was married.•The ages of his children.•All his hobbies and interests.This was followed by a detailed overview of his 35-year career! Sorry,but there was only one place this CV was going – in the bin. 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 13
  14. 14. When writing our CV, we should bear in mind thefollowing:It should be:• Relevant• Selling your achievements• Easy to read and follow• Detailed and accurate• Truthful•Highlighting the skills you have developed both inand outside of work.12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 14
  15. 15. It should NOT be:•Full of irrelevant information•A list of job titles and duties•Jumbled and cramped•Vague and lacking in detail•Dishonest. 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 15
  16. 16. INVESTING SOME TIME IN SHAPING YOUR LIFE• Think about the questions asked.• Research what you have done previously.• Analyze the skills you have developed. 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 16
  17. 17. Knowing yourself better Many people could easily identify the good points in others, but find that hard to do about themselves. They feel uncomfortable. I am not encouraging you to be cocky and arrogant and tell the whole world how wonderful you are! I simply want us to look honestly and positively at: Who we are. What we have done. What we are capable of doing.12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 17
  18. 18. In designing your own CV, look at:1. how you see yourself is vital. So many of us suffer from low self esteem and therefore fail to fulfill our potential.2. How we communicate ourselves to the outside world is also vitally important. A CV is just one way we do that. So work through this book and in doing so, invest some time in shaping your life. 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 18
  19. 19. What Have You Got to Sell?A trap we often fall into is this:•We focus on our labels and not our skills. or put anotherway: We concentrate on what we are called rather thanon what we can do.•We tend to view ourselves in the following way: 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 19
  20. 20. It is more helpful and constructive to view oneself asa person who possesses a wide range of skills in anumber of areas:12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 20
  21. 21. DOING A PERSONAL STOCK TAKEThe following exercise will help you to identify theskills you have which are readily transferable intoother contexts. When completing this, please thinkabout your abilities in both work and leisureactivities. Many skills such as budgeting andorganizing may well have been developed ‘in thehome’. It does not matter whether you are paid forwhat you do; the important question is, do youbelieve you possess some skill in this area? 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 21
  22. 22. There are six categories to complete in thisexercise. You may wish to add further skills orcategories:1. Place a tick in the box if you consider yourself proficient in the area.2. Write down an example which demonstrates your skill in that area. 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 22
  23. 23. EVALUATING YOUR PEOPLE SKILLS YOUR EXAMPLE Listening to others Encouraging others Resolving conflict Motivating people Teaching/training others Organizing people Any others12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 23
  24. 24. EVALUATING YOUR MANUAL/PRACTICAL SKILLS YOUR EXAMPLE Making repairs Building Taking measurements Maintaining equipment Operating machinery Using a computer Any others12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 24
  25. 25. EVALUATING YOUR COMMUNICATION SKILLS YOUR EXAMPLEUsing the telephoneDealing assertively with peopleStory tellingPublic speaking/giving talksTalking to people in authority withconfidenceWriting lettersCompleting formsAny others 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 25
  26. 26. EVALUATING YOUR MATHEMATICAL/MENTAL SKILLS YOUR EXAMPLE Memorizing figures Estimating Planning Making rapid calculations Judging distances Budgeting Keeping accounts Any others12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 26
  27. 27. ASSESSING YOUR PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS YOUR EXAMPLE Working out routes Crosswords Coming up with new ideas Analyzing alternatives Diagnosing faults or causes of problems Interpreting data Any others12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 27
  28. 28. EVALUATING YOUR CREATIVE SKILLS YOUR EXAMPLE Creative writing Designing/decorating a room Finding alternative uses for things Craft making Musical Drama Improvising Cooking Using colours creatively Any others12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 28
  29. 29. Resource:•How to write a CV that really works © 2009 Paul McGee. Published by How , 12/9/2010 Dr. Shadia Yousef Banjar 29