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Writing the curriculum vitae


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Important aspects to write your CV effectively

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Writing the curriculum vitae

  1. 1. What you really need to know right now … Hayesha Somarathne B.Sc(Hons) in IT, MSc in CS, Dip in Psy
  2. 2. Length: Short Content: All-inclusive Length: As long as it needs summary of skills, experiences, and education Content: Area-specific Purpose: Get Purpose: Detail background employment (or interview) to be listing of education or academic background and qualifications Curriculum Vitae
  3. 3. Origin is Latin-“course of one’s life” Note “vitae”(vee-tie or vee-te) is the plural form; “vita”(vee-tuh) is singular Curriculum Vitae
  4. 4. Time goes by fast Helps you organize important things for your future career (which organizations to join; what is missing Assists in setting goals Assists when getting letters of recommendations or applying for other programs/committees Curriculum Vitae
  5. 5. There is not really a “right” way to do a CV. However, there are some things that make the viewing easier, make you look more professional, and include things reviewers want to see Your CV may be different than someone else. What’s important is that you keep one up to date Curriculum Vitae
  6. 6. Font: Times New Roman Regular paper white is fine Font-Size: 12 points No underlining Single sided Margin: I’’ all round Use bolding and CAPs to have things stand out Number pages No graphics Same font throughout (may vary sizing some) Full name on every page Curriculum Vitae
  7. 7. Clear: Well-organized and logical Concise: Relevant and necessary Complete: Includes everything you need Consistent: Don’t mix styles or fonts Curriculum Vitae Current: Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  8. 8. Full name Mailing Address: Permanent E-mail: Obtain email address that will not expire Curriculum Vitae Phone number(s) Curriculum Vitae
  9. 9. ALWAYS Education (always first on the CV) Honors and Awards Professional Experience (Employment) Publications and Presentations Extracurricular and Volunteer Experience Interests OPTIONAL (as needed) Objective Certifications and Licensure Professional Affiliations Professional Activities Research Added Qualifications References Curriculum Vitae
  10. 10. Most current first (include your current educational work) Only include diploma distinctions Get the schools’ names correct! Degrees/certifications are what’s important – not the time spent on the Curriculum Vitae Thesis/Dissertation titles listed Curriculum Vitae
  11. 11. List with most recent first Honors/Award Title: Date(s) received Go back to undergrad but not before – only academic and/or professional Scholarships count on Curriculum Vitae No descriptions please! Curriculum Vitae
  12. 12. Includes anything you were paid to do or was extensive, regular volunteer Only include those items relevant to academic List most recent first Don’t include descriptions If listing research, include the lab and director/principle investigator Curriculum Vitae
  13. 13. Extracurricular and Volunteer Experience List with most recent first Do not describe This tends to be the longest list…But watch it! It’s better to have long-term items or very relevant items and a shorter list than everything listed Curriculum Vitae Student organizations go here Curriculum Vitae
  14. 14. Affiliations Only those current Alphabetical listing Include all dates of affiliation Note any positions Activities Past and present Most current first Only those very specific to academic/research career Should be school or university sponsored committees Include roles Curriculum Vitae
  15. 15. Research Experience List with most current first Make sure you fall under someone, unless it truly was your lab ownership If you gained grant funds, include Curriculum Vitae You may briefly describe here (only place on CV) Curriculum Vitae
  16. 16. Publications and Presentations Two views on which way to list first (most recent or in order of publication, generally in order of publication so you just add on Always bold your name in authorship You may include submitted and/or pending publications and/or presentations Presentations may be small or large, but should be pertinent enough to talk about Make sure you have copies of your publications and/or presentations for life of your CV Curriculum Vitae
  17. 17. Interests are hobbies List 4 of them Creativity counts/ Be specific Make sure they are realMake sure they reflect you Get something active Get something group Added Qualifications should be verifiable Include language fluency (and level-“fluent,” “conversational,”) Cultural knowledge may be included, especially if you’ve had hands-on experience or training Anything special Curriculum Vitae
  18. 18. References Normally two referees are sufficient One academic (perhaps your tutor or a project supervisor) and One from an employer Should be non-relatives References are available on request Unless specifically requests referees, it's fine to omit this section completely Curriculum Vitae
  19. 19. What makes a good CV? No single "correct" way to write and present a CV but the following general rules apply: Targeted on the specific job Carefully and clearly laid out Informative but concise Accurate in content, spelling and grammar Curriculum Vitae
  20. 20. What mistakes to candidates make on their CV? Spelling and grammar 56% of employers found this Not tailored to the job 21% Length not right & poor work history 16% Poor format and no use of bullets 11% No accomplishments 9% Contact & email problems 8% Objective/profile was too vague 5% Lying 2% Having a photo 1% Curriculum Vitae
  21. 21. Tips on presentation Your CV should be carefully and clearly laid out Never back a CV - each page should be on a separate sheet of paper Be concise: a CV is an appetiser and should not give the reader indigestion Be positive: put yourself over confidently and highlight your strong points Curriculum Vitae
  22. 22. Tips on presentation – cont… Be honest: you should never give inaccurate or misleading information The sweet spot of a CV is the area selectors tend to pay most attention to: this is typically around the upper middle of the first page If you are posting your CV, don't fold it Curriculum Vitae
  23. 23. Emailed CVs and Web CVs Put your covering letter as the body of your email (It's wise to format it as plain text as then it can be read by any email reader). Emails are not as easy to read as letters. Stick to simple text with short paragraphs and plenty of spacing (Break messages into points and make each one a new paragraph with a full line gap between paragraphs. DON'T "SHOUT": WRITE IN UPPER CASE!) Your CV is then sent as an attachment. Say you'll send a printed CV if required. Curriculum Vitae
  24. 24. Further Help Example CVs, application forms and covering letters Learning and Skills Council online CV Builder can help you build your own CV in just 12 steps phrase dictionary provide useful phrases for CV writing, letters of application, and business letters. LinkedIn – Curriculum Vitae