Cip Successful CV's

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Cip Successful CV's

  1. 1. Criminology and the Professions CV Writing
  2. 2. Good habits for Criminology Students…• Know the skills required for the job• How will you demonstrate• Public sector and third sector organisations commonly select through competency testing• 1 or 2 sides• Consistent layout and font• Readable• Free of errors• Templates?• CV Furniture & Photos?• Different Types Skills Based/ Chronological
  3. 3. What it shouldn’t be but often is…• A list of everything you have ever done• Lazy effort as you know you can blag it at interview• A one-off CV to be produced for all jobs you ever go for, let the employer figure out what they need!
  4. 4. Putting Together Your CV• Header: Name, Address, Contact Details – Don’t need age, date of birth, marital status, Religion etc• Objective/ Personal Profile: Clear and concise statement detailing what career path you intend to follow… setting the tone
  5. 5. Putting Together Your CV (2)• Education: Clearly your degree is the main focus:• Talk about the skills/programmes• Give examples of how you have used them in projects• Final year project: What it involves• Pre-university qualifications
  6. 6. Putting Together Your CV (3)Employment History• If you have relevant experience - showcase it• You can split experience into ‘Relevant’ and ‘Additional’.• Don’t underestimate part time jobs and voluntary work – link to skills
  7. 7. Putting Together Your CV (4)• Additional skills – relevant to the job• Positions of Responsibility• Activities/Interests/Hobbies – NOT socialising!• References – Available on request
  8. 8. Skills Profile – Skills based CV• Look more broadly than your degree• Focus on the skills required for the job• Choose headings wisely• Prioritise examples & give detail• Focus on job relevant skills first
  9. 9. What skills do employers want?• Communication Project Management• Report Writing Problem Solving• Team Working Leadership• Customer Focus Making & Accepting Decisions• Commercial savvy Cross Cultural Sensitivity• Planning & Organisation Enterprise• Capacity to develop at every stage of career• Reflection
  10. 10. 4 Steps to all Good Applications & CVs1. Understand the role or your interests2. Keep it relevant and targeted3. Highlight all your relevant skills and experience4. Provide lots of examples of your skills
  11. 11. www.prospects.ac.uk/links/AppsInterviews

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