Cv Workshop

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in July 2009 we hosted a workshop looking at how to present your CV

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  • A bit about Grad recruitment
  • What is interesting to you is not to others Consider the audience – what do they want to read about? Example – interviewed a physician who’d worked within the nuclear industry for a customer service job based on the fact she related her experience to the job I was recruiting for.
  • Brainstorm Break the group up – Group A consider 1 & 2, Group B consider 3 & 4 Report back to
  • CVs – review each others CVs
  • Highlight which ones you think should/shouldn’t be
  • Highlight which ones you think should/shouldn’t be
  • A paragraph which sums up your personal qualities and sells yourself in a nutshell Take some time now to write your own profile statement.
  • See Handouts Reverse Chronological – most recent job and work backwards. Emphasises jobs and organisations you’ve been with Functional – linked to skills and capabilities – emphasises key areas of achievements and strengths Targeted – if going for a specific job – focuses on that job and it’s stated at the top. Structured or application form – decided on by the recruiter and asked to complete.
  • Example CVs to look at.
  • Cv Workshop

    1. 1. CV Workshop – Brand You Michelle Fischer and John Chisholm July 16 th 2009
    2. 2. Aims <ul><li>By the end of this session you’ll: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have learned new tactics for creating a more compelling CV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be clearer on the different formats of CVs and which one to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know what content to include and what to exclude </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. About you <ul><ul><li>Answer the following: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What are you proudest of? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is your career path for the next ten years? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Describe an average weekend for you. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is an interesting fact about you that you’d be happy to share </li></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Our Top Five CV Facts <ul><li>Your CV should be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interesting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Targeted to the job you’re applying for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accurate and honest </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Your CV <ul><li>What makes a good CV? </li></ul><ul><li>What makes a bad CV? </li></ul><ul><li>What should be on your CV? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s a CV for? </li></ul>
    6. 6. Your Turn <ul><li>Put on your recruitment shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Review a CV </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What do you like about it? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What would you change? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What does it tell you about the person who wrote it? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What sort of job should they apply for? </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Your CV <ul><li>What should be in it? </li></ul><ul><li>Political beliefs Personal Profile State of Health </li></ul><ul><li>Employment Weight & Height Responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Referees Salary Qualifications </li></ul><ul><li>Education Family information Training </li></ul><ul><li>Marital Status Interests Age/DOB </li></ul><ul><li>Driving License Achievements Reasons for leaving </li></ul><ul><li>Religion Photographs Contact Details </li></ul>
    8. 8. Your CV
    9. 9. Your Profile Statement <ul><li>What’s a profile statement? </li></ul><ul><li>“ An experienced account administrator who works well under pressure to consistently meet strict deadlines. Enjoys working as part of a team or on own initiative using effective communication skills to achieve objectives” </li></ul>
    10. 10. Write your Own <ul><li>Your Skills: _________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Your Qualities: _________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Your Characteristics: ____________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Your Strengths: _________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Your Achievements: ____________________________ </li></ul>
    11. 11. … Write your Own
    12. 12. CV Formats <ul><li>Reverse Chronological </li></ul><ul><li>Functional </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted </li></ul><ul><li>Application Forms </li></ul>
    13. 13. Reverse Chronological <ul><li>The most common format, which demonstrates your career history in reverse order. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Reverse Chronological Format <ul><li>Name and Contact Details </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Profile and Key Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Company name, job title and dates of employment </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Responsibilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Achievements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Qualifications, Education and Training, including dates </li></ul><ul><li>Any other relevant information </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Driving License </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Languages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>System skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interests </li></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Functional <ul><li>This type of CV links your skills and achievements and is used when targeting specific jobs or in freelancing. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Functional Format <ul><li>Name and Contact Details </li></ul><ul><li>Profile and summary of Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Company name, job title and dates of employment </li></ul><ul><li>Qualifications, Education and Training, including dates </li></ul><ul><li>Any other relevant information </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Driving License </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Languages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>System skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interests </li></ul></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Targeted <ul><li>Focussed on a particular career goal or job </li></ul>
    18. 18. Targeted Format <ul><li>Name and Contact Details </li></ul><ul><li>Job Target </li></ul><ul><li>Capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Company name, job title and dates of employment </li></ul><ul><li>Qualifications, Education and Training, including dates </li></ul><ul><li>Any other relevant information </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Driving License </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Languages </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>System skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interests </li></ul></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Application Forms <ul><li>Read the form before you complete it </li></ul><ul><li>If hardcopy, photocopy it and write in draft </li></ul><ul><li>Never substitute with your CV </li></ul><ul><li>Target your answers to the questions asked </li></ul><ul><li>Allow plenty of time to fill it in </li></ul><ul><li>Use key words </li></ul><ul><li>Sell yourself! </li></ul><ul><li>Never leave blanks </li></ul><ul><li>Get someone else to check it for you </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a copy </li></ul>
    20. 20. Competency Based Questions <ul><li>Be specific </li></ul><ul><li>What did you actually do? </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling and grammar! </li></ul><ul><li>Think about the competency – what are they looking for? </li></ul><ul><li>Use the S-T-A-R model when answering the questions </li></ul><ul><li>Think about why they are asking the question </li></ul>
    21. 21. More Tips <ul><li>Would you interview you? </li></ul><ul><li>Your name and contact details </li></ul><ul><li>Use clean white paper </li></ul><ul><li>Arial or Times New Roman Font, size 12 </li></ul><ul><li>Page numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Your name on the header on page 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling and grammar! </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t fold it! </li></ul><ul><li>More white than black </li></ul>
    22. 22. Common Mistakes <ul><li>Not targeted to the job applied for </li></ul><ul><li>Too long </li></ul><ul><li>Spelling and Grammatical errors </li></ul><ul><li>Disorganised </li></ul><ul><li>Too sparse or over-written </li></ul><ul><li>Not focused on results or achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Incorrect email address or telephone number </li></ul><ul><li>Gaps in dates </li></ul><ul><li>Irrelevant or too personal information </li></ul>
    23. 23. CV Summary <ul><li>Take care over how you present yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Make it interesting – it’s a reflection of you </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget to consider your audience </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Review it regularly </li></ul>
    24. 24. Recap - Aims <ul><li>Following this session you: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have learned new tactics for creating a more compelling CV? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are clearer on the different formats of CVs and which one to use? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know what content to include and what to exclude? </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. Any questions?

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