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Trinity College Alumni Presenting yourself on paper

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Presenting yourself on paper at the Trinity Career network Feb 2012.

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Trinity College Alumni Presenting yourself on paper

  1. 1. Peter Cosgrove Feb 2011 p r e s e n ti n g yo u r s e l f on P a p e r
  2. 2. Your CV
  3. 3. 1 %’s
  4. 4. Your Advert 30 seconds to make an impression
  5. 5. Our approach to transition Your CV
  6. 6. CV – initial thoughts <ul><li>“ I did not have time to write you a short letter so I wrote you a long one ” </li></ul><ul><li>Most cvs are a First Draft </li></ul><ul><li>If a recruiter does not understand your cv or does not like the layout – its your fault </li></ul>92% 92% of cvs still coming into Cpl have errors either in formatting, typos, or grammar errors
  7. 7. CV FORMAT CONTACT DETAILS PROFILE CAREER & ACHIEVEMENTS EDUCATION & TRAINING OTHER SKILLS & INTEREST CAREER OBJECTIVE REFERENCES X Don’t put a career objective On your cv as it can be limiting to your job search
  8. 8. VISUAL SIZE M A T T E R S WORDS NOT PAGES FONT WHITE SPACE/ MARGINS If you have less than 5 years experience you should be able to have a 800 word cv, if you are senior you should still be able to make it under 1000 words
  9. 9. CONTENT Biographical Key Words Complexity What does an employer want to see Begin with the end in mind Can someone out side your industry understand your cv Remember with key words to include sectors that have worked in such as “telecoms”, “Financial Services”, “Manufacturing” as most people give company names but not the sector
  10. 10. EVIDENCE & CREDIBILITY <ul><ul><li>Managed a team of 6 people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organised budgets and targets for the group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruited and interviewed staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivated and built morale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsive to customer queries and issues </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. EVIDENCE & CREDIBILITY <ul><ul><li>Managed a team of 6 people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~they hated my guts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organised budgets and targets for the group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~ never got one number correct </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruited and interviewed staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the main reason people did not join </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivated and built morale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- told awful jokes that no one liked </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsive to customer queries and issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sent all calls to voicemail </li></ul></ul>What’s the difference between what you did and the guy who got fired? Employers want to know what you did well not what you did – you need to stand out
  12. 12. Why even after reading you may have spelling ‘msiteaks’ Arocdnicg to rsceearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer are in the rghit pcale. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit pobelrm. Tihs is buseace the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
  13. 13. Language Organized / Color Principal vs Principle Led vs Lead Accept vs except … also be careful of jargon
  14. 14. Action Step SO WHAT!
  15. 15. Responding to employers/ agencies Do Not: Send speculative applications to companies / agencies Send mass emails out to agencies Write detail on your cover letter that is not in your cv Do: Read the job spec and what is being asked of you Research people to send applications to Know what you are looking for when applying
  16. 16. Remember your online footprint Your cv needs to match your online profile, so having multiple cvs can be harder to manage
  17. 17. Try where possible to avoid the cv Employers want meet you and like you and then there will be more chance that they what to interview you – so present yourself before they see a 2 page of you
  18. 18. Name Peter Cosgrove Title: Director – Cpl Phone: +3531 614 6160 +353 87 6200836 Email: [email_address] Twitter: @petercosgrove Website: www.cpl.ie QUESTIONS?

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