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  1. 2. C.V. Basics & Beyond! Presented by Therese Tishakov, Director of Enrollment & Career Services, GSLEL Original created by Julie Vorholt, MATESOL, 2000
  2. 3. Presentation overview <ul><li>Define “C.V.”. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss terms: “C.V.” and “resume”. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the essential sections of every C.V. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about different types of C.V.s. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the “how to” steps for writing your C.V. </li></ul><ul><li>Answer questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Review classmate’s C.V. </li></ul>
  3. 4. C.V. <ul><li>It is an abbreviation for_________ _____, a Latin phrase which, literally translated, means the course __________. </li></ul>
  4. 5. C.V. <ul><li>It is an abbreviation for Curriculum Vitae, a Latin phrase which, literally translated, means the course of (one’s) life. </li></ul>
  5. 6. A C.V.’s primary purpose is <ul><li>Convincing an ________ to give you an ________ . </li></ul>
  6. 7. A C.V.’s primary purpose is <ul><li>Convincing an employer to give you an interview. </li></ul>
  7. 8. C.V. vs. resume <ul><li>Which is longer? </li></ul><ul><li>Which has more detail? </li></ul><ul><li>Which is used to apply for teaching positions? </li></ul><ul><li>Which lists more information about professional projects, research, and affiliations? </li></ul>
  8. 9. The answer: <ul><li>C.V. </li></ul>
  9. 10. C.V. vs. resume <ul><li>Length </li></ul><ul><li>Detail </li></ul><ul><li>Used for Different Positions </li></ul>
  10. 11. How to write a C.V. <ul><li>First, make a list of your experiences. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think about everything you have done and everything you are doing now. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Brainstorming break <ul><li>Brainstorm some of the many activities you are involved with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education, training, seminars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jobs - paid & unpaid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clubs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interests </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Five essential sections <ul><li>Contact information </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Projects done at the Monterey Institute </li></ul><ul><li>References </li></ul>
  13. 14. 1. Contact information <ul><li>Name </li></ul><ul><li>Address </li></ul><ul><li>Phone number </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Optional: URL for your professional website </li></ul>
  14. 15. 2. Education <ul><li>Degrees & certificates earned post-secondary </li></ul><ul><li>Dates </li></ul><ul><li>Institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Consider adding: Study abroad experiences, additional coursework, credentials </li></ul>
  15. 16. Example <ul><ul><li>Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) candidate May 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language Program Administration Certificate candidate May 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature May 2005 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minnesota State Teaching Certification June 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elementary education and Spanish language </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. 3. Experience <ul><li>Applicable experiences, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paid & unpaid positions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutoring & conversation partner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International experience </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. 4. Projects done at MIIS <ul><li>Choose selectively, depending on position. </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on where the mention of a certain project will best promote your professional image. </li></ul>
  18. 19. Example <ul><li>A major presentation given in your Curriculum Design course </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Professional Presentations” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Academic Expertise Area: Curriculum Design” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A special category, such as “Korea-Related Experience” </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. 5. References (3-5) <ul><li>Ask people who can comment on your work ability and working with you. </li></ul><ul><li>Include at least one reference who has seen you teach. </li></ul><ul><li>Include at least one reference who can comment on your academic work. </li></ul>
  20. 21. Additional categories <ul><li>Other Employment / Professional Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations and Publications </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Affiliations </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Service </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Language Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Honors and Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Interests </li></ul>
  21. 22. Consider the naming of your categories <ul><li>“Language Teaching” or “English Language Teaching” </li></ul><ul><li>A general section “Language Teaching” or two sections: “English Language Teaching” and “Chinese Language Teaching” </li></ul><ul><li>“Language Teaching Experience” vs. “Adult English Language Teaching Experience” </li></ul>
  22. 23. Order your categories <ul><li>Example </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Which of these would you list first? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Language Program Administration” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Language Teaching” </li></ul></ul>
  23. 24. Choose POWER words. <ul><li>Use past tense verbs for past experiences. “Was teaching a class” vs. “Taught” </li></ul><ul><li>Include current experiences. “Implementing”, “Instructing” </li></ul><ul><li>Write dates for current experiences as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>January 2003 – current </li></ul></ul>
  24. 25. Plan the C.V.’s presentation. <ul><li>Readability </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Professional look </li></ul>
  25. 26. Readability <ul><li>Consistency </li></ul><ul><li>Layout </li></ul><ul><li>Font </li></ul><ul><li>Accuracy in typing and grammar </li></ul><ul><li>Parallel phrases and sentences </li></ul>
  26. 27. Examples <ul><li>Teaching English, Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>English Instructor, Turkey </li></ul><ul><li>Instructing English, Shantou </li></ul><ul><li>This is BETTER --- more CONSISTENT: </li></ul><ul><li>English Instructor, Chicago, USA </li></ul><ul><li>English Instructor, Tarsus, Turkey </li></ul><ul><li>English Instructor, Shantou, China </li></ul>
  27. 28. Accuracy <ul><li>Honest information </li></ul><ul><li>Willing references </li></ul><ul><li>Correct contact information for your references </li></ul>
  28. 29. Professional look <ul><li>Get feedback from peers </li></ul><ul><li>Laser printed </li></ul><ul><li>Quality paper and envelopes </li></ul>
  29. 30. Continued revising and addition <ul><li>Seek feedback about your C.V. </li></ul><ul><li>Update your C.V. with each experience </li></ul>
  30. 31. Remember your goal: <ul><li>Get that interview! </li></ul>
  31. 32. Don’t forget the cover letter <ul><li>Vital part of every C.V. </li></ul><ul><li>Goals of a Cover Letter: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows to explain C.V. in greater depth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gives opportunity to state relevant interests, abilities, goals, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows candidate to state in prose why he/she is qualified for the position </li></ul></ul>
  32. 33. What to do next? <ul><li>Send/give me a copy of your CV to review </li></ul><ul><li>Make an appointment to come speak with me, Office 233, McCone, [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Ask your classmates & friends for feedback </li></ul>
  33. 34. Reminder: <ul><li>You can access information about writing a C.V., including examples, online at: </li></ul><ul><li>You can review sample C.V. in a binder found in the Career Resource Center, cubicle 7, McCone </li></ul>
  34. 35. Conclusion <ul><li>Questions? Comments? Concerns? </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for your attention! </li></ul>