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Dr Mona Ghassemian
Wednesday-30/02/94
CV Workshop
Tell me . .
1. What is a CV?
2. How is it used?
3. Who uses it?
A CV tells the recruiter what experience you
have that is ...
Aims and Objectives
By the end of the workshop you will be able to:
Recognise the importance of writing a good CV.
Recog...
It’s all about you
CVs are an opportunity to show an employer why you are an ideal
candidate for the job.
A good CV will:
...
Activity A: Draft your CV
Individually or in pairs: write on a piece of a paper, your
thoughts to the following questions:...
Drafting a CV
You can find CV templates on most recruitment
agency and many government websites including
Learn Direct an...
CV formats
In case you are familiar with LaTeX, have a look at
"ModernCV" package in LateX which provide easy to
create C...
Proof-read
One obvious but often overlooked aspect of
good CV writing is proof-reading for spelling,
punctuation and other...
Do
Use a standard font size in black ink.
Include recent and relevant work experience (paid or voluntary).
Be consisten...
Don’t
Do it in a rush.
Leave gaps in employment.
Lie.
Include irrelevant personal details such as marital status.
Sim...
A typical CV format consists of ..
Personal information (name, contact details and
address)
Personal profile ( write som...
A typical CV format consists of ..
Volunteer positions (whether you have worked in a charity
or was a member of a profess...
Activity B: Reviewing A CV
Level 1: Proof-read the CV for spelling, punctuation and
layout.
Level 2 : Can you find anythin...
14
What is a covering letter?
A covering letter generally accompanies a CV
An important part of an application – not jus...
15
Opening paragraph
Why are you writing?
Responsive  name specific job vacancy and where
advertised.

Speculative  ...
16
Middle paragraphs
Why that organisation and why that job/industry?
- demonstrate knowledge of and interest in both,
...
17
Closing paragraph
Polite ending – convey interest and
enthusiasm in the role
May be indicate any times available/not
...
Activity C: A Cover Letter
assessment
Based on the information provided, assess
the cover letter (email) provided to you ...
Get Hunted by Headhunters
1.Be visible: Get Active on LinkedIn
2.Network: Give out your card freely
3.Write and get read
4...
20
Resources for writing CVs and cover letters
1.www.prospects.ac.uk - Jobs and Work /Applications and Interviews
2.www.sk...
Hope you enjoyed the event
 Slides will be available at www.itc.sbu.ac.ir
 Please return your activities to one of the I...
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  1. 1. Dr Mona Ghassemian Wednesday-30/02/94 CV Workshop
  2. 2. Tell me . . 1. What is a CV? 2. How is it used? 3. Who uses it? A CV tells the recruiter what experience you have that is relevant and how your skills match the ones they want for their job. It is your chance to help secure an interview! 2
  3. 3. Aims and Objectives By the end of the workshop you will be able to: Recognise the importance of writing a good CV. Recognise the importance of proof-reading for spelling, punctuation, grammar and meaning. Proof-read a “inexperienced CV” and suggest ways of improving it. Identify your own skills and personal qualities. Draft your own CV. Draft your own cover letter. 3
  4. 4. It’s all about you CVs are an opportunity to show an employer why you are an ideal candidate for the job. A good CV will: Stand out from the crowd. Draw attention to your relevant skills, experience, achievements and potential. Create such an impression on the employer that they will not be able to turn you down for interview. Everyone has potential Everyone has more skills than they think they do Everyone can write a good CV 4
  5. 5. Activity A: Draft your CV Individually or in pairs: write on a piece of a paper, your thoughts to the following questions: 1.What am I most proud of in my career? 2.When have I received good feedback on my skills from colleagues, managers, lecturers, team mates? 3.When have I used the skills I listed above? 4.What have I achieved, improved, put in place, as a result of all of this? 5
  6. 6. Drafting a CV You can find CV templates on most recruitment agency and many government websites including Learn Direct and Directgov (see reference slide).  There are no hard and fast rules about which CV template is best and each person should pick a template that they like and they feel will best present them as a potential employee. 6
  7. 7. CV formats In case you are familiar with LaTeX, have a look at "ModernCV" package in LateX which provide easy to create CVs. There are many common templates that you can use as guidance. You will find a CV template in MS-word as well which you can use. Try The 7 Best Resume Templates for Microsoft Word in 2014 or Trendy Resumes – Creative Resume Templates – some of the best resume templates out there! 7
  8. 8. Proof-read One obvious but often overlooked aspect of good CV writing is proof-reading for spelling, punctuation and other errors. Make sure that your CV is the best document you possess. It could make all the difference to get you that interview! 8 CVs should be checked, drafted, re-drafted and then checked again.
  9. 9. Do Use a standard font size in black ink. Include recent and relevant work experience (paid or voluntary). Be consistent in your layout. List your skills and achievements and back up with evidence. Keep it short (maximum 2 pages). Use positive action verbs such as “organised, delivered, accomplished, achieved”. Include a statement about your career aspirations and what you have to offer the employer. Be honest but positive (negatives can always be turned into positives). Proof-read for spelling, punctuation, grammar and meaning. Get someone to check it for you. 9
  10. 10. Don’t Do it in a rush. Leave gaps in employment. Lie. Include irrelevant personal details such as marital status. Simply write a list of duties under work experience (remember you are selling yourself!). Use flashy or large font. There is no single way to write a CV. It is your document and can be structured and presented as you wish within a basic framework. The important thing to remember is that this is the first impression an employer will have of you. It is your marketing brochure through which you are trying to sell yourself. 10
  11. 11. A typical CV format consists of .. Personal information (name, contact details and address) Personal profile ( write something about you ) Work experience ( Skip this if you are a fresh graduate and put a lot of focus on your skills and education) Education (start from your latest degree) Skills and Achievements (focus on skills which are required for the job you are applying and write accordingly) 11
  12. 12. A typical CV format consists of .. Volunteer positions (whether you have worked in a charity or was a member of a professional group such as ACM, IEEE, etc., was involved in organising of an event in your school, you can highlight them in your CV) Hobbies and interests (write only those which you genuinely like and care about. Don't try to fake this one! Otherwise, you will be caught) References (When you give out someone's name as reference, first of all, be sure that you have permission to use them as reference. Secondly, let them know they may expect to be contacted. Provide some information on the job you have applied for, so your reference can relate your experience to the job and give you the best possible reference for the job.)12
  13. 13. Activity B: Reviewing A CV Level 1: Proof-read the CV for spelling, punctuation and layout. Level 2 : Can you find anything else wrong with the CV? What’s missing? All: How could it be improved? 13
  14. 14. 14 What is a covering letter? A covering letter generally accompanies a CV An important part of an application – not just a formality Highlights your key skills and suitability for the job clearly, concisely and positively It is targeted at the job/sector you are applying for It complements and develops the information in the CV rather than duplicates it.
  15. 15. 15 Opening paragraph Why are you writing? Responsive  name specific job vacancy and where advertised.  Speculative  state broad type of work you are interested in, on what basis (e.g. work placement, full time) and when you are available. Who are you? A xxx undergraduate looking to develop work experience in …....
  16. 16. 16 Middle paragraphs Why that organisation and why that job/industry? - demonstrate knowledge of and interest in both, - make links through your degree subject if  appropriate, Why you? - why should they consider you? - what key skills/strengths can you offer? - support your statements/assertions with evidence,
  17. 17. 17 Closing paragraph Polite ending – convey interest and enthusiasm in the role May be indicate any times available/not available for interview.
  18. 18. Activity C: A Cover Letter assessment Based on the information provided, assess the cover letter (email) provided to you and make suggestions to improve it. 18
  19. 19. Get Hunted by Headhunters 1.Be visible: Get Active on LinkedIn 2.Network: Give out your card freely 3.Write and get read 4.Speak and get heard 5. Don’t get too carried away 6.with all the excitement 7.Work 8.Get Referred 9.Online CV 19
  20. 20. 20 Resources for writing CVs and cover letters 1.www.prospects.ac.uk - Jobs and Work /Applications and Interviews 2.www.skillsworkshop.org/skillsworkshop.../e3l1l2writinggoodcv.ppt 3.www.targetjobs.co.uk - Careers Advice – Applications and CVs 4.www.quora.com/What-is-the-best-format-for-a-CV 5.www.onestopenglish.com/ 6.jobsearch.about.com/od/curriculumvitaewriting/fl/curriculum-vitae- tips-a-z.htm
  21. 21. Hope you enjoyed the event  Slides will be available at www.itc.sbu.ac.ir  Please return your activities to one of the ITC ExCom members. To join ITC: Contact us at itc@sbu.ac.ir Follow us at instagram itc_sbu and upload your pictures of today’s event. Enjoy Lunch  21

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