M5. “C.V.’s” Mrs Harrall Head of Higher Education and Careers May 2014. What is a C.V.?. Your sales pitch to an employer. Your opportunity to describe your USP\Personal Brand. A written description of your work experience, educational background, skills and achievements.
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Head of Higher Education and Careers
Word processed, clear font, well laid out
Information must be tailored to the position for
which you are applying
Never more than two pages of A4
Analysing & Investigating
Planning & Organising
Global Skills (other languages and cultures)
Negotiating & Persuading (ability to influence & convince others)
Self-Awareness (abilities, values &what you want out of life)
Creativity (new ideas & solutions)
What to Avoid…
Being bland and sounding average
Over-use of colour
Too much writing – use bullet points
Slang or text language (this is a professional document)
“I’m afraid in our business (when we receive hundreds of applicants for each job) we have a very simple system. A well presented C.V. we look at further. One that isn’t doesn’t even make it in front of the recruiter.”
What happens to bad C.V.’s?
“the C.V. was appalling, full of spelling mistakes and badly presented. I am afraid I filed it straight in the rejection pile (the waste paper bin). If someone doesn’t spend the time to present themselves properly (even on paper) they have no chance of succeeding within this organisation.”
HR Assistant at the BBC
Sense of humour
SAVE BOTH DOCUMENTS IN “WORD” FOR FUTURE USE – THE C.V. CAN BE ADDED TO AT ANY TIME TO KEEP IT UP-TO-DATE