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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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C v s mrs harrall head of higher education and careers may 2014

M5

“C.V.’s”

Mrs Harrall

Head of Higher Education and Careers

May 2014


What is a c v

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.

  • It is used when applying for: jobs, internships, training courses, voluntary work, work experience placements.


C v s mrs harrall head of higher education and careers may 2014

What makes a good C.V.?

Good Presentation

Word processed, clear font, well laid out

Relevant content

Information must be tailored to the position for

which you are applying

Appropriate length

Never more than two pages of A4


Information to include on your c v

Information to include on your C.V.

  • Name, address, contact telephone number and email address

  • Details of your education – no need to go back beyond arriving at Sherborne Girls

  • Qualifications and grades – provide details of both exams already taken and those to be taken in the future

  • Additional qualifications (music, IT, sports)

  • Hobbies and Interests/Personal Strengths and Achievements

  • How you meet their selection criteria

  • Names and address of two referees (not family)


Top ten skills that employers want examples of

Top Ten Skills that Employers Want Examples of:

Verbal Communication

Teamwork

Commercial Awareness

Analysing & Investigating

Flexibility

Enthusiasm

Problem Solving

Written Communication

Planning & Organising

Drive

Initiative/Self-Motivation

Time Management

Work Experience

Numeracy


Other important skills

Other Important Skills

Global Skills (other languages and cultures)

Leadership

Numeracy

IT Skills

Negotiating & Persuading (ability to influence & convince others)

Self-Awareness (abilities, values &what you want out of life)

Integrity

Independence

Decision-Making

Creativity (new ideas & solutions)


C v s mrs harrall head of higher education and careers may 2014

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)


C v s mrs harrall head of higher education and careers may 2014

What happens to bad C.V.’s?

“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.”

Marketing Recruiter


C v s mrs harrall head of higher education and careers may 2014

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


Positive words to describe yourself

Positive words to describe yourself

Able

Creative

Dependable

Energetic

Experience

Flexible

Hardworking

Honest

Imaginative

Innovative

Motivated

Organised

Reliable

Sense of humour


Positive words to describe your achievements

Positive words to describe your achievements

Achieved

Competed

Delivered

Directed

Helped

Identified

Managed

On time

Participated

Savings

Supervised

Under budget

Won

Organised\Set up


Action words for your cv

Action Words for your CV

Planned

Developed

Achieved

Evaluated

Managed

Presented

Represented

Organised

Solved

Discovered

Created

Designed

Supervised

Responsible for

Co-ordinated

Sold

Completed

Competed for


This lesson s task

This lesson’s task

  • Create your own C.V. using the template shown on the next page. This is merely an example so feel free to use different fonts and layouts.

  • Create your own Covering Letter using the sample shown on the final page – this is the correct layout for a letter so you should not change this. Feel free to change the content of the letter – the paragraphs shown are merely to give you ideas of what to write.

    SAVE BOTH DOCUMENTS IN “WORD” FOR FUTURE USE – THE C.V. CAN BE ADDED TO AT ANY TIME TO KEEP IT UP-TO-DATE


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