CV & Interview Preparation. CV & Interview Preparation. The purpose of this presentation is to; Gain an understanding into job hunting in this competitive environment.
The purpose of this presentation is to;
Gain an understanding into job hunting in this competitive environment.
Gain useful and practical advice on how job seekers can market themselves successfully as the ideal candidate to potential employers.
Upon completion of the presentation;
Know how to make an immediate impact with your CV
Know key format and content for your CV and Cover Letter
Know how to prepare for interview
Uncover essential interview tips and techniques
Todays Job Market
Unique Selling Point
Job Searching Methods
Jobsearch & Job Seekers
Know Job Seeking Process;
Job Application to Job Offer Stage
Advert CV & Letter, Application Form, Online, Telephone Interview, Aptitude or Dexterity Test, 1st Interview, 2nd Interview, Medical, Garda Clearance, Job Offer.
(Can take minimum 2 – 10 weeks)
Job Function & Tasks; Transferable Skills.
Be able to speak about your duties in a past job. Be specific.
Use Networking Opportunities
How People Find Jobs…
(From HSE WNO 2010)
(In order of preference in job seeking)
Inside the Company
(In order of preference in recruitment)
Look inside Company
CVCV & InterviewPreparation
Job Seeking Process
Generate interest in you and your skills, which will lead to interview, allowing opportunity to sell yourself.
Passport to a Job.
Record of all Education, Work History, Skills.
Most Important Document a Job Seeker can produce.
CV Should be;
Personal; Marketing Tool, Sells your skills/abilities to future employers.
Comprehensive; Present Full Potential, have solid examples to back up each item listed.
Concise; Have a good balance of information, may need a few drafts. Opportunity to expand further at interview.
Attractive; Must appeal to the reader, identify unique selling points and include them in profile
Essential; Name, Contact Phone Numbers, Email Contact.
Optional: Address, DOB.
Highlight History e.g. Over 3 year experience in Retail Sales.
Transferable Skills e.g. Good Organisational, Numeracy and I.T. Skills.
Personal Qualities e.g. Reliable, Hardworking, Friendly Individual.
Dates, College Name, Course Title/Qualification (Level)
List Subjects from Course.
Work History/Employment History
Dates, Employer Name, Job Title; Function/Tasks of Job.
CV Content contd./
e.g. Holder of Driving License/Safe Pass Card.
e.g. Volunteer Youth Assistant
Assisted with Summer Camp Activities for kids aged 10-14yrs.
Show a balance of group and individual activities.
Name, Title, Company Name, Phone, Email Contact.
Signed & Date
Shows ownership of CV & CV is up to date.
Types of CV
Functional CV; Focuses on Skills
Combination CV; Skills and Jobs
Chronological CV; Job History in
CV Layout Presentation
KISS (Keep it Short & Simple) 2 Pages.
Use Action Words
Use Phrases not sentences
Make it easy for interviewer to Find you.
Minimise Personal data
Keep it Clear and Clean
Design C.V so that it is easy on the eye.
Check Spelling and Typing.
Writing from Present to Past.
Tell the Truth.
Keep your C.V Up to Date.
Put your name on Every Page.
Provides opportunity to highlight how your specific skills match job requirements.
Make it Perfect
Use a Business Correspondence Format
Write to a specific person
Writing Cover Letters
Use a grabber first sentence.
Why you are attracted to position.
Highlight experience, skills relevant to job.
Include information about training, personal traits.
State your next step.
Thank person for time/consideration.
A great lover of languages, I speak intermediate German, high-level Russian, and fluent Spinach.
My duties included greeting laundrette customers, removing their clothes, and washing them.
I have never been backwards when it comes to coming forwards.
This document outlines my experience, skills, and qualifications, which I trust you will carefully overlook.
“Career break in 1999 to renovate my horse”
"Education: Curses in liberal arts, curses in computer science, curses in accounting."
"Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store."
“I am anxious to use my exiting skills.”
Business meeting with both parties having an agenda.
Two-way conversation when both parties are evaluating each other.
Suitability for JobPersonality
Information from CV
Character Opinion Responsible
Believe in yourself & shine
Do your homework
Make a good first impression
The Interview is a 2 way process
Types of Interview
One to One Interview
The Acquiring Information Stage
Supplying of Information Stage
Types of Interview Format
Competency Based Interview
(Probing for information to understand candidate)
(Takes lead from CV/Application Form)
Case Study Interview
(Present case study, what action to take,/work out solution)
(Questions about technical work; final year projects/research etc)
What types of questions are asked at interviews?
Tell me about yourself ? Why do you want this job?
Why you left your last job? What is your understanding…?
Qualifications Situation – Scenario
Previous Experience Why should we hire you?
Skills / Strengths Weaknesses
Hobbies / Interests Future plans
References Do you have any questions?
All emphasis your Skills (Personal, Practical)
Knowledge, Experience & Personal Traits
Think Like an Employer
What Skills are Required?
What interview Questions to Ask?