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Writing a CV ( Curriculum Vitae ). Nada Vukadinović. What is a CV?. selling tool outlines your skills and experience opportunity to present yourself in the best possible light. How to present myself?. Highlight your experience Show personal attributes and achievements

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what is a cv
What is a CV?
  • selling tool
  • outlines your skills and experience
  • opportunity to present yourself in the best possible light
how to present myself
How to present myself?
  • Highlight your experience
  • Show personal attributes and achievements
  • Show your education and related training
  • Make yourself attractive, interesting, worth considering
  • Make the CV short & easy to read
  • ! do not oversell yourself
which elements are approprite for a cv
Which elements are approprite for a CV?
  • work history
  • DOB
  • education
  • skills
  • references
  • a photo
  • political affiliation
  • your existing salary
  • number of children
  • negative experience
  • hobbies & interests
  • weight, height, health
  • list of publications
types of cv
Types of CV
  • Chronological

Information included under general headings: education, work experience, etc., with the most recent events first.

  • Skills based

Skills necessary for the job are highlighted.

how to start
How to start?

EVALUATE YOUR SKILLS

  •  What do I have to offer? - what am I selling?
    • List down: technical knowledge, menagerial skills, IT, languages, etc...
    • personal strengths & interests

Example:

Bad: Sold books to clients located in Slovenia

Good: Increased sales by 17%

sequence of headings
Sequence of headings
  • Objective
  • Personal information
  • Work experience
  • Education
  • Personal characteristics
  • Interests
objective profile
Objective (Profile)

Phrase a realistic objective or leave blank:

  • Examples:
  • "An executive creative position where extensive marketing, writing, management, design, and technical skills are required, preferably within Database Management“.
  • “Desire a position in the office management, secretarial or clerical area. Prefer a position requiring responisbility and a variety of tasks”.
personal information
Personal information
  • your age
  • nationality
  • Address
  • Tel. No.
  • E-mail
not to include
Not to include
  • Age
  • Ethnic identity
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious preference
  • Hobbies
  • Marital status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Place of birth
  • Photographs
  • Height, weight, health

There are exceptions to some of these items !

education
Education
  • listed with the most recent first, including results
  • professional development courses, again listed with the most recent first
example
Example:

Education:

MEd University of Manchester 2002

BA University of Ljubljana 1973

Training courses:

On-line course

management The E-Consultants 2004

Teaching ESP Universtiy of Essex 1997

Report Writing The British Council 1995

work epxerience
Work epxerience:
  • Reverse chronological order!
  • Include relevant experience and results
  • Grants (honors) awarded
work experience example
Work Experience -example:
  • 1989 – to date Quality Assurance Technician
  • Created computer applications with the help of a programmer to monitor the factory environment.
  • Analysed the quality assurance system and made recommendations for improvements. These were incorporated into the current quality assurance system.
  • Examined equipment in the factory to check that it met the company standards.
  • Investigated new equipment installed in the factory to make sure that it would comply with quality assurance procedures
words describing responsibilities
Words describing responsibilities:
  • Responsible for ...:

Planning, implementing, reviewing, negotiating, managing, coordinating, evaluating, directing, facilitating, inspecting, training, producing, providing, informing, executing, developing....

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Skills

  • Languages (fluency)
  • Specific skills (techniques and equipment, computer programs, technology and other technical skills)
words describing personal abilities
Words describing personal abilities:
  • Creative, efficient, proficient, systematic, hard worker, prefer to act, well versed in..., willing to take initiative, like to work in one place, enjoy challenging experience, persistance to work underpressure, first-hand knowledge of..., having a desire to learn
interests activities
Interests & Activities
  • Optional
  • Outside responsibilities and interests
useful web pages
Useful web pages:
  • http://www.alec.co.uk/index.htm
  • http://www.handsoncv.co.uk/
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