How to write a great CV. The basics. Apply in writing = CV and covering letter CV = facts and figures; covering letter = “your advert” CVs need to be tailored for each job/sector CV should make the employer want to interview you…. THINK TARGETED Know what the employer is looking for
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Know what the employer is looking for
Understand the requirements of the job
Be clear about the qualities the employer is looking for
THINK SELF PROMOTION
Be clear about what you have to offer
Map out your key skills, qualities experience and achievements
With the person next to you, take a quick look at Suzie’s CV
AnalysedAvoid passive - Use action verbs wherever possible…
“I loathe filling in applications so much that I’ll give you details at the interview”
“In my spare time I enjoy hiding my horse”
“I have excellent memory skills, good analytical skills, excellent memory skills”
“I am a conscious individual”
“Here are my qualifications for you to overlook”
“I am someone who knows my own destiny, but I have no definite long term plans”
Useful if you have had a lot of work experience
Useful if changing direction to emphasise transferable skills
Can make work of recruiter easier
Requires more preparation to do it well
Can look unfocussed if you haven’t done your research properly
Career aim/personal profile doesn’t appeal to all employersSkills based CV
-Action verbs….led, achieved, resolved
-See back of CV handout
-How much did you raise?
-How many people attended?
-What marks did you get?
Well printed & typed
To the point
Good spelling and grammar
Provide evidence of achievements in previous positions
TailoredIn summary, successful CVs:
I saw your advert in the Manchester Evening News for a Marketing Assistant. I enclose my CV.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I want a job in this your Firm: £40k. I am extremely extremely clever - true IQ rating 123 supervised IQ test. I am clinically cool under the worst, diabolical psychological pressure, cognitive, tensile, gritty tension imaginable. Over-sensitive, considerate to others under worst psychological and cognitive pressure imaginable; want unlimited ‘Big Time’ responsibility from Day 1 in Deloitte; scrupulously honest; scrupulously fair; very very quick thinking and very very accurate under pressure; forthright; therefore would make Group Senior Partner a ‘good mate’; besides which also brave (6ft 2in, 17 stone). Proof of ability, recently, yesterday obtained Distinction Institute of Linguistics French General Certificate exam and will also pass Level 3 Japan Foundation Proficiency Test next week SOAS.
Also brilliant Linguist, Linguist, Logician Big Time! Also 3 weeks ago standing in bookshop Hemel Hempstead town centre reading A Level Study Aids Maths Book and understood theory of Permutations and Combinations in 26 minutes (and I’m honest) and answered entire ‘A’ question exactly right in 27minutes (without ‘Big Time’) looking at worked examples and without a calculator. I only Grade D at ‘A’ Level Maths, because I’m a bit sensitive or rather a bit over sensitive and I was thrown out at the time ‘Big Time’. If you want proof: if you pay for it I’ll resit ‘A’ level Maths and I guarantee from Wednesday August 13 1997 I’ll get a Grade A in it, Leeds. Therefore I am a proven brilliant Mathematician and very numerate - I’ll pass ‘ACA’ easily ‘Big Time’, ‘Big Time’, ‘Big Time’, - just give me a chance, try me please. Brave, so all this together would make Senior Partner Deloitte Leeds a brilliant definite; committed, enthusiastic; energetic; vibrant; forthright; vigorous; motivated; clever; helpful;positive; efficient; desirable; athletic;’ mate’.
Yours faithfullyHow not to do it…
30th Oct MIDDAY – first version of CV submitted for comments, submit on paper or by email
18th Dec 2008 – deadline for final submission