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The Road ahead. Author: Ram Kallapiran, VP, ELC. Survey Findings on CVs. 86% of Interviewers think that cvs are not wholly truthful So be honest and truthful to gain an edge. . Survey Findings on CVs. They think 35% of cvs are factually correct.

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the road ahead

The Road ahead....

Author: Ram Kallapiran, VP, ELC

survey findings on cvs

Survey Findings on CVs

86% of Interviewers think that cvs are not wholly truthful

So be honest and truthful to gain an edge.

survey findings on cvs1

Survey Findings on CVs

They think 35% of cvs are factually correct.

66% check professional qualifications.

56% check academic qualifications.

structure of cv is key

Structure of CV is key

Highlight points for quick read

For senior positions 2 or 3 sheets

Put your strengths first and personal details last.

Less is more.

get the spacing right

Get the spacing right

Use a lot of white space

Use the first paragraphs to highlight your strengths / profile / achievements etc.

use the right words

Use the right words

Minimum words maximum impact.

Use power words such as achieved, powered, motivated, triggered, led, drove etc.

Beware of over-usage.

include all vital details

Include all vital details

Show your experiences. Show evidences

Show leadership, responsibility, analytical and communication skills from life experiences.

read role definitions

Read role definitions

Do your research.

Adapt your cv to show your experiences on what has been stated in the role definition.

Think of career advancement as well.

leads follow up

Leads & follow-up

Call before sending cv.

Call after sending cv.

Go with the flow.

samples

Samples

Lots available online.

As a minimum : Profile, Experience summary, achievements, qualifications, Projects / roles undertaken.

cover letters

Cover letters

Vital in UK.

If you know the name, include in the address.

Keep it brief.

Provide important introduction – make it interesting.

pitch yourself

Pitch yourself

Always think USP.

Write points that separate you from the crowd and takes you closer to person spec.

certifications

Certifications

Industry certifications are useful to beat the race.

interviews

Interviews

Generally for starters: if you apply for 100 jobs, you can expect 10 replies and 1-3 interviews.

know the job before hand

Know the job before hand

Do your homework on the company, role etc. and have details on hand. Shows keenness and commitment.

prepare answers

Prepare answers

There are common questions like ‘Tell me about you’, ‘your strengths’, ‘your projects’, ‘why are joining this job / leaving previous job’ etc.

think subtle points

Think subtle points

Both IQ and Emotional intelligence are important.

Stay calm, plan your trip ahead.

presentation is key

Presentation is key

Present yourself smartly.

Be Punctual.

Show manners

Show confidence

Show alertness

prepare for tricky questions

Prepare for tricky questions

Why are you leaving previous job?, what are your weaknesses?

don t act too smart

Don t act too smart

Don t try to dominate the interviewer or show off aggressively to the panel – if you don t want to be shown the door!

don t negotiate first up

Don t negotiate first up

Shows you aim only for money and nothing else. Take time and let the interviewer start the topic.

think like the interviewer

Think like the interviewer

Why should they employ you? What can the company gain from you?

Speak words that don t sound as arrogance.

give more

Give more

Seek clarification if you are unsure.

Ask questions about the company if they show interest.

Enjoy the interview and show so.

If the interviewer wants to throw some weight around - go with the flow, if you can.

body language

Body Language

Practice.

Sit upright.

Show energy.

Have eye contact and of course, a winning smile!

last question

Last question

Can you please let know of any reservation, if any, in selecting me for this position?

Prepare 3or 4 other questions also.

have perspective

Have Perspective

How many jobs are around?

How many people are applying?

How tough is the competition?

don t give up

Don t give up

Perseverance is key.

Keep all options open.

Be very logical and not emotional during this phase.

learn from experience

Learn from Experience

Even if you fail in an interview, the knowledge from the experience is enormous. Take note.

Write down any feedback / comments / answers from interviewers in your log book.

follow up call

Follow-up call

It might be useful to send an email or make a call after the interview. Shows interest. But be careful of not being a pest.

masters

Masters

Explore MBA forums, Masters forums.

Look at the university of Greenwich.

Look at UCAS or other such bodies.

Be specific about the specialisation too.

Look at school ranking within University rankings

attitude

Attitude

BE POSITIVE

references

References

Business balls.com, 2011, cv writing tips and templates, <online> http://www.businessballs.com/curriculum.htm