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Effective CVs and Interviews. Dr. Lorna Dargan Careers Adviser for FMS. Outline. Highlight the principles of an effective CV and interview Briefly examine what makes an effective covering letter Peer feedback. A CV should.

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effective cvs and interviews

Effective CVs and Interviews

Dr. Lorna Dargan

Careers Adviser for FMS

outline
Outline
  • Highlight the principles of an effective CV and interview
  • Briefly examine what makes an effective covering letter
  • Peer feedback.
a cv should
A CV should...
  • ...persuade the selector that you are worth interviewing by providing
  • evidence that you have the knowledge, skills and ability to do the work (CAN)
  • evidence that you are sufficiently motivated to do the work (WANT)
  • evidence that you will fit the culture and lifestyle demands of the work environment (FIT)
what do you need to research
What do you need to research?
  • Industry
  • post
  • product/service
  • department
  • organisation
  • sector
  • competitors
  • Academia
  • post
  • field
  • department
  • faculty
  • university
  • sector
where can you look
Where can you look?
  • Job description
  • Company web page
  • Staff web pages
  • Prospects
  • Trade press
  • Networks
  • Make use of the informal call!
what can you offer
What can you offer?
  • Academic experience e.g. knowledge, technical skills
  • Research skills and experience e.g. methods
  • Teaching skills and experience
  • Research outputs and success e.g. Publications; conferences; grants; patents.
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Attention to Detail

Intellectual rigour

Data handling and analysis

Experimental design

Report writing

Research involves

Numeracy

Performing experiments

Working with others

Project Management

Problem Solving

Analytical skills

Literature reviews

Communication

Information retrieval

Technical competence

what do you include
Core information …..

personal details

education

work experience

interests

skills and achievements

referees

Headings might include…

research profile

publications, conferences

technical skills

research/industry experience

teaching experience

research abstract

professional memberships

What do you include?
outside academic research
Outside academic research
  • emphasis on relevant skills and knowledge including projects and resources managed
  • personal and skills profile may be helpful
  • include achievements outside research context
  • describe level of competence and performance
  • include additional responsibilities and professional development activities including
  • professional memberships and interests.
what can you use as evidence
What can you use as evidence?
  • Academic background: relevant modules, research training, academic success, scholarships, awards and prizes
  • Research experience: practical work, laboratory or field, research assignments and projects, research skills
  • Research success: publications, conferences, funding, training (research training programme)
  • Work experience: industry placement, teaching, casual, voluntary, commercial, military service
  • Interests & achievements: committees and societies, positions of responsibility, professional memberships.
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A CV with impact?

CURRICULUM VITAE

Name: Sadie Smith

Email: fluffybunnysmith@hotmail.com

Date of Birth: 1 September 1988

Age: 20

Place of Birth: Sheffield

Nationality: British

Marital Status: Single

Sex: Female

Permanent Address: Furnace House

Leconfield STreet

Cleator Moor

Cumbria CA25 5BX

Telephone: (01946) 681 124

Term Address: 10 Sidney Grove

Fenham

Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 1AB

Mobile: 07780 7890123

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A CV with impact

Sadie Smith

10 Sidney Grove

Fenham

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE4 1AB

Tel. 07780 7890123

sadie.smith@ncl.ac.uk

basic principles
Basic principles

1) Relevance:

research the yourself, sector, employer and job description.

2) Order:

put the most important information first and give it the most space.

3) Format:

make it easy to read, normally use 2 sides A4

4) Attention to detail:

check spelling and grammar, beware of cut and paste!

5) An effective covering letter.

common mistakes
Common Mistakes….

Spelling errors

Too much, too little information

Irrelevant details (including age)

No personality

Poor presentation

Dull vocabulary

Too general.

covering letters
Covering letters
  • Need to highlight key selling points and add value
  • opening paragraph - outline the purpose of the letter: who you are, what specific job you are applying for, and where you saw the job advertised
  • why you want the job - demonstrate your interest with enthusiasm
  • what you have to offer - refer to your CV or application form and highlight the main evidence that your skills and experience match the job requirements.
  • why you are interested in this employer/job - demonstrate you have done your homework on them
  • closing paragraph - a polite and positive ending, stating when you would be available for interview.
cvs final points
CVs - final points
  • Start with a clear understanding of what the selector is looking for
  • Ensure your CV is targeted and relevant
  • Use the best examples you’ve got
  • Review – ask yourself “so what?”
  • Ask others for feedback - first impressions.
the selectors want to know
The selectors want to know:
  • That you CAN DO the job (Skills)
  • That you WANT the job (Motivation)
  • That you FIT the organisation (Values)
types of interview questions
Types of interview questions

competence-based

strength-based

motivation-based

  • commercial-based
  • technical-based
  • careers service website
interview exercise
Interview exercise
  • Break into groups of 4: an interviewer; an interviewee; and two observers.
  • Each interviewee will be asked 2 questions from the list with constructive feedback.
a few practical tips
A few practical tips
  • First impressions
  • 55% on body language
  • 38% on tone of voice
  • 7% on what you say
  • Talk and listen/watch
  • 50/50 ratio, maximum 2 minutes at a time
  • Never be afraid of a pause
general advice
General advice
  • Think about why the question has been asked
  • Ask for clarification if necessary
  • Answer the question with relevant and specific evidence of your achievements
  • Keep to the point
  • Focus on positive examples and comments.
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