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CV Instruction

CV Instruction

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04/04/2013

 
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YourCV
Thereareno strictules boutwritingCV andno singleemplatehateveryonehouldollow,buthere s a lotofadvicewe cangiveyouohelpoumakeourCVeffective.ollowhetips n hisuidenduse hesample VsogiveyoudeasoryourownCV.CreatinggoodCV akesimeandeffort, ndtheprocesss never eallyinished.Youneedtokeep evisingourCV andeassessingtscontentn height f howyourexperiencendplansave hanged.nup{o-date VsessentialorApplyinguicklyoobadvertisements:lvlakingpeculativepplicationsoemployersiNetworkingo developxperience,knowledgendcontacts;Handingoemployerst Careersairs;Organisingourxperience,kills ndqualitiesohatyouareeady opresentthem n an aDolicationormor annterview.BecausereparingCV nvolvesounthinkingbout ll he hingsouhave chievedandaregoodt,aswell s he hingsouwantto achieven heuture,t is anmportantartofyourareerlanningrocess.
Presentotion
Presentations crucial.fyourcV is untidy ndbadly rganised,n employerillnotgetas arasconsideringhecontent, o matterowbrillianthat s. Usegood uality4papernda single,modernypeface,uchas ArialorHelvetica.econsistentnyourayout.Forexamplefyourdatesareon heefthand ideinyourEducatio, ection,uthemon heefthand ide nyourEmploymenfection.Aligncolumns arefullynddon'thave oo manydifferent erticaltartingointscrosshepage;twos usually nough.KeepourCVunclutteredyavoidingxllaneousunctualion:forexample,here sno need o usecolonsafteryourheadingsr fullstops t heendofyournameandaddress.Don't ram oo muchonto hepage;here hould eplentyf whitespace rcundhe ext omake t easierof anemployero read.Emboldenextor headings,ratherhan nderlining,sunderliningsa conventionf handwriting.
Accurocy
Double heckllyourpellingndgrammar;youcould uleyourselfutofconsiderationustthrough arelessness.t is veryeasy oreadoveryourownmistakesithout oticinghem,sogetsomeonelse o check oryou.Don'trelyon he spellcheckingacility nyourcomputer.
Language
Usepositive,ctiveanguage.npracticehismeans sing otsofverbs o saywhatyoudoandhavedone.Avoid epetitionnd unnecessaryords.Short.unchy hrasesfollowing n romabulletointreoftenmoreeffectiven a CV hansentencesnparagraphs.Use hevocabularyfhe ndustryouwish oenter,without esortingoargonrabbreviations. on'tistanceourselfrom heaction yusinghrasesuchs'l helpedo...'lwas nvolvedn ..', r maketsounds fyouonly idsomethingecauseomeonelsemadeou,g.Aspartfmydegreehad o...'
TorgetyourCV
YourCVneedso changeepending n hejobyouareapplyingor. Highlightheskillsndexperienceshataremost elevanto theroleyouareseeking. Useall henformationouhaveabout he career,heorganisationnd hevacancyomake ureouhighlighthe rightthings.Use hesameind fvocabularysyouhavecomeacrossnyouresearch.OtherwaysoftargetingourCV are byincluding CareerAifissection ndbycustomisingourheadingsopointout hemostrelevant xperienceo an employer.orexamplefyouareapplyingora marketingpositionndhave otsofworkexperience,nlysomeof whichs n marketing,oucouldhighlightourmarketingxperienceyhaving
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Allocotionf Spoce
Factorshatare most mportanthouldakeupmost pacenyourCVand hould,enerallyspeaking,omenaprominentlace,e nearthe opofyourCVor on he irstpage.As acurrent r utureraduate,ourCV shouldnormallye2pagesong.OnlyresentsingleageCV f specificallysked odo so.Even fyouhavea vast angefqualificationsandexperience,oingontoa thirdor ourthpagedoesnot automaticallyakeourCVbetter.Beingoncise ndselectivesa skill nCVwriting. onsiderhatnemployerouldbe ableo readandassimi'aten oneor twominutes.
Yourcoverinaetter
Heresyouropportunityo showourenthusiasmnd ommitmentnd larifyourmotivation.raw heemployer'sttentionothe highlightsfyourCV,butdon't epeathe facts nt.
CVSomples/Templotes
Lookat a rangef sampleCVs, n his eaflet,nbooks ndon he nternet,nduse he deasyougaino h€lpyoucreateourownCV.Howeveron'tcopy hestructurerphrasingfanyoneCVcompletely;yourVshould eindividualndnobodylse's Vwould eexactlyight oryou.For hesame eason,t isinadvisableo use heCVemplatesousometimesomeacross n he nternet.Thesearc restrictivend t is always bvious hensomeone asusedone. Occasionallytudentsandraduatesonside.ayingCVwritingserviceo comoile CV orhem. This s anunnecessaryxpense,makespdating ifficult,and, n anycase,howcansucha service nowyouwellnough?
CVsnthis leoflet
This eaflet howsouwoversionsfthe sameperson'sV a chronologicalercionndaskillsbased ersion.hese ermsarecommonlysed o describeifferentypesofCV.butyouwill see hat heres nformationaboutkills n the chronologicalersionnd
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chronologicalnformationnhe skills asedversion.Howeverhe emphasissdifferent ndyoumighteed o combinespects f eachtypeofCVnorder o ensureoumarketyourselfn hebestway.Please notethat SayBarker,whose CV isused nthis eaflet, s nota realperson,andmany detailsof organisationsand coursesmentionedn her CV are inaginary.Thesample CVs aimtogive youideasonpossiblestructures,ayoutsand anguageor aneffectiveCV, but do notaim or claim o representact.
LnfOnOlO9lCOl V(Exornple)
.ThisCV s a chronologicalecord f whatSallyhasdone.Reverse hronologyiemost ecentxperienceistedirst)focuseshe reader n hemost ecentthingouhaveone, hichsnormallythe mostelevant.It s commonndeffectiveo useyournameas he itle, atherhan hewordsCurriculumitae.Makeourselfs easy ocontact spossibley ncludingostal,honendemailcontactetails. sea suitablybusiness-likemaillias nyourCVandconsiderhe mplicationsfncludingmobilehoneumber.\,4anyeoplespeak erycasually n mobilesndakecalls n circumstanceshatwouldmake thardo soundrofessional,g.ona bus,Inapub.TheCV sa aboutheightength. voidfinishing alfirayown he secondage.A Car"eerAlms used oshow hat hecurrent pplicationits ntoSally'sareerplans,nd ndeedhatshehas a careerplan.t signpostseracademicevelandexperienceerybrieflyndshouldengagehe nterestf an employerndmakehimor herwant o readherest. ACareer im s moreeffectivehan hemuch essspecific ersonal rofilehatpeopleometimesnclude. hewholeVisapersonalrollle:listofyour ualities(ha.dorking,eterminedtc.)tendsobe waffly ndsay ittle.Anyone ouldsay heywere riendly,r at eastnobodywoulday heywereunfriendly!nstead,2
 
letyourpersonalualitiesomeacrossthroughheevidencefyourskillsougiven he restofyourCV..NoticehatSally's egreeakesupalotmore pace hanherpreviousqualifications.ouneed ogivesomedetail boutourdegree.Don't ssumethat he itleofyourdegreewillautomaticallyellanemployerhatouknow,whatyoucando or whereourinterestsie. Highlightomef hemoduleshataremost elevanto heapplicationouaremaking,ut imithisbetween and6 modules.An employerwouldbe mostunlikelyo reada fullyearbyyearist fallyourmodules..At thisstaget is unnecessaryo istallyourGCSES,ustayhowmanyouhaveatgrades-C andndicatef thisincludesnglishndmaths.Donotdrawattentionosubjects ndcoursesouhaveailed.Neverieaboutourgrades..fhe Employmentectionescribesheskills ndqualitiesallyevelopednddemonstratedn herjobs,atherhanbeing istof duties.Rememberhatmany killsr€ ransferableo differentjobs,onever ismissnyobasirrelevantoyo.rrur.entpplication.Common lternativeitles or hissectionarcWo* Expeience,ul his sreminiscentf the woweeksouspentwithan employerhileyouwereatschool,ot EmploymentHistory/WotkHistory,utasyouarewantingo showhow hisexperienceinks oyouruture tis bettero avoid hewordhistory..Bulletointsaket easy oread, ndmake tpossibleo usemorepithy,straighto hepointphrases.Aim ohaveanactive ndpositiveordstraightfterthe bulletoint;verb n thepastenseworkswell,eg completed,chieved,developed-.Your rterests ectionanhelp heemployereewhatyouarcikeas aperson,utt is alsoan opportunityoftenwasted)toemonstratetherkillsandqualitieshataredesirableo anemployer. onsiderheactivitieshatyoucouldncluden hissectionhenanalysethe activityo saywhy t makesoumoreemployable.on'texpect n employeroreadbetweenheines.Say nyourCVwhat kills ndualitieshis ntefestivesyou.YoucanofleneframeournterestsintoSkills ndAchievemerfs hichhelpsto makehemappearmofecareer- related.Giveullcontact etails ftworeferees nyourCVandaywhat heir elationshipoyous,eg.personaltutor,inemanager.Always heck hatheyarewillingo providereferencendkeep hempostedn whatyouarcapplyingor andwhy,sohat heycanmakemeaningfolcomments.t is normally ettertoavoidsayingReferencesvailable n request,as thiscanmake t ookas fyouhavenotgothe agreementf appropriatereferees,mplyinghatyouarenotverywellorganised,r evenhatyouhavesomethingo hide.As a student rnewgraduateouwourd ormally e expectedto havean academicefereerom heUniversitynda refereeroma workperspectrve.
Skills-bosedCV(€xornpte)
ThissSally'skills ased V.Thisapproachmakess easiero combinekills,strengthsndexperienceainedromavariety fsituations.t sparticularlyelpfulifyouhavegainedhe skills elevantoryourchosenobromyourstudy rinterests,atherhanpaidemployment.tcanalsobe usefulformature andidateswhoareseeking career hange,ndwantto emphasiseransferablekillsatherhanexperiencehich,withouthiskindof analysis, ppearso beunrelatedoheobtheyareapplyingor.It canbe easiero structure skillsbasedCV sohat t reflectsheskills emanded ythe employern heobdescription.oucanuseheadingsrom hepersonspecification.hismakesargetingasySally s applyingorapostas anAssistantTourismOfficer ithher ocal ouncil ndhasanalysedheobadvert robdescriptionoidentifyhe main killsfequirednd henused heseas headingsin herskillsprofile.Shehas llustratedachskillwithevidencef howshehasusedanddevelopedt througherstudies,orkandinterests.
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