CV WRITING The Student Guide What is a

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CV WRITING The Student Guide…

CV WRITING The Student Guide…

What is a CV? Curriculum Vitae Course of Life

What is a CV? Curriculum Vitae Course of Life

It is not ‘one size fits all’, you need to tailor your CV to

It is not ‘one size fits all’, you need to tailor your CV to each position you apply for. � Research the company. � Do they have a mission statement or core values? � What will they be looking for in you? � Who works there at the moment? � What are they passionate about? �

When to use a CV… Two main reasons for using a CV � Applying

When to use a CV… Two main reasons for using a CV � Applying for advertised job vacancies, where the advert specifies "Send a CV. . . " � Applying ‘speculatively’ to potential employers i. e. when no vacancy has been advertised.

Important things to think about… Yourself � Skills � Knowledge � Experience � Attributes

Important things to think about… Yourself � Skills � Knowledge � Experience � Attributes The Job � Requirements � Position � Company

What skills are in demand? Communication � I. T. Awareness � Time & Personal

What skills are in demand? Communication � I. T. Awareness � Time & Personal Management � Team Work � Supervising � Flexibility � Commercial Awareness � Financial Awareness � Organising/ Co-ordinating � Initiative � Problem Solving � Promoting / Influencing �

� � � • Skills based Focus on the work related skills, interpersonal, key

� � � • Skills based Focus on the work related skills, interpersonal, key transferable, practical SKILLS Attention to detail – as a veterinary nurse, I make sure I checked the record chart for the animal in my care before giving any medication, to double check the dose and to make sure I was giving the correct medication to the correct animal • Computer skills – I am a competent user of Microsoft Office, which I proved throughout my time as a Retail Assistant at Pets at Home, where I was often required to produce reports on our sales • Customer service – in all of my roles, customer service has been of key importance. I have experience of dealing with difficult customers, and try to ensure that every customer is satisfied with the service they have received.

So what information goes on a CV? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

So what information goes on a CV? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Personal Details Career Aims or personal profile Educations and qualifications Employment/work experience Work based skills and achievements Interests and leisure activities Referees

Your CV… What skills do YOU have? � Write down as many skills as

Your CV… What skills do YOU have? � Write down as many skills as you can and how/why you gained them. � Feel free to chat with your friends about what you came up with…. . they may recognise that they have those skills too!!! �

Hints and Tips… 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Check your email address – ilovemcflysomuchiwanttomarrythem@hotmail.

Hints and Tips… 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Check your email address – [email protected] com Check spelling and grammar! – 70% of CV’s are rejected due to spelling mistakes! Make sure you have the correct telephone number! Don’t lie. Tailor your CV to suit the job you are applying for.

Hints and Tips - Chronological Order � Chronological � In date order (starting with

Hints and Tips - Chronological Order � Chronological � In date order (starting with the most recent first) e. g. � � � EMPLOYMENT April – December 2013: Venture – Editing Assistant Working with Photoshop, I have learnt various editing styles. I have gained customer service experience and understand the importance of listening to what customers want in order to achieve high sales. February 20010 – March 2013: Topshop – Retail Assistant My interest in fashion enabled me to help customers and to suggest styles that might suit them. I helped to design the layout of the stock in the store, with an aim to increase our revenue by positioning various items in ‘eye-catching’ places.

Hints & Tips - Education � � Education and Qualifications 2011 – Present University

Hints & Tips - Education � � Education and Qualifications 2011 – Present University of Kent BA (Hons) Fine Art Modules include: Contextual Studies, Creative Investigations Project: Communication and Critique � � 2009 – 2011 Maidstone Grammar School A-levels: Media Studies (A), Art (B), Information Technology (C) 2005 – 2009 Wrotham School GCSEs: 8 GCSEs including English and Maths � � �

Hints and Tips

Hints and Tips

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Hints and Tips – action verbs � created instructed analyzed produced � � administered controlled reviewed � � � negotiated designed calculated maintained consolidated delivered founded increased studied invented supplied detected programmed recommended distributed � developed solved prepared installed

TASK Start to produce your CV. � For guidance, there is a template on

TASK Start to produce your CV. � For guidance, there is a template on Moodle �