The purpose of a CV. What to include on a CV. Person specifications and how to tailor a CV to a job. How to make a CV clear and easy to read. What to include in a covering letter.
Curriculum Vitae (Latin: the course of ones life) An outline of a persons educational and professional history What is the purpose of a CV? To inform the employer about your education, work experience, skills and interests To sell these qualities and to persuade the employer to invite you to interview
When an employer asks for a CV. When an employer states apply to… without specifying the format. When making speculative applications.
On average how long does a recruiter spend looking at a CV? a. 0-30 seconds b. 30 seconds – 1 minute c. 1-2 minutes
You will be given two CVs and you will have 20 seconds to look at each one and decide which one you would invite to an interview for a Social Work role.
Personal details Personal profile (optional) Education from GCSE level –institutions, qualifications & dates (most recent first) Relevant work experience Work history Other information References
Name (as a heading rather than CV) Address Telephone number Email address Make sure this is a professional email address, not email@example.com
Start with the most recent Dont forget your current study Mention relevant modules You might like to mention top marks You dont have to put your grades on if you werent happy with them Include the years of study Primary school not needed
Education and Qualifications 2011 – PresentUniversity of Kent BA (Hons) Social Work (Predicted 2:1) Modules include: Social Work Theories, Methods and Practice, Social Work Practice in a Multi-agency Context. Highlights include: Winner of the Social Work Placement Award Achieved 75% on child protection project. 2009 – 2011Maidstone Grammar School A-levels: History (A), Art (B), Information Technology (C) 2005 – 2009Wrotham School GCSEs: 8 GCSEs grade A-C including English and Mathematics
Dates, name of company, position, location. Dont just list your duties – sell your skills and provide evidence. Which skills are relevant to the position/organisation you are applying to? Sales AssistantMuseum of Kent Life, Maidstone April 2010 – June 2011 Delivered excellent customer service as demonstrated by my mystery shop result of 91% and by receiving Sales Assistant of the Month award three times. Achieved a sales result of 5% above my target illustrating my advanced selling skills, as well as my determination to succeed.
What examples can you give from your work experience? If you have no paid work experience, give examples from voluntary work or from your course
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Choose interests and activities which can demonstrate skills relevant to the job such as: Communication Team work Organising Commitment Your intellectual abilities
Ideally, one academic and previous/current employer. Ask permission from your referee and let them know what position(s) youve applied for. Use relevant references if possible. You can say references available on request rather than including contact details if you wish.
It is not one size fits all, you need to tailor your CV to each position you apply for. Research the organisation. Do they have a mission statement or core values? What will they be looking for in you? Check the job description/person specification.
What is a person specification? See example on handout.
Write down some evidence showing that you have the ability to work as a member of a multi-agency team, as you would do on a CV. 5 minutes
The first visual impression of your CV is important. For standard CVs, use plain white A4 paper. Do not double side (?) Keep your CV to two sides of paper. Check your spelling. Use bullet points and bold font but in moderation.
Formatting – make sure its consistent. Size 11-12 font (depending on font style). Clear font e.g. Arial, Calibri. 2:1, not Two One or 2,1. Use short, concise sentences.
Slides are on: www.kent.ac.uk/careers/slides.htm www.kent.ac.uk/ces www.prospects.ac.uk http://www.careers.lon.ac.uk/files/pdf/How_t o_Write_a_CV_leaflet2010.pdf http://www.careers.lon.ac.uk/files/pdf/How_t o_Write_a_CV_leaflet2010.pdf http://www.seo-london.com/get- started/making-a-strong-application http://www.seo-london.com/get- started/making-a-strong-application http://www.gradskent.com/graduates/applica tion_advice/61/ http://www.gradskent.com/graduates/applica tion_advice/61/
Never send a naked CV! 1 side of A4 – similar to a UCAS personal statement Opening paragraph – motivation for the job Followed by skills and experience developed through study, work experience and paid work Matching up with job description http://www.prospects.ac.uk/covering_letters.htm http://www.wikijob.co.uk/wiki/how-write-cover-letter http://www.wikijob.co.uk/wiki/example-cover-letter
My hobbits include - instead of 'hobbies.' I have good writen skills. i am a prefectionist and rarely if if ever forget details. I hope to hear from you shorty. In my spare time I enjoy hiding my horse. Restaurant skills: Severing customers