5 CV – What does it mean ?The word CV comes from the Latin name Curriculum Vitae Which means “course of life” or Simply “Life Story”
6 Why do You need a CV? It is Not to obtain a job. It is to obtain an Interview.CV is an advertisement of your abilities.Agencies take a lot of time and effort to produce a 30 second message to sell a product.What time and effort should you pay to prepare a two page CV that SELLS YOU
7 Why do You need a CV? Need more challenge for your CV. REMEMBER Employer scans your CV for the first time in less than 10 seconds.
8 Things that you should Avoid: 1- ABBREVIATIONS:AFPCA , GHWIHT , MRSRM , ZESN , TWTNToo Many abbreviations make your CV unreadable, Avoid it unless it is commonly recognized .Remember The Rule:KISS :Keep It Simple & Smart
9 Things that you should Avoid: 2- NEGATIVE WORDS:Boring , Fired , Hate, Conflict, Blocked ..etc Catch recruiter Eye.Remember The Rule:If you have some difficulties , Keep them to the interview, but you have to prepare yourself.
10 Things that you should Avoid: 3- COLORS:It is not a show, Don’t use colors to make your CV attractiveRemember The Rule:Attractiveness is a matter of content,“Colors” in the CV is like a full make up lady in a FUNERAL
11 Things that you should Avoid: 4- SPELLING, GRAMMER & PUNCTUATIONMISTAKES:Spelling mistakes is the poison to your CV.Write your CV , read it , re-read it and re-read it and re-read it and re-read it ………..Remember The Rule:Spelling mistake is a sign of Careless person, if you want to be at that position , Do IT!Use a spell check or consult a professional writer.
12 Things that you should Avoid: 5- UNNECESSARY INFORMATION:Gender , Religion and detailed Martial status as examples of unnecessary information in your CV.Remember The Rule:Employer doesn’t care that much about what your children are doing.Moreover, it is not your Autobiography.
13 Things that you should Avoid: 6- WORD ARTS, Clip Arts, logos & Graphics:Remember The Rule:“Colors” in the CV is like a full make up lady in a FUNERAL
14 Things that you should Avoid: 7- Using a very Big or very small font size & the unusual fonts:Fonts to be used (English):ArialVerdanaTime New RomanTahomaFonts to be used (Arabic):Arabic TransparentSimplified ArabicFonts Size to be used:
15 Things that you should Avoid: Don’t write CV at the top.Don’t put picture unless it is requested.Don’t put any attachment unless it is requested.Don’t use poor quality paper and printer.Don’t use Capital letters in writing the whole CV.
16 4 Resume Essentials More resumes…….. More chances. You finally updated your resume, but you shouldn't stop there.If you're going to apply to a variety of jobs, make sure you have a resume tailored for each.
17 Common resume problems: Too long / too short.Hard to read.Non a professional.Lacking a career objective.
18 How to construct your resume? Identification & contact Information.Objective.Position you’re seeking.Type of organization.Field.Educational background.Work experience.Skills & trainings.Personal data.References.
19 Identification Data & objective: Top Right/Middle of first page.Name is the title (no other titles).Addresses; phone numbers; and/or fax addresses;Objective:Write what you want to work in as:Required Position.The field of interest.The kind of the company.
20 Education:Usually means post-secondary and can include special seminars, college and university.If you are just starting college, you can include high school as well.
21 Experience:Includes full-time paid jobs, part time jobs, trainings or volunteer work.List the month/years you worked, position, name and location of employer or place, and responsibilities you had..Use chronological format to emphasize most recentList the most important responsibilities or successes first.List your Achievements in each job
22 Skills:List:Computer and Software.Languages (indicating the grade of fluency).Technical skills.Communication or Leadership among others (soft skills).Match your skills and experience with an employer’s needs.
23 Activities and Hobbies: In university or outside: Conferences, Clubs, charity.Sports.Hobbies:e.g. Reading, Music, … etc.
24 Personal Data And References: Date of Birth.Marital Status.Nationality.Driving License.References:You need not put these on your resume, instead, you can prepare a separate list of references.Usually, you give this list to prospective employers after your interview.