5 The word CV comes from the Latin name Curriculum Vitae Which means “course of life” or Simply “Life Story” CV – What does it mean ?
6 Why do You need a CV? s It is Not to obtain a job. s It is to obtain an Interview. s 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 s Need more challenge for your CV. REMEMBER s Employer scans your CV for the first time in less than 10 seconds. Why do You need a CV?
8 s 1- ABBREVIATIONS: AFPCA, GHWIHT, MRSRM, ZESN, TWTN Too Many abbreviations make your CV unreadable, Avoid it unless it is commonly recognized. Remember The Rule: KISS : Things that you should Avoid: Keep It Simple & Smart
9 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. Things that you should Avoid:
10 3- COLORS: It is not a show, Don’t use colors to make your CV attractive Remember The Rule: Attractiveness is a matter of content, “Colors” in the CV is like a full make up lady in a FUNERAL Things that you should Avoid:
11 4- SPELLING, GRAMMER & PUNCTUATION MISTAKES: 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. Things that you should Avoid:
12 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. Things that you should Avoid:
13 6- WORD ARTS, Clip Arts, logos & Graphics: Remember The Rule: Things that you should Avoid: “Colors” in the CV is like a full make up lady in a FUNERAL
14 7- Using a very Big or very small font size & the unusual fonts: Things that you should Avoid: Fonts to be used (English): s Arial s Verdana s Time New Roman s Tahoma Fonts to be used (Arabic): s Arabic Transparent s Simplified Arabic Fonts Size to be used: 10 - 12
15 s Don’t write CV at the top. s Don’t put picture unless it is requested. s Don’t put any attachment unless it is requested. s Don’t use poor quality paper and printer. s Don’t use Capital letters in writing the whole CV. Things that you should Avoid:
16 4 Resume Essentials 4. 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 s Identification & contact Information. s Objective. –Position you’re seeking. –Type of organization. –Field. s Educational background. s Work experience. s Skills & trainings. s Personal data. s References. How to construct your resume?
19 Identification Data & objective: s Identification Data: Top Right/Middle of first page. Name is the title (no other titles). Addresses; phone numbers; e-mail and/or fax addresses; s 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: s Includes full-time paid jobs, part time jobs, trainings or volunteer work. s List the month/years you worked, position, name and location of employer or place, and responsibilities you had.. s Use chronological format to emphasize most recent s List the most important responsibilities or successes first. s List your Achievements in each job
22 Skills: s List: Computer and Software. Languages (indicating the grade of fluency). Technical skills. Communication or Leadership among others (soft skills). s Match your skills and experience with an employer’s needs.
23 Activities and Hobbies: s Activities: In university or outside: Conferences, Clubs, charity. Sports. s Hobbies: e.g. Reading, Music, … etc.
24 Personal Data And References: Personal Data: s Date of Birth. s Marital Status. s Nationality. s 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.