2WHAT IS A CV AND WHY DO I NEED ONE? Think of a CV as snap shot of your true working potential! It's your first and maybe only shot to impress an employer. It outlines:What skills you haveWhat strengths you possessWhat relevant education or qualifications you haveWhat relevant work history you haveAnd how all of the above make you the right person for the job!
3Can I just modify a CV from a friend or website? A CV is YOUR chance to shine!
4A CV is also: A sales document – it needs to shout: “I’m proud to be me”!“I am the solution to your problem”!A chance to show your attitude!A great CV shows you have a hard working, positive attitudeThe way employers decide who they will interview
5Also called: mirroring Your CV should be logical, specific and modified to suit each position.It’s your chance to shine, but it must be true and you must be prepared to back it up with explanations and specific examplesAlso called: mirroring
6Have a look at this CV template: Question:In which section will I make it clear that THE SPECIFIC JOB I’m applying for is the perfect job for me?Answer:In the Objective/Profile section, the Highlights section and the Skills sectionLET’S TRY IT - HAVE A LOOK AT THIS JOB AD:
7HAVE YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES? Electrical FitterElectrical Fitters maintain and repair the vast array of electrical equipment used by the Army in New Zealand and overseas. In order to achieve this you'll need to undertake some extensive and first class training such as: Basic Electrical Fitter Maintenance repair documentation, perform basic general engineering skills, maintain small generators, repair single-phase electrical generators and maintain three-phase generators.As you can see you will receive extensive training and a great chance to travel. You'll need:To be a minimum age of 17Have completed at least 3 years secondary school.Have a proven ability in English, Mathematics and Physics or General Science at NCEA Level 1 (12 credits per subject) or equivalent).Intermediate Electrical Fitter Repair and maintenance of three-phase generators and field equipment.Have 100% visual colour perceptionSenior Electrical Fitter Refrigeration Repair of in-service refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.You must have been a New Zealand citizen and have lived in New Zealand for at least 5 years.
8How would you write the Objective or Profile for this particular job ad? Remember: an Objective or Profile sets out exactly what role you are looking for – it must mirror the job advertised or the role you are marketing yourself for
9An example of a Career Profile specific for this job: I am about to graduate with a Level 2 Certificate in Electrical Engineering from MIT. I have developed skills in basic engineering and also attained good grades in NCEA Level 1 Maths. I also have 100% visual colour perception and I am an NZ citizen. I am looking to bring my dedication and outstanding work ethic to the NZ Army.It has to be true!
10Now it’s your turn to write an Objective specific to the advertised job You will be working with a leading manufacturer of wire harness, cable and control panel assemblies servicing multiple industries. The role requires sound experience in assembly and wiring switchboards and control panels to a high quality. This is a challenging position in a fast paced production environment.Personal attributes:Mechanical analytical skillsVersatile problem solverMust be able to work with a teamOrganised and tidyGood communication skillsSkills required:This electrifying challenge combined with a very attractive remuneration package is on offer to a results focused achiever with a positive ‘can do' attitude. Contact Debbie on for a confidential chat.Experience reading drawingsPractical knowledge of hand & power toolsWorking knowledge of electrical machineryPanel wiring testing & commissioning experience preferred
11Highlight 3 qualities the employer is looking for that YOU HAVE. Then write a three sentence Objective/Profile statement that mentions any skills you have that would fit with what the employer is looking for. Be honest; but also, don’t underestimate yourself You have 5 minutes to complete this task.
12Let’s have another look at the template – what comes next?
13Next come highlights….What are the most interesting or successful parts of your life so far?full licence?NZ resident?a fantastic mark in a specific course?a great sporting or athletic achievement?excellent references?an amazing attendance record?have you helped your community somehow?have you done any volunteer work?think of the person in the world who loves you the most - what would they say about you?Order these according to what the employer is looking for.
14Pick 3 of these words to add into your Objective or Highlights accurate active adaptable adept broad-minded competent conscientious creative dependable determined diplomatic discreet efficient energetic enterprising enthusiastic experienced fair firm genuine honest innovative logical loyal mature methodical motivated objective outgoing personable pleasant positive practical productive reliable resourceful self disciplined sense of humour sensitive sincere successful tactful trustworthyPick 3 of these words that describe you best
15Next come skills…Brainstorm ALL of the technical skills you’ve learned while studying at MIT or at another school (Hint: look at your course outline)Brainstorm ALL of the skills you’ve gained throughout your lifeWhat are YOU good at?
16Communication SkillsExplain your ideas and feelings (Express)Listen and ask questionsShare information using different technologies (e.g., voice, , computers)Read and understand information (e.g., words, graphs, charts, diagrams)Talk easily with othersGreet peopleTake messagesSeek information from othersCounsel peopleCreate and talk about new ideasWrite clear reportsSpeak in public
17Problem Solving Skills Identify problemsLook at different points of viewRecognize different parts of a problemIdentify the root cause of a problemBe creative in exploring possible solutionsConsider different solutionsPut the solution into actionCheck to see if a solution worksChange the solution if needed
18Leadership SkillsDirect others (telling other people what they need to do)Self-controlledSupervising othersExplain things to othersArrange social functionsSpeaking in publicMotivate others (making others feel interested in something)Self-motivatedNegotiate agreements (come to an agreement about something)Get resultsSolve problemsDecisive (able to make decisions)Mediate others (helping two sides come to an agreement)PlanTake risksDelegate (giving someone else a job to complete)Instructing others (showing others what to do)Run meetingsCompetitive when necessary
19Positive Attitudes & Behaviours Skills Confident (feel good about yourself)Deal with people, problems and situations with honesty and respectRecognise my own and other people’s good effortsTake care of my personal health and hygieneShow interest, initiative and effortAccepting responsibility (admitting where you could have improved)
20Responsibility Skills Set goals and priorities balancing work and personal lifePlan and manage time, money and other resources to achieve goalsAccountable for my actions and the actions of a groupSocially responsible and contribute to your communityMeeting deadlines (Getting things done on time)Aware of personal and group health and safety practices
21Learning Continuously Skills Be willing to continuously learn and growFind your personal strengths and areas for developmentSet your own learning goalsIdentify and access learning sources and opportunitiesPlan for and achieve your learning goals
22Hands On SkillsUse my handsAssemble or make thingsBuild or repair thingsConstruct or repair buildingsUse complex machineryOperate tools and machineryDrive or operate vehiclesRepair thingsGood with my hands
23Skill in Working with Others Persuade othersConfront othersUnderstand and work within the dynamics of a groupInterview othersTeach othersFlexible (Open to change)KindRespect people’s differencesPleasantAccept and provide feedback in a considerate mannerCounsel peopleSensitiveContribute to a team by sharing information and expertiseSociableListenLead or support when appropriateTrustUnderstand the role of conflict in a group to reach solutionsSuperviseManage and resolve conflict when appropriateTactful (concerned or thoughtful of others)Patient with othersUnderstandingEncourage othersOutgoing personalityCare for othersHelp others
24Dealing with Numbers and Information Skills Analyse data or factsInvestigateMeasuring and calculatingAudit recordsKeep financial recordsMake estimates and verify calculationsControlling budgets (organising large amounts of money)Find information using technology (research computers databases)Calculate (figure out the total amount of something)Manage moneyNegotiating (give and take, to make an agreement)Observe and record dataCompare, inspect, or recordCount, observe, compileResearchPay attention to detailsTake inventory (counting the stock or merchandise of a store or company)
25Creative and Artistic Skills Artistic (able to express yourself through art)Music appreciation (love for music)Dance, body movementPerform, actDrawing, artPlay instrumentsExpressive (able to express feelings easily)Present artistic ideasWrite short storiesWrite poetryDesign web pagesAchieve high scores in video games
26SKILLS SPECIFIC TO ELECTRICAL FITTERS/ELECTRICIANS test electrical wiring and equipment for safetystudy and interpret electrical wiring diagramskeep records of the problems they find with electrical wiring and equipment and the servicing they carry out.install and maintain electrical wiring and equipmentrepair or replace electrical wiring and equipment
27SKILLS SPECIFIC TO ELECTRICAL FITTERS/ELECTRICIANS knowledge of electrical theoryknowledge of electrical legislation, codes, and standards of practiceknowledge of how to install electrical wiring and equipmentexcellent communication skillsthe ability to read and interpret wiring diagramsgood problem-solving skillsmaths skills record-keeping skillsfirst aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skillsknowledge of safety procedures.
28SKILLS SPECIFIC TO ELECTRICAL FITTERS/ELECTRICIANS accurate and methodicalpractical and logicalresponsible and able to work unsupervisedable to use their initiativeable to work well as part of a teamable to follow instructions and proceduressafety-conscious.
29How should I order all this? Remember: Order your skills from the MOST important skill for this particular job to the least important skill for this particular job
30Next steps…Fill in all of the details you can remember about any paid or volunteer work you’ve done – most recent goes firstFill in the Education section – most recent goes firstFill in the References section – make sure these people know you are using them as references
31THINGS TO REMEMBER: Size 12 font (except for name) Easy font to read – Times New Roman or ArialOverall design: columns, borders – needs to be easy to readUse space
32THINGS TO REMEMBER: THE STRUCTURE Ideally 2 pages Ideally 2 pagesMake it look and function logically
33THINGS TO REMEMBER: THE CONTENT Demonstrate that you can do the job Demonstrate that you can do the jobInclude relevant work experience that match the jobInclude relevant qualifications that match the jobInclude relevant skills/interests or personal qualities that match the job
34THINGS TO REMEMBER: THE WORDING Be professional—no slang, no spelling errors or grammar mistakesShort and to the point/Less is best
35THINGS TO REMEMBER: RE-CHECK FOR DON’TS DON’T INCLUDE INFO ON AGE, SEX, RELIGION, CULTUREDON’T INCLUDE PHOTOGRAPHSDON’T INCLUDE TRAVEL AS AN INTERESTDON’T UNDERESTIMATE YOURSELF!
36THINGS TO REMEMBER: THE ONCE OVER After you’ve finished, read and re-read itMake sure all the information you’ve included is accurateCheck for any spelling or grammar issuesHave someone who can be objective read it and see if it needs changing
37CV Checklist: Printed on clean A4 paper Name is letter head and big/clearYour contact details are correctObjective is clear and conciseSkills are clear, true and relevantEducation is accurate and relevantWork experience is chronological going backwardsand inclusive of month/year for start and finish datesWork experience includes company,job title and outlines duties very clearlyRelevant volunteer experience is includedInterests included are simpleWork related referees with accurate contact details are listed