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1 HOW TO PREPARE A WINNING CV Tim Reed Head of Careers and Employability Service

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3 Introduction What is a CV? When is it used? What does it contain? Who do you send it to? What about the covering letter?

4 What is a CV? One of many ways to apply Your marketing tool A4 – sized Flexible & targeted Stylized: Chronological/Skills-based Different in other countries

5 When is it used? As the main tool for on-spec applications When requested by an employer In support of other application information Never without a letter/message via as attachment When your Referee needs more info

6 What does it contain? Personal details Academic background Work Experience Interests & achievements Additional information References

7 John Michael Andrews (5/11/90) 33 Union Street, Manchester, M6 3AE. Tel Nationality: British EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS University of Kent at Canterbury BA (Hons.) Economics and Accounting 2:1. Final Year Subjects: Economics, Business Law and Taxation Project: "Economic Consequences of the Decline in the Kent Mining Community" Manchester Community College. A Levels: Mathematics B, History B, Economics C. AS Level: Geography D St. John’s Boys School, Manchester. 8 GCSEs (grades A*-C) including Mathematics, English and French. WORK EXPERIENCE Summer 2011 Tourist Information Office, Canterbury. Helping tourists, working in Bureau de Change, booking theatre and concert tickets. Summer 2010 Canterbury City Council. Accounts Clerk in Treasurer’s office. Dealing with enquiries, using computerised systems present Simple Simon’s Public House, Canterbury. Bar work throughout the year serving food and drinks to customers and cashing up. ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS Secretary of the Accounting Society, involved booking speakers. Organised a charity fun run for Rag Week – raised £175. Enjoy competitive sport and play for the University football team. Other interests include current affairs and studying the Stock Market. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IT Skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, , WWW etc. Good level of spoken French. Full, clean driving licence. REFERENCES Available on request

8 John Michael Andrews (5/11/90) 33 Union Street, Manchester, M6 3AE. Tel Nationality: British EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS University of Kent at Canterbury BA (Hons.) Economics and Accounting 2:1 Final Year Subjects: Economics, Business Law and Taxation Project: "Economic Consequences of the Decline in the Kent Mining Community" Manchester Community College. A Levels: Mathematics B, History B, Economics C. AS Level: Geography D St. John’s Boys School, Manchester. 8 GCSEs (grades A*-C) including Mathematics, English and French.

9 WORK EXPERIENCE Summer 2011 Tourist Information Office, Canterbury. Helping tourists, working in Bureau de Change, booking theatre and concert tickets. Summer 2010 Canterbury City Council. Accounts Clerk in Treasurer’s office. Dealing with enquiries, using computerised systems present Simple Simon’s Public House, Canterbury. Bar work throughout the year serving food and drinks to customers and cashing up.

10 ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS Secretary of the Accounting Society, involved booking speakers. Organised a charity fun run for Rag Week – raised £275. Enjoy competitive sport and play for the University football team. Other interests include current affairs and studying the Stock Market. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IT: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, , WWW etc. Good level of spoken French. Full, clean driving licence. REFERENCES Available on request

11 Tailoring your application Emphasize relevant qualifications Highlight key text/information Focus on relevant skills Research employer requirements and insert key phrases into your application Cherry pick what you include! For example: specific course module titles, work experience, voluntary activities, individual achievements, travel, IT skills, languages, sporting honours, positions of responsibility & egs of leadership, teamwork, flexibility, meeting/surpassing targets, communication, taking the initiative, problem-solving etc… Keep a comprehensive list of all of these!

12 CV styles Standard/Chronological Skills-based Computing/Online Media Legal

13 Hints on wording Avoid personal pronouns - No “I’s” Start with verbs wherever possible Use short sentences & concise phrases Focus on accomplishments Refer to specific projects with quantifiable results Use personal power words

14 Personal power words created instructed analyzed produced negotiated designed calculated maintained administered controlled reviewed observed consolidated delivered founded increased studied invented supplied detected programmed recommended distributed developed solved prepared installed selected arranged formulated solved started

15 Who do you send it to? Named company representative Director/Manager of Personnel Referees OTHERS WHO REQUEST IT eg. Recruitment agencies, Postgraduate courses, Sponsorship/Funding bodies

16 Common Mistakes! Too long Untargeted Disorganised Contains errors/missspellings Not accomplishments focused Error examples

17 CV Nightmares “ Received a plague for employee of the year.” “As indicted, I have over five years experience of analysing research statistics.” “I am loyal to my employer at all costs …. Please feel free to respond to my CV on my work voice mail.” Cover letter: "Thank you for your consideration. I hope to hear from you shorty!"

18 What is a good application? Well-researched Targeted Accurate (content, speling, grammar) Informative Interesting Easy to read Enthusiastic

19 What about the covering letter? One side of good quality A4 paper Formal/conventional layout Addressed to a named person State position applied for & where advertised Explain why applying Convince the reader of your interest & suitability (egs!) Give dates when available/can start Sign off “Yours sincerely” (if sent to named person)

20 John Andrews 33 Union Street Manchester M6 3AE 123 rd May 2012 Ms Verity Wise Graduate Recruitment Manager Great Big Bank Co. Anywhere Street London SW1 Job Reference Number (state this if it is mentioned in the advert) Dear Ms. Wise I am writing in response to your advertisement in “Prospects Finalist" for Graduate Trainees and enclose my CV for your consideration. I first became interested in retail banking through talking to a Kent graduate, currently in the second year of your Management Training programme, at the University Careers Fair. Since then, discussion with my careers adviser and with management staff at my local branch has confirmed my decision to aim for a career in this field. Through my degree course, I have been able to develop my interest in business together with my numeracy skills. While at University, I have also been able to utilise my skills in working with people through a variety of vacation jobs. My work at the Tourist Information Office was valuable in teaching me the importance of ascertaining customers’ needs and providing clear and accurate information. I will be available for interview if required at your convenience. I can be contacted at my home address (above) and look forward to hearing from you. Yours Sincerely John Andrews

21 Further Information CES website CES booklet “Making Applications” AGCAS Booklet CES Reference Files (013 series) Example CVs (013) Quick Queries at the CES Reference Books (eg. CVs for Graduates)


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