2Your CV is your advert - it is used to help you sell your skills Advertising YourselfYour CV is your advert - it is used to help you sell your skills
3Today's Aims... Why have a CV? What an effective CV should include The different types of CVsand when to use themTargeting CVsHow to address and demonstrate the points on a job description
4What is a CV For? NOT just a list of things you have done A tailored and relevant picture of your experience and qualificationsA tool for advertising yourself and your skills to an employer**Ask Group **What does Tailored mean to you?
5Different Types of CV Chronological/Traditional Skills Based Hybrid Briefly go through different typesUse CV booklet for examples
7The Job Description should write your CV Look at the job description:What skills would you highlight for this role?What experience do you have that you think would be relevant?What type of person are they looking for?How could you find this information out?The employer will also have their own requirements for each role.Check company websiteE.g. Values etc...
8Research, Prepare, Research, Prepare Before putting fingers to keyboard or pen to paper, do your RESEARCH:JobCompanySectorAnd.....research YOURSELF:Know your SAKESkillsAbilitiesKnowledgeExperience
9Preparation makes perfect Reflect on what you have to offer:Research what they want:what does the company require?Check their websites, news items & recruitment websites.Are they coming on campus soon?Understand the specific job role:the job description & the person specificationPlanenough time before the closing date
10Remember... CVs: are subjective should be tailored to each job descriptionshould be no longer than 2 pagesshould communicate effectively to all audiences.There is no right or wrong wayUse your own style depending on the roleDon't copy examples
12at the top - this is your heading (Not 'CV') Contact DetailsYour Nameat the top - this is your heading (Not 'CV')Address/ /TelephoneBlog or websites - great way to highlight skills and abilitiesLinkedIn/Twitter - if relevant to the role & will remain cleanNo need for status/age/gender/nationality etc.
13Personal Statements Punchy Attention Grabbing Unique to you You don't have to have a personal statement but if you want one it needs to be:Punchyno more than 2-3 linesAttention GrabbingAchievement focused, relevant work experienceUnique to youIf you could copy and paste it to another student then you haven't been specific enoughExample: 'Final-year journalism student with particular interest in seeks graduate role in radio. 2 years experience in industry and winner of/ particularly skilled in......
14Education and Qualifications Keep it relevantYour Degreefull course titlerelevant modules (4-8 and grades if you want)overall predicted grades (e.g. Predicted 2.1)information about particular projects if they are relevantReverse chronological ordere.g. from your degree back to A-Levels, then GCSEsWith different or international qualifications, show equivalents (9/10, equivalent to 280 UCAS points etc.)No need to list all GCSEsjust how many taken and grades obtainede.g. 9 GCSEs grade A-C or 1A, 6Bs, 3Cs
15Include ALL relevant history & experience Work ExperienceInclude ALL relevant history & experienceReverse chronological orderFocus on responsibilities and achievements,mention your duties briefly but highlight the skills you have gainedUse STAR method as a guide to ensure you are being detailed in your examples
16Work Experience (2)can include projects in your degree and volunteeringprojects are a great way to show off experience (particularly if you have less relevant work experience)Can include separate sections e.g. "Relevant Experience" then later "Additional Work Experience"Refer to CV examples for layout ideas.
17Work Experience & Transferable Skills You need to be specific about your work experienceIf not directly relevant to the role, you need to identify 'Transferable Skills' & qualitiesThink about skills & competencies you have gained through your:Work ExperiencePlacementsInternshipsVolunteeringSocietiesClubsHobbies...and so onThese could include:CommunicationTeamworkAnalytical skillsPrioritisationInitiativeCreativityInterpersonal Skills...and so on"
18Employer TipsYour degree will get you to the table, but its the extra things you can offer that will get you through the door""We are looking for the 'right people' - what else can you offer us beyond your degree?"
19Employer Tips 2"It is particularly impressive if you have been developing blogs, professional use of social media in your own time""Use key words relevant to our industry - make it clear you are right for us"
20The STAR Method Situation & Task Action Result How to use STAR for CVs Be BriefSituation & TaskActionResultBRIEF outlineSpecific details of what, how and why you took action you didWhat was the outcome? Quantity? Quality? What did you learn?
21'Cleaning the Kitchen' - A brief STAR example S: My family were visiting me for the weekend T: I needed to clean my kitchen A: I scrubbed the floors, diligently cleaned the hob, wiped the surfaces, took out the bins, covered the burn mark on the floor with a rug... R: My family were very pleased and took me to lunch for my efforts.
22Awards and Achievements Any academic awardsAny recent or particularly interesting achievementsSkills you have gained from other areas that are relevant to the job you are applying forMember of any relevant professional societies
23Interests Any interests that may be relevant to the employer A great way to:show your personalityshow that you are a rounded candidatebe memorableDon’t just list them – give more details for each
24Employer Tips"Keep it brief but intriguing; I'm interested in your interests, but not that interested""Something to attract attention - makes them an individual. I once had two candidates with very similar CVs; one of them said he did Skydiving in his spare time and I thought, great, that’s interesting, I'll interview him".
25References Include one academic and one professional referee Include their contact details including:Name, job title, company, address and telephone numberIt is usually acceptable to put ‘Available on Request’ if you have run out of spaceBut if you have good, relevant referee, include him/her -ASK THEM FIRST!
26Attention to DetailAccuracy and professionalism is vital for 1st impressionsMost employers will reject CVs that contain any errorsIt is vital that you proofread and get it checked.Employer Tip"If I see even one spelling error it goes in the bin - if they can't be bothered to perfect their CV, how do I know they will have attention to detail when working for me - I can't take that risk."
29Cover Letters Overall No more than A4 page Tailored to the job Be specific about your skills and experienceBe specific about the companyLayoutInclude your address (top right), their address (top left) and the date.Try to send it to a named person (or Dear Sir or Madam)End formallyYours Faithfully for Dear Sir/MadamYours Sincerely for named person
30Cover Letter Example Layout All in ONE A4 pageEmployer's AddressYour AddressDateEmployer's Name (or Dear Sir or Madam)
31Use the 4 paragraph Structure Positive IntroductionTell them what you are applying for and give a brief overview of yourself.Why you?Why should they hire you? What about you is great? What skills and experience do you have that are relevant to the role?Why Them?Why have you picked them of all the companies out there? Do your research - What appeals / excites you about them? What projects have they done in the past? Relate your own skills to these - Be specific.Positive ConclusionLeave them with a good final impression of yourself.For example, why do you want to use your mechanical engineering degree in the rail industry specifically? What’s the appeal of following a commercial route rather than a more technical one?
32Why are CVs rejected? Not tailored to the job Spelling mistakes, typos and poor grammarThe initial impression of your CVIncorrect contact detailsThe way your information is organisedPoor layout and presentationLength (too long or too short)
33Summary Your CV is an advert for you Focus on your achievements It needs to be tailored to each different job descriptionInclude relevant skills and experienceAll CVs require a cover letterGet it checked
35CV Builder SoftwareSoftware that can help give you in setting up your CV - but you will need to get it checked by an Adviser SHUspace → Employability Tab → Careers and Employment (lefthand Side) CV → Help with CVs → CV Builder Software** Will not produce perfect CV - need to get it checked by Careers before sending off **
36Preparation Resources Reflect on what you have to offer: use online resources e.g.Careers Central - Skills:Prospects What jobs would suit me?TargetJobs Career and Skills report:Research what they want:Check their websites, news items and recruitment websitesProspects Company Profiles:TargetJobs Employer information:SHU Jobs & Events (is the company on campus soon?) https://careerservice.shu.ac.uk/BrowseOrganisations.chpxUnderstand the specific job role:Focus on the job description & the person specificationPlan:Plan enough time before the closing date and to get it checked
37CV and Cover Letter Resources SHUspace → Employability Tab → Careers and Employment (left Side) → Help with CVsTarget JobsGreat for industry specific supportThe Guardian Careers WebsiteGreat for articles, news, live chatDoing a Creative CV?CV ParadeCreative CV GuideHighlight How to create a winning CV guide bookProspectsCareers Centre (if refreshed)Employment Advisor appointments