Context Role – what is it / what do I want Organisation – size / culture / readership/ history / reputation / pre-eminence (or lack thereof) Profession / Sector / Regulation Media – hostile? (Windscale Sellafield) public opinion, generalist, specialist Me
Cover Letters 101 Intro – who I am, where I saw the ad… What I can do for you - Relevance of my Skills / Experience - Enthusiasm / Ambition/ Drive / Energy YOUR Why I am interested in YOUR organisation - knowledge of the profession - knowledge of the strengths / position of the organisation within the profession / field Conclusion – please see attached CV...
Cover Letters 101 Specific to the “job-in-hand” Employer’s Need Addresses the Employer’s Need (not exclusively yours) Uses real-life examples of instances where you demonstrated required skills Always relevant – in all ways Easy-to-read (1.1 spacing, “business font”) F L A W L E S S SignedF L A W L E S S
CVs – bare bones Personal DetailsName/Address/E-mail/ QualificationsMost recent first Experienceinclude all relevant stuff keep it relatively short Skills Profilerelevant to position Hobbiesrecent and balanced Referees Keep thinking of the Readers’ perspective.
CL & CVs Electronic =.pdf (if possible) No spillong mestooks etc. Paper = high quality paper, mailed flat, on white paper with a printed address The presentation of these documents will form their first impression of you
CVs – Personal Mark CumiskyAddress Contact NumberE-mail 78KgsMale (Balding)182 cm DOB – 20 April 1965 48 years old Eyes – Blue(myopic)
CVs – Personal Mark CumiskyAddress Contact NumberE-mail Mark CumiskyAddress Contact NumberE-mail 78KgsMale (Balding)182 cm DOB – 20 April 1965 48 years old Eyes – Blue(myopic) Not:firstname.lastname@example.org
CVs – Qualifications Most recent first As far back as high school Include relevant info on thesis / pertinent papers / projects / skills / experience Include any academic awards / prizes / medals here
CVs – Experience Recent vs Relevant Use Bullet Points for emphasis e.g. 2009 Library Assistant ?????? Library, Dublin I worked in three different sections - Reader services, Acquisitions, and Special Collections Developed outstanding customer handling skills Responsible for tracking outstanding subscriptions
CVs – Skills Profile RELEVANT – and not covered in previous eg CommunicationFeedback from customers and managers is that I am a good listener who relates well to individuals and groups. I am routinely asked to deliver presentations on group projects.
CVs – Hobbies / Achievements...sit mens sana in corpore sano Short – with a balance and mix of physical / mental arts / sporting individual / team NOT too long.....
CVs – Referees Have a bank (six/seven) referees Think about the most relevant ones for this application Include or not – that is the question? “To whom it may concern...” Clear it with the referee first...
CVs – Objectives / Photos It should be in the letter..... If you do - short & unique Photos – dangerous....
CVs – bare bones recap Personal DetailsName/Address/E-mail/ QualificationsMost recent first Experienceinclude all relevant jobs keep it short Skills Profilerelevant to position Hobbiesrecent and balanced Referees Keep thinking of the Readers’ perspective.
How to get out of the big pile! Feedback from employers Point of difference - that X factor – this person engage clients / team members Matched to advertised position and linked to specifications Grammar and spelling – clear and concise Professional right from the start – credibility Ticking off on a grid and giving points
Common Questions... CV Format? Professional, easy-to-read, clear How long should it be? As long as it needs to be Graphics and funnies? They’ve seen them all before...