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1 CV Writing – Year 13 Stand out from the crowd Mrs Michelle Wilson Mrs Hannah Fehr Careers Team

2 Aims & Objectives  Understand the purpose and content of a CV  Undertake recruitment/selection exercise identifying factors that make a good CV  Appreciate the importance of evidencing skills from a job descriptions  Raise awareness of your existing employability skills  Acknowledge facilitating words/ phrases employer like to see within an application  Enhance your chances of being selected for an interview

3 What is a CV  A CV is a marketing document in which you are marketing something: yourself! You need to "sell" your skills, abilities, qualifications and experience to employers

4 When to use a CV  When an employer asks for applications to be received in this format  When an employer simply states "apply to..." without specifying the format  When making speculative applications (when writing to an employer who has not advertised a vacancy but who you hope my have one)

5  Personal Details  Personal Profile ?  Employment History / Work Experience  Education & Training  Hobbies/Interests  References  Tasks  Achievements  Responsibilities  Skills Structure & Content

6 Lets take a look at some advice!!!!

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9 Tips  Grab the attention of the employer  Demonstrate you have the skills for the job and provide examples  Easy to read/ Good Format  Keep it brief & concise  Write in the third person  Tailor each CV to the job

10 Group Activity  Develop articulating/ communicating your employability skills  Provide Examples of what could be included within YOUR CV  So....review the statements and feedback a favoured example for the group

11  “I just flip burgers at football matches”  Hardworking individual at ease with busy working environments, fully competent in adhering to food & hygiene and health and safety procedures. Offering excellence in customer service and potential to increase food orders by over 15% per quarter. Stay Positive & Upsell

12  Conscientious, responsible and highly organised individual, who always strives to achieve the highest standard possible, with excellent IT & communication skills (verbal and written) offering great attention to detail and the ability to relate to wide range of people (Receptionist for local newspaper)  Friendly and enthusiastic individual who is always eager to learn, works proficiently in a team and supporting others. Offering excellent mentoring skills coupled with the ability to manage difficult situations with patience and maturity. Seeking to work in a people centred organisation  (Social Care ) Personal Profiles - Examples

13 Automatic Rejections  Spelling mistakes or typos 61%  Copied large amounts of wording from the job posting 41%  Inappropriate address 35%  don’t include a list of skills 30%  More than two pages long 22%  Printed on decorative paper 20%  Detail more tasks than results for previous positions 16%  Including a photo 13%  Large blocks of text with little white space 13%

14 Action Words Activity Examined Promoted Trained Discovered Budgeted Sold Recommended Assessed Monitored

15 Action Words for your Application FOrm PlannedDevisedAchieved Developed LiaisedLiaised (spell it right!) Evaluated SupervisedCo-ordinatedManaged AdministeredControlledSelected CreatedInstructedNegotiated DesignedResearchedAnalysed DiscoveredRecommendedTested DiagnosedBudgetedMonitored EvaluatedExaminedAssessed PromotedSoldAdvised SelectedTrainedTaught ExplainedPresentedConducted DistributedOrganisedSolved RepresentedPersuadedCalculated CompletedArrangedResponsible for

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17 Activity Who Would you Invite for Interview?  Review job description  Review CV’s identifying  Skills /Qualities/Education/Training  Assistant Accountant  Plasterer

18  Know what the job involves  Be prepared to describe how you meet the requirements and what you have achieved. Provide examples of qualities and skills being asked for  DO NOT COPY JOB DESCRIPTION  Research the organisation  Prioritise your information – what is most important, catch the attention / Change the order of information to suite your advantage Most Importantly

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21  A historical document that stays the same once you’ve written it  A way of cramming as much information about you as possible  Acceptable without a covering letter A CV is Not

22  First Impressions  Focus  Match  Provide the Proof Summary

23    Harlington Careers Team: positive interview success rate – Find us in Room SF7 Sources of Help


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