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2 Guidance on CVs & covering letters in Placement Booklet and on PSP1 Bb site sp sp follow guidelines closely but make them unique to you Remember the aim of a CV

3 CVs CV required in your PSP1 portfolio It must be current - one from college or 6 th form is not appropriate! You need an up-to-date well-written CV to apply for placements, summer jobs etc. You ALL need work experience for PSP3 module

4 CVs (for a placement application) email copy to if intending applying for placements (by April 10 th 2013) get feedback from placement administrator (only if you follow guidelines!) update during summer - results, work experience etc final electronic version by 20th September 2013 to It is your responsibility to ensure the final version of your CV is appropriate for applications update during your second year - results work experience etc.

5 General points (all CVs): must be factually correct (employers sometimes ask us for verification of information e.g. results transcripts) check spelling and grammar use bullet points be as positive, informative and interesting as possible 2-3 sides of A4 maximum length both content and presentation are important Get some critical but constructive feedback Look at example CVs ( Ask yourself: Would you give this person an interview based on this CV?

6 Specific 'content' points: present course info should start on page one - include module and overall results be concise re work experience: group similar experience together emphasize skills acquired start of placement is 2014 head the CV with Sheffield Hallam University BSc(Hons) xxx year 2 modules are included in the year handbook - include them!

7 Specific 'presentation' points: personal info / early education - can use slightly smaller font avoid paragraphs and full sentences use bullet points selective use of bold to highlight achievements / key words avoid the use of 'I' change page set up from default for better layout; presentation is important and may indicate IT skills! look at a hard copy of your CV before submitting it; proof- reading and presentation

8 Which is easier to read? This? When producing a CV many people will fail to identify what the client (i.e. the employer) is looking for. They may not be confident and hence will undersell or underestimate their abilities, hence providing a reduced picture of their skills. They may also fail to provide the right evidence to support the key skills they are claiming to have. Even worse they may not even mention those skills. Not obtaining an interview is often seen as negative and complete rejection of the person and rather than asking for constructive feedback to help with future applications people may give up.

9 or this? When producing a CV, many people: Fail to identify what the employer is looking for Undersell and underestimate themselves Fail to provide the right evidence to support key skills Fail to ask for constructive feedback

10 Remember: your CV is to get you an interview (1st impressions count!) the reader may only take 15 seconds to scan a CV follow the guidance provided (p33 booklet) and use the resources available to you look at the websites given with the CV guidelines

11 Covering Letters Many companies require a covering letter to accompany application forms and/or CVs the covering letter must be specific to the application (a general one will not do) use the job descriptions on Bb (PSP1 employability folder) to produce a covering letter submit electronically to for feedback if you intend doing a placement

12 Covering letters (contd) follow guidance in placement booklet (p41) ensure you use appropriate layout and terminology must be factually correct check spelling / grammar (presentation)

13 Covering Letters (contd) link job description / requirements to your skills / course should encourage the reader to look at CV convey enthusiasm for the job / company Once you have a good covering letter you can use it as guidance when producing further specific ones for applications next year

14 Why Now? preparing a CV, practising completing application forms and writing covering letters will help you with all 'job' applications you ALL need work experience for PSP3; this will help you get it!

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