2 Agenda What does it mean? Why do you need a CV ? Things you should avoid.How to construct your CV?Cover Letter SampleCV Sample
3 CV – What does it mean ?The word CV comes from the Latin name Curriculum Vitae Which means “course of life” or Simply “Life Story”
4 It is to obtain an Interview. Why do You need a CV?It is Not to obtain a job.It is to obtain an Interview.CV is an advertisement of your abilities.
5 Things that you should Avoid: 1- ABBREVIATIONS:AFPCA , GHWIHT , MRSRM , ZESN , TWTNToo Many abbreviations make your CV unreadable, Avoid it unless it is commonly recognized .Remember The Rule:KISS :Keep It Simple & Smart
6 Things that you should Avoid: 2- NEGATIVE WORDS: Boring , Fired , Hate, Conflict, Blocked ..etc Catch recruiter Eye. Remember The Rule: If you have some difficulties , Keep them to the interview, but you have to prepare yourself.
7 Things that you should Avoid: 3- COLORS: It is not a show, Don’t use colors to make your CV attractive Remember The Rule: Attractiveness is a matter of content.
8 Things that you should Avoid: 4- SPELLING, GRAMMER & PUNCTUATION MISTAKES: Spelling mistakes is the poison to your CV. Write your CV , read it , re-read it and re-read it and re-read it and re-read it ……….. Remember The Rule: Spelling mistake is a sign of Careless person, if you want to be at that position , Do IT!
9 Things that you should Avoid: 5- UNNECESSARY INFORMATION: Gender , Religion and detailed Martial status as examples of unnecessary information in your CV. Remember The Rule: Employer doesn’t care that much about what your children are doing. Moreover, it is not your Autobiography.
10 Things that you should Avoid: 6- Using a very Big or very small font size & the unusual fonts:Fonts to be used (English):ArialVerdanaTime New RomanTahomaFonts to be used (Arabic):Arabic TransparentSimplified ArabicFonts Size to be used:
11 Things that you should Avoid: Don’t write CV at the top.Don’t put picture unless it is requested.Don’t put any attachment unless it is requested.Don’t use poor quality paper and printer.Don’t use photo-copied CV.Don’t use Capital letters in writing the whole CV.
12 How to construct your CV? Identification & contact Information.Objective.Position you’re seeking.Type of organization.Field.Educational background.Work experience.Extracurricular activity.Honors and awards Received.Skillstrainings.Personal data.References.
13 Identification Data & objective: Top Right/Middle of first page.Name is the title (no other titles).Addresses; phone numbers; and/or fax addresses;Objective:Write what you want to work in as:Required Position.The field of interest.The kind of the company.
14 Education:Usually means post-secondary and can include special seminars, college and university.If you are just starting college, you can include high school as well.List the following:Degrees.Month/year obtained or expected.Names and locations of schools.Major and minor; if any.Grade point average.A brief summary of important courses you’ve taken might also be helpful.
15 Experience:Includes full-time paid jobs, part time jobs, trainings or volunteer work.List the month/years you worked, position, name and location of employer or place, and responsibilities you had.Use chronological format to emphasize most recent.Write all job descriptions in parallel phrases.List the most important responsibilities or successes first.List your Achievements in each job
16 Skills:List:Computer and Software.Languages (indicating the grade of fluency).Technical skills.Communication or Leadership among others (soft skills).Match your skills and experience with an employer’s needs.Difference between trainings & skills.
17 Activities and Hobbies: In university or outside: Conferences, Clubs, charity.Sports.Hobbies:e.g. Reading, Music, … etc.
18 Personal Data And References: Date of Birth.Nationality.Driving License.References:Write in you CV References furnished upon request.