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Identifying Skills and CV Writing Workshop

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Natalie Prescott

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Transcript of Identifying Skills and CV Writing Workshop

What does CV stand for?
Why do I need a CV?
Which of these things should be included in a CV?
Skills
You do not need to include the details of your referees on your CV
Ensure that your email address
is something sensible;
boozybarbara@hotmail.com might not
make the best impression!
Skills are a blend of competencies, attitudes, character, knowledge, experience and inherent abilities.
Identifying Transferable Skills and CV Writing
Identifying skills is an important part of deciding which is the next best career move. If you are returning to the workplace after a prolonged period away you will need to identify the most appropriate type of work for you.
You will probably be amazed how many transferable skills you actually have that you could build on or market to a prospective employer.
In a job, you will want to use the skills which you enjoy and which you naturally do well. Also, your future employer needs to know what you are really good at.
Being confident about what skills you have to offer will enable you to write a more focused CV to match desirable job descriptions.This will also help you be more persuasive during interviews.
Write your name in the circle and, at the end of each of the lines, write a skill that you use in your everyday non-working life or, if you have worked, skills that you have used in your previous employment.
For example: If you have been a stay-at-home mum who has never worked, some of your possible skills may be things such as budgeting, child minding, cooking etc. Or, if you have worked previously as a labourer, some of your skills may be using specific power tools, excavation etc.
Identifying Skills Activity
Identify Your Transferable Skills
Turn to page 3 of your workbook
Another useful way to identify skills is by listing your daily activities and thinking about what skills these activities demonstrate.
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Now turn to page 4 of your workbook and list the types of jobs which could utilise these skills
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CV stands for Curriculum Vitae which is Latin for 'path of life'
A CV is a way of showing your skills, experience and knowledge to potential employers

It is a means of giving information quickly and simply to show your suitability for a particular job
Contact details
A personal profile
Your date of birth
Your education and training
Gender
Your religion
Work experience
Hobbies and interests
References
Sexuality
Your age
Your relationship status
Whether or not you have children
Photo of yourself
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DO NOT INCLUDE:

Your age
Your date of birth
Gender
Sexuality
Whether or not you have children
Your religion
Your relationship status
Photo of yourself
Your CV should include these sections:

Contact details
A personal profile
Work experience
Your education and training
Hobbies and interests
References
You should provide your name,
address, a contact telephone
number and email address.

You could also add professional networking sites like LinkedIn if you use it. No reference to Facebook though!
Personal
Statement
This is a short statement at the beginning of your CV to sell yourself and should highlight your skills, experiences and personal qualities.

Think back to the skills you identified earlier.
Quick quiz
Ensure your personal statement fits the requirements of the jobs you are applying for to make it clear to the employer that you are the right person for the job.
Education and Training
List the time you have spent at secondary school, college, university
or a training provider.
You should provide the name of the establishment,
what you did there and any qualifications you obtained
whilst studying.
These should be included in reverse chronological order,
starting with the most recent first.
Hobbies and Interests
Hobbies and interests can show an employer your hidden skills.

Explain what skills and qualities you have gained from your hobbies and interests, for example:

Playing football for my local 5-a-side team has developed my team work skills.

Being a regular baker, it is important that I can follow instructions well.
...but you should make sure you have 2 reliable references ready for when they are needed.
Ideally, one should be your most recent employer or tutor.

If you haven’t worked or been in education or training for a while
it could be someone who has known you for a long time.
It should be someone who can comment on your qualities in relation to the job. This might be a support worker, a voluntary work supervisor or a faith leader.

You should ask their permission beforehand.
Work Experience
List any relevant work experience that you have undertaken.
This can include voluntary work, part time or weekend jobs.

These should be listed
starting with the most recent first.
Identify your job role and your main duties or
responsibilities.

What skills and qualities did you need to use or do
you now have as a result of doing this job?

Pages 15-19 of your workbook list examples of action words you could use.
Never leave work experience gaps in your CV.

If there is a period in your life when you have been out of work
or education, look at what else you have been doing in this time and
turn it into a positive, for example:

June 1998 - present
Career break to focus on raising a family.

Jan 2000 - July 2000
Redundancy offered an opportunity to update training and skills.
Identifying Transferable Skills
CV Writing Activity:

Using the CV guideline on the computer, use the information you have written on your CV template to build your own CV. Include the skills you have discovered today during the activities.
Indlude positive words such as 'hard-working', 'competent' or 'enthusiastic.
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