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Effective Applications

February 2013- steps to preparing effective CVs, Covering Letters and Application Forms

Sara Whittam

on 5 March 2013

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Stop! Research, Research, Research Application Forms ...a.k.a. 'Avoiding the Shredder'

Sara Whittam March 2013 Career Management Skills
Session 7:
Effective Applications Covering Letters Get into the mindset SELECTION METHODS
Social Media
Web portfolio
Online application form
Recruitment Agencies
Assessment Centres
Speculative Approach JOB ROLE
Person Specification
Job Description
Use your Network
Clients/Customers INDUSTRY/SECTOR
What issues are key?
Future Trends Direct your time wisely... Sell, sell, sell
Confidence vs. Arrogance
Not your autobiography 3 common principles that EVERYONE agrees on Clear Consistent Concise Must be easy to skim
White spaces
Bullet points
Bold Type
Section Headings 1 page vs. 2 pages
Summary of experience and skills
Type size
Headings Layout
and Formatting Content Recent & Relevant
to the job Focus on your
and Results Tesco, Bristol - Store Assistant

Shelf stacking, working on the till, serving customers, tidying the
displays, stock control

Tesco, Bristol - Store Assistant

Developed communication skills through customer service, using tact, diplomacy & initiative to deal with problems & complaints
Proved to be highly adaptable & flexible under pressure
Developed stamina to cope with late night/early morning shifts
Suggestion to improve colleague wellbeing taken on by shift manager Spell out your
Skills ‘Enjoy playing rugby and recently taken up rowing. I am an outdoors person
and love hill walking and traveling.'

SPORT 2nd and 3rd University Rugby. University VIII Rowing- reached through perseverance and intensive training as had no prior experience
HILL WALKING Secretary of university society. Organised talk by Chris Bonington. Regularly lead walks in the Peak District, being responsible for group safety
TRAVEL Developed self-management skills & cultural awareness through independent travel through Asia Plan your Attack Why THIS position with
THIS organisation? Why should they be interested in YOU? Why are they asking
this question? Motivation and
Commercial Awareness Skills, Experience
and Potential Why have you applied for this role?
Describe a recent news story which is impacting on our business 1) Best things come in three..
2) Timeline Describe a time when you solved a problem using initative.
What is your experience of leadership? STAR Technique

S- Situation- Outline what was happening
T- Task- What was your role?
A- Action- What did you do?
R- Result - What was the outcome? What did you learn? Avoid the Shredder SPELLING:
"I hope to hear from you shorty'
'I am a conscious individual'
'In my spare time I like hiding my horse'
'In charge of sock control'

GSCE's 'Too Vague- not enough specific examples.
Lack of research' 'Too humble-
even negative' 'Unstructured,
over-written answers' 'Not answered the question!' http://www.bris.ac.uk/careers/students.asp Get Creative! http://universityofbristolcareers.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/creative-jobhunting/ “I have had a few responses and frankly I am appalled by the standard of them.
None of the “applicants” to date have bothered to read the job description or any information about the organisation, and have just sent in a very poor quality and short covering letter. The worst case was a letter addressed to “to whom it may concern” and with the wrong name in it.”

“I will not interview anyone that can’t be bothered to read the full JD and write a decent personalised letter – it does not bode well for the standard they would work to.
I worked in recruitment for a number of years and have also been heavily involved in the graduate recruitment programme at BP so I thought I’d seen it all – but I have been shocked by the responses received so far.” http://hire.sandersaar.com/ Show off your skills Infographic Social Media http://tinyurl.com/ye9wa22 http://www.globalrecruitingroundtable.com/2010/04/05/creatief-facebook-cv-ontwerp/#.UTRlLqKePPp http://pinterest.com/gailmcguigan/my-pinterest-c-v/ http://mashable.com/2011/12/14/twitter-resume/ http://tinyurl.com/cez4phd http://googlepleasehire.me/ http://tinyurl.com/cvylvw7 http://tinyurl.com/cao7keg http://www.victorpetit.fr/QR-CODE-Talking-Resume http://tinyurl.com/ch6jmbg QR code: Crowdsourcing: IPad App: http://www.slideshare.net/jessedee/really-ugly-resumes CV
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