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CV Writing & Social Skills workshop

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Marcus Cogger

on 10 December 2013

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Transcript of CV Writing & Social Skills workshop

Personal profile
Employment & Work Experience
Writing a perfect CV
Hobbies & interests
Do's and Dont's...
(cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr
(cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr
(cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr
Your chance to make the employer
want to read on...
Keep it brief - 4 or 5
lines about the skills
you possess
Sell yourself...not all
employers will read
beyond this point
Include future
goals that to relate to the job
What can you
bring to the
Introduction to
The CV
(cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr
(cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr
(cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr
(cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr
(cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr
(cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr
Education &
work experience
Hobbies &
(cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr
(cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr
Cover letter
Education &
College name:
Qualifications gained & grade
School name:
Qualifications gained & grade
Remember to include any additional
qualifications you have gained throughout
your time at college/school
Don't forget to include the dates you studied...
Employers details:
Position held:
Dates you worked:
List the most recent job
first...ie: wherever you
work now or have
recently worked.
Things to
Be brief unless it is
something that
enhances the skills
required for the job
A good opportunity
to reiterate your
interest in the particular profession
No more than 3
or 4 lines
Be positive & confident

List the skills and experience that demonstrate you are a well rounded person

Encourage the employer to read on

Concentrate on quality, not quantity
Use relevant key words

Be concise

Check, check and check again...
Expand the truth

Include a photo unless specified

leave gaps in your history. Employers make think the worse!

send out poor quality photocopies

Trust a spell-checker on the computer

Use a non conservative email address
Do's and Dont's...
Always try to include
two people
Job title
to you
Word processed

Standard font - Arial or Times New Roman

Font size- 11 or 12

No more than 2 pages

Most recent listed first

Adapt for different roles
Cover letter
Always send out a cover letter with your CV

Keep it looking professional

No more than one side of a4
Explain what specific job you are applying for and why

Spell check!!
Research shows that CV's which include a covering letter
are 10% more likely to receive
a reply.
Those who addressed the covering letter and envelope to the correct named person, were 15% more likely to receive a letter of acknowledgment and 5% more likely to gain an interview.
60% of CVs are mailed to the wrong person, with the managing director being the main beneficiary of the unsolicited mail. Make sure you post it to the correct person!
Personal details
Phone number
Email address
What is a CV?
A CV (or 'Curriculum Vitae') is "a summary of your academic and work history".
A CV is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screen applicants, often followed by an interview, when seeking employment.
What is included in a CV?
More information?
Any questions?
Easy to get a job?
What top 6 skills are employers looking for in an ideal candidate?
1.Verbal communication skills
2.Strong work ethic
3.Teamwork skills
4.Problem solving
6.Time Management
Skill #1: Verbal communication skills

In the workplace, you need to be able to clearly and concisely communicate with co-workers, clients and supervisors. This is an important skill and is often evaluated based upon your initial interview with the hiring manager.

Skill #2: Strong work ethic

An employer is looking for a candidate who is reliable, takes initiative, and works hard. You need to show that you can work independently, arrive on time and fulfill your commitments in order to be perceived as having a strong work ethic. It’s also important to strive for quality work—employers want someone who can do the job right the first time.
Skill #3: Teamwork skills

The ability to work in a group effectively is key to success on any job. It’s likely that, at some point, you’ll need to work with others in order to get a project done. You need to possess solid communication skills (including listening) and the ability to speak knowledgably while also maintaining a commitment to the team and voicing your opinion.

Skill #4: Analytical skills

You should possess the ability to visualize, articulate, and solve complex problems and concepts. Analytical skills include the ability to use logic and design and test solutions to problems. This also encompasses formulating plans to solve problems.
Skill #5: Initiative

The definition of initiative is the readiness and ability to take action. Although some things may not be in your job description, it’s important to convey your passion for the organization and its success by offering expertise on new projects or volunteering for tasks that interest you.
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Career Coach
What next?
Employers who receive a lot of CVs have to make quick judgements to create a shortlist for interviews.

4 most common reasons for not being shortlisted.
1. Typing errors, and poor spelling and grammar
2.Listing duties instead of achievements
2. Not tailoring your CV
3. Visually unappealing and difficult to read
4. Too long or too short
'You never get a second chance
to make a good first impression'
How long does it take
to make a first impression?
5-30 seconds
Now its time to make
your CV !
27,000 job losses
Hilco bought 141 stores, including 25 previously slated for closure
2,500 jobs SAVED
6,500 job losses
Buyer found
2000 jobs SAVED
1,400 job losses
2,000 job losses
Now it's time to make your CV !
Any questions?
Freestyle eg Word
CV Builder
Career Coach


National Careers Website
If you are considering getting a job straight out of College, it could be the attraction of earning a wage which is swaying you in that direction.
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