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Copy of CVs and Formal letter-writing - EPS 2011

Formal letter-writing and CVs
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CVs and formal letter-writing
Cover letters
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Brief summary of qualifications, employment history and achievements
What not to include
Formatting
11 point
2cm margins
Structure
Don’t just repeat what is in your CV.
For every place of education you have attended (inc. your current one):
Academic
Do your research
Carrying out telephone follow-up after you've sent your letters and CVs, will also greatly improve your success.
easy
reliable
safe
To communicate any other information such as special circumstances or availability for interview.
3 purposes of a cover letter
To sell yourself and convince the employer of your suitability and enthusiasm for the role.
To highlight any particular information from your CV - especially notable or relevant.
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Describe what you have to offer that is directly relevant to the role.
Explain how your skills, experiences and achievements relate to the essential requirments of the job.
1 advertised
2 speculative
Write two concise paragraphs on why you’d like to work for the company and what sort of role you are looking for.
Match yourself to the job
Why the organisation interests you
supporting information
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Thorough research shows genuine interest, time and consideration
Thank the reader for their time consideration
Actively state you would welcome the chance of an inteview.
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Two types
advertised job
speculative
Find out exactly why your application failed
Say thank you to whoever gives you feedback and learn from your mistakes.
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Personal information
Ask permission first!
‘available upon request’
8. References
e.g. University tutor/ project supervisor
e.g. a manager or supervisor
Work-related
Name
Position/Relationship to you
Contact details
Letter to a named person is looked on much more favourably
General tips for proofreading
Always be thinking about your audience
Who are they?
What do they do?
Who do they work for?
Experience
What is your relationship with them?
Why would they want to hire you?
What do they want to know?
Knowledge
Who
Common formatting mistakes
Margins that are too big or too small
often too many
Use a serifed font
Font is too
or too
Times New Roman,
Size 11 or 12
Too much special formatting
More than one font is
Text alignment
Text with jagged edges are harder to read
Inconsistent and poorly designed

spacing between
Paragraphs should be clearly separated by a line space
Normal text should be seperated by 1.5 linespacing
This goes for figures and equations too
lines and paragraphs
big
small
Incorrect/inconsistent use of bulleted and numbered lists
Lists of items where the order does not necessarily matter
Bullet points
Numbered lists
Used when describing sequences or processes. Can be used instead of long, complicated prose.
Use them appropriately and with a consistent style!
CV
2. Profile
Start with a two-three sentence overview (your skills, your exceptional qualities, career plan/goals)
1. Title
Name and primary contact details
Full home address not always necessary as it will be on your covering letter.
3. Employment
4. Education
Most employers contact your references once they have decided you are a suitable candidate
The institution’s name;
The town (and country, if it is overseas);
Dates (from start to finish);
Qualifications and grades and their equivalent grades if they were taken overseas).
Highlight good grades
List any specific job-relevant modules or courses
Make sure any gaps in your CV are explained as positively as possible
The company's name;
The town (and country, if it is overseas);
Dates (from start to finish);
Your position/Job title
Brief (one line) description of the role
For every RELEVANT place of work (inc. your current job):
Postions of responsibility
Relevance of experience
Focus
Ambition
Make sure dates are consistent
Positions of responsibility
Extra-curricular activities
Transferable skills
literacy
numeracy
computer literacy
interpersonal awareness
problem-solving
criticial evaluation
research skills
higher-order analysis
perspectives
pragmatism
organisation
time-management
independant thinking/learning
leadership


Mentoring/supervision
Student representative
Committee member
Team/Project leader
5. Job-specific information/experience
Projects
Publications
Conference presentations
Exercise - Profile statement
S
Start
Start with a set of key words about yourself and your ambitions
Turn
Turn this into a short (2-3 sentence) profile
Sh
Share it with your neighbour
DEsign p
Design
Des
Design portfolio
Coursesw
Courses and training
7.
6.
Awards/Prizes
CVs
What they are
Their uses
What they should contain
Formal letters
Types
Structure and content
Standard formatting
Skills
Ambition
Interests
Personality
Do your research!
Who?
What?
When?
How?
Where?
The only way to know if you are the right person for the job is to know what YOU and THEY are looking for!
Exercise - What are you looking for?
Write down some key words for the type of career you are looking for.
Only things relevant to that particular job!
Important points
1. Title
2. Personal profile
3. Education
4. Employment
5. Job-specific informatin/experience
6. Skills
7. References
Structure and content will diffe according to:
The company
The profession
The job
The country
Your experience
Basic/Generic structure
Examples of words and phrases to use in a CV
avoid graphics and tables - they can look cluttered
avoid too much white space.
even if a job calls for artistic creativity (you can always provide a portfolio of your work)
No!
Keep it simple and consistent
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