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CV Writing & Job Interview Skills

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Transcript of CV Writing & Job Interview Skills

Resume Vs.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Area-specific listing of education or academic background
Detailed background and qualifications
Resume Anatomy
Job Interview Skills
Role Play
Note name of interviewer so you can ask for him/her upon arrival
Consider traveling to interview site ahead of time
Arrive early, but not too early
Be courteous to everyone you encounter

Paper to jot down names, information, and questions
Black pen, ID, reference list, and work history information for filling out an application
Several clean copies of your personalized cover letter and resume
Portfolio with evidence of accomplishments
Effective CV Writing & Job Interview Skills Training
By :
Layout of a CV:
Research the company
Check the website & ask around
Update your CV
Most recent employment & education
Bring several copies to the interview
Anticipate & practice common interview questions

Tell me something about yourself?
Why do you want to work for our company?
What is your future career plan?
Why did you choose this major?
Describe a past work situation where you encountered a problem & how did you solved it?
What are your strengths & weaknesses?
What is your expected salary?
Successful Interview Strategies
What To Bring:
General Dress Guidelines:
Clean and professional clothes
Clean and neat hair
Take off your piercings.
Subtle fragrances only
Clean nails
Don’t smoke prior or chew gum.
Turn off your cell phone
How To Dress For The Interview
Follow-Up After Your Interview
Primary Purpose of CV
Resume VS CV
Anatomy of CV
Layout of CV
Do's & Don'ts
The Best & Worst CV Terms
CV Writing Contents:
Top 12 Interview Mistakes
Prepare for the Interview
Commonly Asked Job Interview Questions
Successful Interview Strategies
Dress for Interview Success
Participate in Your Interview
Follow-Up after the Interview
Job Interview Contents
All-inclusive summary of skills, experiences and education
Get employment or an interview.

Use white A4 basic paper
Use a clear crisp font (Times New Roman, Size 12)
Do not put your picture
Make sure there is no spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors.
Personal Information:
Name, Address, Phone number(s), E-mail
Personal Statement:
A paragraph that captures the attention of the reader.
Work Experience:
Co-op, Volunteer work, Employment(start from most recent).
Education and Degrees
Skills and Achievements:
Language & Computer skills.
From previous employers
Make it too long or too short.
Hand-write or type your CV.
Include information which may be viewed negatively.
Include salary information and expectations
Make your CV more than two pages long.
Dilute your important messages.
Use jargon, acronyms, technical terms.
CV Do’s and Don’ts
Construct your CV with your prospective employer in mind.
Tailor your CV to the job.
Make your CV clear, neat and tidy.
View your experience in a positive light
Place the important information up-front.
Put your name and email address on every page.
Use positive language.
Make use of the internet for sample CVs and CV templates
Proofread for grammar and punctuation.
Check the spelling.
Get feedback from someone in-the-know, sometimes people notice errors you may have missed.

Congratulations !
Your CV went through and now
You have an interview !
Noura is going to show you how to conduct yourself professionally during an interview

Top 12 Interview Mistakes !
Dress inappropriately
Poor communication skills
Cell phone on
Too much talking.
Show up late
Too shy
Fuzzy facts
Give the wrong answer
Badmouthing past employers/bosses
Chewing gum
Forget to follow up
Prepare For The Interview:
Commonly Asked Job Interview Questions:
Participate in Your Interview
Be honest and give complete answers
Be positive about yourself and past experiences
Avoid one or two word responses
Give concrete examples
Paraphrase the question to avoid misunderstanding
Limit responses to 30 seconds
Emphasize what you have to offer the company
Respond positively to questions about weaknesses
Use positive nonverbal communication
Sit up and lean forward
Make eye contact and smile
Avoid crossed arms and legs
Use head nods and attentive facial expressions
Ask questions and show interest in the company
Avoid questions about salary, benefits, and vacation
Express thanks and find out when a decision will be made
Fewer than 10% of applicants send a "thank you" letter
May be the most important letter you write
Provides another contact with the employer
Sets you apart from those who did not send one
Should take place within 24 hours after the interview
Follow-Up Letter Should Include:
State your appreciation
Explain what you liked about the position
Sound enthusiastic about working for the company

Congratulations !
Bad & Good Interview
Job Title:
Branch Teller
Local Bank

- Head of HR
- Branch Manager
Objectives of a CV
Introduces you to prospective employers.
Highlights your qualifications relevant to the requirements of the job.
Demonstrates your writing skills.
Show that you can present information in an organized, concise, and professional manner.

Primary Purpose
A resume will get you ……………an interview!
A resume is a marketing piece that presents you in the best possible light.
It’s not an application

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