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Writing a CV

(Curriculum Vitae )
National Institute of Studies
Level 6 Semester 2 2012

What is a CV?

selling tool
outlines your skills and experience
opportunity to present yourself in the best
possible light

How to present myself?

Highlight your experience


Show personal attributes and achievements
Show your education and related training
Make yourself attractive, interesting, worth
considering
Make the CV short & easy to read
Do not oversell yourself

Which elements are approprite for a CV?


work history
DOB
education
skills
references (I usually put available on request as
usually not contacted at this point)
a photo (if receptionist, customer services)
number of children
hobbies & interests
health
list of publications

Types of CV
Chronological
Information included under general headings:
education, work experience, etc., with the most
recent events first.
Skills based
Skills necessary for the job are highlighted.

How to start?
EVALUATE YOUR SKILLS
What do I have to offer? - what am I
selling?
List down: technical knowledge, managerial
skills, IT, languages, etc...
personal strengths & interests
Example:
Bad: Sold books to clients.
Good: Increased book sales by 17%

Sequence of headings
Objective
Personal information
Work experience
Education
Personal characteristics
Interests

Objective (Profile)
Phrase a realistic objective or leave blank:
Examples:
"An executive creative position where extensive
marketing, writing, management, design, and
technical skills are required, preferably within
Database Management.
Desire a position in the office management,
secretarial or clerical area. Prefer a position
requiring responisbility and a variety of tasks.

Personal information
your age
nationality
Address
Tel. No.
E-mail
Drivers licence

Not to include (optional if relevant to


vacancy)
Ethnic identity
Political affiliation
Religious preference
Hobbies
Marital status
Sexual orientation
Place of birth
Photographs
Height, weight, health
There are exceptions to some of these items !

Education
listed with the most recent first, including
results
professional development courses, again
listed with the most recent first

Example:
Education:
MEd University of Manchester 2002
BA
University of Ljubljana
1973
Training courses:
On-line course
management
The E-Consultants
Teaching ESP
Universtiy of Essex
Report Writing
The British Council

2004
1997
1995

Work experience:
Reverse chronological order!
Include relevant experience and results
Grants (honours) awarded
Any significant milestones (salesman of
the year employee of the month)

Work Experience -example:


2010 to date Quality Assurance Technician
Created computer applications with the help of a
programmer to monitor the factory environment.
Analysed the quality assurance system and made
recommendations for improvements. These were
incorporated into the current quality assurance
system.
Examined equipment in the factory to check that it
met the company standards.
Investigated new equipment installed in the
factory to make sure that it would comply with
quality assurance procedures

Words for describing responsibilities:


Responsible for ...:
Planning, implementing, reviewing,
negotiating, managing, coordinating,
evaluating, directing, facilitating,
inspecting, training, producing, providing,
informing, executing, developing....

Skills
Languages (fluency)
Specific skills (techniques and equipment,
computer programs, technology and other
technical skills)

Words for describing personal abilities:


Creative, efficient, proficient, systematic,
hard worker, motivated, punctual, prefer to
act, communication skills, well versed in...,
willing to take initiative, like to work in one
place, enjoy challenging experience, work
well in a team, persistance to work
underpressure, first-hand knowledge of...,
having a desire to learn

Interests & Activities


Optional
Outside responsibilities and interests
Make them interesting or something that
you can talk about.
Avoid activities like watching movies,
walking, watching grass grow etc. These
have the yawn factor.

Finish on a strong, positive note


All too often a CV winds down and
finishes flat. Maybe include a heading like
other facts which leaves the reader on a
strong positive note.
i.e.
Have a strong feeling that much can be
done through the simple application of well
directed energy.