CV Clueless or CV Charisma

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CV ESSENTIALS –
THE SPEEDY VERSION
10 minutes of your time
to..
Tell you what you need to know to
create/draft/plan a brilliant CV
Show you a good and bad CV and a
recommended format
Introduce some new ideas to inspire you
Help you be confident that your CV will
make the longlist and shortlist sift
Does your CV look like this?
Standard templates –
are they any good?
The 30 second scan read of a CV –
that’s all an employer might give you
Goldfish attention – 3 seconds
Decisions
• Resume or full CV
• Targeted/customised versions
• Innovative methods
• Confident/networking approaches
• Taking good advice but trusting your
instincts
• Industry specific styles of CV writing
• How will they read it – on screen or on
paper?
Common CV Format
Donald Duck
Hollywood, California
0000 9990
[email protected]
Career Profile
Relevant/key skills
Education History
Career History
Personal
References
And finally...
Format counts
Content counts
• Good beginning – grab attention (Career objective/self
marketing statement)
• Logical flow (tell your story in a snappy, engaging way)
• Evidence, employability and enthusiasm
• Customise CV to type of employer and industry/sector
• Good ending (Personal section that makes you seem
human and interesting)
• Covering letter attached to CV is crucial.
• The test of a good CV is..
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