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SSPSSR Final Yrs 2012

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									SSPSSR CAREERS SESSION
CVs & Employability skills
www.kent.ac.uk/careers/




Tim Reed
Head of Careers
Introduction
• What is the Careers and Employability Service?

• How to write a CV

• Employability skills

www.kent.ac.uk/careers/slides.htm
The Careers and Employability Service
  • Location

  • Staff

  • Opening times etc

  • Services & facilities
Specific CES facilities
• Reception & Careers library
• Options Leaflets & free careers literature
• Reference files, books & postgraduate prospectuses

• IT facilities - www.kent.ac.uk/careers/jobs/index.htm

• Alumni careers network
• Careers Employability Module (CEM) on Moodle
• Quick Query
• Careers Guidance Interview
• Talks & presentations
Careers Presentations
www.kent.ac.uk/careers/casevents.htm
Examples of Careers Talks
•   Interview Skills, CV Workshop, Choosing a Career
•   Careers in Politics, Getting a job in the Media, Applying for
    Teacher Training
•   Journalism Workshop, T.E.F.L. Presentation, Using languages
    & Working in Europe
•   Postgraduate Study in the Humanities
•   Presentation by Deloitte
•   Presentations by BUNAC: (i) Work in USA & Canada (ii) Work
    in Australia & New Zealand
•   Presentation by Pearson (summer internships)
•   Presentation by NHS
•   Presentation by PwC: Commercial Awareness
How to use the CES
Begin by doing some research



Perhaps into yourself (ideas, interests, preferences)

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Then into your opportunities (use vacancy database, Directories)

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Use IT: CES website & PROSPECT PLANNER

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Attend talks/workshops/presentations etc

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Quick Query at CES

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1:1 careers interview
How to write a CV
How to write a CV
• What is a CV?

• When is it used?

• What does it contain?

• Who do you send it to?

• What about the covering letter?
What is a CV?
• One of many ways to apply

• Your marketing tool

• A4 – sized

• Flexible & targeted

• Stylized: Chronological/Skills-based

• Different in other countries

  http://www.prospects.ac.uk

  http://www.eurograduate.com/planning.asp
When is it used?

• As the main tool for on-spec applications

• When requested by an employer

• In support of other application information

• Never without a letter/message

• via email as attachment

• When your Referee needs more info
What does it contain?
• Personal details

• Academic background

• Work Experience

• Interests & achievements

• Additional information

• References
                           Sarah Jane Andrews (5/11/90)
           33 Union Street, Manchester, M6 3AE. Tel. 0161 351 4039        Nationality: British
                   Email: S.J.Andrews@hotmail.com               Mob: 07727374619


EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
2008 - 2012 University of Kent BA (Hons.) Sociology – expected degree class 2:1.
          Final Year Subjects: Risk & Society, Urban Sociology, Youth & Crime.
          Project: “Sociological Implications of UK Credit Card Debt".
2007 - 2009 Manchester Community College.
          A Levels: English B, Sociology B, Economics C. AS Level: Geography D
2002 - 2007 St. John’s Boys School, Manchester.
          8 GCSEs (grades A*-C) including English, Maths and French.


WORK EXPERIENCE
Summer 2011 Tourist Information Office, Canterbury.
          Helping tourists, working in Bureau de Change, booking theatre and concert tickets.
Summer 2010 Canterbury City Council.
          Accounts Clerk in Treasurer’s office. Dealing with enquiries, using computerised systems.
2009 - present Simple Simon’s Public House, Canterbury.
          Bar work throughout the year serving food and drinks to customers and cashing up.


ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
         Secretary of the Sociology Society, involved booking speakers.
         Organised a charity fun run for Rag Week – raised £175.
         Enjoy competitive sport and play for the University netball team.
         Other interests include current affairs and studying the Stock Market.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
          IT Skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Email, WWW etc.
          Good level of spoken French.
          Full, clean driving licence.


REFERENCES
          Available on request
                     Sarah Jane Andrews (5/11/90)
       33 Union Street, Manchester, M6 3AE. Tel. 0161 351 4039 Nationality: British
              Email: S.J.Andrews@hotmail.com             Mob: 07727374619

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
2009 - 2012 University of Kent BA (Hons) Sociology - expected degree class 2.1
     Final Year Subjects: Risk & Society, Urban Sociology, Youth & Crime
     Project: “Sociological Implications of UK Credit Card Debt".
2007 - 2009 Manchester Community College.
     A Levels: English B, Sociology B, Economics C. AS Level: Geography D
2002 - 2007 St. John’s Boys School, Manchester.
     8 GCSEs (grades A*-C) including Mathematics, English and French.
WORK EXPERIENCE
Summer 2011 Tourist Information Office, Canterbury.
     Helping tourists, working in Bureau de Change, booking theatre and concert tickets.
Summer 2010 Canterbury City Council.
     Accounts Clerk in Treasurer’s office. Dealing with enquiries, using computerised systems.
2009 - present Simple Simon’s Public House, Canterbury.
     Bar work throughout the year serving food and drinks to customers and cashing up.
ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
   Secretary of the Sociology Society, involved booking speakers.
   Organised a charity fun run for Rag Week – raised £175.
   Enjoy competitive sport and play for the University netball team.
   Other interests include current affairs and studying the Stock Market.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
   IT: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Email, WWW etc.
   Good level of spoken French.
   Full, clean driving licence.

REFERENCES
   Available on request
    Tailoring your application
•   Emphasize relevant qualifications
•   Highlight key text/information
•   Focus on relevant skills
•   Research employer requirements and insert key phrases into
    your application
•   Cherry pick what you include!
    For example: specific course module titles, work experience,
    voluntary activities, individual achievements, travel, IT skills,
    languages, sporting honours, positions of responsibility &
    egs of leadership, teamwork, flexibility, meeting/surpassing
    targets, communication, taking the initiative, problem-
    solving etc…
•   Keep a comprehensive list of all of these!
CV styles
• Standard/Chronological

• Skills-based

• Computing/Online

• Media

• Legal

www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/cvexamples.htm
Hints on wording

• Avoid personal pronouns - No “I’s”

• Start with verbs wherever possible

• Use short sentences & concise phrases

• Focus on accomplishments

• Refer to specific projects with quantifiable results

• Use personal power words
Personal power words
created instructed analyzed produced

negotiated designed calculated maintained

administered controlled reviewed observed

consolidated delivered founded increased

studied invented supplied detected

programmed recommended distributed

developed solved prepared installed selected

arranged formulated solved started
Who do you send it to?
• Named company representative

• Director/Manager of Personnel

• Referees

• OTHERS WHO REQUEST IT

  eg. Recruitment agencies, Postgraduate courses,
  Sponsorship/Funding bodies
Common Mistakes!
• Too long

• Untargeted

• Disorganised

• Contains errors/missspellings

• Not accomplishments focused
CV Nightmares
“Received a plague for employee of the year.”


“As indicted, I have over five years experience of analysing
  research statistics.”


“I am loyal to my employer at all costs …. Please feel free to
    respond to my CV on my work voice mail.”


Cover letter: "Thank you for your consideration. I hope to hear
  from you shorty!"
What is a good application?
• Well-researched

• Targeted

• Accurate (content, speling, grammar)

• Informative

• Interesting

• Easy to read

• Enthusiastic
What about the covering letter?
• One side of good quality A4 paper

• Formal/conventional layout

• Addressed to a named person

• State position applied for & where advertised

• Explain why applying

• Convince the reader of your interest & suitability (egs!)

• Give dates when available/can start

• Sign off “Yours sincerely” (if sent to named person)
                                                                             John Andrews
                                                                            33 Union Street
                                                                               Manchester
                                                                                   M6 3AE

                                                                             9th March 2012
Ms Verity Wise
Graduate Recruitment Manager
Great Big Bank Co.
Anywhere Street
London
SW1

Job Reference Number 12345 (state this if it is mentioned in the advert)

Dear Ms. Wise

I am writing in response to your advertisement in “Prospects Finalist" for Research
Trainees and enclose my CV for your consideration.

I first became interested in financial research through talking to a Kent graduate, currently
on your training programme, at the University Careers Fair. Since then, discussion with
my careers adviser and with management staff at my local branch has confirmed my
decision to aim for a career in this field.

Through my degree course, I have been able to develop my interest in business together
with my numeracy skills. While at University, I have also been able to utilise my skills in
working with people through a variety of vacation jobs. My work at the Tourist Information
Office was valuable in teaching me the importance of ascertaining customers’ needs and
providing clear and accurate information.

I will be available for interview if required at your convenience. I can be contacted at my
home address (above) and look forward to hearing from you.



          Yours Sincerely



          John Andrews
 Further Information
• Careers and Employability Service website
  www.kent.ac.uk/careers/applicn.htm

• CES booklet “Making Applications”

• AGCAS Booklet

• CES Reference Files (013 series)

• Example CVs (013)

• Quick Queries at the CAS

• Reference Books (eg. CVs for Graduates)
    Employability skills

•    Analytical skills          •   Organising


•    Clear & Logical thinking   •   Planning


                                •   Problem solving
•    Communication

                                •   Research
•    Gathering, assessing and
     interpreting information
                                •   Team work
•    Numerical skills
                                •   Working to deadlines
Employability skills
www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sk/skillsmenu.htm


CES Moodle Resource
www.kent.ac.uk/careers/moodle.htm

Employability Points
www.kent.ac.uk/employabilitypoints/

Global Skills Award
www.kent.ac.uk/graduateschool/skills/programmes/gsalectures.html

Kent Union Volunteering
www.kentunion.co.uk/volunteering/

CES Employability skills exercise
www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sk/skillstest.html
Employment option examples
 Advertising               NHS Management
 Armed Forces              Personnel
 Arts admin                Police
 Broadcasting              Production Management
 Central & Local Gov’t     Public Relations
 Computing/IT              Publishing
 Finance                   Purchasing
 Fire Service              Retail
 Guidance/Counselling      Self-employment
 Info Management/Museums   Social Work
 Journalism                TEFL
 Law                       Teaching
 Marketing/Sales           Tourism
 Management Consultancy    Transport
Graduate Salaries 2012
   Arcadia – retail management £18,500 - £23,000
   Boots - brand/buying/marketing grad scheme £24,000 + £1k welcome!
   Barclays Bank - future leaders development programme £36k (+£8k bonus!)
   Civil Service - up to £27,000
   Explore Learning - education management £21,000
   Exxon Mobil - graduate schemes £34,000
   FiveTen Group - recruitment £20-£25k
   GCHQ - defence research £25,000 (+ benefits)
   IBM - range of schemes £27,000 - £32,000
   Jaguar Land Rover – purchasing grad scheme £27k
   John Lewis - buying/retail management/merchandising graduate schemes £25,000
   L’Oreal - management training scheme £28,000
   McDonald’s - trainee business manager £18,500-21,500
   MI5 - £24,750 + benefits - varies by function!
   Motability - £28,500 (+ joining bonus!)
   Slaughter & May - training contract £38,000
   Waitrose - retail management £25,000
SSPSSR CAREERS SESSION
CVs & Employability skills
www.kent.ac.uk/careers/




Tim Reed
Head of Careers

								
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