CV writing • What are your concerns about your CV / writing your CV? CV writing Kathryn McFarlane, Careers Adviser. CV writing - purpose • Discuss structure and style of CV • Explore examples of CVs - to inform your own practice Careers course • Career Management Skills • CV writing - 30th October • Application forms and covering letters - 22nd January • Interviews - 19th February Targeting your applications Your skills, experience The Their and overlap criteria qualifications Types of CV - conventional • Personal details • Education and qualifications (in reverse) • Work experience (in reverse) • Skills • Interests • Referees Types of CV - Skills based • Personal details • Personal profile - optional - prove it! • Skills profile - draw a match between your skills and the employers requirements. • Education and qualifications, work experience, interests - factual, very brief • Referees Types of CV • Academic • Electronic • Visual / creative CV tips • Positive (your advertisement) • Targeted at opportunity, highlight relevant areas • Appropriate style • Interesting content - no clichés • Brief and punchy - 15 - 30 second attention span • 2 pages maximum • Spell and grammar checked • Arms length test Comments from a recruiter What is the first thing you look for? • Layout - logical, easy to follow What is likely to make you reject a CV? • Spelling mistake / lack of information. • Bland CV Comments from a recruiter What is likely to make you consider a CV seriously? • Good academic record; something about you as a person, e.g. extra curricular activities, hobbies, interests. • Practical work experience (not necessarily law related) • Other evidence of ability to work with people or showing initiative Comments from a recruiter What is your preferred format for a CV? • Typed • Personal details; academic history; work experience; personal information. • Include personal profile, skills section outlining skills and evidence, hobbies and interests. CV howlers • I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse. • Received a plague for Salesperson of the year. • Am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details. • Marital status: often. Children: various.