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									BY: HÜSEYİN GÜRSEV
     FALL 2009
• A Curriculum Vitae or (CV) is a marketing tool used to
 promote yourself to a prospective employer.

• CV is your first contact with potential employers and
 will open the employment door for you.

   •   When applying for a vacancy you generally first have to
       send your CV to present yourself to the prospective
       employer.


• CV is just the first step in job search.
• A CV is by and large the only document a recruiter has
 to evaluate the job candidate before the interview. It
 should thus distinguish you from other candidates.

• CV should reflect your biggest accomplishments
 and must be concise enough to glance through and get
 a good impression of your abilities

• CV is like a chronological shopping list of what you
 have achieved rather than description of your
 education and work history (if any !).
•
    CV is a little more formal in format than a R Résumé,
    usually two pages (or more, if you are highly experienced).

    CV vs. RESUME
    A Résumé is a document that contains a summary of relevant
    job experience and education.

    Résumé is typically the first item that a potential employer
    encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used in
    USA to screen job applicants,



    Résumé is comparable to, but substantially different from, a CV.
• In many contexts, a Résumé is short (usually one page),
 and therefore contains only experience directly relevant
 to a particular position.

• Since increasing numbers of job seekers and employers
 are using Internet-based job Search Engines to find and
 fill employment positions, longer Résumés are needed
 for applicants to differentiate and distinguish themselves.

 Many Résumés contain precise Keywords that potential
 employers are looking for, make heavy use of active
 verbs, and display content in a flattering manner.
KEYWORDS

Nouns and noun phrases that are easily noticed by an
employer whilst scanning a CV.

Keywords can mark:

  -   job-specific skills,
  -   Profession related skills,
  -   Industry specific skills,
 -    Technical terms,
 -    Descriptions of technical expertise,
 -    Certifications achieved,
 -    Previous job titles,
 -    Names of products and services.
GRADUATE CV

• Whether you are a recent graduate or are returning to
 work after some time as a mature student, applying for
 that first job can be a rather nerve-racking experience.

• However, by giving that little extra attention to your CV
 you are also giving yourself the best possible chance to
 beat the competition and be selected for interview.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO HAVE A CV DRAWN UP ?

• You should write your CV as soon as you are graduated
     from University/

• Sooner you start writing your CV the better it is.


• When you have the CV written down well, your thoughts
    will also be organized particularly to your strengths and
    weaknesses and other aspects that you will be able to
    present better and better.

• The fact that you have control over the facts will in turn
    give you increased confidence which will clearly come
    through in your CV and your interview.
•
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO HAVE A CV DRAWN UP ?

• It is utmost important to write a CV in time.

• The timeliness of having CV document ready will unleash
 a useful circle of processes by which you can only benefit.

• Do not wait until the last moment before you need to
 apply to write your CV. When in hurry and under duress,
 you will tend to leave out many beneficial points which
 would have otherwise gained you an interview with the
 prospective company.

• Be careful in how you invest your time for your future - a
 small delay may cost you dearly.
• Every time you apply for a new job, you need to re-write
 your CV which should be tailor-made to the job you are
 applying for.

• You CV should be update regularly as soon as you gain
 some experience, certificates or accomplished an
 achievement.
WRITING A CURRICULUM VITAE

• Writing a CV is hard work. It is not just the way you put
 together your personal data - but rather the way you
 arrange that personal and professional data to attract the
 attention of the interest of the prospective employer.


• CV writing is an art that has to be perfected with time,
  patience and practice.

• CV is the most important tool in job searching since it
 gives the opening line to the employer and thus creates
 the first impression about you in employers’ mind.
WRITING A CV

•The documents and materials needed to write a CV:

   • Educational transcripts
   • Records of seminars/conferences attended.
   • References
   • Job descriptions for all positions held (If any)
   • Performance reviews


The above documents are best collected throughout while
studying or during your career and saved as these will make
writing your CV much easier in the future.
WRITING A CV
• It can be difficult to remember all the responsibilities you
    had on previous jobs but a detailed CV is essential for a
    successful job hunt.

• Keep your qualifications in a safe place. If you lose any,
    schools and universities can provide you with copies.

• Letters of reference are given to employees when they leave
    a job (if they have done a good job!). It is always a good idea to
    include copies of these letters in your job application.


.
THE BASICS OF WRITING A GOOD CV

• The function of a CV is to present relevant information
 about you to the prospective employer.

• There are a lot of angles to the presentation of information
 in a CV, which mostly depend on what type of job you are
 applying for.

• However, whatever the type of the CV, the basics remain
 the same/
THE BASICS OF WRITING A GOOD CV

A good CV should :

• Represent accurately all the relevant info to the job information
 (personal and professional)

• Be crisp (make sure you do not have any long winding sentences
 while describing experience and other qualities)

• Be written well to make interesting reading for the prospective
  employer, highlighting your best achievements(avoid tabulated form
  unless the information requisites demand it.

• Highlight your match to the job through relevant experience,
 qualification and personal qualities (some examples are good
 communication skills, friendliness, fast learning ability, etc.)
    THE BASICS OF WRITING A GOOD CV
•    Be tailor made - (or rather written) to match the exact
     requirements of the proposed job.

• Follow the standard format of the country, such as the order of the
  presentations of information .

• Written in impeccable language


• Absolutely free from any spelling errors


• Preferably printed on good quality white A4 paper


• Preferably give two good references or mention that references
  may be given on request

• Be accompanied by a COVER LETTER
THE BASICS OF WRITING A GOOD CV

In summary

A good CV should :

• Not only be tailor-made for the job you are applying for,


• It should also match all your talents and capabilities to the
 requirements of the job and the goals of the company.

• Your CV should make your candidature for the job look like it is
 a win-win situation, i.e. the company will profit from engaging you
 just as much as you would profit from being part of the company.
In summary

A good CV should :

• Not only be tailor-made for the job you are applying for,


• It should also match all your talents and capabilities to the
 requirements of the job and the goals of the company.

• Your CV should make your candidature for the job look like it is
 a win-win situation, i.e. the company will profit from engaging you
 just as much as you would profit from being part of the company.
GUIDELINES OF WRITING A GOOD CV
The following guidelines will give you a good idea of what
you should do to create a winning CV.


1.Ensure that you have the right style of presentation (CV Style)
   Employers are accustomed see the CVs in some order and if they get it
   in another, they will not have the patience or time to reorganize their thoughts to
   follow your style of presentation, and your CV will be summarily rejected.


2. Treat your CV as an advertisement for yourself.
   Why should the employer choose you? Put this question to yourself and write the
   CV in such a way that the answer should be evident.


3. Be as much to-the-point as possible;
   Employer will go through hundreds of CVs in one hour. The time for perusing one CV
   would be about 5-6 seconds. In 6 seconds the employer should get the relevant
   information from your CV and decide whether you are suitable or not. Your CV will
   have only 6 seconds to make an impression.
GUIDELINES OF WRITING A GOOD CV (Continued)

4. Before you send your (CV) to the job, ask a colleague, preferably
   in the same line in which you are applying, to go through your CV in
  10 seconds and get their feedback;
  If your colleague do not see you as a suitable candidate then redo your CV by
     Incorporating the critiques received.


5. Tailor-made your CV to enhance your chance as the best match
         a) Research about the job in general (what it involves as responsibility, qualifications, growth)
         b) Research about company (its goals, its products, financial status, past success, future plans)
         c) Research about job description (from present employees, ex-employees, direct approach
            or via Internet)
            A good source for all the above are the company's own public report, news and website


6.    CV should be written from the point of view of the reader.
CV GUIDELINES SUMMARY

•    CV should be written from the point of view of the reader
•    CV should be accurate and correct
•    CV should not be too long (2 pages if possible)
•    Contact information should be clearly visible on the first page
•    CV should be typed in an easy-to-follow format,
     (i.e. the headlines should be indented and highlighted so as to catch
            the attention of the reader easily )
•    Achievements should be listed in a bullet point format
     (Bullet points act as a headlines in case you need expansion)
•    Any skills development training, or additional hands-on experience
     you had should be listed
•   Academic qualifications should be presented clearly and concisely
    starting with the highest degree and working backwards
CV GUIDELINES SUMMARY

• Give two unrelated References (make sure you do inform the person
  thus named so they would be prepared if the prospective employer
  contacts them) or mention that references would be provided if
  required
• Do not forget to write your areas of Personal Interest, such as
   hobbies
• If you know other languages, and/or have additional skills , which
   do not fall in the purview of the job your are applying for, write
   them under ‘Other Information‘
• Photos are not required unless your visual appearance is important for the
 job, such as a photo model or it is stated by the recruiting organization
• Do not make any false or possibly misleading claims on your CV
Remember :
 Your CV is actually a key to the interview and unless the reader
 feels interested enough from reading your CV, you will not get to
 the interview stage.
FORMATTING CV FOR BEST RESULTS

• CV formatting is concerned with what a CV should
 contain, and in general terms, how it should be arranged
 on the page.

• In spite of knowing all the technicalities, people still
 commit the mistake of writing a run-of-the-mill CV with
 the same headlines, the same order of ideas, and the
 same general matter in a dull business language.
FORMATTING CV FOR BEST RESULTS

• CV formatting should be backed up by the right information,
  but in order to have a good flow of ideas, the CV should
  have a ‘Building-up style’ of presentation.

     i.e. Start the CV with the Personal details, or Educational
          qualification and slowly build up to show how your talents
          are best suited for the job at hand.

• Bullet points look perfect when listing Job responsibilities,
 or personality traits, or overall achievements headings.

     Bullet points must have an anchor that explains what they are
     otherwise it will be difficult to hold prospective employer's interest.
FORMATTING CV FOR BEST RESULTS

• Paper presentation of your CV creates impression and
  unwitting impact on the prospective employer.
  Make sure that you use this trait to your advantage.

    - Quality of the paper used to print CV,
    - Arrangements of the text,
    - Font, and the typesetting.

• Each and every aspect of your CV should work
 towards creating the right impression with the
 employer. This will be done with the help of a lot of
 research on CV Writing.
CV CONTENT CONSIDERATIONS

• The Content of a CV and how it is presented is more
 important than the CV Format.

• You only have a limited time i.e. less than 30 seconds to
  show your skills and capture the reader's attention.

• Make sure to present the most important information in the
 top 3 sections of the CV document. Either in Skills
 summary, Objective or Personal profile.
CV CONTENT CONSIDERASTIONS

• A CV must have focus. When a recruiter reads your CV
 he/she should understand your career path. Always keep
 your objective in mind while writing your CV.

• Write Job Descriptions in bullet point form. Avoid lengthy
 and boring Job Descriptions; whenever possible,

• Make sure to emphasis your Achievements in your CV.
 Because the employers need to see your achievements and
 understand how you are able to implement these
 achievements in the company.
 - Achievements example : Save money, Increase turn over or profits,
    Improved productivity, Better customer quality. Include actual figures (if
   available.)
CV LENGTH CONSIDERATION

CV LENGTH

• Even though the shorter CV is preferred, you shouldn't
 cram the information to fit on one or two pages.

• You need a lot of white space and if your experience and
  qualifications necessitate more space then use an extra
  page.

• Many job hunters have CVs far too long because they repeat
 tasks and accomplishments for every job.

• You can shorten your CV by eliminating duplicate entries.
CV STYLE CONSIDERATIONS
Each CV style is suitable for different situations

1. Targeted CV
2. Inventory CV
3. Chronological CV
4. Functional CV
5. Combination CV


 1. TARGETED CV
     This kind of CV is a way to focus your career towards a
     particular objective, within a specific industry or a specific
     company.


     A Targeted CV is written in a way that highlights skills,
     qualifications and experience that match the requirements of
     the advertised position.
CV STYLE CONSIDERATIONS

1. TARGETED CV

   Writing a targeted CV is effective when:

  • You   know the requirements of a particular position

  • You know which company you will be sending your CV to


  • You are sending your CV in reply to a specific job
      advertisement

  •   You need to compose different Targeted CVs, each
      corresponding to a different career objective.
CV STYLE CONSIDERATIONS

2. INVENTORY CV

  This kind of CV is a more general overview of your skills,
  achievements and qualifications.

  A general objective or career strategy behind an Inventory CV
  helps in being slightly more specific towards your career goals.


      The Inventory CV is used when sending your CV to:

  • Various recruiters
  • When you do not have a specific job objective
CV STYLE CONSIDERATIONS

3. CHRONOLIGAL CV

 The Chronological CV is named thus as it details your career
 history most commonly in reverse chronological order with the
 most recent employment detailed first and working backwards.

 A complete record of Career history is detailed along with a
 complete Education record .

 The majority of CVs are written in Chronological format.

 This style also highlights companies, dates, titles, duties, and work
 accomplishments. Usually, this means your most recent job gets
 the greatest emphasis.
CV STYLE CONSIDERATIONS

3. CHRONOLIGAL CV

  This style is effective in outlining:

  - Your professional experience in a particular field relevant to the
    employer
  - Your measurable accomplishments from your work experience
  - Your work experience that illustrates your work record

  The downside of this style is that specific skills and abilities are
  difficult to spot unless reflected in your most recent jobs.

  It is the most frequently used and is usually 2 sides of A4 sheet
  in length.
CV STYLE CONSIDERATIONS

4. FUNCTIONAL CV OR SKILL CV

  Unlike the most common Choronoligal CV it focuses, not on your
  career history, but on your skills, abilities and expertise.

  Functional CV usually concentrates most on the skills you have
  acquired in the past and how you have used these in the previous
  jobs.

  It may not even refer to a specific industry, as the skills detailed
  are deemed transferable.

 It is important that the skills you detail are relevant to the position
 you are applying for.
CV STYLE CONSIDERATIONS

4. FUNCTIONAL CV

 Functional CV style is useful if:

 - You lack experience (If you are a recent graduate)
  - Have gaps in your work history
  - You have had a variety of unrelated work experiences.
  - You want to promote skills and experience obtained through university
    or volunteer experience.
  - You are changing career or re-entering the job market,
  - Your most recent work experience is not relevant to the job, but past
    experience is.
  - You have been working freelance or in temporary employment.
CV STYLE CONSIDERATIONS

5. COMBINATION CV

 This type of CV combines the best of the Functional CV and the
 Choronoligal CV styles.

 In reality job applicants use this format the most. Job applicants
 use a little of every style when they are trying to make that
 winning CV.

 The combination CV format is normally used by job hunters who
 have a solid background associated with their Career objectives.
CV STYLE CONSIDERATIONS
5. COMBINATION CV

 Use the combination CV when:

  • You have a definite career path and a targeted job area that is
    related to your job history and experience
  • Each position or job had unique responsibilities
  • A shorter type of CV would not suffice.


  Combination CV Format includes sections that highlight
  your Education and Experience, followed by the Career history.
  • List responsibilities, and or achievements and skills
    developed after each job experience or training listing.
  • Stay focused; use less rather than more words. Begin each
     sentence or idea with a verb, for instance, Awarded,
     Assisted etc. See CV Action Verbs
CV STYLE CONSIDERATIONS

5. COMBINATION CV

Advantages of Combination CV

  • Starts with a Career Profile and followed by Career History,
    which is ideal for getting the attention of the employer.

  • Emphasizes on Achievements and Strengths, as well as
    Experience.

  • Focuses on important skills which are supported by the
    Career history.

  • Achievements are noticed.
CV STYLE CONSIDERATIONS

5. COMBINATION CV

Disadvantage of Combination CV:

  • CV is very lengthy.
  • If you fail to get attention through the Career Profile, the
    recruiter may not even read the job history section.


Don't use the Combination CV when:

  • Your work experience is limited.
  • You have several or unexplained employment gaps.
  • You changed jobs frequently.
CV STYLE CONSIDERATIONS

What style of Curriculum Vitae writing suits you best?

The right style depends upon a lot of factors and it would take a
little experience and practice to really understand and discover
which style goes where and what makes a Winning CV.

Which ever style you might use you should remember a few tips on
how to keep the Curriculum Vitae sharp and focused on :

   1. Use the reverse Chronological order of events (the latest first)
      this is the best way to present your Curriculum Vitae

   2. Give a lot of details about the last two jobs you had, since
      these jobs would be actually taken into consideration
      regarding the quality of your performance and background check
CV HEADINGS

 If you have more Work experience than Academic qualifications,
 put your Work Experience before your qualifications.

 WORK EXPERIENCE

 If you have a solid work experience list Work Experience before
 Education in your CV.


• This section includes any work experience that you have in
 the field you are applying for.

• Even if the job position was unpaid, voluntary, summer job,
  internship, co-op experience or extracurricular activity list them
  including the type of position i.e. internship/full time/ part time etc.

								
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