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									               Hochschule Ostfalia                                                     Creating your CV
               Salzgitter campus
               Summer Semester 2011




                                         Applying for a job in English.

Writing job applications, even in your own language, is often a time-consuming and exhausting
experience. The idea of applying in a foreign language can, therefore, seem daunting. It is important to
remember that there is no one correct way of writing a job application in English. A number of acceptable
styles exist. The general rule of thumb is that, for obvious reasons, the most important information should
come first and on the left side of the page. Moreover, experience is more important than education and
what you really have accomplished on your job more important than what you were just responsible for.
A job application normally consists of two main parts: a covering letter and your curriculum vitae or
"CV" (Curriculum vitae is Latin for "the course of one’s life". In North America, it is more common to
use the term "résumé).
These days e-CV Websites are becoming more popular. They are resumes written in HTML often with
hyperlinks to Webpages offering in-depth information about your background. There are many examples
of such CV’s to be found on the Internet. Check out: http://www.eresumes.com/. Chances are that in the
future, applicants won’t send there CV to prospective companies any more. They will simply send the
company the Internet address of their CV Webpage.
Creating Web pages is very easy. You don’t even have to learn HTML anymore to do it because there are
many HTML editors available. There is one integrated into the Netscape Navigator browser. If you want
to get extra credit, try creating a Web page CV (with some hyperlinks).
The following is a list of possible sections for your CV. Decide for yourself which sections titles (in bold
type) are best for you and are most likely to show you in your best light. All of the given examples have
been taken from real CV’s to give you an idea of what you could write.

                                   I. The essential Elements of a CV (Résumé)
1. Your name, address, and phone number(s), e-mail addresses where you can be reached (don’t write the
   words name, address, city, phone number, etc. (the reader knows what this information is without
   being told) and don’t put the words CV or Résumé at the top of the page).
2. An objective statement that clearly describes the type of position you hope to obtain.
   a) Desire challenging permanent assignments utilizing the broad quantitative, analytical, managerial or training skills
      and experience which I have accumulated during several practical training job placements...
   b) To apply my talents, and motivated attitude in a leadership/management position, which utilizes my skills in
      communication, technology, teaching, and writing.
   c) Seek internationally oriented management position in the area of***
   d) To join a medium-size manufacturer with some extent of global operations and/or sourcing/shipping functions and to
      build and maintain a pipeline distribution system.
   e) Seeking a starting level management position with an ***related company. Would like to pair my new market
      development, channel management, sales, and strategic decision-making skills with a bright, fun, and forward-thinking
      team.
   f) To obtain a responsible and challenging administrative assistant position, where my education and work experience
      would have valuable application.

3. Your personal profile
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   a) Executive with extensive integrated supply chain management experience. Background includes strategic planning,
      project management, innovative process improvements, and creative problem solving. An effective, resourceful decision
      maker who is a change agent and team builder focused on customer satisfaction.
   b) a professionally qualified and highly experienced*** with extensive experience, knowledge, and expertise in all aspects
      of***/a wide range of***specializing in***.
   c) a sports club administrator and active athlete now studying sports management who has practical experience in the
      area of***and the organization of ****events in Germany involving youth group supervising and the designing of
      training plans with valuable experience as an exchange student to France and England.
   d) A second semester tourism management student with a broad range of practical experience in working with people in
      the service industry as well as in product promotion. Has worked with children as private tutor.
   e) A trained industrial clerk with extensive knowledge in cost statement analysis and account processing based on
      electronic data exchange technology as well as coordination of all managerial aspects of freight transport from the
      dispatcher to the destination including all declaration procedures.
   f) A young transport and logistics professional with a wide breadth of experience in scheduling, dispatching, supervising,
      reporting, and negotiating. Possesses excellent organizational and communication skills with extensive knowledge and
      experience solving problems with transportation providers and their interface with the distribution center.

3. A list of your key skills/ key assets/high proficiency skills, areas of expertise/strengths
   a) Research/Investigation - Strong analytical and investigative skills, creative, resourceful, adventurous approach to work
      and always willing to explore new methodology and ideas.
   b) Technical/Training - Communication - Effective communicator, experienced supervisor motivator and trainer Able to
      work alone or as part of a team. leading various teams of co-workers
   c) Administration -, methodical and capable of prioritizing and managing heavy workflow.
   d) Conceptual Thinker - able to see the "big picture" of a project and break it down into workable tasks for team
      interaction and contribution.
   e) Creative Designer - not afraid to "think out of the box" in the creation of marketing materials and programs.
   f) Hard Worker - believes in the "extra mile" mentality. Does whatever it takes to get the job done.
   g) Results Driven - able to implement a thorough, well-thought plan of action. Able to evaluate progress and make
      necessary modifications to ensure desired results.
   h) Effective Communicator - able to effectively interact with all types of individuals in the exchange of ideas. Possesses
      good listening and communication skills.
   i) Team Player - thrives in a team environment and able to keep team members directed and focused on goals.
   j) Broad understanding of customers and their support needs
   k) Hands-on experience designing and building IT information management systems
   l) Strong management, hiring and mentoring skills
   m) The ability to know when to be creative, when to be practical, and when they are synonymous.
   n) setting up and realizing mobility related research projects
   o) demonstrated ability in adjusting to new situations quickly
   p) working effectively as a member of a team
   q) evaluating numerical data for effective departmental use

3. A special list of your Computer Skills.
a) Internet services: Web page development, CGI scripts, FTP, Telnet, listserv, Usenet, Archie, WAIS, Gopher, Hytelnet, E-
    mail, WWW
 b) Internet Applications: Netscape Navigator and Communicator, MS Internet Explorer, MS Front Page 97, MS Outlook,
     Internet Phone 4.5, WS FTP, EWAN, NCSA Telnet and Eudora.
c) Platforms: DOS ( Windows 3.x, 95/NT), MAC and UNIX System Windows 3.x, 95, NT, UNIX AIX, VMS/VAX and
    Pro/ENGINEER. SGI-IRIX, Sun-SunOS/Solaris, HP-UX
d) Programming languages : FORTRAN, C , BASIC , G2, macro Pascal, HTML, MATLAB, C++, Java, Perl, Korn Shell,
    CGI
e) Software Applications: HUTSIM, AUTOCAD, SAP, AVENUE, SATURN & NETSIM.
f) Programming Interfaces: X Window System (Xlib, Xt), OSF Motif, NetCDF, Rogue Wave
g) Office Applications: MS Publisher 97, Microsoft Image Composer, Word 97, Excel 97, Power Point, Excel, Access, Mac
    Draw, Lotus 123, FrameMaker, PageMaker, WordPerfect, PageMill
h) Database programming and applications: SQL, Oracle, MS Acess, Visual Basic, FileMaker Pro
i) Digital Audio/Image Processing: ArcView, IDRISI, NIH Image, ER Mapper, TNT, TransCAD, Desktop Mapping
    System, NCAR Graphics, Wavefront/Alias
j) CAD and Laboratory Software: LabTech Notebook, SDRC I-DEAS Master Series
k) Graphics Applications: Adobe PhotoShop 4.0, Adobe Illustrator, Paint Shop Pro 4.14 and Paint Brush, Corel Draw, 4D,
    FoxPro
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4. Professional/employment history/career highlights (Project (company name, place, date)-title-task)
   beginning with the latest jobs, including a summary of your business-/management-/transport-/traffic-
   /sports-/tourism-related accomplishments/bottom-line achievements while working in industry. Do
   not forget to use „action verbs“ when describing what you have accomplished.
  a) Drew top level management's attention to the urgency of the company's poor competitive position in the individual life
     insurance market.
  b) While working closely with individuals in the Marketing Department, developed a new line of products in an effort to
     address this problem.
  c) Directed statistical analyses of claims and marketing data to better differentiate United's market from that served by the
     competition.
  d) Generated significant improvements in.../Coordinated the work of.....
  e) Facilitated the development of.../implementation of.../ successfully organized, implemented and facilitated
  f) Contributed to the organization of ...
  g) Advised and assisted management with..
  h) designed, built, deployed/implemented /helped design, help build, help deploy an interactive trade show booth/several
     solutions...
  i) directed the in-house production of ...
  j) provided.../maintained.../improved
  k) interfaced with suppliers/vendors
  l) prepared routine correspondence, technical and special reports, plans and briefings
  m) Developed and administered management and operational techniques, policies and goals to increase productivity and
     teamwork
  n) controlled and disbursed money for petty cash and handled bank transactions.
  o) served as the director’s liaison and facilitator with staff and clients
  p) maintained trust to perform the tasks given with little or no supervision
  q) developed and coordinated departmental objectives designed to maximize sales volumes from all markets.
  r) assisted in the development of promotional material.
  s) prepared monthly budgets, budget analyses, proposals and price quotations
  t) greeted clients and visitors with maturity and professionalism
  u) answered multiple line telephones in an upbeat and friendly manner
  v) provided input for the redesign of existing product lines.
  w) Assisted in the conceptualization, organization and the presentation of technical and marketing seminars globally at
     industry related trade shows and conferences.
  x) Evaluated existing applications and recommended appropriate adjustments.
  y) Developed policies and procedures for customer service programs to ensure customer satisfaction.
  z) other action verbs that you might be able to use: advised, adapted, arranged, assessed, completed, examined, found,
     generated, identified, increased, mediated, initiated, investigated, led, monitored, observed, participated,, performed,
     proposed, reduced, reorganized, reviewed, revised, sold, served as, set up, streamlined, supported, supervised, updated
8. Any other additional skills or accomplishments/achievements you worked hard for and are proud of.
9. A summary of your qualifications/education (key courses)
    Professional training
    Apprenticeships/practical training
    Professional/vocational school
    Current education
    High School
    Continuing education
    Distance learning
10.    International Experience/Foreign languages
11.    Professional affiliations/organizations/associations/committee/volunteer work
12.    Community service/ Military Service if you consider it a "selling point" and particularly if your
   duties were job-related.
13.    Student organizations you participat(ed) in at university or at school
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14.     Licenses, certificates, and accreditation including, for example, teaching licenses (but not your
   driving license!)
15.    Awards/honors
16.    Personal interests/ recreational activities clubs, hobbies to the extent that they show your
   prospective employee something unique about you. Do not just put sports as a hobby. Do not just put
   tennis as a sport. Try to make your interest unique.
17.    A statement to the effect that your references and, if applicable, samples of your work, are
   available upon request

                           II. Resume Visual Organization (Design and Format)

As you plan, write, or review your resume, keep these points in mind:
a. Readability: are there any dense paragraphs over 6 lines? Imagine your prospective employer sitting
   down to a two-inch stack of resumes. Do you think she's going to slow down to read through big thick
   paragraphs. Probably not. Try to keep paragraphs under 6 lines long. The "hanging-head" design helps
   here.
b. White space: Picture a resume crammed with detail, using only half-inch margins all the way around,
   a small type size, and only a small amount of space between parts of the resume. Our prospective
   employer might be less inclined to pore through that also. "Air it out!" Find ways to incorporate more
   white space in the margins and between sections of the resume. Again, the "hanging-head" design is
   also useful.
c. Special format: Make sure that you use special format consistently throughout the resume. For
   example, if you use a hanging-head style for the work-experience section, use it in the education
   section as well. Consistent margins. Most resumes have several margins: the outermost, left margin
   and at least one internal left margin. Typically, paragraphs in a resume use an internal margin, not the
   far-left margin. Make sure to align all appropriate text to these margins as well.
d. Terse writing style: It's okay to use a rather clipped, terse writing style in resumes – up to a point. The
   challenge in most resumes is to get it all on one page (or two if you have a lot of information to
   present). Instead of writing "I supervised a team of five technicians..." you write "Supervised a team of
   five technicians..." However, you don't leave out normal words such as articles.
a. Special typography: Use special typography, but keep it under control. Resumes are great places to
   use all of your fancy word-processing features such as bold, italics, different fonts, and different type
   sizes. Don't go crazy with it! Too much fancy typography can be distracting (plus make people think
   you are hyperactive).
e. Page fill: Do everything you can to make your resume fill out one full page and to keep it from spilling
   over by 4 or 5 lines to a second page. At the beginning of your career, it's tough filling up a full page of
   a resume. As you move into your career, it gets hard keeping it to one page. If you need a two-page
   resume, see that the second page is full or nearly full.
f. Clarity of boundary lines between major sections: Design and format your resume so that whatever
   the main sections are, they are very noticeable. Use well-defined headings and white space to achieve
   this. Similarly, design your resume so that the individual segments of work experience or education are
   distinct and separate from each other.
g. Reverse chronological order: Remember to list your education and work-experience items starting
   with the current or most recent and working backwards in time.
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i. Consistency of bold, italics, different type size, caps, other typographical special effects: Also,
   whatever special typography you use, be consistent with it throughout the resume. If some job titles
   are italics, make them all italics. Avoid all-caps text--it's less readable.
j. Consistency of phrasing: Use the same style of phrasing for similar information in a resume--for
   example, past tense verbs for all work descriptions.
k. Consistency of punctuation style: For similar sections of information use the same kind of
   punctuation--for example, periods, commas, colons, or nothing.
l. Translations for "inside" information: Don't assume readers will know what certain abbreviations,
   acronyms, or symbols mean--yes, even to the extent of "GPA" or the construction "3.2/4.00." Take
   time to describe special organizations you may be a member of.
m.       Grammar, spelling, usage: Watch out for these problems on a resume – they stand out like a sore
     thumb! Watch out particularly for the incorrect use of its and it'




                                          III. Action verbs
                                                  A-B
accelerated acclimated accompanied accomplished achieved acquired acted activated actuated adapted
added addressed adhered adjusted
administered admitted adopted advanced advertised advised advocated aided aired affected allocated
altered amended amplified analyzed answered
anticipated appointed appraised approached approved arbitrated arranged ascertained asked assembled
assigned assumed assessed assisted attained
attracted audited augmented authored authorized automated awarded avail balanced bargained borrowed
bought broadened budgeted built

                                                      C
calculated canvassed capitalized captured carried out cast cataloged centralized challenged chaired
changed channeled charted checked chose
circulated clarified classified cleared closed co-authored cold called collaborated collected combined
commissioned committed communicated
compared compiled complied completed composed computed conceived conceptualized concluded
condensed conducted conferred consolidated
constructed consulted contracted contrasted contributed contrived controlled converted convinced
coordinated corrected corresponded counseled
counted created critiqued cultivated cut

                                                   D
debugged decided decentralized decreased deferred defined delegated delivered demonstrated depreciated
described designated designed
determined developed devised devoted diagrammed directed disclosed discounted discovered dispatched
displayed dissembled distinguished
distributed diversified divested documented doubled drafted

                                                    E
earned eased edited effected elected eliminated employed enabled encouraged endorsed enforced engaged
engineered enhanced enlarged enriched
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entered entertained established estimated evaluated examined exceeded exchanged executed exempted
exercised expanded expedited explained
exposed extended extracted extrapolated

                                                     F-H
facilitated familiarized fashioned fielded figured financed fit focused forecasted formalized formed
formulated fortified found founded framed fulfilled
functioned furnished gained gathered gauged gave generated governed graded granted greeted grouped
guided handled headed hired hosted

                                                      I
identified illustrated illuminated implemented improved improvised inaugurated indoctrinated increased
incurred induced influenced informed initiated
innovated inquired inspected inspired installed instigated instilled instituted instructed insured interfaced
interpreted interviewed introduced invented
inventoried invested investigated invited involved isolated issued

                                                   J-M
joined judged launched lectured led lightened liquidated litigated lobbied localized located maintained
managed mapped marketed maximized
measured mediated merchandised merged met minimized modeled moderated modernized modified
monitored motivated moved multiplied

                                                 N-O
named narrated negotiated noticed nurtured observed obtained offered offset opened operated
operationalized orchestrated ordered organized
oriented originated overhauled oversaw

                                                    P
paid participated passed patterned penalized perceived performed permitted persuaded phased out
pinpointed pioneered placed planned polled
prepared presented preserved presided prevented priced printed prioritized probed processed procured
produced profiled programmed projected
promoted promoted prompted proposed proved provided publicized published purchased pursued

                                                     Q-R
quantified quoted raised ranked rated reacted read received recommended reconciled recorded recovered
recruited rectified redesigned reduced
referred refined regained regulated rehabilitated reinforced reinstated rejected related remedied remodeled
renegotiated reorganized replaced repaired
reported represented requested researched resolved responded restored restructured resulted retained
retrieved revamped revealed reversed
reviewed revised revitalized rewarded routed

                                                     S
safeguarded salvaged saved scheduled screened secured segmented selected sent separated served
serviced settled shaped shortened showed shrank
signed simplified sold solved spearheaded specified speculated spoke spread stabilized staffed staged
standardized steered stimulated strategized
streamlined strengthened stressed structured studied submitted substantiated substituted suggested
summarized superseded supervised supplied
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supported surpassed surveyed synchronized synthesized systematized

                                                    T-W
tabulated tailored targeted taught terminated tested testified tightened took traced traded trained transacted
transferred transformed translated
transported traveled treated tripled uncovered undertook unified united updated upgraded used utilized
validated valued verified viewed visited
weighed welcomed widened witnessed won worked wrote

								
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