S6 PSE Writing a CV Learning Intentions Gain an understanding of what CV is and what it’s purpose is Objective: To complete a CV so that it can be used for applying for jobs I.McNair Sept 12 S6 PSE What is a CV? In Groups of about 4 Discuss what is a CV and what is its purpose (5 mins) Through feedback from the whole class create a list of what you think the the purpose of a CV is S6 PSE Writing a CV Personal details Full name – as on your passport (and what you are known as) I.e. If your name is Jennifer you might prefer to be called Jenny S6 PSE Writing a CV Personal details Address (with postcode) Telephone number Home and Mobile S6 PSE Writing a CV Personal details Email address Don’t use an embarrassing email address, [email protected]….com [email protected]…com [email protected]….com Use one that has your name in it! [email protected]…co.uk etc What you write on your CV sends out a message about you. Including your Email address !!!! S6 PSE Writing a CV Personal details In groups, discuss your email address to see if it is suitable. (NB you don’t have to tell the group your full email address just the start of it) S6 PSE Writing a CV Personal details A great tennis career is something that a 15-year-old normally doesn't have. I hope my example helps other teens believe they can accomplish things they never thought possible. Maria Sharapova http://www.brainyquote.com S6 PSE Writing a CV Personal details You no longer need to include your date of birth, owing to age discrimination rules S6 PSE Writing a CV Personal Statement A small paragraph ensuring that it answers the two following questions: ‘why do you want to work in this industry?’ ‘What skills do you have that make you suited to this job?’ Avoid phrases like “I am hard-working… … energetic… …ambitious,” anybody can say this, make your personal statement specific to you. A shortend version of your college university personal statement Make this section relevant to the job you are applying for S6 PSE Writing a CV Education Name and address of all your secondary schools (You never know - a former pupil might be reading your CV) S6 PSE Writing a CV Education All your qualifications: Highers Intermediates Standard Grades Any other qualifications you have S6 PSE Writing a CV Work Experience List any work experience you have •Working in a shop •Paper Round (name of news agent) •S4 Work experience With name and address of company S6 PSE Writing a CV Key Skills Try to concentrate on Non school skills however include things like: • • • • • • Youth Groups – Scouts Guides Sporting activities Business interests Musical instruments Languages IT Skills … All of these are relevant. Link in basic skills such as good communicator, organisational skills etc S6 PSE Writing a CV Hobbies and Interests Employers are interested in what you get up to you in your spare time. • • • • • • • Sporting Interests (not what football team you follow) Films - Regular Cinema Socialising – Concerts etc not night clubs Travelling – countries you like visitng Live Music - perfoming or listening Reading – Ficton types Computer Gaming – Be careful not to mention games that offend others S6 PSE Writing a CV References Most employers want two references Many school leavers use teachers Supervisor from their work experience. Clearly list the name, relationship and contact details of your reference and be sure to ask permission, they are likely to get a phone call. S6 PSE Writing a CV Speculative Applications You can use a CV to write to companies on the off-chance that they might have a job vacancy. Include a short, covering letter explaining the sort of job you’re looking for and asking the employer to contact you if a suitable vacancy arises. Try to get the name of the right person to write to, by telephoning the company first. If you can’t send your letter to the Personal Manager or Human Resources Manager. Include a stamped, addressed envelope. Follow up your letter with a polite telephone call if you don’t get a reply. Keep a record of names and dates contacted, so you know what to expect. S6 PSE Writing a CV Speculative Applications Next Week Top tips on CV’s S6 PSE Due: Monday 30th Sept Compile and right a CV If required use the template on the School Web site.