CV ESSENTIALS – THE SPEEDY VERSION 10 minutes of your time to.. Tell you what you need to know to create/draft/plan a brilliant CV Show you a good and bad CV and a recommended format Introduce some new ideas to inspire you Help you be confident that your CV will make the longlist and shortlist sift Does your CV look like this? Standard templates – are they any good? The 30 second scan read of a CV – that’s all an employer might give you Goldfish attention – 3 seconds Decisions • Resume or full CV • Targeted/customised versions • Innovative methods • Confident/networking approaches • Taking good advice but trusting your instincts • Industry specific styles of CV writing • How will they read it – on screen or on paper? Common CV Format Donald Duck Hollywood, California 0000 9990 [email protected] Career Profile Relevant/key skills Education History Career History Personal References And finally... Format counts Content counts • Good beginning – grab attention (Career objective/self marketing statement) • Logical flow (tell your story in a snappy, engaging way) • Evidence, employability and enthusiasm • Customise CV to type of employer and industry/sector • Good ending (Personal section that makes you seem human and interesting) • Covering letter attached to CV is crucial. • The test of a good CV is..