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  • how to write a CV to get your dream job

    adrian wallwork 2013

    adrian.wallwork@gmail.com

  • Agenda for this seminar

    Templates (Europass vs your own) Understanding how HR people read CVs What secAons to include in a CV What to write in each secAon How to write your own reference leBer How (not) to write a cover leBer Intelligence tests I will give you printed notes in the break

  • Quiz: Part 1 1 What is the ideal length of a CV? a) 1 page b) 2 c) 3 d) 4 e) content is more important than number of pages 2 If your CV contains ONE or more spelling mistakes. What will happen? a) instant death b) nothing particular

    3 What % of people dont not tell complete truth in their CVs? a) 0% b) 25% c) 50% d) 80%

    4 Is it a good idea to send exactly the same CV to many different companies? a) yes b) no

  • Quiz (part 1 key) 1 What is the ideal length of a CV? a) 1 page b) 2 c) 3 d) 4 e) content is more important than number of pages 2 If your CV contains ONE or more spelling mistakes, what will happen? a) Instant death b) nothing

    3 What % of people dont not tell complete truth in their CVs? a) 0% b) 25% c) 50% d) 80%

    4 Is it a good idea to send exactly the same CV to many different companies? a) yes b) no

  • PROS CONS

    Easy for you to fill in (it has instrucAons) Instantly recognizable for most HR people Some companies / insAtutes require it

    Creates 3-4 page CVs Pointless secAons + pointless info No space for ExecuAve Summary or Refs Your CV looks like everyone elses

    What are the pros and cons of Europass?

  • Whats wrong with these two Europass secIons?

    Work experience Dates

    July-August 2011

    Name and address of employer

    Type of business or sector

    Occupation or position held

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Hotel Atlantico (4-star hotel), Via Torino 2, Forte dei Marmi Hotel Establishment Waiter, level 5 Table service, preparation and re-ordering room

    Education and training Dates

    07/2000

    Title of qualification awarded English Language Course

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    English language

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    Morehampton Language Institute (Gran Bretagna)

  • Europass encourages you to:

    Write unneccessary details (e.g. what a waiter does)

    Put things in the wrong secAon (e.g. not puUng an English course under Languages)

    Tell the enAre story of your life, thus creaAng a 6-page CV that YOU THINK looks fantasAc but is really a nightmare for the HR person

  • Sara Macchi

    Education

    2009 2012: University of Pisa, Faculty of Mathematical, Phisical and Natural Sciences

    Specialistic Degree in Chemistry: 110/110 cum laude.

    Deep knowledge of NMR theory and instrument. Title of the thesis: Studio delle interazioni tra piccole molecole organiche e modelli di membrane cellulari mediante NMR. Supervisors: Dr. Marco Geppi and Dott.ssa Silvia Borsacchi.

    Italian, 12 March 1988

    Via Cottolengo 8 56125 - Pisa

    +39 3400913241

    saramacchi1@libero.it !!

    Compared to Europass, is there any info missing?

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  • Page 1/2 Sara Macchis Curriculum Vitae

    Curriculum Vitae Europass

    Personal Information First name(s) / Surname(s) Sara Macchi

    Address(es) Via Cottolengo 8 56125 - Pisa

    Telephone(s) +39 05024088 Cellulare: +39 3400913241

    E-mail saramacchi1@libero.it

    Nationality Italian

    Date of birth 12 March 1988

    Gender Female

    Education and training Dates 2009 2012

    Title of qualification awarded Specialistic Degree in Chemistry, grading 110/110 cum laude. Principal subjects/occupational skills

    covered Deep knowledge of NMR theory and instrument. Title of the thesis: Studio delle interazioni tra piccole molecole organiche e modelli di membrane cellulari mediante NMR. Supervisors: Dr. Marco Geppi and Dott.ssa Silvia Borsacchi.

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    University of Pisa, Faculty of Mathematical, Phisical and Natural Sciences.

    Level in national or international classification

    Specialistic Degree

    Dates

    2006 - 2009

    Title of qualification awarded Three-year Degree in Chemistry, grading 110/110 cum laude. Principal subjects/occupational skills

    covered Knowledge of spectroscopic techniques such as IR and UV-Vis, and particularly NMR. Title of the thesis: Parametri NMR di molecole con propriet ottiche non lineari: determinazione sperimentale e confronto con previsioni teoriche.

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    University of Pisa, Faculty of Mathematical, Phisical and Natural Sciences.

    Level in national or international classification

    Short Degree

    Dates

    2001 - 2006

    Title of qualification awarded High School leaving examination, grading 100/100.

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    Scientific and humanistic education

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    Senior High School specializing in science eucation U. Dini Pisa.

    Level in national or international classification

    High school leaving qualification.

    Dates Jun 2005 Title of qualification awarded Certificate of the knowledge of English Language (Trinity Grade 7)

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    Ability of daily communication in speaking and writing.

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  • SoluAon

    Use Europass, but delete the le\-hand column, except for the main headings. *

    Put the useful (e.g. EducaAon, Interests) headings on a separate line

    Delete the useless headings (e.g. Personal InformaAon)

    Delete Europass header and footer * But if you have an insAtute/company requests it or if you have very liBle to put on your CV then use the full Europass

  • Max. 2 pages

    Put publicaAons in a separate doc (but remember these are probably only of interest to research insAtutes, not companies)

    Use links to websites to avoid long explanaAons

    DO NOT USE a small font size

  • Which font? One of these???

    Arial which big company uses Arial? Times which big company uses Times? Comic Sans which big company uses Comic Sans?

  • Writing dates

    Date of birth 5 November 1989 Employment / 2010 2012 Education 2011 now / present

    Dec 2012 - Jan 2013 Graduation 5 November 2010

    4 February 2013

  • Use links to make your CV more concise

    Places: companies, labs, research institutes

    People: supervisors, referees

    Docs: your papers, presentations

    Your work: projects, thesis

    In the Personal Data section: LinkedIn, Academia (+ annotated FB?)

  • Who will read your CV?

    Research insItutes AdministraAon staff Maybe the prof Industry Recruitment agency Human Resources (HR) manager

  • Quiz: Part 2 How much time does the average recruiter spend reading a CV? a) 2 minutes b) 4 minutes c) 10 minutes d) Other (you decide) How long does it take for you to make an impression of someone the first time you meet him / her? a) 4-10 seconds b) 30 seconds c) 1-2 minutes d) 10 minutes or more

  • Answers

    CV 6 seconds

    First impression 4-10 seconds

  • What sections should a CV have? And in what order?

  • Sections in a CV Personal data Objective / Executive summary Work experience Academic experience Skills Hobbies and interests Publications (possibly on separate page) References

  • What personal data should you include?

    Personal data Work experience Academic experience Skills Hobbies and interests Projects, publications, conferences References

  • Personal data

    Photo ????? well discuss this in a minute Name: no (this should be at top of CV) Date and place of birth: yes (but not by law) Nationality: yes Sex: male / female (only for Nicola, Andrea etc) Marital status: not necessary Contact details: yes

  • good or bad? First name: Marco Last name: Rossi Place of birth: Rome Italy Date of birth: March 5th, 1989 Home address: Via Contessa MaAlde 64C 56123 Pisa Italy Work address: Via Giuseppe Moruzzi 1 56124 Pisa Italy Home phone: +39 050 326728 Work phone: +39 050 3982127 Mobile phone: +39 3407981019 Work fax: +39 050 3172593 Mail: marco.rossi@isA.cnr.it

  • Should you put a photo?

    If not, why not? (eg to avoid discriminaAon) If not, what will the HR person think / do?

    If you opt for a photo, what decisions do you need to make about what kind of photo to put?

  • Personal data

    Photo Name: no (this should be at top of CV) Date and place of birth: yes (but not by law) Nationality: yes Sex: male / female (only for Nicola, Andrea etc) Marital status: not necessary Contact details

  • Contact details: email address

    lordofdarkness@yahoo.com opportunities129@gmail.com

    giorossi89@virgilio.it italianstallion@hotmail.com

    carla.rossi@gmail.com

  • Contact details: phone

    ONE phone number, written clearly

    (0039) 340 7888 304

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