How To Write A Graduate Cv
The old saying "You never get a second chance to make a first impression" is absolutely true when it comes to applying for a job and your CV is the first opportunity you will get to impress a potential employer. If your CV is not carefully written you may never get a second chance.
What Format Do You Use?
The difference between a Graduate CV and the CV of a person established in the workplace (sometimes called a Performance CV) is predominately one of emphasis.
A Performance CV is written in reverse chronological order, beginning with Profile, then a list of Achievements, Career History, Skills, Education, Personal Information and Interests. It is designed to highlight achievements and responsibilities in a person's career. The main emphasis is on job titles and the companies they have worked for.
As a graduate this can seem intimidating as you suddenly realise that three years hard academic study doesn't seem to provide enough experience to complete a CV.
Your emphasis, therefore, should be on the 'Profile' and 'Achievements' sections of your CV, which are in the focal point, i.e. one third down from the top of the page, where it is thought that the human eye is naturally drawn.
The format can be the same as the Performance CV because:
1. It is the most popular and therefore makes it easy for the reader to scan your CV quickly and find the information they need.
2. The 'Education' section provides a concise list of qualifications that, although valuable, may not distinguish you enough from other applicants for you to be invited for interview. Therefore this section can remain further down the CV just as it is on the Performance CV whilst a summary is written in the 'Profile' and 'Achievements' sections.
This is a statement in the focal point of your CV that summarises what you have to offer. The key is to emphasise the transferable skills gained while at Uni that will be of benefit to a potential employer. Examples could be drawn from your educational achievements, foreign travel, work experience, and involvement in clubs and voluntary work. You must be specific and concise and a full description of your skills with evidence should be written elsewhere in the CV. The reader should be able to see that the skills described in the 'Profile' are relevant to the vacancy they are trying to fill otherwise they may not bother reading any further.
This section should be used only to highlight specific achievements that are relevant to the job for which you are applying. It is a good idea to complete it after you have written the rest of your CV. Pick out a maximum of six, preferably write them in bullet points and if you cannot think of any then leave this section out altogether.
Both employers and students know that the University environment is unique and very different to the full-time workplace. Employers need to have re-assurance that you have had experience in the 'real world'. Your work experience therefore is very important on your CV, whether it was a summer job, part-time work, voluntary, or an industrial placement.
Any job will have provided you with valuable skills and experience that should be highlighted to an employer and linked to the requirements of the job.
For example: A part-time job in the local petrol station provides cash-handling skills, customer service experience, diplomacy, stock control, ability to accept responsibility, able to work in a team and/or work on your own initiative, willing to learn new skills, trustworthiness, hardworking, able to cope with routine tasks.
This section gives you an opportunity to list your computer skills, languages, and any extra-curricular courses you have taken outside your degree. Make sure you include the level you have achieved, for example: fluent German, conversational Italian, regular use of all Microsoft Office Applications.
Start with your most recent qualification, which may be your degree or a post-graduate course. Do not list every course or module that you have studied but include any that are relevant to the job you are applying for including presentations, projects and travel as part of your course. Only include grades if they are impressive.
A levels, or other qualifications achieved before university, should only be included if relevant.
Many professional CV writing companies advise not to include any interests, as they are rarely relevant to the job for which you are applying. However, it is a good idea to add some information about how you spend your free time for two reasons: firstly, it gives the reader a rounded picture of you as an individual secondly, if invited for interview your interests are often discussed as a soft introduction to the interview before the more searching questions are asked. If you include interests in your CV try not to just write a list but include a fuller description of your involvement.
Career Tips For A Writer
A writer has the creative ability to draw word pictures. They have the ability to communicate through the written word. A writer's work can be to write articles of fiction woven by a vivid imagination or to write articles covering non fiction like educational resources, news, reviews, technical documents, or articles on science, environment and health. Work could also entail creating summaries or huge tomes, writing for the web, researching on specific topics, or reporting on meetings and conferences.
When choosing writing as a career choice you must consider whether you want a full time job or whether you would like to freelance.
If you decide on freelance writing, the first thing you need to do is create a resume that highlights your talents. The second most important aspect is to create a list of clients. Networking, communicating well, and building a good relationship with clients is essential to freelance writing. Today the World Wide Web has opened up many more opportunities for freelance writers and there are job sites as well as sites where one can register and bid for projects.
If you choose to work full time you have a great many options. You could be a journalist, web content writer, or resume writer. These are just a few examples of the umpteen choices a writer has.
To be successful you must understand what the industry needs and sharpen your skills accordingly. Study the different writing styles as well as what constitutes good writing. To get the "perfect" job write a prize winning resume, next send out your resume with a brief but succinct covering letter to potential employers. Scan the classifieds as well as online job sites for vacancies that suit your profile. Consider registering with one of the agencies or online sites that specialize in jobs for writers. Another option is a paid job coach, agency, or resume blasting service.
When you go for an interview be sure to take along with you writing samples, a resume, and any publications in which your work has been featured. Do your homework well and find out about the potential employer and the kind of writing they need. You must be able to convince the company why you are a good candidate.
As a writer you must constantly update your skills to suit developments in the writing industry. Read writing tips given by experts, do a writing course, attend workshops and seminars. Become a member of professional writer's guilds.
Train yourself in the use of personal computers and desktop or electronic publishing systems. Learn how to research competently using the World Wide Web. Have a working knowledge of graphic design, page layout, and multimedia software.
Statistics gathered by the US government indicate that 320,000 jobs were generally held by writers and editors of which more than 1/3 were self-employed. On an average, a full time writer could earn a salary of US$44,350 annually. And, if creativity flows from within you and your write a prize winning piece or best seller then you will soon be a millionaire.
Ten Tips To Negotiate Successfully
Negotiations happen in our daily lives. We might not be aware of it, but many situations require good negotiation skills, including the simple act of buying an item from a store, talking things over to save a relationship, and trade agreement between nations, among others.
It would be worthwhile to consider the factors that may spell success or failure in the negotiating table:
1. Everyone aspires for negotiations to turn out successful; otherwise, it is senseless to sit, talk, and explore (sometimes for hours) each other's position to no avail. For this to be so, exert every effort to favor the other party's whims while still coming out satisfied or contented with the outcome of the negotiation. This should be your objective. Come to terms as easily as possible. Stipulate details in black and white with a tint of trust to seal the negotiation in favor of both parties.
2. Mutual respect for each other's priorities must prevail. Never focus on your own objective alone. Think of how the other party would be satisfied with the outcome.
3. Get to the core of the discussion and work from that core outward, concentrating on the details.
4. It is not difficult to trace the presence of sincerity in a negotiation. As long as you have this in mind and you see the other party's sincerity as well, the progress of the negotiation will sail smoothly.
5. You may have a set of rules that are guiding you to get what you want. Modify if need be as long as it is practical and does not deviate to become a disadvantage on your part.
6. Negotiating is not a contest on who is better between the parties involved. There is no battle to win. Neither is it a stage to display one's wits. It should be a two-way process.
7. Be true to your word. What you say must be congruent to your action. Any deviation should be tackled beforehand to avoid the element of surprise, which usually leads to anxiety.
8. Keep your options as open and as diverse as possible. They may come in handy, especially when slight differences pop out.
9. Watch for reactions to proposals through body movements. They may help to make you and the other party come to terms more easily.
10. Be a good listener. Pre-empt what the other party may say, but only in your mind. You could be right, but you could also be wrong. It is better to sound affable than be sorry afterwards.
Search With A Career Search
If you are looking for the perfect career for you but are unsure of where to look or what to look for, then don't go any further without doing a career search. A career search is a great way to learn about potential careers without making any commitments or signing any contracts first.
The basic idea of a career search is two-fold. The first main purpose of doing a career search is to learn about all the possible careers that are available to be had as great professions. For example, you may know that some people make a great career out of being a chef, but have you ever considered being a chef that gets to travel the world and cook on cruise ships? Or maybe you have considered nannying as a career choice for you. With a career search you may learn that you can be a nanny in another country and make just as much money if not more.
The possibilities for making money and for enjoying your career are nearly endless. Do not let yourself get sucked into a job you hate simply because you haven't taken the time to find a career that is right for you. As a career counselor, I meet with far too many people each week that are stuck doing jobs they hate simply to pay the bills because they didn't know that other careers were really possible. So take my advice and do a career search before you make any other job commitments. You just may be missing out on a career you could love.
A second main purpose of doing a career search is to learn more about yourself. You may not even have a good idea of what kinds of careers would fit your personality and skills until you do a career search to learn more about yourself. Take time to do some of the personality and skill tests that accompany career searches and see what is right for you. If you are going to spend the majority of your life working, as most people do, than why not take your time and through a career search learn what is truly the best career for you.
Having a career you love is one of the most rewarding things in life. Doing a career search can be one of the easiest ways to discover what careers will bring you the best rewards.
Aptitude Test Know Yourself
It it very important to know ourself well. In my career I have constantly try to figure out what do I want to do and what is suitable for me. Since secondary school time I have started to think hard on what I want to be in the future. During University time I did a lot of reading and test to understand myself more. I wanted to be an entrepreneur. However I don't know where to start and what industry I should go into. I have tried to start some small business in university time and I learned that passion is very important. I simply need to love what I am doing. So I planned to gain some working experience before I go into any business. I started my career as a programmer. I figure out that I wanted to become an system analyst, which I have already achieve it today, after 5 years of working.
I did an aptitude test on Test You Own Job Aptitude by Jim Barret and Geoff Williams 6 years ago which I think its worth to mention. Following are the results of my test. According to the test I am a mixed of Research and Literary type. Below are some descriptions of the categories:
This attraction shows how much you enjoy acquiring knowledge. As a result of this you seem prepared to devoted a great deal of time to study and the careers which appeal to you generally need academic, professional or special qualifications.
At school, you would have preferred scientific subjects, particularly the main-stream diciplines of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. You will have enjoyed objective problem solving and being able to sift through information in order to draw conclusions. You will have enjoyed experimenting and working with formulae.
Careers in this category: astronomer, bacteriologist, botanist, chemist, dietitian, mathematician, microbiologist, physicist, surgeon, computer scientist
You are attracted by carrers involving words, ideas and communication. You will be happy reading or writing a lot - probaly both. Other interests or activities might also appeal, but these can be saved for leisure time. It is with a literary activity that you want to spend most of your time.
If you have not been engaged in literary events hitherto, it is possible that your self-awareness has changed. Perhaps now is the time to find out whether you have any talent. Some people have produced a first novel after retirement.
Careers in this category are: actor/actress, editor, historian, interpreter, journalist, language teacher, librarian, literary critic, novelist, proof reader
Research and Literary
You may be able to combine these preferences in a career which fuses science with art. In this case, you are likely to be high qualified: you will be one of the lucky few who are very highly specialised and for whom there are careers available. Most careers will be in an academic or educational environment. If your background is in research you may also have a literary talent which allows you to write about your subject. Additioanl personal skills would be required if you are to be successful in presenting your work to others as a lecturer or trainer.
Careers in this category are: anthropologist, archaelogist, information scientist, science writer, technical writer.
I found that the test result are indeed very true for myself, not only 6 years ago, but even until today it remains true. Today I am a system analyst, but that is not my final destination. I have something else that I wanted to achieve. I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to further my study in master degree. I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I know that I need to focus on one at a time.
Knowing yourself is important. It helps you to keep focus on your lifelong journey.
How To Bulletproof Your Career
In the not-too-distant past, ascending the corporate ladder assured management professionals of a bigger office, a stronger compensation package and a more secure future. But today, executives are being told: Don't get too comfortable in that corner office, and don't buy that fancy new car or boat you've always dreamed of - because your job is just as vulnerable as everyone else's. Evidence suggests that the higher up the ladder you go, the more precarious your position may become! The attitude toward executives and the roles they play within companies have drastically changed in recent years. I've seen executives who have been with the same company for 20 or more years. They've worked their way up the corporate ladder and felt that they had proven their value - then they were unceremoniously dismissed from their positions as if they had just been hired as an entry-level worker. As a Career Consultant, it's my job to re-instill the client's confidence, identify his or her strengths, and "re-package" that individual for the current job market. But, to navigate effectively through the career transition process and ultimately make your career bulletproof, you must first be informed about what's really going on in the work-world. I see several important trends taking place with regard to executive-level job stability and security, including:
TODAY'S CHALLENGING EMPLOYMENT TRENDS
Job Market Trend 1:
More and more positions, even at senior levels, are now being offered on a contract or temporary basis. The position, in these cases, lasts only as long as is needed to fulfill the employer's contract with their client. This requires job seekers to think differently - more like an independent consultant who works on assignment - rather than as a permanent employee. In many business sectors and industries, it could be said that the "permanent, full-time job" no longer exists as we knew it. This trend also puts the responsibility on the part of the executive to consistently promote and market himself or herself for the next opportunity - and the one after that!
Job Market Trend 2:
Companies are still very cautious and careful about making any hiring decisions of high-paying, senior management positions. Executives seeking such jobs must now "sell themselves" more than in the past. They need to demonstrate just how they will enhance the company's productivity, efficiency and profitability - or they probably won't get the offer. This means that the job seeker really needs to learn how to effectively present and market himself or herself. Just having the right job titles on one's r
Quick Resume Writing Tips Evaluating Your Resume
Putting together a resume is not an easy feat, and many job seekers are so relieved to be done with this arduous task that they can't wait to be done with it. Recall though, that your resume is a marketing tool and is the first impression an employer gets of you. A great resume will entice an employer to invite you in for a personal interview, while a fair to average resume will get pushed aside and ignored. Therefore, it is in your best interest to make your resume as strong as possible.
To help you in this task, review your resume against the following resume writing quick tips. These guidelines will help you evaluate your resume and identify those areas that may need more work.
- Overall Resume Review:
Is your resume well laid out? Is it pleasing to the eye?
Is your resume less than one page if you are a student or new to the workforce? Is it less than three pages if you are an experienced professional?
Have you chosen legible fonts throughout your resume or do the fonts detract from the context of the resume?
Have you used spell check and/or dictionary to ensure that there are no spelling errors?
Has someone else (outside of yourself) read your resume for grammatical errors?
Does your resume use proper English?
Is your resume memorable? Does it stand out in a crowd (but in a positive way)?
Is your resume tailored to the type of position you are seeking?
How do you come across when your resume is read? What will an employee think of you?
Are you pleased with your resume? Does it do a good job of telling an employer who you are and why you are a good candidate?
Do you have your name, address, and contact information clearly displayed at the top of your resume?
- Objective (if included):
Did you limit your objective to just one or two short sentences?
Is your objective clear and concise? Or is it ambiguous?
Is your objective focused? Does it make sense given the position you are targeting?
If you have a college degree, have you placed the details of your Education at the top of your resume? If you do not have a degree, have you placed the Education section after your Professional Experience?
Is it clear from your resume that you have obtained a college degree, if you graduated?
If you did not graduate, is it clear that you do not yet have a degree?
Are details of your college major and minors (if applicable) included in the Education section?
- Professional Experience:
Is your work experience presented logically (either by date or by subject area)?
Have you limited your work experience to no more than 4-5 previous positions?
Have you accounted for any gaps in your work history that an employer might question?
Do the name of the company, your job title, and dates of employment for each position stand out for easy identification?
Does each position support the resume and your objective?
Could an employer quickly scanning your professional experience easily identify a number of key words and action verbs that will identify you as a solid candidate?
Have you limited the information in each position to those that are the most relevant to the position to which you are applying?
Does your experience seem to flow together or is there a lot of jumping around between positions, companies, and industries?
If you worked for a lesser known employer, is each company's business and industry clear from the company's name? Have you supplied a quick identifier for each lesser known employer?
Is your professional experience accurately and honestly conveyed?
Are the skills you have listed relevant to the position to which you are applying?
Do the skills listed accurately convey your experience and knowledge in each area?
Do any other sections included in your resume enhance your presentation? Are they relevant to the position to which you are applying?
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Why would an establishment or business pay for such a service? Great? It is because as a "Mystery Shopper" you provide fair, unbiased "FACTS", regarding the shop, such as customer service, the purchase process (transaction), greetings as a customer, how fast did it take to fill the order, and how knowledgeable was the waiter or waitress? This is only to name a few question. And it also depends on the shop - meaning what kind of business it is. The compensation also depends and the detail as well concerning the pay for the "Mystery Shop."
The whole objective with the "Secret Shopping" is to improve these services to satisfy potential (new ones) and repeat customer. The bottom line is this - increased revenue or sales for the business or establishment and "Happy Satisfied Customers."
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Entering Business Aviation Types Of Aircraft
The jets that people fly in corporate aviation are usually a lot smaller than those found with the airlines. Exceptions to the rule are Boeing's BBJ and Airbus' Corporate Jet, both of which are based on some of the smaller types of aircraft marketed to the airlines.
A corporate flight attendant is typically utilized on a "cabin class" aircraft. They are larger aircraft with usually 19 or less seats, where you can easily get up and walk around the cabin. Compared with a Westwind, Lear, or Cessna, the larger jets have an aisle to walk up and down upon and the headroom usually is adequate to allow easy passage of anyone under 6? tall.
Some of the major producers of cabin class aircraft include: Bombardier Challenger/Canadair, Dassault Falcon Jet, and Gulfstream aircraft. In addition, Embraer has recently entered the market and there are various Hawker 800XPs and other similarly sized aircraft that sometimes will utilize a flight attendant. It really all depends on what the customer wants.
Across the board, corporate aircraft are exquisitely outfitted. Just about every creature comfort imaginable is included; literally the corporate boardroom is transplanted from the 41st floor to 41,000 feet!
Custom mahogany cabinetry, full leather seating, premium carpeting, wood-veneer paneling, chenille sofas, are some of the things found in the cabin, while the galley can be equipped with elm-burl wood, complete with personalized crystal barware. Many galleys also contain items such as a high temperature oven, microwave, dual Krupps coffee maker and hot cup.
Most of the Gulfstream aircraft in flight are under the designation of Gulfstream II, III, IV, and V. Although in the past few years, the company has changed the designations to 200, 300, 400, 450, 500, 550 with the lower numbered aircraft being smaller in size.
Dassault Falcon Jet has several popular entries including the 900 and 2000. In a few more years the 7X will make its debut as the newest entry in the Falcon Jet family.
Bombardier has several aircraft under the Challenger and Canadair moniker. Their newer aircraft will all have the Bombardier name, but in the meantime, the popular Challenger 604 and Global Express along with their 5000 model are some of the cabin class aircraft being flown today.
Lastly, Embraer has recently entered the business jet fray with their Legacy aircraft. Long a builder of regional jets, Embraer aircraft should start showing up increasingly as they are the low cost price leader in their category.
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