CV Workbook

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CV Checklist……………………………………………………………… Necessary Preparation
For each vacancy… 1. Research the key skills required…………………………………………………….. 2. Identify when you’ve shown the required skills……………………………………. 3. Choose the most appropriate CV format (Skills based or traditional)……………

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Writing your CV
General…………………………………………………………………………………….. Personal Details…………………………………………………………………………… Education…………………………………………………………………………………... Work Experience………………………………………………………………………….. Interests……………………………………………………………………………………. Referees…………………………………………………………………………………… Key Words / Positive action words……………………………………………………… Optional Sections (Personal Profile / Positions of Responsibility / Additional Skills) Some Hints on Using Microsoft Word…………………………………………………... 5 5 6 7 9 9 10 10 11

Example CVs – Contents……………………………………………………..
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CV Checklist
Please check your CV while you’re waiting for an adviser – Use this workbook to make improvements
1. Have you targeted You do the have your–CV at the skills and to help work proved that there experience We’re you have the skills required? i.e. you required for the particular role you’re applying for? General applications – generally fail Read the CV preparation section while you wait for an adviser and compare your work with our example CVs

Have you highlighted the main points? 5. Is it attractive and easy to read? 8 Is your CV short (two pages)? 9. For example: Leadership Organisation Teamwork Communication Your CV is your shop-window advertising a • A bar job may require good teamwork skills and excellent verbal communication skills .3 2. Are the dates easy to see? 6. Have you used positive action words and key words from the personal specification? 4. there is no such thing as standard CV.Research the Skills Required A CV allows you to present yourself in the best possible light. Have you checked the spelling and grammar? 7. It is a great opportunity for you to relate your skills and experiences to those required by each particular employer. Because no two jobs or organisations are exactly the same. Each time you apply for a job it’s up to you to identify the skills required. Have you demonstrated how you’ve shown each skill (Rather than just listed them)? 3. Have you whetted the reader’s appetite? Preparation 1. Preparation .

Look at the organisation’s web-site 2. Note how the examples provided are taken from a wide range of activities. when you’ve shown the required skills Think of a recent time in your life when you have shown each of the key skills required. Remember – Employers have about a minute to read your CV – if it’s not clearly focussed on the skills required it will end up in the bin The Top 26 Skills Required by Employers Willingness to learn Commitment Dependability/reliability Self-motivation Team work Leadership Communication skills (oral) Co-operation Communication skills (written) Drive/energy Self-management Desire to achieve/motivation Problem solving ability Flexibility Initiative Can summarise key issues Logical argument Adaptability (intellectual) Numeracy Adaptability (organisational) Can cope with pressure/stress Time management Rapid conceptualisation of issues Enquiry and research skills Self-confidence Analytical ability 2. at work or during sporting / social pursuits.Iden The table below shows how you might provide evidence for two key skills. at University. e. Highlight the key words in the personal specification (either published with the vacancy details or on the employer’s brochure / website) 3. .4 • A publishers may require good written communication skills and commercial awareness Most employers require a mix of technical skills and transferable skills such as teamwork and good organisation How to find out what skills are required: 1.g. Ask yourself what skills would be required in that role. Conta ct the organisation and ask for an informal chat (good networking opportunity) 5. Look at the skills required for similar vacancies 4. Preparation . Work experience is particularly attractive to employers.

other publications. and identify when you have demonstrated them. workexperience and interests Include a skills profile proving that you have the 6/7 skills required in the job You choose the headings but include: − Personal details − Education − Work experience − Interests − Skills profile − Contact details for referees See examples on page 12 See examples on page 12 Writing Your CV Before putting pen to paper it is first necessary to research the skills required in the job you’re going for. scripts • Essays. projects Your evidence • Communication – Written • 3. General • No more than 2 sides of A4 (can be more for academic CVs) . dissertations.Choose an appropriate CV Format Most Graduate CVs fall into two categories Chronological CVs (Traditional) • • • • • • Still focussed on skills! Most common form of CV Effective format for people with relevant work experience Useful when the employer stresses your experience Directly relate each experience (University. work-experience and interests) to the skills required in the job You choose the headings but include: − Personal details − education − Work Experience − interests − Contact details for referees • • • • • Skills-Based CVs Generally used by students / graduates without much work experience but with all the relevant skills Useful when the employer stresses your skills above your relevant experience Briefly list your education.5 Skill Communication – Interpersonal Examples of Evidence • Work experience (everything from bar work to clerical work) • Course/hall rep • Students Union network • Nightlight/Campus Connect • Mentoring • Publicity materials for voluntary or Students Union society • Articles for Leeds Student. Preparation .

with a clear.6 • Typed. Leeds LS6 9VQ Tel: 01425 2537766 / 0151 4478321 E-mail: cxw@hosmail.com Home Address (From July 20 – October 8) 63 Deancroft Avenue Queensbury London NW13 9EP Tel: 0203 205 1830 / 07845 345444 Date of Birth: 12 February 1981 Education more examples refer to sample CVs (page 11) For • Relate your degree to the job − For chronological CVs. attractive font Steve Jacobson 07936 414445 his8imp@seeds.uk Address with dates Home Address: 26 Hurlingham Road Fulham London SW3 4HP 020 735 6832 12 February 1982 Term address: (From October 10) Tel: Tel: Date of birth: 23 Chestnut Avenue Headingley Leeds LS6 9PL 0113 004 4801 No need to write ‘Curriculum Vitae’ Don’t use too much space Example 2: Clear. outline some relevant experience or achievements • Secondary level to degree in reverse chronological order Remember – relate • Show degree grade predicted / gained your degree to the job . simple font (minimum size: 11 point) • Short paragraphs of text (3/4 lines max) • Mixture of bullet points and text (not too muchKISS: Keep it Short and Sweet of each) • Allocate space according to relevance of information • Don’t try to squash in as many words as possible – leave wide margins and plenty of white space (less is more) • Use key words from the application and positive ‘action’ words (see page…) • Make sure dates are easy to see (don’t leave any gaps) You choose the headings but include: − Personal Details − Interests − Education − Contact details for referees − Work Experience • Personal Details Example 1: Clear. attractive font Cynthia Xiu Whien Address with dates Term Address: (Until July 20) 23 Ches Avenue. these can be transferable skills such as teamwork and communication (see page…) and / or technical skills if the job is related to your degree − For skills-based CVs. outline some skills gained which are relevant to the job.ac.

including English Language and Maths Dates easy to see (reverse chronological order) Allocate space according to importance of qualification (more for degree than A Levels) Example 2: Skills Based CV Education 2000 – Present University of Leeds MEng. History (A). Maths (B) GCSEs : 8 subjects all passed at grade “B” or above. BA (Hons) History (2:1 expected) Relevant Modules: • Qualitative Research Skills • Social Statistics • • Market Forces Research Statistics Include any relevant modules and outline a relevant dissertation Skills Gained: Developed a wide range of transferable skills within the fields of analysis and qualitative research. This project involved regular communication and presentation Describe some achievements within a fast-pace service environment 1992 – 1999 Queen Mary’s Secondary School. Geography (B). Maidstone A Levels: Chemistry (B).7 • A Levels with grade • Don’t list all GCSEs (just Maths and English) Example 1: Chronological CV (Traditional) Education 2001–2004 University of Leeds. For my dissertation on the economies of South East Asia I analysed and interpreted information from various sources including the Internet. Mathematics (B) 7 GCSEs (B and above) Allocate space according to importance from your degree which relate to the job (skills gained are outlined later in the skills profile) of qualification (more for degree than A Levels) For more examples refer to sample CVs (page 11) Remember – relate your work experience to the job Work Experience . London Relate your degree to the skills required in the job your applying for (in this case – research skills) A levels: History (A). libraries and museum archives 1993–2001 Westminister School for Boys. Civil Engineering. 2:1 pass predicted Mixture Research Methods of bullet pointsPresenting Ideas to Clients and text Surveying Key Modules: • Research Methods Computing Information Technology Mathematics • Computing Include relevant modules and outline a relevant dissertation Dissertation on presenting computer aided designs to manufacturers with little or no engineering background.

I have been able to alleviate this problem by rerouting resources and initiating a ‘triage’ system for new calls.June 2001: Birkbeck College. the name of the organisation and the town or city − Dates do not have to be exact (Summer 2002 or June – Sep. I initiated this internship myself. 2001 will do) − Include a short job description highlighting the duties and achievements which are relevant to the job you’re applying for − For chronological CVs also relate your experience to the skills required (See page…) Example 1: Chronological CV (Traditional) Work Experience Avoid too much scene setting – how you show a skill is more important than when or where Summer 2003 Marketing Assistant: Sainsburys. Childline Relate past jobs to the skills required in the job you’re going for Skills Gained: Analysis / Problem Solving Childine was finding that it was not attracting quality volunteers and many calls were going unanswered. At the completion of the project our team was awarded the 2003 Sainsbury’s prize for the best contribution to Market Research. Summer 2002 Cashier: Tesco.8 − Include volunteer work. the job title. Leeds Skills Gained: Motivation / Organisation Co-ordinated a small research project team looking at customer responses to refurbished Sainsbury’s Stores.May 2000 and May . include most recent and relevant. over the last 4 years − Include dates. London University If you have a lot of work experience you can split it up into ‘Relevant’ and ‘Additional’ experience . part-time jobs and vacation work. Fulham Less detail for less recent / less relevant jobs • Developed numeric skills and customer awareness • Organised weekend work rotas • Responsible for training new weekend staff Dates easy to see (reverse chronological order) Example 2: Chronological CV (Traditional) Relevant Employment March .g. e. Neasden Outline how you showed each skill (“alleviated…by rerouting and initiating”) • Assisted in designing a questionnaire • Analysed data using Excel • Presentation to regional marketing managers Summer 2000 Check Out Operator: Tesco. Oct 2002 – Present Fund organiser. and negotiated my conditions and salary.

editing and compiling reports. strategic planning in a client – focused environment Gap year: Adventure Planner at Brighams Adventure Holidays Duties included: Organising and managing water-based adventure holidays for school aged children Mixture of bullet points and text 1999 – 2000 1997 – 1999 Sales Assistant. editing skills September 2000 . professional and communication skills with a wide range of clients Example 3: Skills – Based CV Work Experience 2002 – 2003 Brief outline of duties (relate to duties in the job you’re applying for) – Skills come later in the skills profile Sandwich Placement at John’s Consulting Engineers. − Educational and communication skills including report writing. London University • Teaching Assistant and seminar leader on first year Shakespeare course. IT.9 • Research Assistant on the ‘Works of Robert Boyle and Correspondence of Robert Boyle’ − Proof correction and manuscript work. presentation and negotiation Additional Employment July . networking. Exeter Duties included: Project management. You have to pass the ‘So what?’ test Example 1: Chronological CV Relate your interests to the skills required in the job you’re going for . Maidstone (Vacations) Duties included: Retail sales and customer care 1995 – 1997 Various holiday jobs including: − Child – care − Holiday camp entertainer − Teaching assistant For more examples refer to sample CVs (page 11) Interests Relate your interests to the job you’re applying for just as you do for your education and work experience. Homestyle.May 2001 and September 2001 – present: Queen Mary College.August 1996 and 1997: KPMG Management Consulting • Associate Researcher − Conducting surveys.

University Football Team: Organised venues and fixtures for three teams as well as playing in the First XI. Gained experience in delegation. Treasurer Vice Captain Example 2: Skills – Based CV Interests / Achievements • • Brief outline of activities – Make sure you refer to them in the Skills Profile! • Music: guitarist in my own band which performs gigs in and around the Leeds area Travel: Backpacking in Asia and North America Sport: University Hockey team player References Either: Include a professional referee (a current employer or one from your recent past) and an academic referee (a tutor from your course.ac.uk Professional Mr G Spender Market Research Division J. desktop publishing.uk Key Words Before writing your CV highlight the key words included in the job description / personal specification for the vacancy (and similar . Karate: Kept accounts for a committee of eight. Sainsbury plc Stamford Street London SE1 9LL 0208 456 8679 jdjd@kkkl.co. your personal tutor) Or: • • Write – References available upon request Make sure you ask your referee’s permission to use them as your referee and tell them what sort of work you’re applying for Include all contact details Example References Academic Dr C H Glyns Personal Tutor School of History University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT 0113 765 4835 chjk@leess. proofreading text. e. Helped organise a campaign to extend membership of club. which resulted in 50 new members.g.10 INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES Publicity Officer Oxfam: Arranged a publicity campaign. and working under pressure to meet deadlines.

and use positive ‘action’ words. ingenuity. planned. experience. initiative. conceived. negotiated. and personal strengths Some Examples Career Profile Science graduate with experience in health service management studying management information systems. Positive Action Words • • Avoid negative comments such as: ‘I feel I can’ / ‘I think I can’ Use positive words: Ability. implemented. lasting. skills. analysed. organised. guided. enthusiasm. Include these words as you write your CV and when you’ve finished check to see if there all there. presented. judgement. performed. responsible. progress. achieved. On the one hand they may be viewed as a good way of summarising a candidate’s abilities and experience. formed. managed. stimulated. merit. Include personal qualities. redesigned. Ask yourself if the profile is absolutely necessary (i. introduced. surpassed. substantiated claims. enhanced. stability. launched. guaranteed. promoted. frame it in the third person (don’t refer to yourself as ‘I’ or ‘my’). If you do decide to include a profile and / or career objective then make them specific. self-indulgent re-hash of what should be written in a covering letter. maintained. thorough (For more positive words see Careers Booklet: ‘Action Words’) Optional Sections Personal Profile / Career Objective CVs are increasingly prefaced with a personal profile and / or a career objective. whether or not it will actually increase your chances of securing an interview). seeking a career where a background in problem-solving would be an advantage Other Achievements and Additional Skills . usually placed just below the personal details.11 vacancies).e. administered. The jury’s out at present as to whether employers look favourably on them. instigated. whilst on the other hand they are often seen as a verbose. determined. seeking to combine work and academic experience in management consultancy in the health care industry A Computer Science graduate with a keen interest in practical applications and information systems.

imagination and patience. helping to prepare badge work and developing evening meeting programmes and developing. • To draw a table press ‘Table’ on the top bar.uk Home Address: 26 Hurlingham Road Fulham London SW3 4HP 020 735 6832 12 February 1982 Term address: (From October 10) Tel: 23 Ches Avenue Headingley Leeds LS6 9PL 0113 004 4801 Tel: Date of birth: Home Address: Tel: Date of birth: 26 Hurlingham Road Fulham London SW3 4HP 020 735 6832 12 February 1982 Term address: (From October 10) Tel: Table with white lines 23 Ches Avenue Headingley Leeds LS6 9PL 0113 004 4801 . Brownie Leader: I am an active leader for the Brownies which involves taking girls on pack holidays and day trips. Hints for Using Microsoft Word (Press Help within word for more guidance) Tables One way to align personal details and references is by using a table and colouring the lines white so they’re invisible.T: Regular user of Microsoft Word. Maple 6 (mathematics software) and am familiar with research on the Internet and using E-mail.12 Example OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS & ADDITIONAL SKILLS: I. Full clean driving licence held for four years. Improves stamina.ac. Microsoft Excel. then press ‘Insert’ / ‘table’ and follow directions • To change colour line − Press ‘Table’ − Press ‘Draw Table’ − On the toolbar which appears press the border colour button and change the colour to white − Press the pencil button − Go over the black lines with your pencil and turn the lines white Example: Table with black lines Steve Jacobson 07936 414445 his8imp@seeds.

13 Adjusting Margins On the top bar press File / Page setup… Bold Text Highlight the text to be copied then either: • On the keyboard press ‘Control’ and ‘B’ at the same time • Or: Highlight the text then press ‘B’ on Formatting bar at the top of the page Cut Text Highlight the text to be copied then either: • On the keyboard press ‘Control’ and ‘X’ at the same time • Or: Press the scissors icon on the standard toolbar Copy Text Highlight the text to be copied then either: • On the keyboard press ‘Control’ and ‘C’ at the same time • Or: Press the icon showing two pieces of paper on the standard toolbar Paste Text • On the keyboard press ‘Control’ and ‘V’ at the same time • Or: Press the clipboard icon on the standard toolbar Aligning Text .

Skills .14 Example CVs PAGE Chronological CV (Traditional) aimed at a job requiring research skills……… Chronological CV (Traditional) aimed at a job in retail…………………………… Skills .based CV for an Informations Systems student aiming at a job in IT….based CV for a science student aiming at a job in the service sector….. Academic CV1………………………………………………………………………… Academic CV1………………………………………………………………………… 12 14 16 18 20 23 .

Fund organiser: Childline Oct 2002 – Present Skills Gained: Analysis / Problem Solving Childline was finding that it was not attracting quality volunteers and many calls were going unanswered. and negotiated my conditions and salary.Chronological CV (traditional) . Avoid too much scene setting Summer 2002 Cashier: Tesco. I initiated this internship myself. I have been able to alleviate this problem by rerouting resources and initiating a ‘triage’ system for new calls. Neasden . Leeds Relate your degree and work experience to the skills required in the job you’re applying for Reverse chronological order Skills Gained: Motivation / Organisation Co-ordinated a small research project team looking at customer responses to refurbished Sainsbury’s stores. 1993–2001 Westminister School for Boys. London A levels: History (A). Geography (B). Maths (B) GCSEs : 8 subjects all passed at grade “B” or above.aimed at a job requiring research skills 15 Address with dates Steve Jacobson Clear.uk Home Address: Tel: 26 Hurlingham Road Fulham London SW3 4HP 020 735 6832 Term address (From October 10) 23 Ches Avenue Headingley Leeds LS6 9PL EDUCATION 2001–2004 University of Leeds. including English Language and Maths WORK EXPERIENCE Summer 2003 Marketing Assistant: Sainsburys. attractive font 07936 414445 his8imp@seeds. For my dissertation on the economies of South East Asia I analysed and interpreted information from a wide range of sources including the Internet. libraries and museum archives. At the completion of the project our team was awarded the 2003 Sainsbury’s prize for the best contribution to Market Research. BA (Hons) History (2:1 expected) Dates easy to see according to importance of qualification (more for degree than A Levels…) • • • Allocate space • Key Modules: Qualitative Research Skills Social Statistics Market Forces Post-war Europe and the USA • • • Economic History Politics in Post War Britain Tiger Economies: Dead or Asleep? Skills Gained: Research Developed a comprehensive range of transferable skills within the fields of analysis and qualitative research.ac.

and working under pressure to meet deadlines.ac. Treasurer Vice Captain ADDITIONAL SKILLS • • • IT: Good knowledge of MSWord. desktop publishing. Clean driving licence Conversational French REFEREES Academic Dr C H Glyns Personal Tutor School of History University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT 0113 765 4835 chjk@leess. University Football Team: Organised venues and fixtures for three teams as well as playing in the First XI.uk Include all contact details and make sure you’ve told your referees before including their names . Gained experience in delegation. Helped organise a campaign to extend membership of club. proofreading text. Fulham Use positive words • Developed numeric skills and customer awareness • Organised weekend work rotas • Responsible for training new weekend staff INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES Publicity Officer Relate interests to the job you’re seeking Oxfam: Arranged a publicity campaign. Sainsbury plc Stamford Street London SE1 9LL 0208 456 8679 jdjd@kkkl. which resulted in 50 new members.16 • Assisted in designing a questionnaire • Analysed data using Excel • Presentation to regional marketing managers Summer 2001 Fence building in Papua New Guinea Skills Gained: Initiative and Problem Solving Before I started University I wanted to travel.co. Karate: Kept accounts for a committee of eight. Gap programs were all too expensive so I looked at the projects they offered. but also to help people in some sort of voluntary capacity. Through my job at Sainsbury’s I also gained valuable experience of spreadsheets and databases. subscribed to a cheap phone company and contacted overseas organisations directly – within a week I was on a plane to PNG Summer 2000 Check-Out Operator: Tesco.uk Professional Mr G Spender Market Research Division J.

B 17. Leeds. logical thinking and calculating. whilst working efficiently and effectively with a wide range of people • I often took the lead role in a Coathanger factory.17 Chronological CV (traditional) for a science student aiming at a job in the Civil Service LISA CARTWRIGHT 26 Stanley Park Gardens. I like to always be organised and present myself well.O.81 Email-mail: bio6t3w@leeds. sales and catering. motivating. Gloucester 10 GCSE’s (A* . developing my communication and interpersonal skills.05. Furniture and Coathanger to Crab. Sep ’99 – June 2001 Presenter on College Radio Apr 2000 – June 2001 Presenter on ‘RSL Cheltenham’ 105. Physics (B) & Maths (C) Cheltenham 6th Form College. • My responsibilities included opening up.uk D. Levi’s Store. thereby developing my organisation and communication skills. I enjoy using numbers to back up discussions. LS2 9HG D. Cheltenham. leading and persuading the team of staff to deliver prompt and personal service. • The enthusiasm and initiative I showed towards the job enabled me to gain more responsibility when last summer I was promoted to Acting Assistant Manager.05. Cheltenham • Five years of retail vacation work has given me a wide knowledge of the structural and procedural elements of a store. Gloucester Allocate space according to WORK HISTORY: importance of qualification (more for degree than A Levels…) April ’99 – present (vacations only) Shop Assistant. Reverse chronological order Relate your degree and work experience to the skills required in the job your applying for . Science and English Cheltenham High School.81 Tel: 01132562478 EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS: 2001 – Present BSc (Hons) Biology. predicted 2:1 The University of Leeds Relate your degree to the skills required in the job you’re going for Dates easy to see Skills Gained: Analytical Skills: Requisites for my Biology degree include problem solving. Time Management: I am punctual and reliable through balancing education with shift work in factories.O.ac.B 17. Headingley. this relevant experience can be adapted to other retail stores where loyalty and satisfaction of customers is paramount. June ’99 – 2001 (vacations) Various Sales and Catering positions through ADR Agency. • Worked within Fridge.8FM • These experiences helped to develop my confidence.B) including Mathematics. enhancing also my interpersonal and communication skills that enabled me to thrive and perform well in a pressured and fast moving environment. Biology (A). Chicken and Pizza! • I advanced my operational and team skills in pressured and productive environments. 1999 – 2001 1997 – 1999 3 ‘A’ Levels. which involved co-ordinating the line and training new recruits.

Cheltenham. Brownie Leader: I am an active leader for the Brownies which involves taking girls on pack holidays and day trips. GL24 4HG Tel: 01652 248975 E-Mail: sjackson@levi. University of Leeds. Levi’s Store. operations and other duties were successfully completed. teamworking on activities and co-ordinating events. Microsoft Excel. • Through the responsibility of serving drinks. West Yorkshire. Gloucester.org. Maple 6 (mathematics software) and am familiar with research on the Internet and using E-mail. Park Square.T: Regular user of Microsoft Word. I demonstrated good customer service whilst coping with demanding requests in a stressful environment. I further developed my interpersonal and communication skills and tact.f.smith@leeds. Relate interests to the job you’re seeking INTERESTS: MUSIC: I have played the piano for many years and have reached Grade 6 practical and Grade 5 Theory of Music. SOCIETIES: I am also a member of the University Horse Riding Club and the Circus Skills Society.Smith. OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS & ADDITIONAL SKILLS: I. Head of Biology. Cheltenham. which involve meeting regularly to discuss possible events.ac. • Through dealing with worried. Holiday Inn Plaza. Sunnybank Surgery. Improves stamina. Cheltenham. Jackson. REFEREES: 1) Dr K.uk Include all contact details and make sure you’ve told your referees before including their names . anxious and sometimes very upset clients.uk 2) Mr S. preparing light meals and stock control. • Excellent teamworking skills were developed with other staff when ensuring that consultations. imagination and patience. helping to prepare badge work and developing evening meeting programmes and developing. SPORT: I was Captain of the Hockey and Tennis teams during my entire school years and still pursue tennis now and regularly attend the gym. Full clean driving licence held for four years.18 June ’99-Mar ’01 Veterinary Assistant. Apr’98-Aug’99 Bar Supervisor. LS2 9JT Tel: 0113 233 5859 E-Mail: k. Leeds.

Maidstone Duties included: Retail sales and customer care Various holiday jobs including: • Child-care • Holiday camp entertainer • Teaching assistant 1999 – 2000 1997 – 1999 (Vacations) 1995 – 1997 Interests / Achievements • Music: guitarist in my own band which performs gigs in and around the Leeds area . Maidstone A Levels: Chemistry (B).19 Skills . Mathematics (B) 7 GCSEs (B and above) Dates easy to see Work Experience 2002 – 2003 Sandwich placement at John’s Consulting Engineers. Homestyle. Civil Engineering. 2:1 pass predicted Modules Include: Research Methods Reverse Presenting Ideas to Clients chronological Surveying order Computing Information Technology Mathematics Dissertation on presenting computer aided designs to manufacturers with little or no engineering background. Exeter Duties included: Project management. History (A).based CV (for a science student aiming at a job in the service sector) Cynthia Xiu Ehien Term Address: (Until July 20) 23 Ches Avenue.com Date of Birth: 12 February 1981 Address with dates Home Address (From July 20 – October 8): 63 Deancroft Avenue Queensbury London NW13 9EP Tel: 0203 205 1830 / 07845 345444 Natonality: British Education & Qualifications 2000 – Present University of Leeds MEng. This project involved regular communication and presentation within a fast-paced service environment 1992 – 1999 Queen Mary’s Secondary School. Leeds LS6 9VQ Tel: 01425 2537766 / 0151 4478321 E-mail: cxw@hosmail. strategic planning in a client– focused environment Gap year: Adventure Planner at Brighams Adventure Holidays Duties included: Organising and managing water-based adventure holidays for school aged children Use positive words Sales Assistant.

My interests always involve taking an active role in 'making things happen'.20 • • Tailor the headings in your skills profile according to the skills required by each different employer Travel: Backpacking in Asia and North America Sport: University Hockey team player Relate your degree. and this group continues to meet at weekends. work experience. Commitment: I needed considerable motivation and commitment in order to maximize the benefits of my gap year in 2000. from co-coordinating the bookings and liaising with the customers to checking the equipment and planning advertisements in the local media. Organisation: The key to my role at Brighams was the ability to organise a series of holidays. No matter what aspect of the job I was working on. Avoid too much Additional skills • • • scene setting Full clean driving licence Conversational Spanish Excellent knowledge of web design and Windows-based computer packages References available upon request . I was constantly aware of the fact that there was a limited time in which to complete the day's tasks. I have given a number of presentations in tutorials. as well as colleagues. I wanted to travel and increase my work experience in the service sector without incurring debt before I even started my degree! After an exhaustive search I found a very fulfilling job and earned enough money to fund the trip of a lifetime to India and Canada. and interests to the job you’re seeking Skills Profile Initiative : During my placement at Johns Consulting Engineers I was given responsibility for a number of projects where I had to work independently to fulfill key areas of the client brief. I particularly enjoy the social interaction of this sport. Team-working: In various groups at University I was able to bring together a wide range of opinions to ensure that we worked efficiently and achieved successful results. I formed a band at university in which I was the lead guitarist and singer. My experience at Homestyle and Brighams has also given me the skills and confidence to deal effectively with the general public. I am a member of the university hockey team. In addition. Throughout my studies I have also been able to allocate a certain amount of time to leisure activities and work without allowing my studies to suffer. Communication: I have always achieved high grades in my written and oral work at university. My work experience has also allowed me to work with a wide range of people.

FrontPage 2000 . French (C). • PowerPoint 9. • Working as a Silver Service Waiter and bar assistant encouraged me to work efficiently and competently in a team to please customers. Whilst monitoring their progression. 1990 . 97.Microsoft Word 6. Excel 97.Information Technology (B). work experience. I was elected to be a mentor to a small group of Computer Science first year students. COMMUNICATION • Good communication skills gained from conducting presentations in front of large audiences consisting of both lecturers and students. ‘98.5. SKILLS PROFILE Relate your degree.Internet Explorer 5. and interests to the job you’re seeking IT KNOWLEDGE • Windows ’95.HTML. encouragement and negotiation was an essential part of every group work exercise conducted at university to ensure a successful result. 7. Sutton Avenue. 2:1 The University of Leeds. Tel: Mobile: 077592365 Date of Birth: 14 October 1978 EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS 1997 .C) including English and Mathematics Kettlethorpe High School.1997 3 ‘A’ Levels .1995 9 GCSE’s (A* .21 Skills . Access 97. • Often being left in charge of the Queens Hotel Conference and Banqueting department required excellent communication to fellow employees and to customers. SQL. Modules included: Artificial Intelligence Database Management Human Computer Interaction Information Management Information systems development/practice Operating systems and communication List relevant Modules / Projects Operational Research Office Automation Professional Development Software Engineering Criminal Law Astrology Final Year Project: ‘Learning styles of computing students’ 1995 . . Wakefield.0 . Richard Southern 12.0.based CV for an Informations Systems student aiming at a job in IT Mr. • As part of a module exercise. TEAMWORK • Teamwork involving good listening skills. Wakefield.2000 BSc (Hons) Information Systems.0. West Yorkshire. NT 4. the task expanded my communication skills and encouraged me to listen and to be understood. WF2 7TU Home: 01924 2589674 E-mail: richardsouthern@yahoo. Biology (C) New College Sixth Form College. Pontefract. Netscape Navigator .

Westgate. PROJECT MANAGEMENT My final year project allowed me to acquire essential project management skills.07/2002 Vacations 2000/01/02 Summer 1999/2000 Website Co-ordinator. swimming and golf. Sport I consider myself an extremely active person who enjoys a wide range of sports such as rugby. I have taken part in many sponsored events ranging from small local fun runs to marathons to raise money for charities in Nottingham. References Available upon request . Wakefield.22 • My vast retail experience has led me to develop excellent customer service skills where communication is a core tool. • Often dealing with customer complaints and difficulties has led me to find solutions to problems in a calm and efficient manner. Leeds. PROBLEM SOLVING • Problem solving has been dominant throughout my education. Nottingham. Tailor the headings in your skills profile according to the skills required by each different employer LEADERSHIP • Leadership qualities have been shown through numerous group exercises throughout my university career where I adopt a dominant but yet supportive and positive role. EMPLOYMENT SUMMARY 30/08/02 .12/02/03 11/2001. This has undoubtedly been one of the most influential experiences of my life. It has not only made me a more confident person but has helped me to integrate with all nationalities and broaden my horizons. Silver Service Waiter/Bar Assistant. Queens Hotel. Boots the Chemists. an essential component of good leadership.intermediate written and spoken. I have been a keen rugby player for many years and frequently compete in university. • German . Retail Assistant. This also involved dealing with complaints and difficulties calmly and professionally. WH Smith.basic understanding. departmental and national tournaments. Nottingham. ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS Travelling 6-month journey through Australia with en-route visits to Bangkok and Singapore. which eventually raised £400 000. such as written communication. LANGUAGES • French . long distance running. It was an essential skill in a number of modules such as operational research. IT Direct. database management and information systems development. Retail Assistant. Fund Raising I have helped in the fund raising campaign for the construction of my local community centre. • Captaining a university rugby team required respect from team members. self-management and problem-solving skills through a 300-hour investigation and production of a 50-page report.

Title of Degree University of Leeds Modules included: (List Relevant modules) Sixth Form College. Title University of Leeds Dissertation – “Title” Modules included: (List Relevant modules / Outline any relevant research) BSc (Hons) 2:1. e. autumn 2004) Brief outline your thesis relating it to the post you’re applying for.g.smith@leeds.uk Tel: 0113 275 3456 Tel (work and/or mobile): Date of Birth: 20 September 1978 Education 2001 – 2004 PhD “Insert Title Here” University of Leeds Supervised by…….g: Outline projects undertaken and mention any collaborations with industry. 1B 1997 – 2000 1995 – 1997 1990 – 1995 Research Interests A couple of paragraphs on • where your research interests lie • what you are currently investigating • what your future research plans are . Birmingham 9 GCSEs: 8As.23 Three pages Academic CV 1 John Smith Address: 96 Green Road Headingley Leeds LS13 6HG Email: j.ac. Think about the length of the paragraph – is it readable? Consider bullet pointing key aspects that you want to highlight Include: ‘A synopsis of the work carried out is attached’ 2000 – 2001 MSc. Birmingham A Levels: Physics (A). – due for submission… (E. Chemistry (B). Biology (B) Comprehensive School.

York. University of Leeds Successfully managed a six week research project to ……………. or budgets that you had to work within. September 2003 3. 2. Highlight deadlines that you had to meet. specialist software or particular research methodologies used. Where Held. 10/03 – 04/04: Supervised a Masters student 10/02 – 05/03: Supervised a BSc student with his final year projects In each case I was involved in assisting in project management. NMR. i. When 2. presentation and work in progress etc.g. novel approaches tried. any further work carried out as a result of what you did – mention any publications that have come from it. Use the Harvard System to reference Conferences and Courses Attended 1.24 Research Experience Summer 2001 Research Assistant Department of Chemistry. Research Council’s Graduate School. E. Can include journal articles. Mass Spectroscopy and HPLC). Outline what the work involved. What did you learn? Think about technical skills – for example analytical techniques (e. Or. conference papers. development and completion. University of Leeds Gave support to year 10 and 11 school pupils in maths and science one-to-one and in groups Outline any teaching experience gained. Conference title. under the direction of Professor X. Campus Connect. October 10th – 15th 2002 Professional Memberships Include if appropriate . what you achieved. Royal Society of Chemistry Annual Conference. Teaching and Administrative Experience 2001 – 2004 Postgraduate Demonstrator.. 1999 – 2001 Student Tutor. Publications 1.g. Mention any marking or administrative experience gained. University of Leeds During my PhD I have been involved in supervising undergraduates during their practical classes and was responsible for up to thirty students.e.

A Student Society Not as important on an academic CV. SPSS. References First Reference Research Supervisor Full name and title Address Phone number Email Attach A synopsis of the work carried out on your PhD Second Reference [Another academic. e. preferably in a field related to the position applying for] Full name and title Address Phone number Email . ChemDraw.25 IT Skills Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes and proficient at using… include all specialist packages.g. CAD/CAM packages Interests and Achievements 2001 – 2004 2000 – 2001 University of Leeds Staff Cricket Team Event Coordinator.

University of Leeds Successfully managed a six week research project to ……………. with industry. any further work carried out as a result of what you did – mention any publications that have come from it. – due for submission… (E. autumn 2004) Brief outline of what your thesis investigates. Title University of Leeds Dissertation – “Title” Modules included: List relevant modules / outline any relevant research BSc (Hons) 2:1. or research methodologies.g. Chemistry (B). What did you learn? Think about technical skills – analytical techniques. or budgets that you had to work within.. i. Think about the length of the paragraph – is it readable? Consider bullet pointing key aspects that you want highlight Full details in attached appendix 2000 – 2001 MSc.uk Tel (Home): 0113 275 3456 Tel (Work or Mobile): Date of Birth: 20 September 1978 Education 2001 – 2004 PhD “Insert Title Here” University of Leeds Supervised by……. what you achieved. software packages used. Highlight deadlines that you had to meet. novel approaches tried.g. Birmingham 9 GCSEs: 8As. Biology (B) Comprehensive School. .smith@leeds.ac. e.26 Academic CV 2 Three pages Jane Smith Address: 96 Green Road Headingley Leeds LS13 6HG Email: j.e. Title of Degree University of Leeds Modules included: Sixth Form College. Birmingham A Levels: Physics (A). Outline what the work involved. 1B 1997 – 2000 1995 – 1997 1990 – 1995 Research Experience Summer 2001 Research Assistant Department of Chemistry. different projects undertaken and mention any collaborations. under the direction of Professor X.

produce staff rotas and balance the tills. Mention any marking or administrative experience gained. Mention any teaching experience gained Other Experience 1998 – 2000 Bar Supervisor. References First Reference Research Supervisor Full name and title Address Phone number Email Second Reference [Another academic. leadership. 1999 – 2001 Student Tutor. SPSS. communication. The Dragon Hotel. preferably in a field related to the position applying for] Full name and title Address Phone number Email . e.27 Teaching and Administrative Experience 2001 – 2004 Postgraduate Demonstrator. University of Leeds Gave support to year 10 and 11 school pupils in maths and science one-to-one and in groups. A Student Society This section is less important on an academic CV. etc. University of Leeds During my PhD I have been involved in supervising undergraduates during their practical classes. 10/03 – 04/04: Supervised a Masters student 10/02 – 05/03: Supervised a BSc student with his final year projects In each case I was involved in assisting in project management. Responsible for running three bars and required me to manage stock. Professional Memberships Include if appropriate IT Skills Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes and proficient at using… include all specialist packages. Highlight skills that are relevant to the post you are applying for. ChemDraw. management. development and completion. CAD/CAM packages Interests and Achievements 2001 – 2004 2000 – 2001 University of Leeds Staff Cricket Team Event Coordinator.g. being responsible for up to thirty students.g. e. Campus Connect. Leeds Initially worked as a silver service waiter in the conference and banqueting team and then transferred to the wine and bar section.

conference papers. Royal Society of Chemistry Annual Conference. Research Council’s Graduate School. Can include journal articles. presentations and work in progress. If you would normally describe your research using diagrams then include them in your abstract for clarity.28 Appendix Research Abstract Summarise research carried out here. Conference title. E. Publications 1. when 2.g. September 2003 3. Or. York. October 10th – 15th 2002 . where held. etc 2. Use Harvard System to reference Conferences and Courses Attended 1.