CV Workbook

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Is your CV targeted at the skills and experiences required in the job for which you are applying?
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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

Because no two jobs or organisations are exactly the same. Have you used positive action words and key words from the personal specification? 4. 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 .Research the Skills Required A CV allows you to present yourself in the best possible light. there is no such thing as standard CV. Preparation . Have you highlighted the main points? 5. Each time you apply for a job it’s up to you to identify the skills required. Are the dates easy to see? 6. Is it attractive and easy to read? 8 Is your CV short (two pages)? 9. Have you demonstrated how you’ve shown each skill (Rather than just listed them)? 3. It is a great opportunity for you to relate your skills and experiences to those required by each particular employer. Have you checked the spelling and grammar? 7. Have you whetted the reader’s appetite? Preparation 1.3 2.

Conta ct the organisation and ask for an informal chat (good networking opportunity) 5. Work experience is particularly attractive to employers. Look at the organisation’s web-site 2.Iden The table below shows how you might provide evidence for two key skills. 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. Preparation . Highlight the key words in the personal specification (either published with the vacancy details or on the employer’s brochure / website) 3. Note how the examples provided are taken from a wide range of activities. at University. 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.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. Ask yourself what skills would be required in that role. . e. Look at the skills required for similar vacancies 4.g.

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. and identify when you have demonstrated them. Preparation . projects Your evidence • Communication – Written • 3. General • No more than 2 sides of A4 (can be more for academic CVs) . 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. dissertations. other publications. scripts • Essays.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.

6 • Typed. attractive font Steve Jacobson 07936 414445 his8imp@seeds.ac. 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 . outline some skills gained which are relevant to the job.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. 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. with a clear. attractive font Cynthia Xiu Whien Address with dates Term Address: (Until July 20) 23 Ches Avenue.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. 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. Leeds LS6 9VQ Tel: 01425 2537766 / 0151 4478321 E-mail: cxw@hosmail.

Geography (B). 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 . For my dissertation on the economies of South East Asia I analysed and interpreted information from various sources including the Internet. London Relate your degree to the skills required in the job your applying for (in this case – research skills) A levels: History (A). 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. This project involved regular communication and presentation Describe some achievements within a fast-pace service environment 1992 – 1999 Queen Mary’s Secondary School. Maidstone A Levels: Chemistry (B). Maths (B) GCSEs : 8 subjects all passed at grade “B” or above. libraries and museum archives 1993–2001 Westminister School for Boys. 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.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. History (A). 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. Civil Engineering.

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 . 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. over the last 4 years − Include dates. 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. London University If you have a lot of work experience you can split it up into ‘Relevant’ and ‘Additional’ experience .June 2001: Birkbeck College. the job title. include most recent and relevant. Leeds Skills Gained: Motivation / Organisation Co-ordinated a small research project team looking at customer responses to refurbished Sainsbury’s Stores. Summer 2002 Cashier: Tesco. part-time jobs and vacation work. Oct 2002 – Present Fund organiser. the name of the organisation and the town or city − Dates do not have to be exact (Summer 2002 or June – Sep. I have been able to alleviate this problem by rerouting resources and initiating a ‘triage’ system for new calls. At the completion of the project our team was awarded the 2003 Sainsbury’s prize for the best contribution to Market Research.8 − Include volunteer work.g. e. and negotiated my conditions and salary. I initiated this internship myself. 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.May 2000 and May .

− Educational and communication skills including report writing.August 1996 and 1997: KPMG Management Consulting • Associate Researcher − Conducting surveys. presentation and negotiation Additional Employment July . editing and compiling reports. London University • Teaching Assistant and seminar leader on first year Shakespeare course. 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. IT. Exeter Duties included: Project management. Homestyle. networking. 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. 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.May 2001 and September 2001 – present: Queen Mary College. editing skills September 2000 .9 • Research Assistant on the ‘Works of Robert Boyle and Correspondence of Robert Boyle’ − Proof correction and manuscript work. 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 .

uk Key Words Before writing your CV highlight the key words included in the job description / personal specification for the vacancy (and similar . proofreading text. Sainsbury plc Stamford Street London SE1 9LL 0208 456 8679 jdjd@kkkl. 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. Karate: Kept accounts for a committee of eight. University Football Team: Organised venues and fixtures for three teams as well as playing in the First XI. Helped organise a campaign to extend membership of club. 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. and working under pressure to meet deadlines.10 INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES Publicity Officer Oxfam: Arranged a publicity campaign.ac.g. which resulted in 50 new members. Gained experience in delegation. e. desktop publishing.uk Professional Mr G Spender Market Research Division J.co.

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

imagination and patience. helping to prepare badge work and developing evening meeting programmes and developing. Full clean driving licence held for four years.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 . Microsoft Excel.12 Example OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS & ADDITIONAL SKILLS: I. 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. Improves stamina. 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. • To draw a table press ‘Table’ on the top bar. Maple 6 (mathematics software) and am familiar with research on the Internet and using E-mail.T: Regular user of Microsoft Word. Brownie Leader: I am an active leader for the Brownies which involves taking girls on pack holidays and day trips.ac.

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

Neasden . including English Language and Maths WORK EXPERIENCE Summer 2003 Marketing Assistant: Sainsburys. and negotiated my conditions and salary. attractive font 07936 414445 his8imp@seeds.ac. At the completion of the project our team was awarded the 2003 Sainsbury’s prize for the best contribution to Market Research. Maths (B) GCSEs : 8 subjects all passed at grade “B” or above. I initiated this internship myself. I have been able to alleviate this problem by rerouting resources and initiating a ‘triage’ system for new calls. Avoid too much scene setting Summer 2002 Cashier: Tesco. Geography (B). libraries and museum archives. 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.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.Chronological CV (traditional) . 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. For my dissertation on the economies of South East Asia I analysed and interpreted information from a wide range of sources including the Internet. London A levels: History (A). 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. 1993–2001 Westminister School for Boys.aimed at a job requiring research skills 15 Address with dates Steve Jacobson Clear.

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. Gained experience in delegation. 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. desktop publishing.ac. Gap programs were all too expensive so I looked at the projects they offered. which resulted in 50 new members. University Football Team: Organised venues and fixtures for three teams as well as playing in the First XI.co. Karate: Kept accounts for a committee of eight. and working under pressure to meet deadlines.uk Include all contact details and make sure you’ve told your referees before including their names . proofreading text. Through my job at Sainsbury’s I also gained valuable experience of spreadsheets and databases.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. 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. Treasurer Vice Captain ADDITIONAL SKILLS • • • IT: Good knowledge of MSWord.uk Professional Mr G Spender Market Research Division J. but also to help people in some sort of voluntary capacity. Helped organise a campaign to extend membership of club. Sainsbury plc Stamford Street London SE1 9LL 0208 456 8679 jdjd@kkkl.

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

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

Leeds LS6 9VQ Tel: 01425 2537766 / 0151 4478321 E-mail: cxw@hosmail. 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.19 Skills . Maidstone A Levels: Chemistry (B).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. 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. History (A). Exeter Duties included: Project management. 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 .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. Mathematics (B) 7 GCSEs (B and above) Dates easy to see Work Experience 2002 – 2003 Sandwich placement at John’s Consulting Engineers. This project involved regular communication and presentation within a fast-paced service environment 1992 – 1999 Queen Mary’s Secondary School. Homestyle.

work experience. In addition. 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. 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. No matter what aspect of the job I was working on. from co-coordinating the bookings and liaising with the customers to checking the equipment and planning advertisements in the local media. and this group continues to meet at weekends. 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. I formed a band at university in which I was the lead guitarist and singer. Communication: I have always achieved high grades in my written and oral work at university. Commitment: I needed considerable motivation and commitment in order to maximize the benefits of my gap year in 2000.20 • • 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. My work experience has also allowed me to work with a wide range of people. 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. Organisation: The key to my role at Brighams was the ability to organise a series of holidays. I particularly enjoy the social interaction of this sport. My experience at Homestyle and Brighams has also given me the skills and confidence to deal effectively with the general public. My interests always involve taking an active role in 'making things happen'. I am a member of the university hockey team. 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. 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 .

2:1 The University of Leeds. 1990 .HTML. West Yorkshire. . Access 97. • As part of a module exercise.Microsoft Word 6.5. encouragement and negotiation was an essential part of every group work exercise conducted at university to ensure a successful result. French (C). Sutton Avenue. SQL. 97. • PowerPoint 9.2000 BSc (Hons) Information Systems. and interests to the job you’re seeking IT KNOWLEDGE • Windows ’95. Wakefield. I was elected to be a mentor to a small group of Computer Science first year students. • Often being left in charge of the Queens Hotel Conference and Banqueting department required excellent communication to fellow employees and to customers. Excel 97. Whilst monitoring their progression.Internet Explorer 5. Richard Southern 12. the task expanded my communication skills and encouraged me to listen and to be understood. Netscape Navigator .0 .Information Technology (B).0. TEAMWORK • Teamwork involving good listening skills.C) including English and Mathematics Kettlethorpe High School. WF2 7TU Home: 01924 2589674 E-mail: richardsouthern@yahoo. Tel: Mobile: 077592365 Date of Birth: 14 October 1978 EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS 1997 . • Working as a Silver Service Waiter and bar assistant encouraged me to work efficiently and competently in a team to please customers.21 Skills . SKILLS PROFILE Relate your degree.0. Pontefract.based CV for an Informations Systems student aiming at a job in IT Mr. FrontPage 2000 . COMMUNICATION • Good communication skills gained from conducting presentations in front of large audiences consisting of both lecturers and students. Wakefield. 7. ‘98. work experience. 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 . NT 4. Biology (C) New College Sixth Form College.1995 9 GCSE’s (A* .1997 3 ‘A’ Levels .

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

g. Title of Degree University of Leeds Modules included: (List Relevant modules) Sixth Form College. 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.23 Three pages Academic CV 1 John Smith Address: 96 Green Road Headingley Leeds LS13 6HG Email: j. e. autumn 2004) Brief outline your thesis relating it to the post you’re applying for.smith@leeds. Chemistry (B). Biology (B) Comprehensive School.ac. Birmingham A Levels: Physics (A).g: Outline projects undertaken and mention any collaborations with industry.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……. – due for submission… (E. Title University of Leeds Dissertation – “Title” Modules included: (List Relevant modules / Outline any relevant research) BSc (Hons) 2:1. Birmingham 9 GCSEs: 8As. 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 .

What did you learn? Think about technical skills – for example analytical techniques (e.g. Highlight deadlines that you had to meet. 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. October 10th – 15th 2002 Professional Memberships Include if appropriate . what you achieved. specialist software or particular research methodologies used. Conference title. Can include journal articles. NMR. Publications 1.24 Research Experience Summer 2001 Research Assistant Department of Chemistry. or budgets that you had to work within. Royal Society of Chemistry Annual Conference. Campus Connect. i. When 2. Research Council’s Graduate School. Outline what the work involved. presentation and work in progress etc. under the direction of Professor X. development and completion. Where Held. any further work carried out as a result of what you did – mention any publications that have come from it. novel approaches tried.e. 1999 – 2001 Student Tutor. University of Leeds Successfully managed a six week research project to ……………. 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.g. Or. conference papers. Use the Harvard System to reference Conferences and Courses Attended 1. September 2003 3. 2. Mass Spectroscopy and HPLC).. York. Mention any marking or administrative experience gained. Teaching and Administrative Experience 2001 – 2004 Postgraduate Demonstrator. 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.

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

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

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

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