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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

Is it attractive and easy to read? 8 Is your CV short (two pages)? 9.Research the Skills Required A CV allows you to present yourself in the best possible light. there is no such thing as standard CV. 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. Are the dates easy to see? 6. Have you highlighted the main points? 5. Each time you apply for a job it’s up to you to identify the skills required. Preparation .3 2. Have you checked the spelling and grammar? 7. Have you whetted the reader’s appetite? Preparation 1. 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 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 .

based CV for a science student aiming at a job in the service sector….. 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 . Skills .based CV for an Informations Systems student aiming at a job in IT….

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

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

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

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

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

My experience at Homestyle and Brighams has also given me the skills and confidence to deal effectively with the general public. 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. My interests always involve taking an active role in 'making things happen'. work experience. 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 particularly enjoy the social interaction of this sport. 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 . No matter what aspect of the job I was working on. I formed a band at university in which I was the lead guitarist and singer.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. Commitment: I needed considerable motivation and commitment in order to maximize the benefits of my gap year in 2000. 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. I am a member of the university hockey team. 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 was constantly aware of the fact that there was a limited time in which to complete the day's tasks. My work experience has also allowed me to work with a wide range of people. Communication: I have always achieved high grades in my written and oral work at university. I have given a number of presentations in tutorials. 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. Organisation: The key to my role at Brighams was the ability to organise a series of holidays.

5. 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 . West Yorkshire. 7. TEAMWORK • Teamwork involving good listening skills.0. • As part of a module exercise. Whilst monitoring their progression. 1990 . Tel: Mobile: 077592365 Date of Birth: 14 October 1978 EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS 1997 .1997 3 ‘A’ Levels .HTML. • PowerPoint 9. Access 97. SQL. . 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. WF2 7TU Home: 01924 2589674 E-mail: richardsouthern@yahoo. Wakefield. Biology (C) New College Sixth Form College. the task expanded my communication skills and encouraged me to listen and to be understood. ‘98. SKILLS PROFILE Relate your degree.C) including English and Mathematics Kettlethorpe High School. 97. and interests to the job you’re seeking IT KNOWLEDGE • Windows ’95. • Working as a Silver Service Waiter and bar assistant encouraged me to work efficiently and competently in a team to please customers. Wakefield.2000 BSc (Hons) Information Systems. NT 4.Internet Explorer 5. Excel 97. COMMUNICATION • Good communication skills gained from conducting presentations in front of large audiences consisting of both lecturers and students.21 Skills . Richard Southern 12. FrontPage 2000 .0 . work experience.1995 9 GCSE’s (A* . Pontefract. French (C).0.Information Technology (B).Microsoft Word 6.based CV for an Informations Systems student aiming at a job in IT Mr. 2:1 The University of Leeds. Sutton Avenue. encouragement and negotiation was an essential part of every group work exercise conducted at university to ensure a successful result. Netscape Navigator .

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

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

under the direction of Professor X. When 2. 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. September 2003 3. what you achieved. What did you learn? Think about technical skills – for example analytical techniques (e. University of Leeds Successfully managed a six week research project to ……………. Conference title. Mass Spectroscopy and HPLC). Or.24 Research Experience Summer 2001 Research Assistant Department of Chemistry.e. E.g. Teaching and Administrative Experience 2001 – 2004 Postgraduate Demonstrator. specialist software or particular research methodologies used. novel approaches tried. Campus Connect. Use the Harvard System to reference Conferences and Courses Attended 1. conference papers.g. 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. 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. Royal Society of Chemistry Annual Conference. Outline what the work involved. 2. any further work carried out as a result of what you did – mention any publications that have come from it. 1999 – 2001 Student Tutor.. or budgets that you had to work within. development and completion. NMR. Can include journal articles. October 10th – 15th 2002 Professional Memberships Include if appropriate . Publications 1. i. Where Held. York. Research Council’s Graduate School. presentation and work in progress etc. Highlight deadlines that you had to meet. Mention any marking or administrative experience gained.

g. A Student Society Not as important on an academic CV. 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. 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. e. CAD/CAM packages Interests and Achievements 2001 – 2004 2000 – 2001 University of Leeds Staff Cricket Team Event Coordinator. SPSS.

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

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

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