Writing a good CV in EnglishDescargar cómo preparar una Entrevista de Trabajo en Inglés

Before you read a text on writing a good CV in English, read the following comprehension questions.
 

1. What’s the American English word for CV?

2. What does HR stand for?

3. According to the article, how long would a prospective employer spend reading your CV?

4. According to the survey carried out in 2010, are employers more interested in your qualifications, your personality or your education?

5. Why is it unusual these days to see CVs with a photograph in the UK and the US?
   

Now read the text and answer the questions.
 

Writing a good CV in English

What does CV mean?

CV stands for Curriculum Vitae and CV is the common British English term for it. In American English you're more likely to hear the word résumé.Diccionario online

CVs are still the best way to apply for a job (unless your uncle works in HR!*). Your CV should communicate your life story in a way that makes you look really good and the best person for the job that is on offer.

You should use your CV to sell yourself. It should describe your qualifications, experience, abilities and skills to a possible future employer so that he or she wants to meet you for an interview.

Unfortunately, there is no single correct way to write a CV, there’s no instant formula. You have to design and adapt the CV to the job you are applying for.

Remember one very important thing, the prospective employer probably looks at tens or hundreds of CVs, and possibly looks at each one for no more than 45 seconds. Make your CV short, clear, easy to read and relevant to the job vacancy.

What information should I put in my CV?

Here are the top 6 results from a survey which was carried out in 2010 in the US. Employers were asked what they looked for in a CV in order of importance. Number one is the most important and number 6 is the least.

1. Previous related work experience
2. Qualifications and skills
3. Easy to read
4. Accomplishments
5. Education
6. Personality and character traits (a desire to succeed, individuality, ambition, social skills etc.)

Personal Details

Include your full name, address, telephone number and email address. You can include your date of birth, although this isn't essential due to recent age discrimination laws.

Should I include a photo with my CV?

It depends. This isn't common in the UK or US because of equal opportunities legislation, but it's still common in many European countries, so it really is up to you. If you include a photo, remember to smile and look friendly.

Next month, we’ll continue with some more information on how to write a good CV in English and we’ll look at what you should (and shouldn’t) include.

*HR = Human Resources

 

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Writing a good CV in English - Part 2Descargar cómo preparar una Entrevista de Trabajo en Inglés

Before you read a text on writing a good CV in English, read the following comprehension questions.
 

1. What should you do if you didn’t pass your exams with good grades?

2. What should you write on a CV if you have no work experience?

3. What two things should you consider carefully before putting your hobbies and interests on your CV?

4. What 2 things do most people put in the skills section of their CV?

5. What’s the purpose of including a short personal profile at the beginning of your CV?
   

Now read the text and answer the questions.
 

Writing a good CV in English (Part 2)

What should I put in the Education and Qualification section?

Keep this short, but say what degree you studied at university and any other RELEVANT information. If you passed exams with good grades, put this in, if you didn't, don't include the grades.

What about the Work Experience section?Diccionario online

Again, only include RELEVANT experience. If the job is for a personal assistant in an office, don't include your summar job at the local swimming pool - it isn't relevant!

Use action words to describe things you've done; words like organised, set up, developed, ran, managed, planned etc.

If you have little or no work experience, try to think of things you've accomplished and succeeded at, such as organising a youth group, starting a book club, giving quality customer service in the catering industry (helping in your uncle's bar, for example!)

Try to make a connection between things you've done in the past and the position you're being interviewed for.

For instance. if you're applying for a job in engineering, talk about the time you spent fixing your car and helping other people by repairing their computers, motor bikes and washing machines.

Hobbies and Interests

Keep this section as short as you can. Try not to put the obvious things like reading, cinema, going out with friends.

Be aware that solitary activities, such as computer games, reading, doing crossword puzzles, could indicate a solitary person who doesn't socialize very well.

Speak about any interests that are relevant to the job or that are out of the ordinary. Playing music in a band suggests a sociable, creative person who can work with other people.

Extreme sports such as mountain climbing and skydiving suggest a person who pushes himself or herself to the limit.

Think carefully before putting your hobbies in your CV and ask yourself "Is this relevant to the job I'm applying for?" (or at least, can I make it relevant?) and "What impression does this hobby give the interviewer of me?"

What about the Skills section?

Most people write about their language and computer skills in this part. If you have a driving licence, include it here, especially if it's relevant to the job.

References

You may be asked to provide two or more references from people who know you and how you work. This doesn't mean your mum, dad or sister, it means an ex-employer, teacher or supervisor.

You can leave this part out at the application stage and just say "references available on request" in the cover email you send with your CV.

In some fields and professions, it's common to write a short personal profile at the beginning of the CV. This summarizes the kind of person you are and how you work.

If you do this, be creative. Write something different that stands out from all the rest. How many profiles do you think the employer will read that say, "I am an enthusiastic and efficient worker who is comfortable working in a team."?

My guess is hundreds! Remember, try to be different and stand out from the crowd. Good luck!

 

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