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Exercise 2. What makes a good CV

Decide whether the following sentences are true or false. Give comments.

 

1. Employers don't care what CVs look like.

2. Companies only receive a few applications for each position.

3. You should spread your points out on the page.

4. You should include as much information as possible.

5. It is better to focus on key facts.

6. The most important features are that it is easy to read and looks good.

7. A good CV will guarantee a good job.

 

 

Exercise 3. Organising Information

Although there are different views on how to organise a CV, most prospective employers would expect to see the following headings

 

Education Referees Personal Details Profile Additional Skills Interests Professional Experience

 

Match the headings from the table with the following explanations:

 

a. former bosses, teachers or other people who would be willing to confirm that you are a good candidate

b. things you can do that weren't part of your formal training, such as languages, computer skills etc.

c. do you like reading, dancing, football, etc?

d. previous jobs and what your role was

e. schools, university, other training and qualifications

f. nationality, age etc.

g. few lines summarising who you are, what you're good at and what makes you special

 

Jasper Bergfeld, a German graduate, is compiling his CV. He has collected the relevant details but now he must organise them. Look at the following points and decide which heading Jasper should put them under.

Example: University of Stuttgart degree in Business Information Management: answer = 'Education'

 

1. Fluent in English

2. Nationality German

3. Concept AG Assistant Project Manager

4. Excellent communication skills

5. Full driving license

6. Diploma in English with Business Studies

7. Skiing and windsurfing

8. Computer literate

9. Able to work on own initiative and under pressure

10. Responsible for customer service

11. Dr H. Mayer, University of Bath

 

Vocabulary

AG Aktiengesellschaft (German), joint stock company

full driving license a driver's licence that is free of the added restrictions normally associated with the learner and novice stage of the driver licensing process

work under pressure work against time or to a deadline

Project Manager a person responsible for the planning, coordination and controlling of a project from inception to completion, meeting the project's requirements and ensuring completion on time, within cost and to required quality standards.

 

Exercise 4. A sample CV

Here is Carmen's CV. Read through it closely and then try to answer the following questions about Carmen and her experience.

 

 

Carmen Lopez Duran Profile I am keen to follow a career in Tourism or Hotel Management. I am well-organised, highly motivated and have excellent communication skills. In addition I am reliable, flexible, and quick to learn.   Personal details Address Avenida de la Plata 47 Grenada 18 752 Spain Tel 123 456 789 Email Carmello@ etc.com Date of birth 25 Nov 1980 Marital status Single   Education 1998 - 2000 Universidad de Granada Diploma in Business Studies with Tourism 1990 - 1998 Instituto Cervantes, Granada Bachillerato (A Level equivalent) Grade B Professional Experience 2000 present Hotel Xyz, Notown Assistant to Conference Manager Responsible for providing administrative support, answering enquiries, taking bookings, arranging catering. Employee of the Year, 2001. Summer 2000 Company Xyz. Notown Social/Sports Officer In charge of escorting groups of foreign students, Arranging schedules, planning social events, Organising sports activities, managing a budget.   Interests Yoga, swimming, skiing, classical music, theatre, current affairs   Additional Skills Fluent English - IELTS score 6.5 Working knowledge of French Clean driving licence Computer literate (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)   Referees Antonio Palma Plazas, Conference Manager, Primavera Hotels Mercedes Garrido Vazquez, Regional Director, Eurostudy Ltd

 

Decide whether the following sentences are true or false based on Carmen's CV.

 

1. She is married.

2. She started working full-time when she left school.

3. She was not very successful at Hotel Primavera.

4. She worked during her vacations.

5. She had financial responsibility when she worked for Eurostudy.

6. She isn't interested in politics.

7. She has never committed a driving offence.

8. She speaks French better than English.

Vocabulary

to be keen to do somethingto want to do it a lot

communication skillsthe ability to interact well with other people

reliabledependable, trustworthy

vacationsAmerican-English for holidays or time off work

managing a budgetmaking sure that an agreed amount of money is spent wisely to complete a task or project

current affairsnews about what's happening around the world at the moment

to have committed a driving offenceto have done something illegal while driving

to have a clean driving licenceto have a driving licence that doesn't contain any record of illegal driving

to have a working knowledge of somethingto have a basic understanding of a topic


Unit 2. Application Form

 

Application Form is a form used in the recruitment process to enable a job candidate to supply information about his or her qualifications, skills, and experience. Employers may ask a candidate to complete an application form instead of, or as well as, providing a Resume. Application forms should be reviewed regularly to ensure that questions asked take account of current legislation, accepted good practice, and internal organizational developments. These questions should be job-related and avoid unjustifiable intrusion into a candidate's personal life.

An employer application form may be required by an employer even though you have sent in a résumé and a cover letter. An employer application will definitely be required if you are applying in person or online for a job opening.

If you are applying for a position in person, ask for an employment application form, then take it home with you to complete. You can take your time filling it out so it will be neat and tidy, as well as accurate.

 

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