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  1. 1. Career path planning CV writing and successful interviews By / Mostafa Mohamedy HR and Recruitment Specialist M.Mohamedy March 2013
  2. 2. Content: 1. How to write a successful CV  CV Definition  Different Types of CV  CV Content  How long should a CV be? N.B: Kindly check the CV Templates attached with this document. 2. Job searching  Be More Than Prepared.  Use Job Search Engines  Social networking sites 3. Interviews tips  How to prepare for an interview  In the interview  After the interview References: Books:   Career Development and Planning- A Comprehensive Approach by Robert C. Reardon, Edition 4, 2012 Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World by Lindsey Pollak, 2007 Websites:  Tips for a Successful Interview by K. Wolfe, J. Carroll and T. Blush 2010 Colorado State University http://www.ext.colostate.edu M.Mohamedy March 2013
  3. 3. 1-How to write a successful CV CV Definition: A CV is the most flexible and convenient way to make applications. It conveys your personal details in the way that presents you in the best possible light. A CV is a marketing document in which you are marketing something: yourself! You need to "sell" your skills, abilities, qualifications and experience to employers. Different Types of CV: Chronological: outlining your career history in date order, normally beginning with the most recent items (reverse chronological) . This is the "conventional" approach and the easiest to prepare. It is detailed, comprehensive and biographical with a good all-round mixture of education and work experience. Skills-based: highly-focused CVs which relate your skills and abilities to a specific job or career area by highlighting these skills and your major achievements. Skills-based CVs should be closely targeted to a specific job. CV Content: Personal details: Normally these would be your name, address, date of birth, telephone number and email. "Check the CV template" A personal profile at the start of the CV can work for jobs in competitive industries such as the media or advertising, to help you to stand out from the crowd. If used, it needs to be original and well written. Career Objective: A career objective is a brief statement of your career direction or a specific career goal that you would like to achieve. It is a personalized statement that clearly defines what you want to achieve through your career path. And it’s your strength points it links your goals to the key attributes sought by an employer or those necessary to perform well in an occupation or industry sector. M.Mohamedy March 2013
  4. 4. They are not easy to write and there is no perfect style just be yourself but here are some general guidelines: 1. Keep it brief – 2-4 sentences is usually enough 2. Personalize it 3. Be articulate about the nature of work you want to do, the field of work you are interested in or categories or industries you prefer to work in 4. Tell the employer what you have to give as well as what you have to offer. 5. It can be long or short term in its' view The career objective needs to be meaningful to add value to your written application document. If your statements are too general, they do not convey much meaning to an employer so avoid statements such as “a challenging position with a progressive company that provides opportunity for advancement. Work experience:    Use action words such as developed, planned and organized. Even work in a shop, restaurant will involve working in a team, providing a quality service to customers, and dealing tactfully with complaints. Don't mention the routine, non-people tasks (cleaning the tables) unless you are applying for a casual summer job in a restaurant or similar. Try to relate the skills to the job. A finance job will involve numeracy, analytical and problem solving skills so focus on these whereas for a marketing role you would place a bit more emphasis on persuading and negotiating skills. How long should a CV be? There are no absolute rules but, in general, a new graduate's CV should cover no more than two sides of A4 paper. If you can summaries your career history comfortably on a single side, this is fine and has advantages when you are making speculative applications and need to put yourself across concisely. However, you should not leave out important items, or crowd your text too closely together in order to fit it onto that single side. Academic and technical CVs may be much longer: up to 4 or 5 sides. M.Mohamedy March 2013
  5. 5. 2. Job searching Be More Than Prepared: Before start searching for a job you have to identify first what you want to do in your career and your career history write that in your CV Always keep it up-to-date CV ready to send online or offline even if you are not currently looking for work. You never know when an opportunity that is too good to pass up might come along. If you're not on LinkedIn yet, create a LinkedIn Profile and start making connections that can help you job search. Use Job Search Engines: Search the job search engines. Use the job search engine sites to search the major job boards, company sites, associations, and other sites with job postings for you fast. You will be able to search all the jobs posted online in one step. Jobs by Email: Let the jobs come to you. Use job alerts to sign up and receive job listings by email. All the major job sites have search agents and some websites and apps specialize in sending announcements. Social networking sites: Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter can be a good way to get job listings before they are listed elsewhere. Plus, you can promote your candidacy using the social media tools that are readily available for free for job seekers and companies are increasingly using social media for recruiting. M.Mohamedy March 2013
  6. 6. 3- Interviews tips: How to prepare for an interview (Before the interview): First of all do your homework: 1. General Questions  What is the name of the interviewer(s)?  Where will your interview be conducted? When and for how long? 2. Employment  How long have they been in business? What goods or services do they provide? How many employees do they have?  Do you know any people who currently work there? If so, ask them how they like working there.  What will the responsibilities be? What skills and knowledge will you need to do this job? Are there opportunities for increased responsibility or advancement?  What are the expectations? Is this a full-time or a part-time job? Is the schedule flexible and will it fit your other responsibilities? Second: If you want to be an exceptional candidate, then you need to do exceptional preparation. Preparation is the number one thing that will set you apart from other candidates. Prepare more study as much as you can read about the company review all the information in your mind for the interview. Also don’t forget the Dress code the first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one. The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That's why it's always important to dress appropriately for a job interview just keeps it simple as much as you can. M.Mohamedy March 2013
  7. 7. In the interview: Arrive early, about 10 to 15 minutes before your scheduled time. Make sure you know how to get to the interview. If you are unsure of the location, make a trial run. Know where to park and if you need change for a meter. Calm your nerves by taking deep breaths. Maintain a positive attitude no matter how you think the interview is going. Smile. Bring an extra copy of your resume, a fresh notepad and a pen. Greet the interviewer. Offer a firm handshake. Listen carefully for the interviewer's name and title, if you don't already know them. Make and maintain eye contact. Be friendly but not too casual. Speak in complete sentences, and use a formal vocabulary. Don't fidget, chew gum, smoke or use slang during your interview. Answer questions. Above all, be honest. You do not have to offer negative information, but be sure you don't lie if asked directly. Answer clearly and completely with enough information. Take a moment to think before you respond to difficult questions. Organize your thoughts so you don't ramble. Remain calm no matter what question is asked. Be tactful, courteous, sincere, polite and knowledgeable about the organization and what you have to offer. Conclude the interview. Thank the interviewer for the time spent with you. Ask when a decision will be made, if that hasn't already been indicated. After the interview: Send a follow-up or thank you Email. Don't think you can skip it interviewers expect it. Express your thanks for the interview and restate your interest in the opportunity. And don't forget to check your interview result with them. Mostafa Mohamedy M.Mohamedy March 2013

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