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Writing an Effective CV

(Or how to get hired to a good project.)

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What is a CV NOT?
It is not a history of
your life

Not a listing of your


experiences, trainings
or accomplishments

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What is a CV?
A CV is a marketing ad.
It is all about Selling
Yourself

Creative
.Vision

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Why do I need an exciting resume?

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We dont want .
Zzzzzz..

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We do want .

Welcome aboard!

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Why do I need an exciting resume?


A good CV will get you to the interview

A majority of applicants already lose their opportunity


because the reader did not find their CV interesting
enough

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Sample CV #1

Juan dela Cruz is an IT Specialist with ______. This is his first job as an IT
developer. In his first two months he received intensive training on ________.
During training he learned the concepts of ________. He also worked on cases
studies where he created programs for (list of languages, program types,
technologies used). Later he was assigned to Client A where he gained
experience on how to (list of learnings).

Sample CV #2

Juan dela Cruz has over a years experience in developing innovative and effective
IT solutions. He is knowledgeable in (list of languages, applications, technologies
used/or has received training in).

He has developed numerous programs for Client A such as (list of programs/types


of programs created). He performed unit testing and prepared the required
technical documentations.

He is a dedicated worker who constantly delivers quality work with an eye towards
customer satisfaction.

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Sample CV #1

Juan dela Cruz is an IT Specialist with ______. This is his first job as an IT
developer. In his first two months he received intensive training on ________.
During training he learned the concepts of ________. He also worked on cases
studies where he created programs for (list of languages, program types,
technologies used). Later he was assigned to Client A where he gained
experience on how to (list of learnings).

Sample CV #2

Juan dela Cruz has over a years experience in developing innovative and effective
IT solutions. He is knowledgeable in (list of languages, applications, technologies
used/or has received training in).

He has developed numerous programs for Client A such as (list of programs/types


of programs created). He performed unit testing and prepared the required
technical documentations.

He is a dedicated worker who constantly delivers quality work with an eye towards
customer satisfaction.

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What is your target audience thinking?

Why should I get this person?

Does he have what Im looking for?

Does he have the necessary skills /


capability / experience to do the job?

What has this person done? Has he


done something similar to my project?

Will this person be a a good addition


to my team?

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What does a client look for when evaluating a CV?


He is not interested in:

Your personal history


What you liked about a project or why
you accepted it
What you learned on an assignment

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What does a client look for when evaluating a CV?


He looks for:

Ability to do the job


Skills
Actual accomplishments. Plus Points if
previous jobs are similar to current
requirements
How you delivered an assignment with
quality, on or ahead of time, with
creativity/innovation, teamwork
Awards which indicate ability / intelligence
certifications, honors, recognitions

How your CV is written can also be used to


gauge your skills in written communication.
And also your confidence in your own
abilities.
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Content Guide

CV Content Guide

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What prevents us from writing an great CV?

Filipino culture
Modesty, Hiya
Afraid to appear Mayabang.
Not used to praising ourselves

Afraid of raising high expectations

Think its not that important

Not used to writing. Period.

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DOs and DONTs


DO Highlight your Strengths
Emphasize skills/accomplishments that match your clients reqts and
qualities that would make you an asset to the project

DONT talk about your Weaknesses


Avoid phrases like:
This is my first job
I started my career in
I have attended training or I have just been trained on

Your CV should not read like a history lesson


Nor should it read like the functional / technical specs of your programs

DO use powerful words, action words.


Instead of say Was assigned to develop report programs.,
you can write Developed report programs which allowed the client to better monitor their
operations.
DO write with the objective of grabbing your readers attention

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TIPS

Try getting a friend to read your resume. If they were an employer,


would they hire you based on your CV?

Keep your CV Wizard updated.

Check out e-learning course How To Write an Effective CV Using


CV Wizard

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QUESTIONS?

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