CV Workshop

February 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

Design Practice in Context 2

Key Skills

  • Communication
  • Using and presenting data
  • Information technology
  • Team working
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Problem Solving
  • Adaptability
  • Commercial Awareness

5 Rules of Employability

  • Know what you want for the future
  • Know your capabilities
  • Know your employer and customers
  • Reach for high performance standards
  • Take Action

Employer Expectations

  • Nurture creativity – Open mind to new possibilities, engage in creative practice
  • Collaboration – Work with peers and build creative communities
  • Technology – Understand software, a grasp of the processes essential to effective design
  • Experience – Real work experience, placement preparation, business practice essential
  • Usability


  • Prepare CV with a particular job in mind
  • Sort phrases, bullet points, not sentences
  • Simple, clear language
  • Strong statements at top of each parargraph
  • Statements should include activity and resulting achievements
  • Only include hobbies and interests if  they contribute to the job
  • Only one page unless long career history
  • Include honours and awards an awards to impress


  • Don’t use “I” its implied throughout
  • Don’t include a photograph
  • Don’t list references or say “available on request”
  • Don’t list personal data like gender
  • Don’t include full address of previous employers
  • Don’t include hobbies unless they are interesting or relevant

What to Include

  • Personal Details
  • Personal Profile – optional
  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Interests
  • Skills

Top 10 technical Tips

  • List technical knowledge first – itemised
  • List qualifications in order of relevance
  • Quantify experience and results achieved
  • Begin sentences with action verbs
  • Advertise yourself, highlight strengths
  • Be concise…one page limit
  • Leave out irrelevant, needless items
  • Get critiques and opinions objectively
  • Proofread!
  • Plain text format for email and photocopy

CV Formats

  • Interactive – Highly visual: slides, video, CD ROM, Photographs, Website.
  • Design – Strong layout: pictures, colour, design highlights.
  • Scan
  • Plain Text

Cover Letter

  • First Impressions
  • Research Organisation – read articles and journals in the field
  • Comminicate something personal
  • Your value to them – why should they hire you?
  • Sell yourself – relate something interesting
  • Close the deal! Arrange a meet

Self Reliance Skills

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-promotion
  • Explore Opportunities
  • Action Planning
  • Networking
  • Decision Making
  • Negotiation
  • Political Awareness
  • Coping
  • Focus and Commitment
  • Self-Confidence
  • Know yourself


  • Telephone – always call first, ask for a name, email, permission
  • Job spec – follow instructions precisely
  • Feedback – request a response…another opportunity for contact
  • Rehearse and plan – Rehearse the call, have pen, paper and materials ready
  • Professional – be clear, confident, polite, and professional

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