Training for CV and cover letter writing
Training provided by Ferdinand Petra (in English or French)
Extracts of slides used in this training
1. General rules for a CV
- What is the purpose of a CV?
- What are the key points of a good CV ?
- Format, style, typos
- What are the skills you want to demonstrate in a CV?
o Identify the skills required in the job you are applying to
2. Structure of a CV
- Personal information: pitfalls to avoid
- Education: what are the key points recruiters are looking at?
- Professional experience: key points to mention and “fatal” mistakes that can be made
- Extra-curricular activities:
o On which points recruiters will focus?
o What are the skills to put forward in this section?
- Foreign languages: let’s make it simple!
- IT skills
- Other interests
o Why this part is so important: “airport loundge concept”?
o What information a recruiter will look for in this section?
3. Do and Don’t in a CV
- The four golden rules of an impactful CV
- The five “fatal” mistakes in a CV
- Examples of mistakes to avoid:
o Too long CV trop
o Make job description without telling what you have achieved personally
o Dwell too much in details
o Passive or too generic verbs
o Be boring
- Examples of good and bad description of your professional experience
Two individual CV review and sharing of standard CV templates
4. Cover letter and introduction email
- When to send a cover letter?
- What is the difference between an introduction email and a cover letter?
- What structure to adopt for a cover letter?
o Introduction paragraph: key points to include
o Part dealing with the company you applying to: how to find impactful and relevant information
o The « match » between your application and the company / job
o Conclusion : « your single value proposition »
- What are the key points of a cover letter: length, to whom should it be addressed, should it be formal?
- Examples of impactful cover letters