**** Updated April 2016 ****
Your resume or CV is one of the most important documents you'll ever create - your future career and income depend on it! And to some extent your happiness too - after all, you spend a third of your life working and that's too long if you aren't in a job you love.
Yet very few people know how to construct an effective job application, whether it's writing a resume and cover letter or completing an application form. Are you prepared to leave it to chance?
In this course, you'll discover exactly how to create a really professional and targeted resume for any job. Follow the 9 easy steps and you'll be writing a great resume and cover letter in no time. Plus you'll learn how to prove to an employer that you can do the job - you'll know how to make yourself stand out and make the employer sit up and take notice.
You'll create several files to keep all of your information in one place for easy access and updating. I'll explain the importance of keywords and how to find the right ones for any job or career you are interested in
You'll learn how to create a generic resume for job fairs and job sites and you'll understand exactly how to adapt it, transforming it into a highly targeted document for each specific job, highlighting exactly what the employer is looking for.
Use my template and example to construct a high-quality cover letter. And you'll get easy to use templates for your resume too.
Overcome the 3 biggest problems with application forms - explaining why you left a job and why there are gaps in your employment history. And the really big problem - how to fill in a supporting statement, consisting of a huge empty page where you have to convince an employer that you deserve an interview.
Enroll now and by next week you'll be well on the way to a new and better career.
A quick overview of what is covered - CV/resume writing, cover letters, job application forms with a supporting statement. Downloadable templates and a copy of my e-book 9 Steps to Resume and CV Success.
Getting organized is the key to creating your resume fast. In the first step, we'll go over everything you need to get started and make sure you have it all in one place.
Your first assignment is to find everything you need and keep it one place. Complete your assignments as you go - this will save masses of time in future!
A quick explanation of the documents we'll be creating in the course - your reference document, generic CV or resume and targeted or tailored CV or resume.
How to create a reference document, using the template in the next lecture. This will help speed up your resume writing and job application forms in future.
Download a template to use for your own reference document.
In this assignment, you'll make a start on your own reference document. This will save you a ton of time in future!
Introduction to keywords for your resume. Discover what ATS means and why it is so important.
Understand exactly what is meant by keywords and why they are crucial for your applications.
How to find the generic, or general, keywords for the job or career you are looking for.
Start finding the keywords you'll need for the jobs you want to apply for.
Finding keywords for a specific job - vitally important for both your generic resume and your tailored resume.
Some basic "rules" for your resume and a look at the reasons for choosing either a chronological or a functional (skills-based) format.
Some crucial information about ATS.
See what a chronological CV looks like and you'll find out if it's the right format for you.
Sometimes a functional or skills-based CV is better - find out why. You'll be able to decide which is best for you.
In this assignment, you'll choose the best format for your own situation.
Discover how to write a summary, objective or profile for your generic resume. You'll just need to modify it slightly for each job you apply for.
In this assignment, you'll create the profile, summary or objective for your own generic resume.
How to write your generic resume using the chronological format.
How to write your generic resume using the functional or skills- based format.
Download an example of a chronological resume.
Now it's time to write your own generic resume. This will be used for jobfairs and other occasions when someone asks for a resume. It will also be your framework for targeted resumes. So when you are applying for a specific job, all you have to do is adapt this to fit.
When you are applying for a job, research is crucial. Here's how to do it.
Here is an example of researching an organization before applying for a job.
And here is an example of researching them on social media.
In this assignment, you'll apply what you've learned, and research a company you want to work for.
Now that you're well prepared, you can write your targeted resume really quickly.
See an example of a targeted skills-based resume.
Discover how to write a cover letter that will make you stand out and make employers take notice!
Example of Angela's response to the job ad we looked at earlier.
More information in downloadable format to help ensure your Résumé or CV is high quality.
I really enjoy inspiring people to make positive changes to improve their career and create a better life.
As a careers advisor, I've worked with all sorts of different folk, from homeless people to graduates and senior executives. I'm the author of 9 Steps to CV and Resume Success and have helped many people improve their CVs and job applications, enabling them to get a better job.
I've also worked with people who want to start up on their own and helped them come up with a business idea that works for them.
As a teacher, I've taught many different subjects, including basic skills, academic writing, life skills, and languages - Chinese, French and German.
I have a BA in Chinese and German and spent a year in Chinese and six months in Germany as part of my course. I had already spent a year working in a hospital in German after leaving school.
I trained as a careers advisor at the University of East London and worked in various charities and colleges as well as freelance.
I trained as a teacher at the Institute of Education (PGCE in Post Compulsory Education, that is a post graduate certificate to teach people over 16). I then taught part time for 4 years at the IOE, teaching academic writing to Further Education teachers on the Cert Ed course.
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