Follow–up on Career planning
Workshop Tutor: Chris Manley Fiona Kent
Heres a summary of how I've been getting on with my action points
Dear Fiona and Chris,
Here is the follow-up on my progress with the action points I set in the last blog.
Since your workshop, I have been working so much on improving my CV. As promised, I got my CV checked in the C&S Centre. I thought that attending the workshop on how to write your CV provides you with enough information but the opposite is true. The 20 min session, which I had with one of the advisors in the Centre, got far beyond my expectations. I thought that my CV was strong enough, but I found out that there is a lot that can be improved so as to make the CV flawless.
Ioanna Iordanou, the advisor in the C&S Centre, she pointed out during the session that my CV was well-structured and easy to read. However, she also suggested that due to having a number of important experiences, I should change the structure of the CV. The original CV was based on a timeline which was good, but it does not let the CV show the competencies and qualities of the applicant. So Ioanna showed me how to base the CV on competencies. I switched the timeline to the right-side and added the description of the most important skills and competencies that I gained from each work-experience. Now, the CV looks better, the layout is clearer and it presents my work-experiences, educational background and strengths in a more professional way.
As far as the second action point is concerned, I have decided to change it slightly. Due to having one application successful, I was offered a telephone interview. Therefore, I have decided to focus on the preparation for that conversation. I went to C&S Centre again to gain some advice on what to do and what don’t during the interview. On March 16, I spoke to Charlie Cunningham. He gave me several valuable pieces of advice which I am definitely going to implement in the preparation for the interview. The interview takes place on April 11, so I’m planning to go through company websites, skim their annual reports, google some information about the company and Charlie provided me with some resources regarding the types of questions I might be asked during the conversation and some videos which I think will be useful for the prep.
That’s it for now, thank you for reading and I will get back to the blog with updates after the interview.
Wish me luck and have a nice day!
2 comments by 2 or more people
Fiona Thurburn Huelin
It sounds as if you have had fruitlful discussions with Ioanna and Charlie in Student Careers and Skills and have incorporated their advice into your CV writing and interview preparation in a very thorough way. I am so pleased to hear you have a telephone interview on April 11th-well done! All the best for the 11th, and I look forward to reading about the experience in your next blog entry.
05 Apr 2012, 13:21
thank you for following my posts. I will update my blog right after the interview!
All the best,
09 Apr 2012, 00:44
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