The module is all about getting prepared for applications and applying for a job. Daniel explains three main sections of applying for a job- Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover letter and a portfolio website.
A CV is a document that includes name, telephone, email, biography, skills, work experience, education history and references. A CV is needed to apply for any type of job no matter what sector. A CV allows the employer to see information about the person. For example, if an employer wants information about his/her skills then the employer can look into the skills section of a CV. A CV can also be called a resume for americans.
From experience, I have made a basic CV when I was studying in high school. Even though I have applied for many part time jobs, I didn’t have to submit a CV to get into those jobs. I wanted to learn as much as I can about CVs and how to create a good one through this module.
What must i do in order to create a good CV:
Short-relevant and vital information
Page information- 1 of 2
Spelling and grammar
Work backwards- Recent information, achievements, experience etc.
Colour- black and white- needed for scanning
Typography- readable and clear
PDF- single document
Link to portfolio
Biography (read job description)
References- clients, employers
A place where similar CV type information will be displayed is Linkedin. Linked in is a social media platform for students and employers in order to talk about getting jobs. I have used Linkedin as part of last year’s module. The similarity between Linkedin and a CV is Linkedin’s profile building feature. As a part of the registration process, Linkedin wants its users to build his/her profile by completing the procedures. Included in the procedures, Linkedin asks about name, short biography, skills, work experience etc. I had already filled in the information that was required which made a start in creating my own CV. I will be using the information that I have as a base. I will be working on it in order to make it better. Additionally, I will be updating my information on my Linkedin account.
A cover letter is a document that shows the applicant regarding why he/she has chosen the job. While a CV gives information about the applicant, a cover letter is a letter containing why the applicant wants to work for them. It is a document to persuade the employer to pick them over someone else. A cover letter is a conversation that proves why the person is fit for the position and how they would fit into the company. This is my first time hearing them term cover letters as I never needed to produce them for my previous employment.
A cover letter will be different for each company and will depend on your role. You are basically shouting at the employer to give you the job. It explains why you are a fit person for the job, explains your role and how you will change the company in a good way, demonstrates your skills and proves your commitment towards the role.
A cover letter includes:
Spelling and grammar
Tone of Voice -not too formal. passionate , enthusiastic, why the person respects the company.
Information from cover letter is up-to-date with Linkedin
Make an extra effort to get the job.
Outline the responsibilities to show the research that you have about the company.
I will be creating my portfolio in my IXD301 module with kyle. I will make sure that my CV is included in my about section and to display other aspects from my CV.