Amy Wiggins, Careers Adviser Natalie Smith, Employability Adviser Careers and Employability Service.

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  • Amy Wiggins, Careers Adviser Natalie Smith, Employability Adviser Careers and Employability Service
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  • Effective CVs and covering letters Where to find jobs Alternative routes: Postgraduate study Self-employment Careers Employability Award
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  • School of Arts
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  • What is the purpose of a CV? To inform the employer about your education, work experience, skills and interests To sell these qualities and to persuade the employer to invite you to interview
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  • When an employer asks for an application in that format When an employer states apply to without specifying the format When making speculative applications
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  • It is not one size fits all, you need to tailor your CV to each position you apply for. Research the company. Do they have a mission statement or core values? What will they be looking for in you? Who works there at the moment? What are they passionate about?
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  • There are four main things employers will look at in CVs: Education - ability to think clearly, analyse and assess information, draw conclusions, work independently, research Work experience - ability to get on with people, work under pressure, meet deadlines Leisure interests - ability to plan and organise, co-operate with others, compete, lead, work hard to achieve results Specific skills e.g. driving licence, computer skills, foreign languages, artistic skills
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  • Chronological In date order (starting with the most recent first) e.g. EMPLOYMENT April December 2011: Venture Editing Assistant Working with Photoshop, I have learnt various editing styles. I have gained customer service experience and understand the importance of listening to what customers want in order to achieve high sales. February 2009 March 2010: Topshop Retail Assistant My interest in fashion enabled me to help customers and to suggest styles that might suit them. I helped to design the layout of the stock in the store, with an aim to increase our revenue by positioning various items in eye-catching places.
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  • Skills based Focusing on skills e.g. SKILLS Attention to detail as an Editing Assistant at Venture, I needed to prove that I could spot any mistakes or flaws in the photographs, as well as being attentive to the requests of the customers Computer skills I regularly used Photoshop during my time at Venture. I am also a competent user of Microsoft Office, which I proved throughout my time as a Retail Assistant at Topshop, where I was often required to produce reports on our sales Customer service in all of my roles, customer service has been of key importance. I have experience of dealing with difficult customers, and try to ensure that every customer is satisfied with the service they have received.
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  • Name (as a heading rather than CV) Website/online portfolio/CV Address (term-time and home) Telephone number Email address Make sure this is a professional email address The following are not requirements, but if you wish, you can include: Nationality Sex Date of birth
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  • Start with the most recent Dont forget your current study Mention relevant modules You might like to mention top marks You dont have to put your grades on if you werent happy with them Include the years of study Primary school not needed
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  • Education and Qualifications 2011 PresentUniversity of Kent BA (Hons) Fine Art Modules include: Contextual Studies, Creative Investigations Project: Communication and Critique 2009 2011Maidstone Grammar School A-levels: Media Studies (A), Art (B), Information Technology (C) 2005 2009Wrotham School GCSEs:8 GCSEs including English and Maths
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  • There is no need to list every job youve ever had detail the most relevant Dont just list your duties sell your skills. Which skills are relevant to the position/company you are applying to? Dates, name of company, position and skills: April 2010 PresentMuseum of Kent Life As a shop assistant, I have learnt the importance of providing great customer service to gain maximum sales. I am responsible for organising stock and ensuring that costs are controlled. Carrying out weekly risk assessments has increased my awareness of health and safety issues.
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  • What examples can you give from your work experience? If you have no paid work experience, give examples from voluntary work or from your course
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  • Choose interests and activities which can demonstrate skills relevant to the job such as: Teamwork Organising Commitment Your intellectual abilities Your personality Your artistic ability Talk about your passion for music/art etc.
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  • The first visual impression of your CV is important For standard CVs, use plain white A4 paper Do not double side Keep your CV to two sides of paper Check your spelling Use bullet points and bold font but in moderation
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  • Formatting make sure its consistent Size 10-12 font (depending on font style) Clear font e.g. Arial, Calibri Focus on accomplishments Target your CV to that job/company 2:1, not Two One or 2,1 Use short, concise sentences Consider your audience
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  • Be creative in design BUT ensure all relevant CV information is included See http://www.careers-creative- living.co.uk/cv_galleryhttp://www.careers-creative- living.co.uk/cv_gallery See http://www.mikeclegg.co.uk/http://www.mikeclegg.co.uk/ See the creative CV guide for ideas & suggestions Include a weblink to your portfolio
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  • Ideally, one academic and your manager Ask permission from your reference and let them know what position(s) youve applied for Use relevant references if possible You can say references available on request rather than including contact details if you wish
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  • Never send a naked CV There are two types of covering letters: Speculative/accompanying letter Letter of application
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  • Should be three short paragraphs Opening paragraph why you are writing Paragraph 2 show knowledge of employer, highlight your skills Paragraph 3 Refer to your CV and availability
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  • Used when asked to apply in writing or send CV and cover letter 1 side of A4 similar to a UCAS personal statement Opening paragraph motivation for the job Followed by background skills and experience developed through study, work experience and paid work Matching up with job description What you can offer the employer
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  • School of Arts
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  • Use your contacts from your work experience/course/friends Use social networking sites such as LinkedIn, upload a portfolio of your work onto itLinkedIn Attend events, keep business cards and keep in contact
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  • Prospects (creative arts) Prospects (creative arts) Creative Way Creative Way Creative Careers (University of Kent) Creative Careers (University of Kent) UCA (also good for work experience) UCA Google LinkedIn/Twitjobsearch/Facebook
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  • MusicCreative EventsFine Art Radio producerEvent organiserFine artist MusicianCommunity arts worker Music teacherHospitality managementIllustrator Sound technicianEvent managementArt gallery manager Arts administrator Graduate schemes
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  • School of Arts
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  • Masters/PhD PGCE to teach in schools Particular careers require additional study (e.g. music therapist) http://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/postgrad-study.html
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  • 4.4% of students in employment 6 months after graduating were self-employed (2010). By subject: 13.9 % Design Studies 8.4% Music 4.6 % Fine Art In the creative arts and culture industry 44% of people are self-employed compared to 13% in the UK as a whole.
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  • Advantages Choosing work you enjoy Freedom Earning more money Variety Disadvantages Risks Long hours initially Funding Own arrangements for tax etc.
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  • What can you do to help make your business a success? RESEARCH: How to set up a business and what to consider The industry Sources of funding/support
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  • Resources: General: http://www.kent.ac.uk/enterprise/students/index. html (Kent Enterprise Hub) http://www.kent.ac.uk/enterprise/students/index. html www.prospects.ac.uk (the UKs official graduate careers website) www.prospects.ac.uk
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  • Creative: The Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers, Alison Branagan (2011) www.businessdesigntools.com (open website comparing tools for business start ups) www.businessdesigntools.com NESTA Creative Enterprise Toolkit - www.nesta.org.uk www.nesta.org.uk http://ccskills.org.uk/ (Creative and Cultural Skills) http://ccskills.org.uk/ http://www.creativeskillset.org/ (Creative Skillset) http://www.creativeskillset.org/
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  • Helps you to identify your employability skills, develop your self-awareness and research career paths (either in or out of the creative sector). Takes 12 hours to complete, you can submit your CV as part of this, and you will receive a certificate upon completion. http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/moodle.htm
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