|Targeting your CV|
for an advertised job vacancy
out a CV cold to a company who has not advertised a vacancy
In this case it is especially important to carry out research into the company. Between your CV and covering letter you need to get across that you know exactly what it is that they do, and that you know where they are heading. If you can tailor your experience to what you think that particular company needs then you are in with a chance (do not fabricate experience).
In your positive objective statement correlate your ambition and perceived career path with the direction you think that this particular company should be heading in. For example b2b development, Internet publishing, m-commerce.
You have to convince them that their business needs you.
for work experience
Demand for work experience within organisations such as the BBC, and with the 'broad sheet' newspapers is very high, therefore you have to ensure you have a quality CV to stand out from the pack. Unless you have serial work experience tendencies you probably don't have much employment history to write about in your CV. If this is the case do not worry, instead you need to convey your passion for the industry sector, and get across your enthusiasm and desire to get a foot in the door. As part of your introduction state how you would like your career to develop in the area to which you are applying for experience, but do not be vague, focus on a specific area you are interested in.
Show how your GCSE, A-Level or degree choices reflect your commitment to the sector.
Describe the relevant skills you have learnt as part of your course, for example computer skills, teamwork, and public speaking. Perhaps you have extracurricular activities that would be of interest; for example a team captain, a passion for a particular author or butterfly collecting.
If space is available (two sides is standard) then references could be included at the end. Try to get an excellent reference from an appropriate professional. For example if you are applying for lab research experience, then ask your biology teacher to sing your praises on paper.
your CV depending upon the medium in which it is being sent Sending
your CV via e-mail
With e-mail you can use hyper links within your CV to guide the reader. For example if you have a smart WebPage, then put the URL down and the reader will be able to visit at the click of a button.
Do not over do it, simply because it is e-mail format this is no reason to have elaborate backgrounds of automatically playing midi files. Write a formal e-mail, Dear Sir/Madam, please find attached my covering letter and CV. You may also want to paste your covering letter into the body of the e-mail.
This method of distributing a CV is now standard, and many industries, especially the I.T, publishing and Internet sectors often actually prefer receiving a CV this way. You can also possibly expect a more rapid response.
your CV in the post (snail mail)
your CV by fax
spread yourself too thinly
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