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CV writing

Département des langues 

CV writing

 

The aim of this course is to help you write your CV or resumé.

 

 

Different types of CV

Example of a chronological format

You should use a chronological format if you do not yet have much professional experience and want to stress your educational background, especially if you are applying for postgraduate studies. Your most recent degree is at the top, 2005 to present.

 

John DOE

7, rue de la Débrouille

75 006 Paris

phone: 01 39 77 54 57

mobile: 06 33 63 63 36

e-mail: johndoe@hotshot.com

 

EDUCATION

20.. – 20.. name of university, major field of study

19.. – 20.. name of high school, major field of study

 

INTERNSHIPS

(month) 20.. to   name of company, description of company and tasks, if necessary

(month) 20..

(month) 19.. to

(month) 20..

 

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

(month) 2000.. to       name of company, job title

(month) 1999..to

 

LANGUAGES

English:  Good skills, both written and oral

              - One-month intensive course in Great Britain, September 2001

              - Three month stay in the US, July-September 2002

Spanish: Fluent

French/Russian: Bilingual

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES[1]

Activity, description, other information

 

 

 

 

Example of a mixed format

When you are applying for a first job and are clear about your goals/ objectives, you may use this format.

 

 

                                            

PHOTO

 

 

Mickey Walker Mouse

15, rue du Port

22443 Pont-sur-champs, France

phone: 01 44 63 56 78

mobile: 06 65 65 85 24

e-mail: douglas @ hotmail.com

 

OBJECTIVE

a short statement describing career or job objectives

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

- Description of achievement. An active verb is good here. (see list at the end)

-Built web site for NASA

-Designed multimedia platform for Microsoft    (I is not used)

 

SKILLS

This is a good way to highlight a particular skill

The skill could be computer literacy or something else

 

WORK HISTORY

Year to year     position, name of company

Year to year     position, name of company

Year to year     position, name of company

 

EDUCATION

Year degree obtained, major field of study, name of institution

Year degree obtained, major field of study, name of institution

 

ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS

Description of activity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Example of a functional format

 

 

Jane Doe

3, rue des Petits Fours

75 002 Paris,

phone: 01 42 42 51 56

mobile: 06 65 65 44 25

email :janedoe@gmail.com

 

 PHOTO

OBJECTIVE

Executive position in a research laboratory making full use of my organizational and linguistic skills

SUMMARY

After managing a team of researchers for five years in Canada, I took a master’s course in IT applied to management.

FIELDS OF MANAGERIAL EXPERIENCE

Created an interactive managerial hotline for Thompson Computers.

Assistant at the NADR: promoted R&D in small and medium sized firms.

Designed files for recruitment of researchers.

Managed a team of engineers.

Wrote detailed guidelines.

EDUCATION

2001: MBA University of Carnegie Mellon

1999: BS in computational finance

1995: High School Certificate

LANGUAGES

 

Mother tongue: English. Good knowledge of Italian and French.

 

 

This type corresponds to a candidate with several years experience in business. Note that the simple past is used without “I”. In English, active verbs are used instead of abstract nouns. Check out this site for more information: http://www.cvtips.com/resume.html

 

 

 Qualifications

 

Your skills and abilities will appear separately from where they have been learnt, followed by work history to give a clear image of what you have to offer.

 

EDUCATION

 

Secondary school

Baccalauréat: French secondary school diploma

Classes préparatoires: intensive undergraduate studies in physics and maths, in liberal arts, economics, to prepare competitive exams for admission to French Grandes Ecoles


Licence 

Licence (equivalent to B.S) in Economics, 2001, Université de Paris VI, France

Licence: three-year university study in history, economics, political science, computer science, equivalent to B.A, B.S., (USA) B.Sc. (GB)

IEP: institute of political science

Degree in engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique (equivalent to a BS)

Masters

One-year degree required before doctoral studies, equivalent to M.S/ M.Sc./ M.A,
One-year postgraduate degree in computer science, accounting, etc.
One-year Postgraduate degree (GB): programme de troisième cycle d’un an
One-year graduate degree (US)

Ph.D

Bac + 8 = Doctorate: equivalent to Ph.D (Ph.D dissertation and Ph.D disputation are the two parts, written and oral leading to this degree)

Additional training

Seminars in marketing and management

Personnel management training courses, problem solving, group dynamics, team building

Technical skills: PHOTOSHOP

Intensive language program (English)

Interest and activities

Projects you are/were involved in:

-Community activities (clubs)

-Organized art exhibitions for local artists

-Member of the Parent-teacher Association at the local school

-Set up an annual auction to raise money for the city hospital

-Student representative on the administrative council

-Prepared a survey on school alumni and their occupations

-President of the student council

 Note: no full stop (.)

Extracurricular activities

 If student, the functions you attended and if you helped run student societies or were part of a university club (sports, debating society, etc.)

-Swimming, member of the University swimming team

-Chess, participated in several university chess tournaments each year

-Ranked player in regional tennis association (only mention a sport if you have an excellent level or it may be of use in your future job)

-Music, play the piano in an amateur jazz band

Special talents

To reveal any special skills you have

Related activities

-do consulting on patents

-teach a course in philosophy at Balliol College (Oxford)

-give lectures on staff management at the University of Limoges

 Technical skills

- computer-literate

- familiar with word processing techniques

- familiar with most computer systems and languages

- trained in office technology

- knowledge of programming techniques

 

References

Professional and personal references available on request can be written at the bottom of your CV.

 

Positive adjectives: assertive, outgoing, imaginative, energetic, tactful, reliable , trustworthy, methodical, reserved, cautious, relaxed, independent, objective, excitable, adaptable, changeable, logical, organized, meticulous, competitive, confident ,resilient,  cheerful, sensitive to others, decisive, warm, gentle, co-operative, introspective, adventurous, persistent.

 

Exercise 1

Which qualities would be best suited to the following people: a detective, a judge, a pilot, a computer engineer, a bank manager, a presidential candidate, a hostess at the reception desk, a teacher, a doctor, a travelling salesman, and accountant.

Which qualities do you have? Can you find other ones?

 

Exercise 2

Write your own CV, choosing the right format according to your experience and the job/ work experience/ studies you are applying for.

 

Study the verbs given at the end. USE THEM

 

 

Here are lists of verbs used in CVs to show what you have achieved in different skills[2].

 

Communication/People Skills

Helping Skills

Creative Skills

 

Data/Financial Skills

 

Management

Leadership Skills

Addressed
Advertised
Arbitrated
Arranged
Articulated
Authored
Clarified
Collaborated
Communicated
Composed
Condensed
Conferred
Consulted
Contacted
Conveyed
Convinced
Corresponded
Debated
Defined
Developed
Directed
Discussed
Drafted
Edited
Elicited
Enlisted
Explained
Expressed
Formulated
Furnished
Incorporated
Influenced
Interacted
Interpreted
Interviewed
Involved
Lectured
Marketed
Mediated
Moderated
Negotiated
Observed
Outlined
Participated
Persuaded
Presented
Promoted
Proposed
Publicized
Reconciled
Recruited
Referred
Reinforced
Reported
Resolved
Responded
Solicited
Specified
Suggested
Summarized
Synthesized
Translated

 

Adapted
Advocated
Aided
Answered
Arranged
Assessed
Assisted
Clarified
Coached
Collaborated
Contributed
Cooperated
Counselled
Demonstrated
Diagnosed
Educated
Encouraged
Ensured
Expedited
Facilitated
Familiarized
Furthered
Guided
Helped
Insured
Intervened
Motivated
Prevented
Provided
Referred
Rehabilitated
Represented
Resolved
Simplified
Supplied
Supported
Volunteered

 

Acted
Adapted
Began
Combined
Composed
Conceptualized
Condensed
Created
Customized
Designed
Developed
Directed
Displayed
Drew
Entertained
Established
Fashioned
Formulated
Founded
Illustrated
Initiated
Instituted
Integrated
Introduced
Invented
Modelled
Modified
Originated
Performed
Photographed
Planned
Revised
Revitalized
Shaped
Solved

 

Analyzed
Appraised
Assessed
Audited
Balanced
Budgeted
Calculated
Computed
Conserved
Corrected
Determined
Developed
Estimated
Forecasted
Managed
Marketed
Measured
Netted
Planned
Prepared
Programmed
Projected
Qualified
Reconciled
Reduced
Researched
Retrieved

Administered
Adjusted
Allocated

 

Administered
Analyzed
Appointed
Approved
Assigned
Attained
Authorized
Chaired
Considered
Consolidated
Contracted
Controlled
Converted
Coordinated
Decided
Delegated
Developed
Directed
Eliminated
Emphasized
Enforced
Enhanced
Established
Executed
Generated
Handled
Headed
Hired
Hosted
Improved
Incorporated
Increased
Initiated
Inspected
Instituted
Led
Managed
Merged
Motivated
Navigated
Organized
Originated
Overhauled
Oversaw
Planned
Presided
Prioritized
Produced
Recommended
Reorganized
Replaced
Restored
Reviewed
Scheduled
Secured
Selected
Streamlined
Strengthened
Supervised
Terminated

 

Organizational Skills

 

Research Skills

Technical Skills

 

Teaching Skills

 

 

Approved
Arranged
Catalogued
Categorized
Charted
Classified
Coded
Collected
Compiled
Corrected
Corresponded
Distributed
Executed
Filed
Incorporated
Inspected
Logged
Maintained
Monitored
Obtained
Operated
Ordered
Organized
Prepared
Processed
Provided
Purchased
Recorded
Registered
Reserved
Responded
Reviewed
Routed
Scheduled
Screened
Submitted
Supplied
Standardized
Systematized
Updated
Validated
Verified

 

Analyzed
Clarified
Collected
Compared
Conducted
Critiqued
Detected
Determined
Diagnosed
Evaluated
Examined
Experimented
Explored
Extracted
Formulated
Gathered
Inspected
Interviewed
Invented
Investigated
Located
Measured
Organized
Researched
Reviewed
Searched
Solved
Summarized
Surveyed
Systematized
Tested

 

Adapted
Applied
Assembled
Built
Calculated
Computed
Conserved
Constructed
Converted
Debugged
Designed
Determined
Developed
Engineered
Fabricated
Fortified
Installed
Maintained
Operated
Overhauled
Printed
Programmed
Rectified
Regulated
Remodelled
Repaired
Replaced
Restored
Solved
Specialized
Standardized
Studied
Upgraded
Utilized

 

Adapted
Advised
Clarified
Coached
Communicated
Conducted
Coordinated
Critiqued
Developed
Enabled
Encouraged
Evaluated
Explained
Facilitated
Focused
Guided
Individualized
Informed
Instilled
Instructed
Motivated
Persuaded
Simulated
Stimulated
Taught
Tested
Trained
Transmitted
Tutored

 

 

[1]Extracurricular activities refer to student activities that are not part of the courses the students are doing (i.e. sports, hobbies, student association, etc.

[2] Source: http://www.quintcareers.com/action_skills.html

 

14/10/18

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    Cédric BRUDERMANN (cedric.brudermann @ upmc.fr)