Who are YOU?
Presenting yourself with a compelling and accurate CV
so much organisation change in New Zealand, many of you are likely to
be applying for new roles. Here are some keys to presenting yourself
well. Presenting a compelling letter and CV is likely see you being
shortlisted for an interview.
In applying for a
position, keep your letter of application to one page Include why you
want the role and what you would bring to it.
Avoid repeating information from your CV.
interviewers may not have read your CV. They want to get to know YOU,
the experience you bring, and your approach to the role if you were to
responding to and engaging with the interviewers, they will get to know
you, and see how well you conduct yourself in stressful situations -
yes, the interview. Many factors are involved in being appointed. How
well you project yourself into the role is one. More on that later.
What is a CV?
A CV is literally 'the course of your life', and includes your employment
history and what you have achieved. It also includes some personal
information such as your capabilities, skills and attributes.
CVs are tailored to each situation. While CV's in Britain are brief,
academic CVs are likely to be lengthy and include details of
publications. Currently in the public sector, a CV would be up to 6
pages long and include:
- a cover page with your name and qualifications
- one page with key attributes and capabilities written in the third person
- your employment history with 4 - 5 success and achievements in each major role (up to 3 pages)
then one page including
- education and leadership training
- Referees names and contact details
Include your phone and email details in a footer.
The Jazz trumpeter - writing successes and achievements
1.Begin each achievement with a verb: Established, implemented, Led, Produced, Created
2.Describe the activity
3.use another verb e.g enabling, assisting, resulting in, identifying savings of, ensuring.....
4.then add the outcomes achieved
Here's an example:
1. Initiated and led
2. the streamlining and automating HR processes
speedier recruitment and appointments,managers having
immediately accessible online leave reporting; and significantly
reduced operating costs.
5 - 6 of these. Readers are like to gain a sense of your capacities as
change agent,leader, innovator and financialy prudent.
Preparing for the interview
Here are some guidelines that are likely to assist you:
- Greet the interviewers when you enter the room
- Respond to questions, rather than giving the 'right' answer
- Project yourself into the role, with 'what you would see me doing is' or 'I would approach that by....'
- Know why you want this role and what you can contribute
- Be prepared to describe your leadership practice
simply (how you build teams, change culture, increase engagement,
manage performance, collaborate with peers) when asked questions like
'How would you go about...?
- Use 'I', rather than 'we' in your responses
to the interviewers as peers - yes you want this role, and yes they
hold the decision. When you are appointed, you are likely to be peers,
so act as a peer now
the interview, have a coffee and debrief with a valued colleague or
friend. Discuss how you went and reflect on your experience of the
Increase your chances of being shortlisted: Contact to assist you update your CV and prepare for interviews.