August 2013

Who are YOU? 

Presenting yourself with a compelling and accurate CV


With 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. 


The 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 be appointed. 

By 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. 


Compelling 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
  • Interests 
  • Referees names and contact details
Include your phone and email details in a footer.


The Jazz trumpeter - writing successes and achievements

 Four rules:

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 

3.   enabling 

4.   speedier recruitment and appointments,managers having immediately accessible online leave reporting; and significantly reduced operating costs. 


Imagine 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
  • Relate 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
  • After the interview, have a coffee and debrief with a valued colleague or friend. Discuss how you went and reflect on your experience of the interview

Increase your chances of being shortlisted: Contact  

 to assist you update your CV and prepare for interviews. 

Executive Presence: New October programme

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Executive Presence goes beyond 'feedback' and assist you explore interpersonal perception and impact in a vibrant, facilitative pragmatic learning environment. 

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