A bet­ter CV for a mod­ern world

Central Leader - - EDUCATION& TRAINING -

Email is one of the fastest and most ef­fec­tive ways to send a CV. But there are a few things to bear in mind be­fore you press ‘send’.

Your CV is likely to be dis­trib­uted in­ter­nally, emailed and pho­to­copied. This means that a sim­ple, plain re­sume lay­out is pre­ferred.

Use a clear font such as Arial, stick to 10-12pt Use plenty of ‘white space’ Keep para­graphs short Make your sen­tences short and punchy Use head­ings and sec­tion breaks Use bold for head­ings – lots of un­der­lin­ing and ital­ics can look dis­tract­ing

Use bul­let points to break up the text un­der head­ings.

Make sure you have a pro­fes­sional sound­ing email ad­dress; sexygurl@stupid­mail.com might amuse your friends but it is un­likely to im­press po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers so use Gmail or Hot­mail to cre­ate a more se­ri­ous ad­dress, even if it’s just for the pur­pose of ap­pli­ca­tions.

In the sub­ject line of your email clearly state that it is an ap­pli­ca­tion and which po­si­tion you are ap­ply­ing for. This means your email can be dealt with quickly and ef­fec­tively. Make sure at­tach­ments are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble. Stick to .txt or .doc (Notepad or MS Word) for­mats to en­sure that your CV can be re­ceived and read­able. To re­tain your for­mat­ting and fonts, you could save your re­sume as a PDF; but first make sure PDFs are ac­cepted. Oth­er­wise, use a stan­dard font and keep im­ages out.

How does your CV look? Is it time you gave your­self the edge in the job mar­ket? If you’d like a more im­pres­sive sound­ing CV, MSL Train­ing is cur­rently en­rolling for free cour­ses in Hos­pi­tal­ity, Busi­ness and Com­put­ing. Their Em­ploy­ment Team can help you build that great CV. Youth Guar­an­tee is a govern­ment ini­tia­tive which guar­an­tees free op­por­tu­ni­ties for ran­gatahi (youth) to achieve the basics in their ed­u­ca­tion.

It’s a foun­da­tion qual­i­fi­ca­tion with clear path­ways to fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion and work.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa was es­tab­lished in the 1980s af­ter it was recog­nised that ran­gatahi needed more op­tions for their lives, in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment path­ways. Be­ing a provider of the govern­ment’s Youth Guar­an­tee ini­tia­tive is yet an­other way it con­tin­ues to achieve this pur­pose, sup­port­ing the lead­ers of to­mor­row.

We all have dif­fer­ent learn­ing styles and needs, and Youth Guar­an­tee pro­vides a range of op­tions for 16 and 17 year olds who need al­ter­na­tive op­tions to main­stream sec­ondary school­ing.

In a sup­port­ive, whanau-like at­mos­phere, Te Wananga o Aotearoa of­fers pro­grammes from the arts and com­put­ing through to sports. We all have op­tions – help your teenager choose the right one.

The pro­grammes on of­fer for the se­mes­ter B in­take for July 2013 are:

Kawai Rau­papa – Cer­tifi­cate in in­tro­duc­tion to (Maori) Art Level 3. This in­tro­duc­tory pro­gramme gives ran­gatahi the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore their whaka­papa through a range of creative art forms in­clud­ing mu­sic, dance, wa­iata and draw­ing. In a re­laxed set­ting with a dy­namic ka­iako (tu­tor), ran­gatahi can learn more about them­selves while de­vel­op­ing their artis­tic abil­i­ties.

Cer­tifi­cate in Sports, Fit­ness & Health Level 2. This sports pro­gramme pro­vides a fun, sup­port­ive and safe way for youth to learn the basics of ref­er­ee­ing, coach­ing, first aid, safety, nu­tri­tion, sports ad­min­is­tra­tion, team­work, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and more.

National Cer­tifi­cate in Em­ploy­ment Skills Level 1. Ran­gatahi have a world of op­tions avail­able to them but they don’t al­ways know how to make the most of them. The National Cer­tifi­cate in Em­ploy­ment Skills Level 1 gives them the tools to walk through some of those doors pre­pared, con­fi­dent, and ready to grow.

This pro­gramme ad­dresses life skills that will help them make choices for their fu­ture and pre­pare them for work ex­pe­ri­ence, em­ploy­ment, or fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion.

Youth Guar­an­tee is de­liv­ered at Te Wananga o Aotearoa sites at Nga Hau Man­gere, 15 Can­ning Cres­cent, Man­gere; Lin­coln Road cam­pus, 207 Lin­coln Road, Hen­der­son and Glen Innes, 233 Tani­wha Street, Glen Innes.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the op­por­tu­ni­ties for ran­gatahi, con­tact Te Wa¯ nanga o Aotearoa toll free on 0800 355 553.

Al­ter­na­tively you can con­tact Youth Guar­an­tee Ka­iako: Mere­ana Te Pere on 021 0297 9855.

Out­door ed­u­ca­tion: Youth Guar­an­tee stu­dents en­joy team build­ing ex­er­cises at Bethells Beach.

Em­ploy­ment edge: A pro­fes­sional CV will con­sid­er­ably im­prove your chances of land­ing a job in to­day’s com­pet­i­tive mar­ket.

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