A better CV for a modern world
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; email@example.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.