Top Ten Tips For An Outstanding CV (Resume)

An outstanding CV should result in selection for interview for the job of your choice.Rather than a ‘history of your life’ it is helpful to think of your CV as a personal advertisement promoting your suitability for a job ahead of other applicants. Just like marketing information for products and services an outstanding CV should focus only on positive information and therefore exclude anything negative or information that could be construed as negative or you would prefer not to emphasise.The following SCALE top ten tips represent recommended best practice for an outstanding CV. Use these tips as a guide to help realise your future success.STRUCTURE1. Structure and layout: An outstanding CV should easily enable the reader to evaluate your suitability for interview measured against the key requirements for the job. To enable your CV to successfully achieve this objective follow the tips given below including the recommended sequence for the actual content of your CV. The structure of your CV will benefit from:-o centralised headings for the key sections rather than having everything left hand justified;
o margins of at least 20 cms on each side;
o black text of font size 10 to 12;
o no more than two pages in length, even for a senior executive. The exception to this guideline is for individuals in medical, research or academic careers who may need to record research papers to which they are recognised as being the author or a contributor. This research information should be included under a suitable heading in addition to those detailed below.CONTENT2. Contact information: Your CV should be headed with your first and family name followed by any formal letters of any higher education and professional qualifications which you are eligible to display, e.g. BA. ACCA. This should be followed by your:-o residential address;
o home and mobile telephone numbers;
o personal email address.Exclude your business telephone and email details to prevent any potential opportunity for breach of confidentiality or embarrassment, unless these are totally secure.3. Summary Statement: This should be limited to two or three descriptive sentences designed to:-o encourage the reader to read the rest of your CV;
o engage their enthusiasm and build their interest in your application.This concise and engaging statement should confirm your unique selling points, such as focus of your expertise, special skills and environments or sectors in which you have operated. This is not the place to record an extensive list of your skills or platitudes often found in poor quality CVs.4. Education & Qualifications: Use this as a section heading. Employers are interested in your education and qualifications relevant to the job and the potential career path for the successful applicant. You should therefore only record those that are directly relevant to the job and the type of career you are pursuing. Only include dates where this information adds value to your application otherwise their inclusion enables the reader to determine your age which you may not wish to emphasise.5. Areas of Expertise: Use this as a section heading. A concise summary of your areas of expertise will help the reader understand the scope of your expertise. It can be helpful to record these in a table format as this will help vary the structure of your CV and communicate key information in a very concise and digestible manner.Note: Each of the above sections should appear on the front page of your CV and in the order given above. Such a structure and sequence will engage the reader and their increase their willingness to read the entire CV and your overall suitability for interview.6. Career Responsibilities & Achievements: Use this as a section heading. This is one of the most important sections of you CV and the amount of space allocated to it should be a balance between page space availability and the amount of detail to be included.o Employers are interested in the scope and length of an individual’s career but it is normally their most recent achievements, say over the last ten years, which are often regarded as the most relevant for consideration for a specific job.o List each employer together your job title and dates of employment, going back no more than twenty years.o If you held multiple jobs with one or more employers then make this clear.o After each employer insert one sentence to describe the nature of the organisation.o After your job title insert no more than two sentences summarising the scope of your responsibilities.o Bullet each of your achievements by explaining how your performance benefited your employer using metrics where appropriate as confirmation of this impact. Also see the ‘Align’ section below.o For example:• Improved – Revenue, sales, new products, culture, productivity, efficiencies, or safety, etc.
• Reduced – Costs, absenteeism, accidents, etc.
• Maintained – Staff motivation or market share during difficult times, etc.7. Personal Interests: Use this as a section heading. The final section of your CV should include details of your hobbies and personal interests. Try to include a mixture of interests you do on your own such as reading and team or interactive based activities such as squash or a scout leader.ALIGN8. Align: Employers are more interested in your achievements than your responsibilities. It is therefore essential when recording your achievements to align them to the actual requirements of the job you are applying for. This important feature will increase the reader’s interest in your CV and play a critical part in determining your selection for interview.LIMIT9. Limit: Ensure you limit information in your CV to only positive information. This means excluding any negative information or anything the reader could possibly regard as negative. Examples of negative information could be any connections with extreme political groups or significant detail about jobs held more than twenty years ago.ELIMINATE10. Eliminate: Ensure your CV is completely free from any misspelling, or syntax or grammatical errors as these will reduce reader interest especially if ‘attention to detail’ is a key requirement for the job. You should also ensure you eliminate the following from your CV:-o Date of birth,
o Marital status,
o Nationality, (unless you have a medical, research or academic career – where it is often relevant)
o References,
o Salary,
o Business email and telephone details (unless totally secure),
o Notice period,
o ‘Curriculum Vitae’ or ‘CV’ heading.By Stephen Isherwood

ADHD in High School – Tips For Teachers and Parents

The cases of ADHD in elementary and kindergarten received great attention because educators recognize the importance of making early interventions. The prognosis for ADHD children is better when help is given at younger ages. Many cases of young children with ADHD eventually overcome this mental disorder. Thus, medications, assistive technologies, and teacher strategies are targeted towards the improvement of preschool and elementary students. The result is that there is very little literature that can be accessed by parents and teachers who are tasked to help high school students who have ADHD.The case of ADHD in a high school student is complicated because the teen has to contend with the normal developmental issues while struggling to cope with ADHD symptoms. Fortunately, a few high school teachers have come up with several strategies on how to help these ADHD-diagnosed high school students. These strategies are presented below as three general tips.Tip 1: Promote organizationA sense of organization is not just important for these special students. While regular students can afford to be sloppy now and then, the special student’s ability to organize is critical to their academic success. To help these students, both parents and teachers must demonstrate and encourage organization skills. In the classroom, the teacher can provide outlines for the lessons, including the key concepts. At home, the parent can provide labeled or colored shelves that can be used by the ADHD teen.Tip 2: Maintain interestOne of the primary symptoms of ADHD is the inability of the patient to focus their attention on any object or topic. Some people refer to it as boredom. The term “boredom” is not appropriate. For instance, in a casual conversation among friends, one person may exhibit boredom by yawning, looking at the window, or simply blocking out the chatting that everyone else is involved with. Boredom, in this case, is voluntary and a conscious decision. In the case of ADHD high school students, the supposed “boredom” is induced by ADHD. This is why the parents and teachers must find ways to overcome the attention deficiency symptom by maintaining the student’s interest in a task. In the classroom, the teacher must stay excited about the lesson. He/she can vary the pace of the lesson and use multi-sensory teaching devices. At home, the parent, as many times as possible, should be involved in the teen’s activities. The enthusiasm of the parent will encourage greater interest.Tip 3: Instill confidenceThe greatest factor that leads to academic success in all students, both mainstream and special, is the existence of self-confidence. This valuable trait will help the ADHD student to overcome unexpected problems even without the presence of the teacher or the parent. To develop self-confidence inside the classroom, the teacher must provide positive feedback. The feedback should not be stated in general terms. The feedback should be specific so that the student will know what it was exactly that he has done right. At home, the parents can instill self-confidence in their teens by recognizing their specific accomplishments.