As my time with The Cardiff Award is coming to a close the deadline for our CVs and application forms is fast approaching. For many Cardiff Award students this can induce a crazed panic, however if you attended the session held by Kath Foot, you would of left the building reassured and guided in the right direction.
Here are just a few tips that were set out at this session for those of you who couldn’t make it or need a recap!
Firstly the most important detail – the date! CV and application form submission must be handed in by the 9th of March at 12 noon (also the same date/time for activity form submission). These need to be emailed to the awards email address (the one we send you emails from), they should be entitled ‘Cardiff Award Submission’. Just like any job application you need to get these in on time!
Now if you are anything like me, CVs can seem like the most mind numbing process but it doesn’t have to be that way!! You are attempting to sell yourself as potential asset to a business, remember your CVs content and layout can make a huge difference. Always be willing to regularly update it.
For the Cardiff Award a two page CV is all that is required. Don’t let that seem like it makes it an easier task, many Cardiff Award students will find this hard as you all are involved in many different things. What the Cardiff Award would recommend is not to over use “I”, we know your CV is about you, you don’t need to repeat this. Also, we would also suggest that you stick to 17-35 words per sentence. A recent study found that recruiters only spend 6.25 seconds looking at an applicants CV before deciding whether or not the role will suit the candidate. You do not want to put off a recruiter by including large paragraphs throughout your CV.
One last tip on CVs is always, always use spell check and then check again yourself!
Application forms can be just as stressful as CVs, as they usually require real life examples from the candidate. The Cardiff Award application forms are available in Learning Central in the assessment folder. There are two questions each require a maximum of a 200 word answer.
These questions are:
- Describe a challenging project, activity or event, which you have planned and taken through to conclusion. What were the challenges and how did you overcome them. What, if anything, would you do differently next time?
- Give an example of when you have worked in a team? How did you contribute to the team’s success?
When answering these questions we recommend using the STAR model. STAR; stands for “Situation, Task, Action, Result”. This model will help you to breakdown your questions and enable you to give us a concise answer. You can also use the STAR model for future application forms!
Using a examples that are specific and relevant to you is important as we can see how you dealt with them.
Of course, like the CV correct spelling is essential!
Hopefully this information helps you with your Cardiff Award submissions and future job prospects!
Thanks for reading, Meg x
Survey Findings Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2014/03/17/the-best-and-worst-words-to-use-on-your-resume/