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Study the CV given below. Answer these questions.


6. What parts does it consist of?

7. What information is included into each section?

8. What is her highest educational qualification?

9. Why do you think the education and experience sections of her CV start with the most recent events?

10. Why does she give two references?

11. Why has she chosen these people to be her referees?

12. Why does she include interests and activities?





Personal details

Name: Fiona Weaver

Date of birth: 7 April 1974

Address: 6 Haymarket, Newcastle, NC1 4YU

Marital status: Single


Education and qualifications

1991-1995 Faraday College of Further Education, Newcastle

- National Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

(day release from S & T (UK) Ltd)

1985-1990 George Stephenson Secondary School, Newcastle


I hold a clean driving licence. I have been driving for three years.


Work experience

1995 to present Inspection Technician

Sturner & Thomson (UK) Ltd

- Responsible for checking incoming components and completed

products using a wide range of test equipment including

computer-based record systems.


1991-1995 Apprentice electrical technician

Sturner & Thomson (UK) Ltd


1990-1991 Office junior

Brent & Wicker, Solicitors

- Basic secretarial duties-filing, word-processing, telephone

receptionist, in a busy lawyer’s office


Interests and activities

Travel, modern dance, swimming


Reference College: Work:

Mr Andrew Wood Mrs Joy Milne

Head of Department Personnel Officer

Electrical Engineering S & T (UK) Ltd

Faraday College North Street

Cornwallis Road NEWCASTLE NC14 7Tl


Write your own CV in English using qualifications you already have or ones that you think you might get in the future. Use the CV in ex. 1.11 as a model.


1.13. Letter of Application

The letter of application, sometimes called cover letter can be as important as the CV because it is the first direct contact between a candidate and an employer. If this letter is not well written and presented, it will make a poor impression. The letter of application nomally contains four parts in which you should:

4. confirm that you wish to apply and say where you learned about the job;

5. say why you are interested in the position and your interests are the same as those of the company;

6. show that you can contribute to the job by describing your most relevant skills and experience;

7. indicate your willingness to attend an interview (and possibly say when you will be free to attend).


1.14. Study this letter of application which accompanied the CV in ex.1.11. What information does it add to the CV?

Read and analyze details from the letter of application given below. Look at the outline of the letter on the left and indicate where the information should go.

Write your own letter of application for one of the positions proposed in advertisements in Text № 4 (Appendix 1, Module III).

1.17. Interviewing Job Applicants

Interviews are a central part of the recruitment process for most organizations. Usually applicants are interviewed after sending in an application form or CV. The purpose of an interview is to assess the applicant, and for the applicant to demonstrate abilities and personality. It is also an opportunity for the applicants to make sure that the organization and the position are what they want. Here are some useful advice for you to follow in future.

Preparation for the interview.

· Learn about the organization

· Have specific job or jobs in mind

· Review your qualifications for the job

· Prepare to answer broad questions about yourself

· Review your resume

· Arrive before the scheduled time of your interview

· Get plenty of sleep the night before the interview


What to Wear:



· Solid dark colored suits or a dress

· Wear hosiery

· If wearing a dress/skirt, make it sure it’s at least knee-length

· Nothing skin-tight



· Solid colored button-up shirt, tucked in

· Tie

· Dark socks

· Nothing too baggy

· If wearing a suit, go with dark colors

· Your shoes and belt should match


During the Interview


· Be confident and make the interviewer think that you are a self-confident person

· If you have any doubts, keep them to yourself

· Know as much as you possibly can about the job you’re applying for before you go for the interview

· Try to relax

· Be yourself

· Be polite


About Questions


· Listen carefully and make sure that you answer the question:

· Make eye contact with the interviewer

· Don’t speak negatively about anyone

· Use pauses effectively

· Always tell the truth because the interviewer can check and verify the information


After the Interview


· If you didn’t answer a question well in the interview, don’t be afraid to phone up soon and say something

· If you are successful at the interview stage you will receive an official letter offering you a job




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