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  • - Hello and welcome to the official

  • English With Lucy, Business English course.

  • Firstly let me introduce myself.

  • My name is Lucy Bella Earl

  • and I am a native, qualified English teacher.

  • I'm also a graduate of Westminster Business School

  • where I achieved a first-class degree

  • in Marketing Communications.

  • In January 2016 I started

  • the English With Lucy YouTube channel.

  • Where I've helped tens of millions

  • of students improve their English skills.

  • Whether you like it or not,

  • English is the global language of business.

  • And many multinational companies use English

  • as the common corporate language.

  • This means that if you want to work in a top company,

  • it's likely that you will need

  • to be able to speak an appropriate level of English.

  • In this 10-part course I'm not only going

  • to teach you business English,

  • I'm also going to teach you how you can use it

  • to get a job, keep a job and progress in your career.

  • I will be speaking clear English,

  • but please remember to switch on the subtitles

  • if you're struggling to follow.

  • You can also reduce the speed of the video to slow me down.

  • Additionally I have placed a glossary

  • of key vocabulary used in each video

  • in the description box.

  • Right let's get started

  • with the first lesson in the course.

  • In this lesson I'm going to be talking to you

  • about how you can write a perfect CV.

  • Also called a resume in American English.

  • (gentle pop music)

  • Writing CV in your own language

  • can seem like a big task.

  • But writing one in English can seem impossible.

  • With my help you will leave today's class

  • with the skills you need to write a CV

  • that will stand out and get you

  • the employment that you deserve.

  • Number one let's start by asking ourselves

  • what does a recruiter want from a CV?

  • A CV does not get you a job,

  • what a CV actually gets you is a job interview.

  • And it's so important

  • that you remember this when you write one.

  • Applicants often feel pressure

  • to fit absolutely everything

  • they have ever done or achieved into their CV,

  • when it's often considered better to prioritise

  • and highlight just a few things.

  • It's claimed that employers look

  • at a CV for around seven seconds.

  • So when you're writing one you should keep this in mind.

  • Some of the first things

  • that will jump out at them are any mistakes.

  • I've taken in many CVs in my career so far

  • and as soon as I see a spelling mistake my mind was made up.

  • There is absolutely no excuse for a mistake on a CV,

  • you need to check it over until you know it

  • word for word, off by heart.

  • If you struggle with the language or spelling in general

  • then you absolutely must get it proofread

  • and checked over by somebody else.

  • If you don't know anyone who can do this for you

  • find a proofreader online and pay them for their time,

  • it's an investment into your future.

  • The next thing that recruiters look for

  • are skills and experience.

  • The relevant skills and experience,

  • with the key word here being relevant,

  • need to stand out.

  • It's likely that they will be scanning

  • or skim-reading your CV

  • rather than reading everything on it.

  • Later on in the class we will talk about tailoring

  • your CV to make it relevant.

  • Finally recruiters will try to find out

  • a bit more about your personality and your character.

  • You can't show so much, but you need to show enough

  • to get you through to the interview stage

  • where they'll try and find out a lot more.

  • We will also talk about showing

  • a bit of character later on in the lesson.

  • Now we should ask ourselves,

  • which type of CV we should write.

  • There are two main types of CV,

  • the chronological CV and the skills based CV.

  • There are some other types and we will discuss

  • those in this segment also.

  • It's important for you to choose the right type of CV

  • for the job that you're applying for

  • and for your own circumstances.

  • Let's talk about the chronological CV.

  • As the name suggests this type lists your experience

  • and achievements chronologically,

  • starting with the most recent.

  • Take a look at this example of what you might find

  • on a chronological CV.

  • You can use this CV type if you really want to show

  • how well or how quickly you have progressed

  • in your career or studies.

  • It's also a good way to show off

  • that you've had continuous employment with no gaps,

  • which we will discuss in a later segment.

  • Now let's talk about the skills-based CV,

  • which is also known as a functional CV.

  • This type shows off your skills and personal qualities

  • as opposed to the history of your employment and education.

  • Underneath the headline of each skill

  • you can write the roles

  • in which you achieve them and develop them.

  • Take a look at this example.

  • This is what a skills-based CV might look like.

  • You can use this type to mask gaps in your employment

  • or if you've had lots of short-term roles

  • like internships and volunteer work.

  • The best part about this type of CV

  • is that you have much more opportunity

  • to make it relevant to the job that you're applying for.

  • Another option is to use a combination

  • or hybrid of both CVs where you stick

  • to the conventional chronological order

  • but you emphasise the skills developed within each role.

  • Another sort of CV which is becoming more popular

  • is the creative CV.

  • This CV is all about presentation

  • and can help you show off your design skills

  • and stand out from the crowd.

  • Using infographics is a great way to display

  • a lot of information in a simple and engaging way.

  • You could also consider a video CV,

  • which can be a good idea for customer facing roles

  • or an add-on to a traditional CV.

  • Academic CVs for those applying

  • for research posts in academia.

  • They are usually much longer than other CVs

  • and recruiters are more likely to spend longer reading them.

  • These should emphasise your education,

  • research, publications and experience.

  • Finally we have the technical CV

  • which is much more directed towards IT roles.

  • Alongside all of the traditional information found on a CV

  • you'll need to highlight your technical skills

  • such as programming languages systems and platforms.

  • So which CV is right for you?

  • Comment down below with which one

  • you would choose and give reasons.

  • Now let's discuss tailoring the CV.

  • The biggest piece of advice that I can give you

  • is tailor your CV to each job application.

  • Work on creating a CV template and then create

  • a separate CV file for each individual company.

  • If 100 people apply for a role, which is not unrealistic,

  • and only 10 people get chosen for an interview,

  • is a one-size-fits-all CV really going

  • to be in the top 10% of all of the applicants?

  • You want the recruiter to see your CV and think wow,

  • this person could be a perfect fit for our company.

  • By tailoring your CV you're showing

  • that you're proactive and motivated.

  • It takes time and effort.

  • It also shows that you're not just applying

  • to 50 roles in the hope of getting one back.

  • Now let's address gaps in your CV.

  • Recruiters don't want to see long periods of unemployment

  • but sometimes circumstances can't be helped.

  • Gaps are a red flag.

  • They can suggest that you were fired or that you quit

  • and employers want you to work hard

  • and stick around for a long time.

  • You really need to minimise their impacts.

  • Here are some things that you can do.

  • Use your summary statement at the top of the CV

  • to briefly and positively explain

  • why you decided to change roles.

  • For example after spending five years

  • in the finance industry in 2017,

  • I decided to change career paths.

  • Another thing you can do is use a skills-based CV

  • as we discussed before.

  • If you've got loads of gaps and you can't explain them all,

  • you really should consider ditching

  • the chronological employment timeline.

  • Lastly you just need to prepare to talk about it

  • during an interview.

  • Even if you don't list the gaps on your CV

  • you might be asked about inconsistencies

  • in your work history and they need valid explanations.

  • We'll talk about this in the lesson on interview questions.

  • If you're in a CV gap at the moment,

  • start doing something immediately.

  • Get some relevant freelance work,

  • start a blog, take a course.

  • You can refer to this if gaps come up in interviews.

  • Now lots of people ask if they should

  • ever be creative with the truth

  • and I think that you should absolutely not.

  • You need to sell yourself but you don't want to lie.

  • Bear in mind that they will probably call your references

  • and if they find out that you've been exaggerating

  • or lying you'll be at the bottom of the pile.

  • Another thing you want to do is keep it short.

  • As a rule two sides of A4 maximum,

  • but if it's feasible I'd recommend

  • keeping it to one side of A4.

  • Technical and academic applicants may need more.

  • If it's longer than two sides

  • they just aren't going to read it all

  • and they might miss out on important information,

  • they could even get a bad vibe from you.

  • You could also consider including URLs to portfolios,

  • especially for applicants in the creative industry.

  • You can use a link shortener to create a memorable link

  • that is easily copied or typed into a web browser.

  • Don't depend on it as they might not look at it

  • and make sure the link works on all platforms.

  • You also need to make your CV look smart.

  • Always submit it as a PDF file.

  • It will work with all operate systems

  • and the format will stay consistent.

  • You could consider making your CV fancy

  • and adding a layer of design.

  • My last tip is to make sure that you use the right language.

  • In another lesson I'm going to show you

  • the weak words you should avoid using

  • and the strong words you should use instead.

  • Right that's it for today's lesson I hope you enjoyed it

  • and I hope you learnt something.

  • Don't forget to connect with me

  • on all of my social media.

  • I've got my Facebook, my Instagram and my Twitter.

  • And I'll see you soon for another lesson.

  • (gentle pop music)

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