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How To Write The Perfect CV / Resume, Covering Letter, AND Get The Job Interview

teacher avatar Zubair Hoque, 6th Year Architecture Student

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5 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Writing the CV: 5 KEY Aspects

    • 3. Writing the Covering Letter: Layout & Tips

    • 4. Mini Portfolio: Why You Should Have One

    • 5. Bonus Tip: Typing All 3 Together

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In this class I'll be sharing with you real examples of how to write the perfect CV with a good graphical layout, a  formal Covering Letter to go along with it and a 1-2 page 'Mini Portfolio' that backs up the skills necessary for the job you're applying for.

Also, stick around for the final lesson where I share what I did to successfully negotiate my job in the design & construction industry that ties all 3 of these things together and will dramatically improve the chances of landing those elusive job interviews.

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Zubair Hoque

6th Year Architecture Student


Hi, my name's Zubair and I'm a 6th Year Architecture student in the UK, currently studying for my Masters Degree.

Alongside my studies I've worked formally in the design & construction industry which is required to become a fully Chartered Architect as well as maintaining 2 YouTube channels (ZH Architecture & Travel + Zubair Hoque Cars) where I've picked up skills in video creating and editing.

I have also been a professional racing driver competing up to an international level and up to categories such as Formula 3.

On this channel I will be sharing with you a lot of the skills I've learnt as a result of doing all of these things.

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1. Introduction: everyone, Welcome to my first skill share video. My name's a bear and I'm a six year architecture students currently studying my masters in the U. K quick introduction when it comes to getting a job anywhere in any field before you could even get your foot in the door. Usually, Most importantly, this piece of paper helps you do that, and it's pretty vital toe. Do it the right way and put the right things down to secure that job interview that you've been aiming to get. But it's not just your CV that you need to worry about. I think it's one of three things that together that will help you stand out from everybody else and help you secure that job. So in this class, I'm gonna be talking you through what's involved in writing perfect CV, the different aspects that go into it, what to include and what not to include. And then I'll move on to how to write the perfect covering letter to accompany your CV. And then why I like to do is actually send almost like a very brief mini portfolio off your some of your very best work. Now you see This is quite straightforward if you're going for, let's say, a design role, but it applies to marketing roles as well. If you create something for a previous company that you've worked out or you've done a particular piece of work in your during your studies, and that's definitely relevant to achieving success in this particular instance and then do stick around right to the end where I will share a bonus tip which actually ties all three of these things together that I myself personally have used. Andi have had great feedback from his well from potential employers. 2. Writing the CV: 5 KEY Aspects: right. So first we have receive a Now, As I mentioned before, they're up five key aspects that should go into your C V plus a bonus aspect that you should only include if you could make it relevant to the role you're applying for. So those five aspects are, say, your aim and contact details. Many statement. So this is literally just a few sentences. Andi. It can actually be one of the hardest things toe actually do out of all the things you have seen, read the bit that requires the most amount of thought and effort. Really your key skills for core skills that relevant to the job that you're playing for the work experience and your education. It's a straight away with them. With my CV here, you'll notice that it's no just boring and bland, like the standard word document that you would have seen for many years and what many people still use. It's all about making yourself stand out. I am in the design industries from actually having a well designed CV is gonna be a lot more common in my field than let's say, business or marketing, role or finance etcetera. However, If you are in one of those roles, creating something that's very graphically pleasing to look at, well actually benefit UME or because less people in your field likely to be doing that. And when it comes to securing a job interview and eventually that potential job, it's all about standing out from the crowd on being unique to everybody else. Because if you just put yourself in the shoes of a potential employer, you're never going to be the only person that they're looking at. Whoever's job it is to sift through. All these job applications will be looking at tens, hundreds, even war in one go. And if you don't do something, stand out. You'll just get lost in that pile. So first off your name and contact details there should be at the very top, really clear and easy to see. I've actually included a picture of myself in this on Do you may disagree or agree with me on this, but I think it helps me to see the A bit more personal to whoever's reading get because remember, you know, face to face with them at that point. Yet when they see hundreds of names that air the day they don't really remember that words . He had a face to it. You're just increasing that chance of being a bit more memorable to a potential employer. A nice, clean head shot. Nothing death, nothing silly. You know, the type of profile picture you'd have on your linked in, for example, go up next. We have our mini statement. Now, this is actually quite difficult. Trying to sum yourself up in three sentences is pretty difficult. For for many people, you basically need state why you want this role on why you'll be a valuable asset to a potential company that you're hoping to work for. Up next, we have our key skills again, trying not to be too generic, going to pick out very specific key skills that are relevant to the role that you're going for. Because everything you put down on this piece of paper you don't want to waste any valuable real estate space on there. And you know, if you can, you want to stick to one sheet of paper wide. Done. Here is I've actually listed some of the key piece of software that very relevant in the field of architecture. I've stated which of those that I'm very good out plus have experiencing as well. Why don't kind of differentiate from just massive blocks of text is to use the actual graphical logos off each of these piece of software that may or may not be relevant to you . But I'll leave that down to you to decide. And next we have our work experience. Now, if you're applying for one of your very first jobs, it's fine not to have massive long list of prior work experience. You can actually include volunteer work or small projects and things that you might worked on in the side, so long as they have some kind of relevance to the role that you're going for, whether that be in the physical job itself or the skills that you might have acquired from doing some of those jobs. You know, even if it's completely different field. If you've learned something from doing that task that's applicable to the new rule that you're going for, then it's worth putting down. At the time of doing this particular Seavey, I'd already worked in a design role for six months at a previous company, so that was my most relevant piece of work experience. But then I don't other smaller, more informal projects and tasks that were related to the industry and so made it relevant to the role I was going for. I also had a short stint doing kind of a marketing role which obviously quite different to the architecture industry. However, I was doing a lot of design, work, graphical communication, that sort of thing, which is relevant to the new role that I was going for. And then finally, we have education, something that you know is what it is. So you want to lay it out nice and clearly split up? You know where you got for example? In the U. K g C s C s. Your A levels and further study. So degree level qualifications, etcetera graze you achieved again. Don't make it, you know, one by one listing and usually got too much real estate on that piece of paper. Like mentioned, you want to be pretty concise with it. So those five aspects of the key requirements for a good CD. However, this sick aspect that I mentioned is extra curricular stuff. So you know this does. This does include kind of hobbies and things, but only if it's kind of relevant to the job you're going for. Don't put things like I like to socialize. Like to go out with friends, read, etcetera. We need to put a positive spin on pretty much everything you put down on this piece of paper that makes it relevant to the to the job that you're going for. It just makes you see Major come across as in potentially very valuable asset to that company. You know, for my extracurricular things. I said that I carried out small, informal projects for friends and family house extensions, etcetera, that sort of thing. I'd actually been a professional racing driver, pry it all of this that required having very good communication skills when dealing with the media, TV, radio, newspapers, that kind of thing. So in theory, I would know how to present myself to potential clients and things like that in my design roll, and then also just, you know, being able to work in a team environment working under pressure, dig multiple things at once. You see what I mean. So even though you know, motor racing or sport, whatever. It may be consumed like a completely different thing. Teoh the real world. And there are skills that you can take from that, their applicable to the role that you're going for, plus anything that you know you do that is actually quite unique or quirky. That's definitely worth putting down because it, you know, it makes you seem like more interesting person. You got more character than just kind of you just go to work 9 to 5 every day. You don't do anything else, so that's what should go into your C V. 3. Writing the Covering Letter: Layout & Tips: up. Next we have our covering letter. So I say they should be written quite formally and should be laid out in a manner to reflect this. Generally, what? You'd start with his the name and address of the company that you're applying to work for that should go at the very top. The a few spaces for the date down, another couple of spaces. And then what I've done is actually highlight the role that you're going for in bold and underlined, which also acts like the subject line in an email that you would send. And it's very straight to the point, actually also put down when you know, I had been looking to start as well and straight away in that single line. You've given a potential employer who is reading this exactly what you're looking for. What the purpose of this letter. It's up next. You know you want, ideally, get the name of the person that you think is going to read this letter, and it will be a day whatever their name is. If you can't find out, that's fine. You'll be dear sir or madam and start by simply saying whom what you are so for myself. I was a recent graduate at the time, so, you know, I said where that where it graduated from the degree that completed and then in the very next sentence, going straight to the point. And I'm telling them that I am writing to inquire about the possibility off such and such a role, such and such a place at such and such a time can also give them a time period that you're looking for. If it is like a placement type role or, you know, roll that, you know, planning to spend multiple years and that's my first paragraph, it's and he is quite important to break down this letter. You don't want to put one great big, massive long paragraph because even just to the eyes is without even reading a single line without even reading a single word. It's just no pleasing toe. Look out, you want to break you up, and you definitely don't want to be going more than one side of a four for your covering letter for my next paragraph. I gave a bit of a background us to kind of what I was doing right now at the time I was working in another role, doing very, very similar thing. But I was relocating from one city to another. Hence why I was looking for a new job and because, you know, I was already working in a particular role that was similar to what this new phone was looking for. I put that down, said that straightaway had given them a potential advantage off myself going there. I wouldn't have to learn completely from scratch. I knew what to expect. I get straight into it and then up next, just to break things up a little bit more elicited some key skills that were relevant to this particular role that employers will be looking for on rather than just lift list these calmer after comma. It's best, actually, bullet point these because Australia just helps to differentiate it from everything else on the piece of paper. In my particular role, the key skills are knowledge of particular bits of software and straightaway. Generally an employee wants in the field of architecture. They want to know if you've got those straight away and made it as clear as possible to whoever was reading this in the next paragraph I've stated that touched my CV on some examples of prior work that I've done, which demonstrate the's skills in action. So I mean, I'm kind of backing up what I'm saying. Hit. And then, you know, the final many paragraph is, I suppose, is a bit like another mini statement like I mentioned in C V. You can just want to show you enthusiasm for the role on that. It's not just another job or a stepping stone or what or whatever. It is very hard to come by passionate and enthusiastic employees. Many employers would say, So you want to come across like, you know, you'd be really excited to wake up each morning to go out and do this job day in, day out. And then again, I just backed up some of the core skills I had that would be relevant to this particular role. And then you just finish are very politely. I appreciate your consideration of my application. Look forward to hearing from you. Thank you. In your name, I did incorporate above a graphical element into my covering letter as well, with a bar across the bottom that kind of just displayed my contact details very clearly. Once again. And you know, if you don't have these graphical skills yourself, there are absolutely find. There are hundreds and thousands of free templates out on the Internet that you can just quickly download Fill in the blanks, but that's what should go into the ideal covering letter. 4. Mini Portfolio: Why You Should Have One: up next. We have, like a mini portfolio example off some work that we've done prior to this job that's relevant to the job that you're applying for now. If it is a design role, they generally at some point they will last for a full portfolio of work, which is fine. But you don't normally give that straight away. So I find those advantageous is along with your CV and covering Letter is to attach just one or two pages of some of your very best work that you've done in the past, whether that be in previous role or during university or some work that you've done on this side. And basically what you should do is allow those skills and key attributes that you've got that you've mentioned in your CV in covering letter. This is the evidence for it. And general, this is all about being really eye catching and aesthetically pleasing to look out for a potential employer. If you're not going for design roll, let's say marketing it could be something that you produced. A supposed marketing could be a little bit similar to a design role, but in fact, you know I'm not gonna try and let you on the rules that I don't have experience in. But just an example of something that you've done that whoever was reading it, they would understand themselves because they have experienced in that field. Now, if you're not mass producing these in going to literally applying to hundreds of places, you've got more select and targeted a number of places that you want to you want to apply to you, then you could actually Taylor vest for a particular for that specializes in one particular thing, Which is why did, for one instance, one firm that I applied to actually changed wife sent to them as my example work because they specialized in a particular sector of architecture and actually doing some work that was in that particular sector. So I decide send that project to them specifically not to some of the other places that I applied to. I can't tell you exactly what to send off that will be personal to you and the role that you're going for it, and just one or two sides of a four will do the job 5. Bonus Tip: Typing All 3 Together: this bonus tip that ties all three of these things together. Andi, help me, I'm pretty sure, actually, I know for a fact to help me secure the job that was going for when I was doing this particular activity in this day and age through platforms like indeed, people just spam job applications by email is the most common form of sending out a job application, and it's easiest form of sending a job application, and it's why pretty much everyone does it. But like I've mentioned throughout this inside syriza, it's all about being unique and standing out from the crowd. So why would actually suggest his not to email Andi. It's actually the reason why I actually printed these out right now is that I get more together covering lots of other top see the next your example work, put them in an envelope and actually posted to a potential employer. Just by doing this, you're going one step further than 99% of other people out there on they've got something physical toe look at. Bombing would like sending things and email once it's open. Once it's been seen, it's usually lost in a pile again. Just think how many emails people receiving work state, whereas by sending a physical document of sorts, you're just increasing that chance of being remembered. I'm just showing that you're different and you know, in a sense, more enthusiastic than everyone else going for this saying job role and you could go one step further still, which is exactly what I did. I was looking for a role specifically in Liverpool, and so I took the day off work from where I was currently working. At the time, Onda had a list of about I was 30 or 40 firms and I went around hand delivering. Each of these envelopes usually wouldn't get in front of a director straight await. I'd be giving it to a secretary. But you know, each time that I did that really surprised someone had gone to the effort. And it just means, you know, sexually is more likely to pass it on to a director on, you know, it just knocks home that point of doing something very different to what everyone else is doing now. Obviously, if you're going for a role that you're not really bothered where it is and it's all over the country, then, yes, you probably couldn't go around hand delivering to every single place the ones nearby, nto. I'd suggest during that with places that you know you really want to actually work out. Do your best hand deliver there and for the rest of them, just post them. Obviously, this requires a bit more financial investment just by printing out all these pieces of paper postage stamps at sectoral. But it's It's an investment worth making, particularly in this day and age where job openings are becoming really, really competitive. You've got most hundreds of people applying for one particular role. So any single thing, no matter how small or subtle that you can do to stand out from everybody else, get you one step closer to getting that dream job that you want. So they have a ladies and gents, those of my key tips for writing, you know, the perfect CV perfect covering letter, a nice many portfolio of example work that you've done and then tying them all together and that actually get those in front of a potential employer. Andi, hopefully secure those elusive job interviews. Thanks for watching these lessons. Ladies and gents. Andi, I'll see you in the next one