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Old Feb 17th 2016, 12:35 pm   #31
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I've been trying to put together a CV, I've used the information in this thread and some other stuff I found online. Would anyone with experience in the NZ job market be able to give it a once over for me?
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Hi Aplogies for the delay in replying

Message box me and I'll look it over if you like.


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Old Dec 11th 2016, 10:58 pm   #33
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Some good advice on this thread I would concur with most of what has been said. Having lived in New Zealand a while back, my personal impression was that employers are relatively laid back in terms of format and appearance. It's not as strict on conventions. If it looks professional and has the key items on there, it is usually fine.
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This thread is a bit old and things have moved on. I have seen a lot of CVs lately and I would say to people really don't stress about the so-called Kiwi format - it is pretty old skool and seems to have died a death, thankfully.

All the CVs that I am seeing are short and to the point, no need to add any superflous fluffy things; but just make sure you tailor it and your cover letter to fit with the actual role you are applying for. Look for and make sure your CV and cover letter includes lots of references to the key words and responsibilities otherwise you won't get past the first filters and will be screened out by the HR department before the hiring manager even gets a look.

The cover letter is your opportunity to shine; it needs some thought and a plausible explanation of what lead you to apply for the role and why you want or think you are suitable for that specific role - not just any old role, the specific role that you are applying for. If the cover letter doesn't cut it then your CV isn't even gonna get read.
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I'm currently based in the U.K. and I'm looking to move over to NZ. I'm considering putting together a video CV. Is this a good idea for the NZ job market? I'm a mature student studying Media and my partner is an Engineer but only a year into her career, would a video CV be good both of us?
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possibly for you application add one or put a link to it online.
for your partner as an Engineer I wouldn't bother but again you could put a link to it online.

Most employers just want to see you have the desired qualifications/pass work/ etc so wouldn't want to spend a lot of time shifting through all the applications.

If the job is through an agency they may well be very interested in seeing a media CV but again I would link it through a straight forward email/paper copy.
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I'm currently based in the U.K. and I'm looking to move over to NZ. I'm considering putting together a video CV. Is this a good idea for the NZ job market? I'm a mature student studying Media and my partner is an Engineer but only a year into her career, would a video CV be good both of us?
No, not unless you are asked for one.

1. CVs are often photocopied and sent round to interviewers who may not be online
2. CVs are often printed out so the shortlister/interviewer can write notes on
3. CVs that can be printed out have more multi-media potential that a media file the requires specialist programmes and a computer to see.
4. Do not include photo or video of yourself because you could be introducing potential for negative impressions - your 'edgy' outfit and use of 'relevant' vocabulary may be a turn off to the CEO of the business. Some people don't like certain physical characteristics - e.g. dumb blonds.
5. Video CVs are the sort of thing a student would do - grown ups provide a proper CV.

The only time you should provide an 'alternative' CV is when you are asked for one or are auditioning for a TV role, and even then the video would accompany a proper CV.
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Hi Everyone.

This thread is awesome. some really great idea's for layout and information.

I am going out to NZ towards the end of the year and I'm going to jazz my CV up a little to try and catch Employers eyes in the IT industry.

My query is about skills...
Doesn't it go without saying they want someone 'Hardworking' 'Team Player' 'Punctual' 'Reliable' etc etc.
Surely we could go on for a lot more than 2 pages about how much a 'Model' employee we are?

I was considering starting my CV (After Address, Visa, Skype, Mobile, etc) with a Personal Statement. To give an example of my skills.

What do you think?

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I wouldn't bother with a personal statement on the CV just put it in the covering letter. CV to long and they may not even end up reading it
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I really don't know about NZ yet, but generally using subjective descriptions is not looked upon very well

I want to see facts.

E.g. instead of waffly good team player sentences in a personal statement, better to actually state that in your job history - I was a member of a 10 person team delivering a new system. Or I managed a 10 person team etc.
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Hi all
not sure if this has already been asked but has anything changed in terms of what format is required? I've been compiling what I've called a full detailed CV so I can pick the best bits from it so to speak for a shortened version. Does anyone have an accepted template?
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NZ is very ageist so avoid dob
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I would say just tailoring it to the job, no more than 2 pages, if you need to go longer than have a on line version they could look at if they want to read more about you.
Make sure any social media sites are not full of socially unacceptable comments, if it is clear it out. Get a Linkedin profile so employees can come to you.
As already mentioned leave the waffle out unless its relevant or you are, say, a volunteer or member of a board etc.
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I would say just tailoring it to the job, no more than 2 pages, if you need to go longer than have a on line version they could look at if they want to read more about you.
Make sure any social media sites are not full of socially unacceptable comments, if it is clear it out. Get a Linkedin profile so employees can come to you.
As already mentioned leave the waffle out unless its relevant or you are, say, a volunteer or member of a board etc.
It's fine to go over 2 pages if you have 8+ years of work experience. For most they should not go over 3, although there are some circumstances where more is fine, e.g. academic CVs the contain publications or conferences. Teachers should include a teaching philosophy.
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It's fine to go over 2 pages if you have 8+ years of work experience. For most they should not go over 3, although there are some circumstances where more is fine, e.g. academic CVs the contain publications or conferences. Teachers should include a teaching philosophy.
I hire and fire, 2 pages really is my limit when it comes down to first look through, use both sides
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