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BLOG – Get noticed with your CV with Claire Button

by Aurélie Le Feuvre

Another great session continuing the WiSE-UP series, led by Claire Button, on the 20th of November 2018. Claire is the founder of Fusion Biomed, a specialist life science executive search firm with an emphasis on supporting senior women in leadership roles.

In this workshop, targeting a wide audience from people looking for a new role, returning to work or even aiming for a promotion, Claire showed us how to promote ourselves through a CV that should stand out from the rest.

The main advice is “To prepare your CV, be prepared!!”.

First, when looking for your next step, identify what the challenges in your life are and get ready by putting things in place to overcome these challenges and by surrounding you with a positive environment.

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Then, explore your options by asking yourself “What am I good at?”, “what can you do?” and, most importantly “what do I want to do?”. To make your self-assessment, do not hesitate to get feed-backs from your friends and trusted colleagues. This is the right time to perform a skills audit (which skills do I have that I can used for this job? which skills do I have that I want to use more? which skills do I want to develop?). When it comes to put that into your CV, make sure you emphasize what you are looking for.

When it comes to write your CV, know and articulate your values and achievements. You need to sell yourself through the use of “I” not “we” and you need to use impactful language such as the strong verbs “demonstrate”, “achieve”, “contribute”.

Your CV, two pages maximum, should only include essential information, such as your contact details, the relevant qualifications and your professional experience. You can choose between a chronological or skills-based approach to describe it. Claire recommends to start your CV with a short profile where you can say who you are, what you do, which skills and capabilities you have that are relevant for the job you apply for and also what could be your potential next assignments, describing the skills you would like to develop in your next role. Do not hesitate to use punchy words to describe yourself to stand-out from other CVs.

If you’re looking for a particular position in a specific company, do your research, understand what the company is looking for and help them, with your CV, to project what you can bring to the company.

Claire also warned us that, along the way, we will face obstacles such as the “imposter syndrome”, the guilt you can feel if you want to leave your company and the lack of confidence when reading job adverts. Don’t be put off by strong language in job adverts, learn how to read what the company really wants and build some resilience.

Finally, when submitting your CV, if you can, try to avoid HR and seek for a human connection. Claire strongly advises to attend networking events to make new contacts and to get on LinkedIn, which can be a great door to apply for a new

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SIGN UP now for the next exciting workshop in the WiSE-UP series: Perfecting your interview skills, 12 March 2019, with Megan Glazebrook (Talent Acquisition Partner, Johnson Matthey).

The WiSE-UP series is open to all! STEMM and non-STEMM, Women and Men are welcome. The workshops will all take place at Lucy Cavendish College. 

If you have booked three or more workshops you are in with a chance to win an autographed copy of Radio Four Jenni Murray’s “A history of the World in 21 Women”, in collaboration with One World Publications.

BLOG – Get noticed with your CV with Claire Button

by Dr Aurélie Le Feuvre

Another great session continuing the WiSE-UP series, led by Claire Button, on the 20th of November 2018. Claire is the founder of Fusion Biomed, a specialist life science executive search firm with an emphasis on supporting senior women in leadership roles.

In this workshop, targeting a wide audience from people looking for a new role, returning to work or even aiming for a promotion, Claire showed us how to promote ourselves through a CV that should stand out from the rest.

The main advice is “To prepare your CV, be prepared!!”.

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Get noticed with your CV – Claire Button

Date: 20 November 2018
Location: Lucy Cavendish College

In the second of our 4-part career series, Claire Button, founder of Fusion Biomed, will be showing us how to create a compelling CV to market our skills for the next career step. Whether you are looking for an academic position or industry position, returning from a career break or looking to be promoted, this workshop is for you.

Bring along your CV. Everyone is welcome!

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The WiSE-UP series is open to all! STEMM and non-STEMM, Women and Men are welcome. The workshops will all take place at Lucy Cavendish College. 

Book three or more workshops to be in with a chance to win an autographed copy of Radio Four Jenni Murray’s “A history of the World in 21 Women”, in collaboration with One World Publications.

BLOG – Naily Makangu: Driving your career forward

by Dr Donata Iandolo

The workshop led by Naily Makangu on 16th October 2018, led us through a series of questions one should ask him/herself when undertaking changes in ones’ career. The leitmotif has been: How much are you prepared to pay, How much are you prepared to invest in yourself to get the career you want? How much are you prepared to invest to diversify your skill set in order to get to where you want to be?

The route to a new career or your self-improvement pathway starts with self-discovery. Important questions to ask yourself are: Who am I? What makes me tick? What motivates me? What do I want to achieve? What is my ideal career?
For a person to get to what can be defined as “Career discovery” it is necessary for him or her to pass by “self-discovery”. Self-discovery takes not only the evaluation of your own strength and weaknesses but also your blind spots.

A powerful tool to this is personality profiling [1]. When deciding whether there is need for change in your career trajectory, Naily suggested to step back, sit down and analyse your own performance and ideas for the future. Ask yourself what could have been done better or in a different way. This is an exercise that could be taken monthly in order to have a better idea of where we stand. When in doubt, Nailly asks herself: which are the compelling reasons to stay in or leave this specific job? It is indeed of uttermost importance to find the questions that help you understand yourself.

Certainly, these are steps that can be facilitated by having someone on your side. This can be a mentor, a coach or a counsellor. Perform a gap analysis between where you are and where you want to be in the future. Write a shopping list of the characteristics that your new job, promotions or venture should have. A further key suggestion is to be proactive in finding the opportunities that can help you shape your own profile. Volunteer your way to the top. This is Naily’s strategy to harness volunteering experiences that can contribute to your professional profile, together with time management,

Further suggestions are to go to Meet up events as a way to train your confidence, network or take courses for training assertiveness. Definitely be proactive and creative to develop skills: Take courses, take part in Leadership action programs [2], Public speaking, Train the trainer, Leadership academy and many other effective programmes out there.

References:
1. Insights – www.insights.com/products/insights-discovery
Myers Brigg – read more….
2. Vitae: Leadership in Action – read more on Vitae’s training programme….

3. An example of Cambridge Networks Train the Trainer course – read more…. 

Further reading material: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey

 

SIGN UP for the next exciting workshop: Get noticed with your CV with Claire Button, 20 November 2018.

The WiSE-UP series is open to all! STEMM and non-STEMM, Women and Men are welcome. The workshops will all take place at Lucy Cavendish College. 

Book three or more workshops to be in with a chance to win an autographed copy of Radio Four Jenni Murray’s “A history of the World in 21 Women”, in collaboration with One World Publications.

Driving your career forward with Naily Makangu

What’s your strategy for securing your dream job? Are you job-ready? How will you engage key skills that no employer will be able to turn down?

The first step of this 4-step process is deciding what do you want do you want to do and how to do it. In fact, how to “Drive your career forward”

And that’s exactly what Naily Makangu is going to teach you in the first workshop of the WiSE-UP series 2018-2019.

Naily Makangu (2017 JCI UK “Most Outstanding Leader” winner) will open the series on driving your career forward, pinpoint your motivation and set your career goals.

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The WiSE-UP series will bring a bold freshness to map your journey, unlocking the four steps for career success. It will prepare you to cross each milestone, moving closer and into the job you want. Then create that first initial impact in the job, making you unforgettable for all the right reasons!

The WiSE-UP series is open to all! STEMM and non-STEMM, Women and Men are welcome. The workshops will all take place at Lucy Cavendish College. 

If you are not a member, take advantage and book the series, which will include free annual membership. As well as the chance to win an autographed copy of Radio Four Jenni Murray’s “A history of the World in 21 Women”, in collaboration with One World Publications.

Book now!

Workshops Members Non-Members
One workshop: Get noticed with your CV £12

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Two workshops £20

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Three workshops £30

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