CV builder
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Xello has added CV Builder to the student experience!

A CV is a necessary part of applying to jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities and so much more. To help with the often overwhelming experience of writing a CV for the first time, the CV builder pulls in the work students have already completed in other parts of Xello so your students can confidently start applying for those opportunities they're interested in.

Building a CV with Xello

Check out this short video to see what your students experience when building out a CV.

Xello's CV builder | 2:01
TipTip: Share this short video with your students. Link to it on their Dashboard resources, place it in an Assignment, or message the link to your student groups in Xello.

Students and CV builder

CV builder makes it easy to take the valuable information students have learned about themselves through assessments, self-reflection, and early experiences, and turn it into a professional CV.

Students access this feature from their About me page. Once they've begun, they have access to the Tips & samples on every page to help guide them in do's and don'ts of writing a stand-out CV. As they fill out each section of their CV using content already entered in About me, they also have the option to add new skills, interests, or experiences. New content is then synced and saved to their About me profile. At any point they're able to readjust the order of the sections so they can put their strongest skills and experiences first. Once they're ready, they download their completed CV either as a fully formatted, professional PDF, or as an RTF file if they wish to style their CV their own way.

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CV builder in Xello

Educators and CV builder

Educators view completed student CVs on the student's profile page, in the About student tab. You'll be able to view it once the student has added their contact details and completed the education section in the CV builder.

To view a student's CV:

  1. In the search bar located at the top of any page in your educator account, enter the student's name or ID.
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    Search bar in Xello educator account highlighted with cursor hovering
    tipTip: Alternatively, from the left menu, click Students and select Student list to browse the full list of students.
  2. Click on the student's name. The About student tab of their profile opens.
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  3. Scroll down to the CV builder section to see when their CV was last modified.
  4. Click on the CV to download it as a PDF.
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Delivering CV builder in the classroom

Check out these resources to support your CV writing instruction.

Xello activity lesson plan

To get students started, the CV builder resource will help you successfully guide your students in using the tool and creating a CV through discussion prompts, modeling, and reflection prompts.

This standalone lesson will take about 30-40 minutes and includes:

  • Inquiry prompts
  • Tips for preparing to teach the lesson
  • Teaching strategies
  • Step-by-step guidance for assisting students in utilizing CV builder
  • A discussion prompt for students to complete in a Xello assignment
  • pdfActivity Lesson Plan
    Activity Lesson PlanMy CV

Instructional plan

For a more time-intensive but robust experience that provides context for CV builder, the CV writing instructional plan includes four activities to help you implement the CV builder in the classroom face-to-face, online, or in a blended learning environment. Through these activities, your students will learn how to showcase themselves, analyse job ads, get tips on creating their CV, and learn how to write a cover letter.

This instructional plan can be broken up into four standalone lessons or one extended 95 minute lesson. It includes the components of the My CV lesson above, as well as:

  • Learning objectives
  • Future-ready skills and vocabulary
  • Real-world exploration of CV components and job-seeking tools
  • Student-facing instructions
  • pdfInstructional Plan
    Instructional PlanCV writing