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Did you know: on average, an employer will spend just 20 seconds looking at your CV?

It’s your task to capture their interest and promote yourself as the best candidate for the job.

One size doesn’t fit all – you will need different versions of your CV depending on who it is aimed at.

Make your CV unique – avoid using a standard template as you will be shoehorning your

experience into someone else’s idea of what a CV should look like;

Focus on relevant experience and transferable skills.

 

What information should I include on my CV?

Personal Details: It may sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people forget to include their name, email, contact phone number and address. Make sure these are clearly marked at the top of your CV.

Personal Statement: Although optional, many jobseekers choose to include a personal statement in their CV as it’s a good opportunity to tell an employer about your suitability for the job. Keep it concise and be sure to demonstrate your enthusiasm and commitment to the role and the company.

Work Experience: This section includes any work experience that you

have in the field you are applying for. When listing these work experiences include your job title, time in the post, responsibilities and the name of your organisation. Remember to list your most recent role first. If you’re applying for a sales role always remember to highlight your sales achievements.

Achievements: List relevant skills and achievementsfrom previous jobs, giving clear examples of how you would apply these to the new role.

Education: List formal qualifications and any training and development undertaken, either independently or during previous periods of employment.

Hobbies and Interests: Only include if the skills or teamwork concerned are relevant for the job. There is no point listing that you’re sociable or that you enjoy going to the cinema for the sake of it.

Gaps: Make sure there are no large gaps on your CV. If you have been travelling great but make sure you account for this on your CV.

How to present your CV and beat your competition

Remember, your CV is a reflection of yourself, so it’s important that it’s well laid out and looks professional. With competition across the job market at an all-time high you need to stand out, make sure you don’t blend into the background.

  • Keep it short enough to read quickly and ideally no more than two sides of A4
  • Choose a clear, professional font to ensure that your CV can be easily read
  • Be clearly laid out in a logical order, with sufficient spacing and clear section headings (work experience, education)
  • Avoid typing mistakes at all costs. A simple spell check is not enough: ask someone else to proof read your finished CV
  • Order your experience and education into reverse chronological order to highlight your most recent experience and achievements

Once you’re happy with how your CV looks, make sure you’re happy with the content. And highlight that you’re the right match for the job by outlining:

  • Specific skills you have to offer the employer
  • Experience you have in the specific field
  • Appropriate personal qualities for the role
  • An understanding of the job requirements

 

How to present your CV and beat your competition

Remember, your CV is a reflection of yourself, so it’s important that it’s well laid out and looks professional. With competition across the job market at an all-time high you need to stand out, make sure you don’t blend into the background.

  • Keep it short enough to read quickly and ideally no more than two sides of A4
  • Choose a clear, professional font to ensure that your CV can be easily read
  • Be clearly laid out in a logical order, with sufficient spacing and clear section headings (work experience, education)
  • Avoid typing mistakes at all costs. A simple spell check is not enough: ask someone else to proof read your finished CV
  • Order your experience and education into reverse chronological order to highlight your most recent experience and achievements

Once you’re happy with how your CV looks, make sure you’re happy with the content. And highlight that you’re the right match for the job by outlining:

  • Specific skills you have to offer the employer
  • Experience you have in the specific field
  • Appropriate personal qualities for the role
  • An understanding of the job requirements

Job interviews  can be a daunting, scary experience but you can ditch the nerves by preparing answers to popular interview questions before you head out the door.

We take a look at the different types of interview question you can expect to get and offer you advice on how to go about giving answers that will get you the job.

 

Interview Tips

  • Arrive 10-15 minutes in advance.
  • Be polite to the receptionist, he/she may ask you questions about yourself
  • Know your CV- Review your work history and make sure what you say matches what’s on your resume
  • Remember to slow down your speech and lower your voice tone
  • When you meet with your interviewer, make eye contact and give a firm handshake
  • Prepare to enter the room smiling and courteous, first impressions are everything
  • Keep eye contact with the interviewer throughout
  • Keep your answers concise, when people are nervous they waffle
  • Try to relax, at the end of the day we are all human
  • Take time to think by asking for a question to be clarified
  • Stay calm at all times even if provoked
  • Be a listener and show patience if gaps in questioning occur
  • Body language is key – Use your body language to further emphasise the points that you are making and to show interest in what the interviewer is saying
  • Questions – Always ask a few well thought out questions at the end of the interview. Write the questions down if you think you are likely to forget them and refer back to them at the end of the interview

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