APPLICATION ADVICE


CV GUIDANCE

  1. NAME
  2. ABOUT ME
  3. EDUCATION
  4. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY – starting with your most recent
  5. SKILLS
  6. REFERENCES

REMEMBER – keep your CV preferably no longer than 2 pages, straight to the point. Only you knows what your last or current job entails, tell us about it, use bullet points.

The job market is extremely competitive and so, CV’s have to be an enjoyable read, whereby employers can extract the information they need quickly.

Getting this right will provide you with responses from employers and many interview opportunities.

Here are 4 key tips.

  1. Keep it Simple

While you might think that a complicated looking CV will earn you points with employers as it makes you look sophisticated and clever, it is not necessarily true. Like many things in life, a CV has to be simple. Employers and recruiters for that matter do not want to spend hours trawling through CV’s in order to find what they need. They want CV’s that are quick and punchy, easy to understand and to the point. Therefore, make sure you keep the design and font clean and simple and consider the content more than the style itself because this is what will sell you.

Don’t add in designs, photos, and logos in an attempt to get you noticed. While it will get you noticed, it will be for all the wrong reasons. The idea of a CV is to showcase your skills, abilities, experience, and qualifications. There is nothing more to it than that.

  1. Deliver a Reading Experience that is Pleasant

It is important to remember that you are not going to be the only one applying for jobs. So, your CV is going to be up against tens or hundreds of CV’s at a time. Those individuals who are in charge of the hiring will have experience of reading many CV’s, so they know what they are looking for and they know what works. This means that you need to keep it simple to read so you can deliver your message in a clear and concise way.

To achieve this successfully, you should consider dividing your CV up into sections that are identifiable and will make employers want to read more. This also enables you to gain their attention in the areas that matter. The text has to be clear, so avoid large blocks of text, as that will not entice employers to consider your CV. Break it up into manageable chunks because that way, they will be able to digest the information easily. When it comes to roles, head them up with bold titles so that they stand out, you need them to stand out because you need them to know what roles you have undertaken.

  1. Keep it Looking Professional

In the world of employment, professionalism counts for a lot. Your CV is your way of showing potential employers who you are, what you do and how you can benefit them and so, you need to portray a professional image. If you have an email address that has followed you from your school days then it is not wise to use it on your CV, especially if it is an unprofessional looking email. Create a free and professional looking email that is straight to the point with no fuss.

While you are keen to tell employers all about yourself, now is not the time to start using an informal tone. Keep everything formal, informative and to the point and deliver it in a way that is punchy. This will enable employers to get a real feel for who you are without having to wade through too much pointless information.

What use is a CV if it is full of errors? It will become difficult for them to read, it will show employers that you have not paid attention to it and it will show them that you are careless. This is your chance to shine so proofread your CV, proofread it again and then pass it on to someone else to proofread. Make sure you root out any spelling and grammar errors because you really want to reduce the chances of employers casting your CV aside.

  1. Use the Space Wisely

As mentioned, CV’s have to be short, sharp and punchy. This will enable you to communicate your values to readers quickly and efficiently, therefore, you should consider keeping your CV under two pages in length with minimal wasted space.

To achieve this, they should consider altering the margins, so that you can fit more content onto each page. This makes it possible to maximize the space and make it easier for you to fill the space while keeping it under two pages.

Making good use of the space is not about filling it with superfluous information such as your Date of Birth. Employers do not need to know this at this point, making it irrelevant.

Finally, if you have had many past roles and find that you are struggling to stick to the two-page rule, consider summarising the older roles. Essentially, the more recent roles will need more space for more information so consider turning older roles in shorter summaries.

INTERVIEW ADVICE

You only get one chance to make a good first impression! 

Use the following tips to help you land your dream job!!

Top 10 Interview Do’s & Dont’s:

  • Do – Be on time!!
  • Do – Arrive alone to your interview – You will be surprised how many people take relatives and friends.
  • Do – your research – An employer will love someone as passionate about their company as they are.
  • Do – Keep focused – Less chance of you freezing up, and even worse yawning.
  • Do – Dress and bearing – Dress to impress!  You can’t go wrong with a smart dress code for any interview, and make sure your shoes are clean!!
  • Do – Be prepared with any questions you may have.
  • Do – Remember to Smile!!
  • Don’t – Throw anybody or company under the bus – this could make you sound bitter and hard work to a prospective employer.
  • Don’t – Stretch the truth – It’s true that the truth will always come out in the end.
  • Don’t – Take carrier bags – A smart business folder or handbag gives the best look.

GOOD LUCK! 

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