Helping perfect your Curriculum Vitae
Your CV needs to stand out… But it needs to stand out for the right reasons! It needs to be well written, well formatted and professional.
Our attentive consultants have had years of experience in perfecting CV’s and know exactly how to make your CV stand out from the crowd and get the attention of even the busiest of hiring managers – and we provide all of this guidance absolutely free of charge!
We understand that depending on your level of experience and what sector you are working in, the formatting and layout of individual candidate CV’s may vary, but from experience we have compiled a short list of do’s and don’ts which will help you on your way!
• Do work on your CV layout – please, please, please ensure that your name, location and contact details are on the very top of your CV, also ensure that your personal email address is of a professional nature (email@example.com will not score you any brownie points!). This is imperative, as there is nothing worse than a manager frantically trawling through pages of a CV to find out your name or how to contact you!
• Do use a professional font – choose a professional font. We recommend Calibri, Arial, New Times Roman or Cambria as it is not only professional, but it is easily read and managers can scan through these fonts highlighting key areas. There are more professional fonts which may work for you and may even grab the attention of a hiring manager, but the main point here is to ensure that the font you use reflects your professional personality in a working office environment.
• Do keep it concise and to the point – the best CVs we have seen aren’t just informative, they’re also concise and to the point. Try and get to the most important points on your CV without too much irrelevant information. There is no perfect length for a CV, because everyone’s experience and qualifications differ, but try and keep it under 3 A4 pages in length, simply because hiring managers do not have the time to read pages and pages of a potential candidates CV.
• Do use bullet points – they draw attention to the key skills or relevant experience within your CV and allow hiring managers to read the document quickly and find your significant achievements with ease.
• Don’t try to squeeze too much into your CV - the ideal CV should be a checklist of your key experience, skills, qualifications and accomplishments. It should definitely not be your life story, or describe how much you enjoy the company of a family pet! Tailoring your CV to your desired role is a great way to trim some of the fat and keep all waffle to a minimum.
• Do not include irrelevant information - before including any information in your CV, ask yourself one simple question: ‘will this information help me get the role’. If the answer is no, take it out. Hobbies and interests are a great example. If they don’t help you stand out, don’t waste valuable space.
• Do not experiment with size, colour, margins etc - changing font size, using random font colours or messing around with margins is a great way to ensure your CV stands out for the wrong reasons! Too small, the reader needs a magnifying glass to read, too large and it looks as though you are trying to make your CV stretch out (same with narrowing margin sizes!). Too bright and you lose the professional respect of a hiring manager! Simply put – don’t do this!
Some intervew tips to help you get the job...
Practice and Prepare
Practice your responses to the typical job interview questions and answers most employers ask. Think of concrete examples you can use to highlight your skills and experience. The easiest way to do this is to make a list of the job requirements, and match them to your experience. Providing evidence of your successes is a great way to promote yourself.
Also, have a list of your own questions to ask the employer ready.
Research the Company
Do your homework about the role, the employer and the industry so you are ready for the interview question "What do you know about this company?" Try to relate what you have learned about the company when answering questions. Know the interviewer's name, and use it during the job interview. Building rapport and making a personal connection with your interviewer can up your chances of getting hired. People tend to hire candidates they like, and who seem to be a good fit for the company culture.
Get Ready Ahead of Time and Dress to Impress
Don't wait for the last minute to pick out an interview outfit, check the address, or print extra copies of your CV. Have one good interview outfit ready, so you can interview on short notice without having to worry about what to wear. When you have an interview lined up, get everything ready the night before. Make sure your interview attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with. Bring a nice portfolio with any certificates relevant to the role and extra copies of your CV. Include a pen and paper for note taking.
Be On Time (That Means Early)
Be on time for the interview. On time means five to ten minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the interview location ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there. Give yourself a few extra minutes to get a glass of water, visit the bathroom, check your outfit, and calm your nerves.
Try to Stay Calm
During the job interview, try to relax and stay as calm as possible. Remember that your body language says as much about you as your answers to the questions. Proper preparation will allow you to exude confidence. Take a moment to regroup if you need it. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question (called active listening) before you answer, and pay attention - you will be embarrassed if you forget the question.
Show What You Know
Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions. When discussing your career accomplishments, match them to what the company is looking for. Use examples from your research when answering questions, “I noticed that when you implemented a new software system last year, your customer satisfaction ratings improved dramatically. I am well versed in the latest technologies from my experience with developing software at ABC, and appreciate a company who strives to be a leader in its industry.”
Always follow-up with your consultant after the interview, this will allow your recruitment agency to contact the Hiring Manager and offer your feedback on the interview as well as gain some initial feedback from the employer
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