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Advice & Tips
When applying for a new job, your CV is the first piece of information your potential employer will see about you. It is therefore vital that your CV makes a great first impression! Putting together a successful CV is a case of taking all your skills and experience and tailoring them to the job you are applying for. Although your CV is personal to you, there are certain areas which should be included; Personal & contact information, work history and experience, education & qualifications, relevant skills to the job in question, your personal interests/hobbies and then who you provide as references.
Below are some tips to help you get started in creating a successful CV and securing that job:
In this section you should include your name, address, phone number and email address.
The upper middle area on the first page of your CV is commonly where the recruiter’s eyes will first glance, so it is a good idea to use this space to write your personal statement and create a great first impression. Keep your statement to no more than a paragraph and be sure to highlight your skills and experience, keeping it relevant to the job that you are applying for.
When listing your work experience start with your most current role. Include key information for each role you list. Company name, dates that you worked there and your job title. Then go on in clear short sentences to describe your key responsibilities and achievements within the role.
Skills & Education
Starting with the most recent, list the qualifications you have gained and also state the grade you achieved. Also include specific skills such as IT packages or languages and state whether you are at a basic, intermediate or advanced level. Do not forget to also include any courses that you are currently taking.
Hobbies and interests
This section is not a necessity however it can provide the potential employer with more information to give them a better idea of who you are.
You do not need to provide these details on your CV but it is a good idea to confirm that references are available on request.
Presentation is key. Keep your CV to two sides of A4. It should be kept basic and look clean and tidy with each section made clearly visible. If you are printing and posting your CV, stick to good quality white paper. Don’t forget to spell & grammar check before sending.
If you are preparing for a job interview, read our top tips on how to leave a lasting impression on the interviewers:
Do your research
It is highly likely that you will be asked questions about the company. Make sure you have done your homework, look at their website, familiarise yourself with what the company offers and their latest product.
Practice your answers
Although there is no way of knowing for certain what questions you will be asked during the interview, there are some questions that you are likely to be asked. To give yourself a head start, prepare answers to the most common interview questions in advance. A list of the top 5 most common interview questions can be found below. The internet is also a great tool to use for interview questions and answers.
- What are your weaknesses?
- What can you do for us that other candidates can not?
- What are your goals?
- Why do you want to work here?
- When were you most satisfied in your job?
Look the part
Remember – first impressions count. Make sure you look the part.
Being prepared will help you feel calm and remain in control. Make sure you know how to get to your interview location. Allow extra time for any unexpected delays. Remember to speak clearly, smile and remember that your interviewers are just normal people too.
Have some questions prepared in advance for your interviewer, this will show your interest in the position. Ask questions which will give you more information about the job and the company.
Treat a Telephone interview like any other interview
You need to do as much preparation for a telephone interview as you would for a face to face interview – take a look at our “Interview tips” article for help with preparing for an interview. Remember the best thing about having a telephone interview is that you can have notes without the interviewer knowing. Have a copy of your CV and the job description to hand as well as a pen and pad with some questions that you would like to ask. On the job description make notes against each point to use as a prompt. If you use your notes, be careful not to quote them like you’re reading from a script, use them as a prompt only.
Pick the right place for the call
Picking the right place is one of the most important parts of a telephone interview. Don’t pick a noisy environment where all the interviewer will here is the background noise. Pick a quiet room at home, where you are not going to be interrupted.
Speak Clearly and Confidently
During a telephone interview, how you answer your questions is as important as what you say. Don’t speak too fast, too quietly or get lazy with your pronunciation, as half of the interview will then be taken up with the employer asking you to repeat yourself.
Listening during the interview is as important as how you answer the questions. Be careful not to interrupt or talk over them.
Stand up and walk around
You might think this sounds silly but walking around and talking naturally will help you to speak more confidentially and clearly.
End the call well
Before ending the call, make sure that you are aware of what the next steps in their recruitment process is, e.g. how long will it be before you hear from them. Ensure you thank them for their time and say that you look forward to hearing from them.
If you are wondering if you need a cover letter for you CV the answer is a huge YES!
Why do i need a cover letter?
With competition being tough for job vacancies and employers receiving dozens of CV’s for their current vacancies, they look at your cover letter, what you have written and the way you have written it, to give them a clue as to whether your CV is worth sort listing. So your cover letter is in fact the first piece of information used and can get your CV noticed.
What makes a good cover letter?
Your cover letter should be short, no more than two paragraphs, and to the point and used to explain why you are applying for the job. Use your cover letter to point out to the employer things in your CV which are relevant to the role eg qualifications, experience. Show you know what the job involves and what they are looking for in an employee.
Your letter will need to convince an employer that you want the job and that you’re the best person for it. Don’t just repeat what’s in your CV, when writing your letter treat it like you are having a conversation with the employer, and telling them why you are the right person for this role.
Remember everything you write in your CV should relate directly to the job you are applying for, always write a new cover letter for each job you go for otherwise it will sound too generic and not relate directly to the current role.
Don’t forget to check your grammar and spelling and it’s always a good idea to get someone else to read through your letter first.
These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.
National Minimum Wage – Increase 1st April 2018
|Current rate||Rate Increase April 2019|
|25 years and over (NLW)||£7.83||£8.21|
Apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship