With us now being in one of the busiest time of the year for recruitment agencies and with a sudden influx of job applications, it is estimated that 32.5% of the British workforce look for a new job after the festive period.
Bearing this is mind, we have come up with a selection of tips to help you compile the best CV you can and hopefully secure an interview.
Attention to detail
Facts and figures are essential, whether this is your previous company’s annual turnover, dates worked, value of projects worked on or the amount of people you manage, numbers will stand out when your CV is being read.
Make sure that the font style, font size and line spacing are all the same. It will be noticed and you never know who your CV will be read by and you want to make the best first impression.
Small, concise, informative bullet points will catch the eye of the reader. This is important because the majority of the time, your CV will be read through in a group with only key information being remembered. Also, aim for around 2/3 A4 sides but don’t worry if it’s under/over, it is better for a longer CV to be set out accurately, than 25 years experiences all crammed onto 2/3 pages.
If it’s not relevant, think about whether or not it links to the job position that you’re going for, even if it’s not the same job title there might be transferable skills that potential employers can see, but don’t put it on for the sake of ‘bulking’ out your CV.
Make sure there are no spelling mistakes, use a professional email address and try and tweak the CV to the individual job role – this will go a long way in the eyes of a recruiter and show attention to detail.
If you’re lucky enough to get an interview then make sure you follow these rules to ensure success:
With a family member or a friend, in this instance practice does makes perfect. There are also videos on Youtube which can help and give advice on what to wear and how to answer interview questions.
It doesn’t matter what job you’re applying for, make sure that you arrive in a smart and well-groomed manner. This will show to future employers that you not only care about your presentation personally, but hopefully professionally as well.
There is nothing worse than being late for an interview, make sure you plan your journey beforehand and leave plenty of time to get there as a first impression will stick.
Make sure you have researched the company in detail, it can also help to try and find your interviewers on LinkedIn they will get a notification that you have viewed them, which shows them you have initiative and researched the company.
Start off with a firm handshake, make eye contact and try and speak with confidence throughout the interview by giving detailed examples of everything you’ve done.
Make sure you know your own CV through and through, so that you know dates, job titles and remind yourself of all qualifications and achievements you have listed.
Keep it positive, when describing ex-employers, reasons for leaving, previous job duties/projects you worked on. Potential employers are less likely to hire somehow that speaks ill of their previous company, boss or job.
Whilst this may seem like a huge amount of information to take in and remember, it is also important not to overthink things. Just make sure you prepare ahead of time, present yourself with confidence and in a professional matter and you can’t go wrong.