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Ten Top Tips for Improving Your CV!

Ten Top Tips for Improving Your CV!

1)   Prepare your CV before you start actively job searching

If you need a job, you are most definitely going to need a CV. You should make sure you have a completed CV before you start browsing for jobs. This means that when you start actively job searching, you can apply to anything that takes your fancy immediately. This is so much better than having to rush to finish the document before job vacancy closing dates. It also means you can take your time to create the perfect CV and don’t have to rush it all into a couple of hours or a day. (Now, if you’re reading this and you are up against a deadline – don’t worry. We still have 9 other tips to help you create the perfect CV. However, for future reference, try and update your CV every six months, even if you’re not job searching. This makes it easier for when you are! )

 

2)   Make sure your details are displayed clearly across the top of your CV.

This is really important as it means you are easy to contact. It saves the employer having to search through your whole CV just to find your number, which means they are more likely to pick up the phone and call you.

 

3)   Start with your most recent information

Regardless of the career you want to go into, you should always format your CV so that the most recent information will be the first thing the employer sees. You can do this by simply placing it first. You really don’t want the employer looking at something you did years ago and thinking you have no relevant experience in the field when you do – it’s just below everything else.

 

4)   Don’t be afraid to use bullet points & make sure you use keywords

It’s okay to use bullet points as long as the lists aren’t too long. Bullet points are a great way for you to embody keywords into your CV so that the employer can skim read through to check you are suitable. Don’t forget that your employer is probably going to read hundreds of CV’s and so will spend most of their time skim reading. In fact, some companies use a piece of software before a human even sees it. These programs look for specific words or phrases that relate to the job spec and industry so make sure you include them!

 

5)   Trim your CV & get rid of the irrelevant stuff

Your CV should be a maximum of 2 pages. Use plain English, avoid clichés and make sure you're not waffling. Remember you don’t have to detail every qualification and piece of work experience – if you have a degree, the grades you got for GCSE probably aren’t too important. Also, references aren’t necessary at this phase - you can simply write a sentence at the bottom saying ‘references available upon request.’

 

6)   Format your CV & make it look clean and clear

The presentation of your CV is just as important as the content. Try and space items evenly and fragment long paragraphs with line breaks and bullet points. DON’T USE colours and a big edgy font. Use a simple, clean font which will make your CV easy to follow.

 

7)   Tweak your CV & make it relevant

If you are applying to multiple positions, you should tweak your CV slightly to include keywords from the relevant job description. All of your employment history will stay the same, but you should slightly rearrange words so that you can show the employer that you have the exact skills they are after for that specific job.

 

8)   Check your CV & make sure there’s no mistakes

Once the content is written, you should check, double-check and even triple-check that the grammar and spelling of your CV is perfect. Mistakes in your CV do not make you come across well. It doesn’t matter if you have all the relevant skills and experience, if you can’t spell and write properly – you could lose out on the perfect job.

 

9)   Take a break and come back

If you’ve been spending a lot of the day editing your CV you may have missed something really small like chopping the end of a sentence off. If you’ve got time, leave it overnight and come back to the CV in the morning.

 

10)                  Have a friend/family member check over it

Once you think you’ve completely finished the document, it’s always worth having a friend check over it. They will supply a fresh pair of eyes and will spot mistakes you might have missed. If you are both happy with it – it’s time to find your perfect job!

 

Prestige Recruitment Group wish you the best with your job search. If you need help with interview prep, be sure to check out our other blog posts such as The Top 10 Interview Questions You Should ALWAYS Prepare For!

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

The Top 10 Interview Questions You Should ALWAYS Prepare For!

The Top 10 Interview Questions You Should ALWAYS Prepare For!

No matter how many you’ve been on, job interviews will make even the most confident person, slightly nervous. This is your one chance to really impress your potential employer and that’s why it is so important that you are thoroughly prepared.

If you’ve seen our other blog posts, you’ve probably already read our Basic Interview Checklist, which gives a brief overview to preparing to meet the employer.  Now the Prestige Recruitment Group are taking this even further and to help you really prepare for your interview, we have created a list of ten of the most frequently asked interview questions. We’ve even offered support on HOW to answer them. So have a read through and make sure you prepare answers to all of them!

 

1) Tell me about yourself.

This question usually sets the groundwork for the whole interview. Make sure you keep your answers to the point, being work specific. The employer wants to know about where you are professionally, what you have learned from your past work experiences and why you are there today.

 

2) What do you know about our company?

Here the employer is gauging for how serious you are about the job. They want to see you’ve done your research. The best way to prepare for this question is to DO YOUR RESEARCH! Have a quick look across the company’s website and social media pages and remember three or four key facts that you can bring up during the interview. It shows that you’re prepared for the interview and serious about the job.  

 

3) Why do you want this job?

The best way to answer this question is to be completely honest. This is the perfect opportunity for you to show that you are seriously passionate about the role you have applied for. Bring up the work the company has done in the past and stress the ways you’d be able to make an impact.

 

4) Why did you leave your last job?

Whatever you do with this question, don’t lie. If you were fired, own up to it and show what you have learned from the experience. If you voluntarily left, be sure to explain why. Link this into why you are applying for the vacancy you are being interviewed for – perhaps explain a specific characteristic that the new company has that the old one may not have.

 

5) What are your strengths?

Grab hold of this question and guide the interview where you want it to go. Make sure you highlight a strength that is crucial to the position you are being interviewed for.

 

6) What are your weaknesses?

The question that everyone dreads! Don’t pick something that isn’t really a weakness, like ‘I’m a perfectionist.’ The employer can see straight through that! Try to pick a weakness that isn’t too crucial to the job and make sure you let the employer know that you’re working on it. This question is the perfect opportunity to show that you are ‘self-aware.’

 

7) What is your biggest achievement?

Talk about something you are genuinely proud of, so that your passion shows through! Talk about an accomplishment that exhibits how you will be a perfect fit for the company and the position you’ve applied for.

 

8) What motivates you?

Try and let your passion come across and explain how the job will make you happy and allow you to develop skills, which are your key motivators. Talk about how you want to learn things and talk about how much the company can teach you.

 

9) What do you do outside of work?

This isn’t a trick question! The employer wants to get to know you more as a person. If you play a sport, tell them. If you like reading, tell them. Talk about spending time with family and friends. Let the employer know that you’re human.

 

10) Do you have any questions for me?

The answer to this question should ALWAYS be yes. This question gives you an opportunity to show your knowledge and passion for the company you are interviewing for. Bring in the research you’ve done about the company – perhaps ask about projects or exciting things they are working on at the moment. You could also ask about how the employer feels about being an employee of the company.

 

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004