What to put on your CV?
Make sure you include your full name, email, contact phone number and address. These are basic details that must be present on your CV if you want to be contacted by employers.
Here you have the chance to explain who you are, what you want and what you can offer. Try to explain why you are the best candidate in a one concise paragraph.
In this section you should list all your previous experience relevant to the job you are applying for. Start with the most recent first and include your job title, name of the organisation, time in post and key responsibilities.
If you really want to stand out, it is imperative to list all your skills and achievements that can be relevant to the position you are after. Demonstrating a combination of hard skills and soft skills on the list is vital to make employers know that you are not only practically well-equipped but have the right mind-set as well.
This section is for your educational experience specifying the dates and type of qualifications and grades achieved.
Hobbies and Interests
It is not really necessary to include hobbies in your CV, but mentioning pertinent ones that can back up your skills required to the job can make you stand out from the crowd. Don’t list hobbies that are not adding any value to your CV!
• Don’t lie on your CV. Employers will check your background and references.
• A CV should be no longer than 2 pages. Recruiters spend, on average 8 seconds looking at on CV so keep it punchy!
• Keep your CV up to date and tailor it for each role you apply for.
• Avoid any mistakes in your CV. Ask someone to double-check it for you.
• Make your CV easy on the eye. Use bullet point, keep sentences short and don’t overuse graphic designs.
Please see the link below to download free CV templates fit to different career stages.
Tips for a successful job interview
Before the interview:
• Research the company, so you’ll be ready for the question: “What do you know about this company?”
• To learn about the company culture you can read external company reviews.
• By re-reading the job description, look for skills the employer is looking for so you can align your skills to you meet these requirements.
• Practise your answers to common questions such as: “Why are you interested in this role?” or “What can you bring to this company?” etc.
• Prepare to be asked about previous job experiences. Think of giving examples on how you solved specific problems.
• Prepare a few smart questions relevant to the company or position you can ask during the interview.
• Make sure you have the appropriate outfit and the means to be well-presented when the interview comes.
• Make sure you know how to get to the interview in time (ahead of time if possible).
• Prepare to bring a copy of your CV and a small notebook with a pen to take notes.
During the interview:
• Be polite and treat everyone you encounter with respect.
• Have a confident, accessible body language, maintain eye-contact and smile frequently.
• Let the interviewer lead the conversation, don’t talk over them. Listen carefully and be interested in what the interviewer has to say.
• Be clear and concise with your answers and make sure they actually answer the questions you’ve been asked.
• If there is something you don’t understand, dare to ask in order to avoid any confusion.
After the interview:
• Always thank the interviewer for his time
• Ask what the next stage is
• If the position is offered to you right away, and you are not sure about it, you can politely ask for some time to consider the offer.
• Follow up with a thank-you e-mail within 24 hours of the interview, reiterating your interest in the position. (this also gives a chance to include details you might have forgotten to mention in the interview)