Is there a right or wrong way to produce a CV and how would you suggest structuring it?

Answer

Given that we receive hundreds of CVs every day, we believe that we know what makes a good CV and how it should and shouldn’t look.

In our experience, the best CVs are the ones that are simple, easy to read and not too lengthy.

A CV should be well formatted, free from spelling and grammatical errors and should include contact details, education, qualifications and career history.

You should also ensure that you only state facts and truth. If prospective employers discovered you have lied, they will simply file your application in the “No Pile” (also known as the bin).

Try not to waffle, and keep your points brief. Bullet points are always good, they keep your CV looking neat and tidy.

Ensure that you always highlight your key strengths, especially those that are appropriate to the role you are applying for. After all, there’s no such thing as a “One Size Fits All” CV!

Are there any dos and don'ts when writing a CV?

Do

Use a standard font type that is easy to read with a point size no less than 11

Format your CV so that it is atheistically pleasing

List education and career from the most recent and then work backwards

Use short and punchy sentences, with bullet points that are easy to read and will eloquently portray your experience and achievements

Think carefully about your achievements and try to include the ones that are relevant to the role you are applying for

Include a short section on your interests outside work. This shows that you have a life outside the workplace. Try and state interesting hobbies though; reading, walking and socialising are over-used.

Use a professional email address that won’t give the wrong impression of you

Be factual. Don’t lie!

Keep industry jargon to a minimum

Ask someone else to read your CV to offer some constructive feedback

Include a covering letter to introduce yourself to employers

Check, check and check your CV again for spelling or grammatical errors

Don’t

Include unnecessary information that is not relevant to the role

Rely on spell checker – check it yourself too. Bear – bare, there – their, etc

Be unprofessional in any way about former employers

Include references at this stage – only provide them if they are requested. You can, however provide contact names of referees

Include misleading information, e.g. a degree without mentioning the grade or the institution at which you studied

Include humorous or sarcastic quips

Provide too much info on employment from more than 10 years ago

Mention salary – past or present

Can I get in touch with you via Twitter and Facebook?

Answer

Yes, of course. We are investing a lot of time and effort into our social media. We recommend that you follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Our Marketing team monitor these pages throughout the day. If you have a basic enquiry such as whether or not we received your email,  if a particular consultant is in the office that day or if we have any vacancies in a specific field then you can ask us here and generally receive a quick response.

We will also be utilizing our social media networks to post the latest vacancies, so if you want to be one of the first in the queue – follow us now!

Do you have any interview tips?

Answer

Yes, always be prepared.

Most companies have a website so do some research and find out about the company in advance.

Aim to be there 10 minutes before your appointment time, make sure you have the correct address and plan your route.

Switch off your mobile telephone.

First impressions count so ensure you are dressed smartly, smile and greet the interviewer with a good firm handshake.

Take two or three copies of your CV and any relevant  qualifications and certificates.

Speak clearly and precisely, don’t fidget and ensure you maintain good eye contact.

Know your weaknesses and be able to answer any questions referring to them.

Be enthusiastic, wherever possible try to turn any negative into a positive.

Don’t lie, you will only get caught out.

You may be asked to give examples of how you have reacted to certain situations in the workplace so have a few answers prepared.

Ensure you have questions prepared to ask the interviewer.

Don’t give up – if you don’t succeed then ask for feedback and use the information to prepare for your next interview.

Does the agency take money off me when I am getting placed with your client company?

Answer

Absolutely not.  We make our money by charging our client.  Your wage is not affected at all. When we tell you your annual salary, you will receive the full amount and nothing less.

What should I include in a covering letter?

Answer

Your CV is used to outline what you have done so far. A covering letter allows you to elaborate on who you are and why you applied for the job.

It is an excellent opportunity for you to sell yourself to an employer. We recommend that you take your time to put together a bespoke covering letter for every single role that you apply for. This will enable you to sell yourself and help you stand out from the crowd.

Ensure that you highlight what you have achieved in your career that is relevant to the role you are applying for. Employers do like to be able to gauge who you are before short listing, so ensure that you really sell yourself and show the employer that YOU are the perfect person for the role.

Why do I not hear back from a recruitment consultant after I have submitted my CV?

Answer

In today’s competitive labour  market, each job we advertise receives an average of 45 applications.

With this in mind, we’re sure that’ll you’ll appreciate that we have a lot of CVs to analyze and assess. This can take time.

We do, however, understand just how frustrating it can be when you don’t hear back when applying for a job. Therefore, irrespective of whether or not we feel your CV matches the criteria for the role you applied for, we guarantee that you will receive a response from us within 5 working days.

Of course, modern technology can occasionally let us down, so in the unlikely event that you don’t hear back then please give us a call on 918189844333