If you want the very best chance of getting to the interview stage you have to write a great CV – it’s as simple and as clear cut as that! But how do you do that?
When it comes to creating the skills section of a CV we should always refer to the job advert for guidance. Typically you should find all the skills you’ll need for the role, and it’s a simple task of matching them on your application – if you have them of course!
One of the most frustrating aspects of job hunting is not getting a chance to give a great interview. If you are unable to impress the hiring manager with your CV you will always struggle to have the opportunity for a face to face meeting.
There are lots of job seekers out there that could ace an interview and are well qualified for a role, but fail to even make it that far because of a poorly written CV. We’ve compiled a list of the ultimate CV tips to help you reach the next step.
There are lots of reasons why a career change is a good decision to make, but often those that want to change careers use lots of other reasons to prevent it from happening. Making it happen isn’t easy and there are lots of things that get in the way – having to pay the bills, lack of qualifications, lack of skills and experience, not enough time to learn something new, and so on.
Applying for a job is the usual method of gaining employment, but there is one other that most people fail to recognise. Getting headhunted by an employer is actually a lot more common than you’d think, and your career can take a huge leap forward if you know how to become more visible.
If an employer contacts you directly and asks to see you about an opening, you already have one foot in the door. The roles have been reversed, and although you need to ask lots of questions, the employer is clearly already picturing you working for their company.
Before you go to a job interview you need to prepare lots of things in advance. For example, did you know that you should take a pen and notepad with you? You should also practice your answers to the most commonly asked job interview questions –
‘What are your weaknesses?’
‘Why do you want to work here?’
But there is also something else you need to be prepared for, and that’s the format of the interview. There can be lots of different ways an employer will conduct an interview, but we want to focus upon the three most common types.
Writing a CV isn’t about creating a portfolio of your entire career. There is far much more to it than that! You need to be smarter if you want to grab the attention of the hiring manager – and we want to show you how.
All the qualifications and skills in the world will not help you get a job if you don’t know how to write a CV. When squaring up against stiff competition from other job seekers who are just as qualified as you AND know how to write and present a great CV, you will need all the help you can get!
Here are our 10 quick and easy (but essential) CV tips to help you rise to the challenge:
Having the right hard skills, lots of qualifications and a huge amount of work experience will certainly look impressive on your CV. But there are other hidden factors which an employer will not ask for on the job advert.
Your personal attributes are extremely important to an employer, and if you can demonstrate these on your CV and during the interview, you are even more guaranteed of success.
A soft skill is essentially a general ‘non specific’ skill that all employers would want to see on a CV – but not every job seeker realises this and only focuses on hard skills.
How does a hard skill compare to a soft skill? A hard skill is a specific skill that would be requested on the job advert – like operating machinery or knowledge of Microsoft Excel. These hard skills are mandatory and you wouldn’t be successful if you applied without having these skills.