Career Advice

Writing your CV is the first and important part of the job seeking journey, so make sure you get it right.

Here are our top tips –

Be Brief 

Usually your CV should be 2 pages, with 3 pages maximum if you have a lot of experience. Companies will see lots of CVs, so don’t give them too much information to go through and put them off

Personal details 

Make sure your personal information is up to date and clearly displayed at the top of page 1

Personal statement

A short statement, about you, and the role you are seeking

Your work experience

Make sure to include all your work experience, with the most recent experience first. Job titles, company names, correct dates and main duties are all required

Education

List your education, any qualifications you have gained, or are studying for

Hobbies and interests

Not always necessary, however it does make you stand out and is a great talking point for your interview

Don’t leave gaps

If you did not work for a while, just add it and the reasons why, for example, studying or travelling

Be honest 

Very important, and companies will know straight away if something doesn’t look right

Keep it simple

Try to stay away from the overused cliches that so many CVs have  –  for example,   excellent communication, great multi tasker, goals driven, it just puts the readers off

Good words to include

Describe yourself as hard working,reliable, responsible and adaptable are always good

Double check everything

Make sure that all your dates match, and the spelling and grammar is perfect and it reads well

Once you have secured the interview, here is the best way to make it a success.

Research the company and the position

The more you know about the company and the position, the better prepared you will be to answer questions and make a good impression.

Dress professionally

First impressions are important, so make sure you are dressed  professionally.

Arrive on time

Punctuality is important, so make sure you arrive on time, 5 minutes before is good.

Be polite and respectful

Be polite and respectful to everyone you meet during your interview, from the receptionist right through to the hiring manager. They may well be your future colleagues.

Be ready to answer questions about your experience and qualifications

The interviewer will ask you questions about your experience and qualifications. Be prepared to answer these questions in a clear and professional way.

Ask questions

At the end of the interview, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the company and the position.

Follow up after the interview

After the interview, be sure to send a thank-you note to the interviewer. This will show that you are interested in the position and that you appreciate their time taken.

Now you have landed your new role, here are some tips to make your first few days as smooth as possible.

Be prepared

Before your first day, make sure you have a good understanding of the job description and what is expected of you. You should also research the company and learn as much as you can about its culture and values.

Arrive early

It’s always a good idea to arrive early on your first day. This will give you time to get settled in and meet your new colleagues and make sure you are not late. 10 minutes before is ideal.

Be friendly and approachable

Make an effort to introduce yourself to your new colleagues and get to know them. Be sure to smile and make eye contact when you speak to people.

Be a good listener

Pay attention to what your new colleagues are saying and ask questions if you don’t understand something. Be sure to take notes so you can remember important information.

Be a team player

Be willing to help out your new colleagues and be a team player. This will show that you are going to be a valuable asset to the company.

Be positive

Even if you’re feeling nervous, try to stay positive and upbeat. This will help you make a good first impression on your new colleagues and managers, and the nerves will soon settle down.

Be patient

It takes time to adjust to a new job. Don’t expect to know everything right away. Be patient with yourself and your new colleagues and surroundings.

It is very important to keep learning new skills and the national careers service has some great advice to keep you up to speed throughout your working life Have a look here –

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