CV tailoring

Update your CV with these three quick and easy steps Updating your CV to apply for your next role can be a daunting task. What you once thought of as a great CV, might now look tired and irrelevant. If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your CV, it’s likely to be outdated and will fail to get the attention of a hiring manager or recruiter. Don’t fear though, here's three ways you can quickly and easily transform your CV into a powerful marketing tool. Step One Include your most relevant key skills and experience in a summary or key skills section. You can identify these skills and experience in the job advertisement and job description. For example, if an IT Service Desk role calls for candidates who possess a minimum of 5 years’ 1st line technical IT Support experience along with expertise in AutoCAD, be sure to highlight this at...

Write a winning cover letter There's no doubt a well written cover letter can boost your chances of being invited to an interview. In contrast to your CV, your cover letter enables you to explain why you are a good fit for a position and your reasons for wanting to work for an organisation. If you’ve never written a cover letter or it’s been a while,the following guide will take you step by step through the process of writing a winning cover letter. First things first Your first task is to understand what the employer is looking for. Identify the key criteria which you’ll find in the job ad and in the job description. List all the skills, experience and qualities they have mentioned so that you can be sure to include these in your cover letter wherever possible.   Writing your cover letter Your information:  Your name, address, email address and telephone numbers. You...

[caption id="attachment_18534" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Optimising your CV is the best way to ensure you get your next interview"] [/caption] 1. Layout Rather than try and fill every inch of the page, allow some white space so the reader can comfortably read your CV. Adjust the spacing of your document where necessary to make sections easier to identify and read. Make sure you set your margins wide enough to allow space around the borders of the page and if including a footer, be sure there is enough space between it and the body of your CV. 2. Title If you have significant skills and experience, a good way for you to stand out from the crowd is to insert a title near the top of your CV.  For example, you could include a title like: Experienced Management Accountant to instantly brand yourself as such. 3. Keywords One of the biggest mistakes people make is neglecting to include relevant...

[caption id="attachment_18558" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Have you been here before?"] [/caption] There are a number of reasons people choose to apply for jobs they are overqualified for. It might be they want a job with less stress, less hours or less responsibility. Parents returning to work might prefer to ease themselves back into the workforce, high-flyers who have climbed the corporate ladder might want to take a backseat, or an academic could have a desire to broaden their experience. Applying for jobs for which you are overqualified can be a challenge since employers might make assumptions about you and your suitability for a role. Some assumptions could include: your salary expectations will be too high you won’t stick around, only staying until something better comes along you will be a threat to others in the organisation with less qualifications, skills and/or experience you'll want to make unwelcome changes you will be after their job   Here are some ideas for...