The UK job market is a competitive place, meaning getting yourself noticed by a potential employer is a challenge. Invest some time in creating a professional CV that will stand out and get you through to the all-important interview.
Often employers are faced with a pile of CV’s and insufficient time to read each one in detail, make sure yours has all the key points easily jumping off the page, and avoid these common mistakes -
If you’ve recently graduated and you’re looking for work, don’t panic: read our six tips on how to get your career started.
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You have your degree: congratulations. But what next? Are you struggling to get the job you want? Or maybe you aren’t sure about which career path to take? Here are some pointers on how to make the leap into the world of work.
If you’re new to the job market, your qualifications and experience only tell a small part of the story about who you are and what you may be able to do. The key for recruiters, then, is to find the clues that tell them which candidates have the potential to be great. Here’s what they’re looking for…
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Academic results, professional qualifications, previous experience. These are all important to recruiters, but they won’t get you a job on their own. They’re a good indicator – of intellect, application and relevant knowledge
With an in-tray full of applications an employer will spend approximately 20 seconds casting an eye over each one. You have to be sure that in those 20 seconds your cover letter has sufficient impact to make the reader want to know more about you.
A covering letter builds upon the information you provided in your CV, it is a focussed sales pitch stating clearly in simple language just why this company should employ you. All of its contents should reaffirm to the reader that you are the right person for that job.
There is no such thing as a standard example of a good CV. A CV is only “good” if it works…if it fulfils its purpose of marketing your skills and expertise. If you are receiving calls and emails because recruiters/employers have seen your CV, then you have a good CV that works for you.
A CV should provide a summary of your expertise and evidence of your achievements. The reader wants to understand what you have to offer a future employer and this should leap off the page. Too often recruiters are presented with exhaustive bullet-pointed lists of everything a