The 5 most important things employers look for in your CV

It’s easy to know what skills an employer is looking for – they tell you that with their job ad.  What they don’t tell you, though, is how they look for that information in your CV…

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Imagine you’re a prospective employer. You have one vacancy, 50 CVs to read and only a few minutes till your next meeting. Where do you start and how do you figure out who to call for interview?

Here are five critical questions a recruiter will ask him or herself – and how to make sure your CV can answer them.

The (great) importance of the cover letter

Found a job you want? Spent hours sprucing up your CV? Good, but don’t send off your application just yet. Not before you write the perfect cover letter…

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Everyone knows how important a CV is. It’s the best way of marketing yourself (and your myriad of achievements and skills) to a prospective employer. But that’s only one part of the initial job application. There’s another equally important stage that is all too often overlooked and misunderstood: the cover letter.

Six Ways to Get the Edge at Interviews

With 8 applications for every vacancy*, competition for jobs is tough. We look at the skills and tools that can help give you the edge at interview.

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1. Career Coaching

Career coaches look at your career, skills, experiences and interests and then help you figure out what you could be doing and how to get there. If you can’t afford professional coaching, it’s still worth talking to friends and colleagues and asking their perspective.

Planning and Tracking your Job Search

Finding a new job takes time and energy, two things you’re often low on after a long day in a job you don’t like. There’s a temptation – which you must resist – to just apply for positions similar to your existing one, or to accept the first job you are offered.


A really successful job search, one that takes you to a better-paying, more satisfying place in your career, is likely to be a much bigger project. You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince.

In simple terms, you’re going to need to think

Job Offer? Your Options

You researched the company, you submitted your application, you had the interview and now all your hard work has paid off and you’ve been offered the job. Congratulations!

But how do you know if you should take it? What if you’re still waiting to hear about other roles you’ve applied for? And what if you’ve done really well and you have two job offers?

This is your chance to consider all of the options before you make your final decision.