The best way to choose references for your CV

Most job seekers make a very simple and quick choice for their references. They jot down a couple of managers from the past and then move onto the more important sections. No thought, no real preparation, but just a quick choice. Unfortunately there is a lot more too it than that if you want to get ahead of the competition. You could be up against 50, 60 or even 100 other applicants when you send your CV to the hiring

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How to build up work experience for your CV

There are lots of ways you can gain valuable work experience, even if you are currently studying at college or university – you just have to get creative! As a student, there are lots of things you can do to help your situation – and your CV. Use voluntary work for your CV Voluntary work is a great way to get some experience for your CV. Whether it’s a local charity or a country park – you’ll always find work quickly

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How to create a draft CV

Creating a draft CV is one of the best ways to ensure your final version is of the highest quality. An initial draft will also allow you to focus on what you feel is important for a prospective job. Overall it will make it easier for you to filter out irrelevant information, and only keep the good stuff. Here’s a short guide on how to create a draft CV… Decide upon your sections The first thing you need to do

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Why you should custom write your CV for each role

Most of us will only ever write one CV in our lifetime, and then simply update it after each job. Unfortunately this isn’t going to impress a new employer! Your CV should command much more of your time when it comes to applying for another job. As the years roll on it can be easy to assume your CV will be just as effective each time you need to use it. The hard truth is that it will always need

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How to make your CV stand out from the crowd

If you’re fortunate enough to be only up against a handful of other people, you may stand a good chance. With the right skills, qualifications and experience, your chances of making the interview stage look very promising. Unfortunately you are not always going to be up against a handful of people. It’s more plausible that there are twenty, thirty, or even forty other applicants all applying for the same position. Your chances of gaining an interview have now dropped dramatically.

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How to write an effective and error free CV

Writing an effective and ‘error-free’ CV is not an easy task. But an essential one if you want to stand a chance of getting a job interview. If you think your skills, qualifications and experience will walk you into the interview alone – then think again! Unfortunately you are likely to be up against many other applicants, all equally as qualified. The race to get to the interview stage will come down to the presentation, and the ability to make

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How to write a cover letter for your CV

When it comes to applying for a new job, a cover letter is probably one of the most overlooked aspects. It could be something you’ve never thought about all these years of applying! A cover letter could be what separates you from your competition. It could give you the edge you’re looking for and push you closer to a job interview. So what is a cover letter? A cover letter is essentially a one page introduction to your credentials and

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4 personal attributes you need for the workplace

A soft skill refers to a personal attribute which is used on a daily basis in and outside of a working environment. An example of a common soft skill is communication, which can come in many different forms. If someone has good communication skills they are more likely to be able to interact better with co-workers and customers. A good problem solver will be able to diffuse situations and help the company to continue moving forward and achieving their goals

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How to get rejection feedback after a job interview

Have you recently had a job interview but failed to get hired? Did you know why you were rejected? The latter question is the most important one as you need to know how to improve for next time. Hopping from one job interview to the next without asking for feedback means you could be making the same mistakes over and over again. Here’s how to get rejection feedback after a job interview. Write an email Once the employer has confirmed

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The 3 soft skills to demonstrate on your CV

A soft skill describes a personal trait or attribute that can and will often be used in the workplace. For instance, communication and organisation is classed as a soft skill, and although it may not be requested on the job advert, could be important for the role. If you want to go that extra mile and demonstrate soft skills on your CV, here are the 3 most popular that an employer would like to see… Communication Are you applying for

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