CV Writing Tips
Deal with career gaps
Never leave companies out of your work history as you'll only damage your relationship with a new employer if they find out. We can help put your best foot forward and support you in explaining any areas you'd rather forget. There is no such thing as a perfect career.
Spellcheck your CV and get your harshest friend to go over it with you. Spelling mistakes and grammar errors send the wrong message to prospective employers.
If you increased turnover in your division, or made the top billers lunch club, or even hold the record of registering the most candidates in your team - this is the sort of information you need to highlight when you write a description of what you did in a role.
Focus on impact
Did you start a brand new desk? Did you bring on a client that enabled you to take on a resourcer? Are you the reason why your team has gone from 2 consultants to 6? Do you candidates refer other candidates to you? Talking about impact is a great way to highlight how good you are.
If a recruitment job you took didn't work out we'll need to talk about it and explain it to the client however attacking previous employers puts people off. Be positive about who you are and how you work.
Adapt it to the new job
If you send a generic CV to every job you apply for its likely you'll get a lot of rejections. Adapt your CV to the role and the values of the company you are applying to. This will show the employer you care about them
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DO YOUR HOMEWORK
You're likely to have an in-depth conversation about how you'll fit into the new company. Read up on the company, the markets in which they operate, and how they advertise their services online. It also wouldn't hurt to look at some of the job adverts produced by the team you're looking to join.
Even if your new employer dresses down three days a week, you need to demonstrate that you can look the part if you were meeting a client. The person you're meeting will develop an impression before you speak. So dress smart and wear appropriate footwear.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Whether you've been asked to prepare a presentation or you're meeting a senior leader of a business for a coffee you're guaranteed to cover a few popular areas: why you're leaving where you are, what you've billed and how, what you're looking to do with your new employer.
ORGANISE YOUR THOUGHTS
Have a confident answer to anything you're afraid of being asked. Plan how you'll get there and aim to get there 10 mins early. Use your research to think about what you'd like to know if they offered you the role - ask these questions when its right.