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You’ve found the perfect job and need to get a CV together, but how do you make it stand out from the hundreds of others that land on your prospective employer’s desk?  Here are five top tips to putting together a CV that ticks all the right boxes: 1. Check your personal details.  Make sure your personal and contact details are correct or you may never get the call you are waiting for. Include qualifications, work...
As well as asking about your skills and experience, your interviewer is likely to ask you tricky questions to explore your personality. The aim of these is to work out whether you are a good person to work with. Here are a few questions you may come up against and ways to answer them without ruining your interview or making yourself sound like a cliché. ‘What do you dislike most about your current manager?’ This is...
How to build an online profile   As well as posting jobs online, many recruiters will be actively searching for candidates, so here’s how to make yourself more visible in the right way:   Upload your CV.  If the job site allows, post your CV and allow prospective employers to view it. Use a Word or PDF format so it can be easily downloaded. It’s difficult to customise your CV in this instance, so...
It’s vital that you do your homework before you make a decision, especially if it means moving to a place where you don’t know anyone or if you need to sell a property. Below are some of the questions to consider. How well do I know the relocation area? It’s important that you research this carefully, taking into account issues such as size, culture, travel links, schools, churches and clubs. Does it have more to...
Even though we live in a pile-it-high and move-fast-recruitment culture, adding weight and focus to your application through a carefully crafted letter or cover email can be extremely advantageous. Most job boards accommodate this. I have also visited a number of larger employers' career sites, and each one I visited included a section for a covering note or letter of some kind. As an ex-recruiter, I’ll confess that we very often...
Pray Open yourself and those around you to God’s influence and blessing by beginning with prayer. You might feel more encouraged, inspired and even enjoy the preparation work. Content is key Having great highlights in your CV is important. Gather thoughts about yourself on paper, making simple notes. Ask others what they think you’re good at. It might be quite an affirming exercise. Ask to see the CVs of people you...
This famous Christmas song has a cumulative effect, and your job search should follow suit. The following will probably make more sense if you check part one out before you read on. Once you have, it’s time to get going with day seven of your Christmas job search. 7. On the seventh day of Christmas my job search gave to me (seven swans a swimming).  “What could swans possibly have to do with job searching?” I hear...
Your dazzling CV has gained you an interview, but now it’s time to shine in front of your prospective employer. Knowing you had the right skills and experience to get this far should give you confidence, but what happens when you have to give examples of these in practice? What do you do when you hear the dreaded words: ‘Tell me about a time when…’? Suddenly, all of your interview preparation goes out of the...
If you haven’t updated your CV for some time, you may need to give it a complete overhaul before you start applying for new opportunities. Or perhaps you’ve been applying for roles with your usual CV but aren’t getting any interviews. If so, the following tips could give you a better chance of success.   Make sure the content is up to date.  It’s important that the information you give is current,...
Creating a winning CV is easy… right? Well, if you’ve experienced number of rejections, one possible explanation could be that you’re not ‘selling yourself’ effectively on your CV. When you’re in the job market it’s good to view yourself as a shop, with the task of luring people (ie an employer) in and encouraging them to buy something (ie your skills and experience). If you have an attractive...
The following tips will help you put together a stunning CV. Whether it’s your very first CV or your current CV isn’t gaining the traction you hoped it would, take some time today to get it right. Pay attention to the formatting.  You might want to use a CV template as a starting point. There are plenty of free options to choose from online. Use a clear black font that is easy to read. Break your CV up with...
Brexit and other recent political upheavals have already had a significant impact on some industries, with many companies announcing that they will be moving their operations from the UK. While this shouldn’t cause us to panic – especially those who believe that God is in control – it may be worth keeping a careful eye on your work situation in case change is afoot. Here are ten warning signs to look out for if you think...