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Interview Preparation

Improve your interview success by thinking about the type of questions that you might be asked and doing some interview practice - read more here about recruitment interviews.

The Winning CV/resume

There are many benefits of a well written and professionally presented CV/resume. In order to ensure your CV/resume makes the best possible impact and gives you access to the role you want, you need to consider a few key questions. 

You can also find more information about CV writing and presentation at HireScores.com - including its recruiment knowledge centre and CV centre - and get advice and best practice suggestions at the HireScores.com Forum.

What is the purpose of a CV/resume?

A CV/resume’s main goal is to get you to the next stage of selection – to get you an interview and an opportunity to talk to the decision maker.  It cannot, and indeed should not, replace the need to talk to a person.  Indeed, if you pack too much into the CV you not only run the risk of producing something that is overly long and unwieldy but you may reduce your impact at the next stage since you will have nothing new and interesting to add.

What are recruiters looking for?

Essentially, recruiters are looking to get the right talent into their business or their client’s business. The best recruiters are looking for a number of things.  At the CV stage they should be looking both for the skills and experience required to do the immediate job, but also skills and experience that might augment the talent pool within the company and contribute to future requirements as well as the immediate short term needs of the vacancy.

What does my CV say about me?

In addition to giving the recruiter an overview of your skills and experience the CV itself says a lot about your ‘work attitude’ and skills.  Judgements on your attention to detail, professionalism etc will be made on the basics – typing and spelling errors.  Additionally a well presented and professional CV will send a strong message about your communication skills – something most recruiters are looking for since they are so important to business.

How can my CV make me stand out?

Generally recruiters will sift CVs in two or more stages.  The first sift is just into a yes and no pile – this tends to be on simple criteria looking for particularly skills and experiences – their identified ‘must have’ criteria.  These criteria can be found in the job advert and if you possess them, make sure they are covered.  These could be qualifications, types of experience, language skills etc.

The second sift will involve a closer look at the CV.  To succeed at this stage you need first to have identified the skills, competencies and experience required for the job. And, second, to engage and keep the recruiter's interest by presenting evidence of your ability to exceed those needs and 'add value' to the organisation.

Make a compelling case - present your information explicitly, positively and factually.

The overall impact can be vastly improved by customizing the CV/resume to the job in question and using a carefully written cover letter to help the recruiter draw the parallels and make the links between what you have done and what they will want you to do.

How should I write my CV?

Be factual and succinct.  Focus on achievements – do not waste space (and the readers time) with positioning and background – tell them what results you have delivered

  •  Impact on business performance
  •  Contribution to team effectiveness and wellbeing
  •  Innovation leading to competitive advantage
  •  Delivery of efficiencies

Choose examples and language which demonstrate a positive, collaborative approach and key competencies – customer orientation, thinking, influence, interpersonal skills, efficiency orientation, results orientation, initiative and innovativeness.  Keep things brief, succinct and to the point – the interview is where you get to share the details.  Avoid exaggeration, and never lie.  The former makes you look weak at interview, and the latter will get found out.

How should I present my CV?

Keep the style simple, use one font and a standard, modest approach to headers.  Avoid underlining and keep bold to the headings.  Use bullet points to save space and keep focus.

Keep to two pages.  If additional information is required (publications, awards, detailed skills) put this in as a supplement.

If you use a summary at the top ensure that this does not simply repeat what is contained elsewhere and most importantly, that it does not appear arrogant.  Use it to position yourself in the market and your particular area of expertise.  Keep career objectives and aspirations to the cover letter or interview.

 

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