Your CV is the start-point of your new career
Not everybody has a CV – certainly not an up to date one. If you have been employed in the industry for 20 years you probably fit into this bracket – we understand that, but don’t let it be a deterrent to you starting the process of looking for a new job.
There are other ways now – Linkedin being a prime example. The fact is that your Linkedin profile is your CV just in a modern way.
But some employers do want to see a more traditional format, so in this section you will see three templates which you can download and use to help you create your CV and/or you can call our team and they will talk you through it.
Pace promise – once we receive your CV we will look at it and come back to you with any observations, hints and tips. It is as much in our interest as yours to make sure your CV is truly representative of what you can do, and our industry specialists are on hand to advise at all time.
No CV does not mean no job opportunities.
Handy hint for filling in your CV – Your CV is your ‘advert’ – imagine you are a product, sell the benefits of what you offer – and talk about what you have delivered in your past roles in the industry, tangible results and success that will be of interest to your new prospective employer.
Don’t undersell yourself – and don’t oversell yourself – make sure that if you get to interview stage you can confidently justify the comments you have made. Remember this – the aim of the CV is designed to get to interview stage, it is you who will get the job.
Don’t be a stranger – come back to the site on a regular basis for the latest update and tips to help you fulfil your potential.
Interviews – Fail to prepare, prepare to fail
So often people simply do not prepare properly for interviews. None of us have ‘seen it all, done it all’ – there is always something new to learn and the world doesn’t stand still, there are new ways of interviewing popping up all the time. See our guide to attending Skype interviews as an example.
It is an old adage but never more so than with interviews, if you fail to prepare you are preparing to fail. Getting an interview is a major achievement in itself, you don’t want to blow the opportunity because you haven’t prepared properly.
Think about this – the latest up to date information on your prospective new employer is on the internet. Don’t fall into the trap of ‘I’ve known them for ages’ – things are always changing.
Make sure you fully re-read your CV/Linked In profile to ensure you are ready to answer any questions they might have for you, and make sure you have thought through all the questions you want to ask of them – be prepared.
And think about this, everybody is always busy these days – it is fair to say that arriving early is the new late…but arriving late is still a huge mistake. There can be no excuses – traffic, weather, prior appointments – you must be on time every-time. Interviews are difficult to get and employers have choice when it comes to suitable candidates, make sure you don’t exclude yourself by falling foul of such a basic mistake.