Resource Direct Recruitment is keen to support you in your search for a new position either as a contractor or as part of your career path. Please find below some tips and advice on CV writing and interview attendance that we hope will assist you in your next move. We are keen to offer help and advice wherever it is needed and would welcome you contacting our team at any time.
What is a CV (Curriculum Vitae)
A CV is a marketing document which summarises your experience, skills and education and is often the first stage in getting yourself noticed by a potential client.
It is important to spend time and effort in preparing your CV to reflect your skills and experience to prospective employers. For this reason alone, it should be designed and written to make an immediate impact on the key decision makers.
When preparing a CV:
- Be honest
- Be clear and concise
- Do not over elaborate
- Start with personal information and follow with a brief summary describing your skills experience, achievements and objectives
- Qualifications should be listed highest first
- Career history should be listed most recent first
- Include company name and dates of employment, position, main skills used/acquired, responsibilities and achievements
- Always check your completed CV and then check it again
Tips on writing your CV:
- Take your time
- Your current/latest position is most relevant
- Highlight your strengths and skills
- Be honest, accurate and do not oversell yourself
- Two to four sides of an A4 is a sufficient CV length
- Research your client and prepare yourself thoroughly
- Provide at least two referees
Tips and Advice on Interview Attendance
Research on your client is essential and is often overlooked. Potential employer websites are the easiest route to information and will prepare you for your interview.
It is well known that the first ten minutes are crucial and when the majority of people make up their minds regarding a prospective candidate. It is important to make a good first impression.
- Arrive 10-15 minutes early to prepare yourself and try to relax (never arrive late)
- Always dress in smart business attire
- Make sure your mobile devices are switched off
- Be courteous and polite
- Make sure you have read all the information provided including job description, interviewers names and any requests for you to provide information
- Remain calm, listen to your interviewers and be honest
- Try to put yourself in the interviewers position and think of questions they may want to ask you, refer back to your research, and make sure you have read your CV
- Be honest with your responses and always try to remain positive, never be negative about a past employer. Try not to answer just “yes” or “no” answers
- Place particular emphasis on your most recent skills and experiences that are relevant to the position you are being interviewed for
- Listen carefully and always ask for clarification if you do not understand what has been asked. If you don’t know the answer say so.
- Don’t rush your answers, think clearly and deliver your response smoothly, concisely and logically
- Remain enthusiastic and keen on the position you are being interviewed for
- Try and summarise towards the end of the interview and clarify any agreements or further requirements
- At the end of the interview thank the people present and ask what happens next and when a decision will be made
- Finally Good Luck