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How long should a CV be?

14/03/2019

Leonardo da Vinci is widely credited as the creator of the CV back in 1482 when he was hoping to secure some work from the Duke of Milan. It took another almost 500 years before the use of CV became ubiquitous in the mid-20th century. Today, despite the emergence of professional networking websites such as LinkedIn and digital platforms such as YouTube and 100s of job boards where we can upload video CVs, the humble one-to-few-page CV remains the essential document for job seekers for starting their journey to securing a new job. But ever since Leo put quill to paper, one question m.... More...

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First impression matters (and how to make a good one)

04/03/2019

“You only get one chance to make a first impression.” No doubt you are familiar with this old adage. And while experts don’t all agree as to how long it takes to form a first impression – some suggest 30 seconds, many believe it to take 2-3 seconds and yet others think it takes milliseconds  - what is clear is that it’s pretty quick. More importantly, all agree that first impressions matter. What’s more, research has shown that we tend to stick with those first impressions even after we have spent more time with a person. Certainly, it’s an u.... More...

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Top tips for a successful job interview: Part 3 - after the interview

09/01/2019

In Part 1 and Part 2 we looked at how to prepare for an interview and how to perform well at an interview respectively.   For most candidates, that may appear to be all you need to do. Most then tend to sit back and simply wait to hear back from the employer following their interview. But this is your opportunity to stand out from other candidates by sending a quick 'thank you' email.   It is also an additional opportunity for you to offer to clarify anything or answer any other questions that the employer may have thought of following your interview. This could well be the diff.... More...

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Top tips for a successful job interview: Part 2 - at the interview

09/01/2019

In Part 1, we looked at what you need to do to prepare for an upcoming job interview. Today, we address the key points you need to consider at the actual interview.   First impressions count   Whether it takes a few seconds or a few minutes to form them, first impressions are important. And once formed, good or bad, it's near impossible to change them as we are engineered to look for things than confirm our first impressions of others. (Clever boffins call it 'bias confirmation'.)   So, make sure you think as much about making the right first impression as you would concer.... More...

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Top tips for a successful job interview: Part 1 - before the interview

09/01/2019

The fact that you have been invited to an interview suggests that the employer believes you have the necessary skills and experience to do the job. That's a pretty good start and a confidence boosting nugget of fact to keep in mind.   All you have to do now is to live up to that expectation. And the key to achieving that is simple. Preparation. Preparation. Preparation.   Research employer   Of course, you will have already researched the employer when you tailored your CV and covering letter before applying for the role. And now that you are preparing to meet the employer.... More...

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3 key questions employers look to get answers to when interviewing candidates

31/05/2017

Irrespective of the role, industry sector or how many questions you are actually asked at a job interview, fundamentally, there are only three key questions employers seek to get answers to when interviewing candidates:   Can you do the job? Will you do the job? Will we get along?   Can you do the job?   This is fairly straight forward. It's about your skills, technical knowledge and experience that can be demonstrated, tested, quantified and verified. For example, as a programmer, you could be set a coding task or asked to talk through your previous examples of coding. .... More...

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5 tips for creating a great CV

31/05/2017

Your CV has one single aim - to get you an interview. Nothing more.   It's your sales pitch. Personal brochure. Advertisement. It should provide just the right amount of information in a clear and succinct way to get you an interview with an employer or a recruiter.   Tailored   Your CV should never be 'generic'. Start with researching the company and the sector when writing your CV and then tailor it to the specific requirements of the role you are applying for. If you don't have a full job description, use the job advertisement to help you highlight how your skills and e.... More...

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