The importance of a CV should never be underestimated. It helps you create that very important first impression and makes a prospective employer sit up and take notice. No matter what the job, a good CV will help you get a foot in the door. It should be drafted in such a way as to clearly demonstrate that you are the right candidate for the job. It should also outline your skills and experiences, as well as your accomplishments. But remember to keep it short, preferably one page. When drafting your CV take time to do some research. (You’ll find some good examples on Google.)
Interview techniques are not difficult to learn and can have big benefits. Follow these tips:
1. Take time to browse the website of the company interviewing you, so that you know more about them. Make a note of their last year’s profits or expansion plans, that kind of thing.
2. Prepare answers to common interview questions dealing with your personal strengths and weaknesses and why you would be the most suitable person for the job.
3. Do not be late! Plan your route and allow time for delays. At your interview keep calm, smile and speak clearly.
4. Have some questions ready to ask your interviewer, questions that will give you more information about the job, the culture of the company and it’s plans for the future.
Making sure you chose the right recruitment agency is very important. At your first meeting, a recruitment agency will assess your suitability and you should do the same thing. Are they a professional organisation? Are they experts in your job industry? If you’re looking for IT jobs, are they able to give you detailed information about the position? Do they have a base of the kind of clients you are wanting to work for?
A stand-out CV, good interview techniques and the right recruitment agency will help you secure the right job. Good luck!