Before beginning to draft your CV/résumé, read the advert carefully so that you are clear about the specific requirements of the job you’re applying for. It’s important to tailor both your application letter and the CV/résumé to the job in question, focusing on qualifications and experience that are particularly relevant. Dos and Don’ts Here are some general points to bear in mind when preparing your CV/résumé: Do Don’t go into too much detail: employers are too busy to read rambling or unfocused CVs/résumés.leave gaps in your employment history: add a sentence or two explaining any periods that are not accounted for.use too many different fonts or typefaces: keep to one or two that are clear and easy to read.use inappropriate colours, graphics, or photos.name people as referees unless you’ve confirmed that they’re happy to provide a reference for you. Structuring your CV/résumé Personal details Always begin with your personal details, i.e Employment history Educational qualifications Referees
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Writing job applicationsEmployers may receive hundreds of applications for a job, so it's vital to make sure that the letter or e-mail you send with your CV/résumé creates the right impression. It's your opportunity to say why you want the job and to present yourself as a candidate for the post in a way that impresses a prospective employer and makes you stand out as a prospective employee. Preparation Before you start: Read the advert closely so that you can tailor your application to the requirements of the jobResearch the organization: this will show prospective employers that you really are interested in them. Composing the letter or email General points: Keep it brief. Structure The usual order of a job application letter or email is: The position applied for: give the title of the job as a heading, or refer to it in the first sentence of your letter, using the reference code if there is one. Sample job applications Speculative job applications Sample speculative job application
Advice on writing CVsInterviewer: LearnEnglish Professionals is talking to John Woodrow, who works in the Human Resources department of a large UK-based company. John, tell us about your work ... John Woodrow: I work on recruitment, especially – so I’m the person who reads the hundreds of CVs we get sent each year! Interviewer: Do you accept CVs as part of your recruitment process? John Woodrow: When we advertise for a particular post, we send out our own application form, which is tailored to our company, and we can use it to make sure we find exactly what we’re looking for ... Interviewer: So a CV is useless? John Woodrow: No! Interviewer: So we should be sending you our CVs? John Woodrow: Yes, absolutely, yes! Interviewer: What advice can you give us on writing a CV? John Woodrow: Keep it short, keep it simple, keep it relevant. Interviewer: So we’re going to look at a couple of CVs now ... John Woodrow: Yes – these are a couple that arrived just this morning, so let’s take a look ...
Interview questions with answersHere you will find tips on how to answer over 150 common interview questions such as What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Although these are interview questions you can also use the tips on answering to help you with the same questions on application forms. If you have been to an interview or assessment centre recently please fill in our interview report form to help other students. Also see our interview skills pages And our PRACTICE INTERVIEWS for a range of jobs: See also questions asked in interviews for: Back to the Applications, Interviews, Test and Selection Centres Menu
untitledAction WordsUsing active, positive words (these are normally verbs) in a CV or in an application form can give it additional impact and make a stronger impression on potential employers. Use action words (also called buzz words) to put over what you have achieved in vacation jobs or posts of responsibility - not just the tasks you have carried out. For example, rather than writing: "For my final-year project, I had to carry out a survey of patients' attitudes to health care services for the elderly. This involved interviewing patients in hospital and in their homes. A database was used to keep track of data collected. You should instead write: "Devised and prepared a survey of patients' attitudes to health care services for the elderly as my final-year project. The first example starts with a number of weak and passive verbs (in red) whereas the second example contains strong targeted active verbs (again in red) such as devised and created which suggests a person who has initiative and takes action.
10 Most Common Interview QuestionsAt the University of Kent we asked students what questions they were asked at graduate selection interviews by a variety of employers and for a range of jobs. Whereas we doubt if this survey is very reliable it does give an idea of the key questions to watch out for, and to prepare answers to, at interview. You can find an excellent inforgraphic of this page produced by Headway Recruitment here Of course questions were sometimes asked in slightly different formats. For example,"Why do you want this job?" 1. One of the most predictable questions and very important! "I'm always ready to take on responsibility and feel this will come more quickly with a firm of this size. Try to find some specific feature on which the employer prides themselves: their training, their client base, their individuality, their public image, etc. See our Commercial Awareness page for more help with this 2. Interviewer: Well, that seems to have covered everything: is there anything you would like to ask me? 3. 4.
Top 50 Interview QuestionsThe objective of these questions is to give you an overview of some of the questions you can expect during your interview and to help you prepare and get into the right frame of mind. About You Tell me about yourself: Here you need to keep your answer interesting and personable, giving a brief overview of your career history to date, why you chose your chosen career path, cover your academic background and wrap up with perhaps any professional / personal achievements. Your answer should be no longer than 3-4minutes, and remember you want to set the scene and highlight initially your transferable skills to be elaborated at a later stage when talking through your C.V. Can you give me three personal attributes? Describe yourself – remember you need to sell your technical skills and also you as a person, team member: Are you hard working, upbeat, enjoy being kept busy and challenged, objective, natural team lead/team player, how effective are you at upward and downward management.
AchievementsWhat is Achievement? Achievement is what you have done of significance at work which has benefited your company or organisation. Think about your work achievements. Why is this important? In our lives it is important to have objectives so when you have reached them you can say you have some achievements. How can you show you have this competency? If you have a job interview and you want to demonstrate your achievements you need to think about different situations you have been in, the actions you have taken, and the results of these actions. How to improve this skill If there is a goal which seems difficult to achieve, don’t give up easily.