Help with your application. Secure the perfect job with our CV writing tips and interview advice.

CV writing tips

1. Stand out from the crowd
For every job you apply for you could be up against hundreds of other candidates so you need to make sure you stand out. Employers don’t just buy skills, they buy solutions, so show how can you make the company money and solve the problems that they have.

2. Keep it simple
Employers spend around 20 to 30 seconds scanning your CV so it needs to remain be easy to read. The last thing a recruiter wants to do is to go hunting for information so don’t hide it amongst unnecessary graphics.

3. Think about your audience
It may sound like a time consuming process, but making the effort to tailor your CV to each particular job will make all the difference and up your chances of getting an interview.

4. Check and double check
It’s easy to make mistakes on your CV and very difficult to repair the damage a glaring error can make. As well as checking your spelling and grammar, make sure your employment dates match up and that you’ve provided the right phone number and email address.

5. Keep it current
Tying to remember all your projects and achievements can be tough so revisit your CV every month to keep it topped up with all the right information.

Interview advice

1. Do your research
Fail to plan, and you plan to fail. You are certain to be asked specific questions about the company, so make sure you’ve done your homework on things like their last year’s profits and latest product launches. Also take a look at the latest developments in the industry so you know what you’re talking about.

2. Practice your answers
There’s no set format when it comes to interviews but there are some questions that nearly always crop up. Think about your strengths and weaknesses and why you would be the best person for the job. Prepare your answers and practice them in advance.

3. Look the part
Appearances matter and, whether you like it or not, you’ll be judged as soon as you walk through the door. Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes fit correctly and that your accessories are down-played. If you dress one level above the job you’re applying for then you’ll be showing a desire to succeed.

4. Stay calm
The secret to staying calm is being prepared. Plan your route, allowing extra time for any unexpected delays, and get everything ready the night before. Remember to speak clearly, smile and remember that your interviewers are just normal people, and they’re probably nervous too.

5. Ask questions
You should always have some questions to show your interest in the position. Prepare a minimum of five questions, some which will give you more information about the job, and some which delve more into the culture and goals of the company.