Author: Kristina Jones

These hobbies will benefit your CV
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These hobbies will benefit your CV

The main focus a job seeker has when they write a CV is how they can demonstrate lots of relevant skills, qualifications, and an extensive career history. The aim is to prove they have what it takes to be the next hire. But is there something extra they could do? The hobbies section of a CV is the most underrated part. Why would an employer want to know what you get up to in your spare time? Well, the first and obvious answer would be to say that it helps them to get a feel for your personality. With an application that’s littered with skills and achievements, there isn’t a great deal of room to interact on a personal level. There is also one other thing that would be of interest to the employer – and that’s your soft skill level. As opposed to a hard or specific skill that is o...
3 signs that you need to write a new CV
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3 signs that you need to write a new CV

With such fierce competition in the job hunting market you cannot afford to take liberties with your CV. You only get just the one chance to make a good first impression with your application, and any kind of mistake will result in rejection. So you may be wondering if your CV still holds up today, or if you need to start again from scratch? We would like to set the record straight and help you make the right decision. A brand new CV could be just what you need to push past those out of work blues. Here are the 3 signs telling you that you need to write a new CV. Your CV is very old If you’ve stuck around with the same old CV for the past few years or even decades – then now is the time to write a new one. Presentation is everything, and your CV will not fair so well in to...
How to create work experience for a school leaver’s CV
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How to create work experience for a school leaver’s CV

Writing your very first CV can be an extremely daunting task. One of the most important parts is the ‘work experience’ section, and you’re probably wondering what could go here if you have never had a job. The good news is that there are lots of things you can put down here and steps you can take to gain some work experience. You just have to be creative and willing to stay proactive. Here are some great tips on how to create work experience for your school leavers CV… Take advantage of school projects A big misconception about school, college or university is that it isn't actually 'work' as we see it in the traditional sense. All of the above is of course classed as being in 'education', however it's important to recognise that this is still work and can be used on a CV....
The top 10 soft skills you must have on your CV
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The top 10 soft skills you must have on your CV

Knowing which soft skills to demonstrate on your CV could be the key to success. But if you don’t know what a soft skill is, then you could be missing out! What is a soft skill? Unlike a specific skill – computer programming or speaking 5 languages – a soft skill relates to a more common and generic trait. A soft skill is what enables a worker to perform their daily tasks – interaction, communication, time management, and so on. Injecting lots of relevant soft skills into your CV helps present the employer with an indication of how well you could perform for them. Provide as many examples as possible that cover the most relevant to your career, which will boost your chances of getting an interview. Here are the top 10 soft skills you must have on your CV if you wa...
The 4 things you must bring to job interview
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The 4 things you must bring to job interview

If you turn up to an interview without anything else, there is no reason why you won’t give a great interview and get the job. However, there are some things you can do which will make a difference and boost your chances of success. Here are the 4 things you must bring to a job interview if you want to make a great first impression. Notepad and pen You should always bring some paper and a pen with you to a job interview, as you never know when you might need to make a note of something important. Not only that, it will also make a great impression as it shows you’re serious about the role. Copies of your CV Print off three copies of your CV to take to the interview. If you are catching the bus or train to the interview, you can swot up on your CV beforehand. You are obv...
4 essential traits an employer looks for in a professional
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4 essential traits an employer looks for in a professional

Your work ethic and personal traits in the workplace directly affect your performance and those around you. Remaining professional at all times is essential if you want to succeed in a career, but how does one go about that? To help you understand what an employer looks for in an employee and how to be classed as a ‘professional’ at what you do, here are 4 essential traits… Effective working habits Depending on the role, this could describe lots of different working habits. But the most common ones come down to punctuality, organisation, time management, team working abilities, and a high level of competence. Someone who excels at their job is someone that can be trusted and relied upon to deliver the goods. To be classed as a professional this would be a mandatory require...
4 great questions to ask at a job interview
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4 great questions to ask at a job interview

A job interview is typically all about answering the employer’s questions, but that doesn’t mean to say you shouldn’t ask some of your own. If done at the right time and with the right questions, it can be a very effective way of impressing the interviewer. Asking questions in a job interview can help ease your nerves, but more importantly it will show the employer that you care and are clearly passionate about the role. If this is something you’ve never really thought about and would like to know more, here are 4 great questions to ask at a job interview. Importance of Questioning During an Interview Can you tell me more about the daily tasks and responsibilities of the role? This is the perfect question to ask as it demonstrates you are interested in the job. It isn’t en...
3 things you should bring to a job interview
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3 things you should bring to a job interview

So you’ve made it to the final stage of the hiring process – the job interview. Nerves are running high and you can hardly contain your excitement. You’ve already left the house nice and early and are dressed smartly to impress the employer. Is there anything you’ve forgotten? Most job seekers turn up to interviews with nothing but themselves and a firm handshake. Whilst this is quite common, if you want to make a better impression you should take a few things with you. Here are 3 things you should bring to a job interview: A pen and paper Taking a notepad and a pen with you to an interview shows how dedicated you are to the role. It makes a great first impression, and the interviewer will see that you are taking it seriously. If there is anything important during the i...
3 reasons why your work history is letting your CV down
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3 reasons why your work history is letting your CV down

The work history section of a CV is one of the most important parts. The employer is going to be reading this section very closely to see which skills can be used within their company. However, if you choose to go down the traditional route of listing all your previous roles along with the daily tasks and responsibilities, you are making a big mistake. Here are the 3 reasons why your work history is letting your CV down… No indication of performance One of the main reasons why an employer reads the employment section of a CV is to find out how that person performed. If you only list your tasks underneath each role, this won’t provide any indication of performance. Anyone can list the tasks they conducted on a daily basis, but that doesn’t mean to say that individual exc...
Why should you care about ATS?
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Why should you care about ATS?

ATS is a buzzword that's being bantered around many a careers office - but what's it all about? Simply, it's software that is now being used by a lot of larger organisations to vet candidates before a human reviews their CV. The software scans submitted CVs for keywords which relate to the requirements of the job such as particular skills, qualifications and experience. Those candidates that appear to meet the requirements are then reviewed by a person. Large firms receive innumerable levels of applications for some of their positions, so ATS software saves them a lot of time. It filters out applicants that don't meet the job spec but have applied nonetheless. On the downside, ATS software filters out some applicants that DO meet the job spec by accident. 62 percent of ...