Spring Clean Your CV With These 3 Useful Tips!

Spring Clean Your CV With These 3 Useful Tips!

It’s that time of year when you start spring cleaning around your house, but why not Spring Clean Your CV? It is always good practice to edit your CV as you go along, or every year to make it shine and stand-out. Luckily for you, we have three hidden secrets that will bring your CV back to life.

Get rid of out-of-date items

If you are a seasoned professional, there is no need for you to include entry-level positions or internships that you completed over 10 years ago.

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Fail to Prepare… Prepare to Fail

Fail to Prepare… Prepare to Fail

Just as the title of this article suggests, if you fail to prepare for your upcoming interview, you might find yourself in troubled waters. To help you, we have put together some pointers that will prove useful:

Research the Company

Visit the company’s website (if they have one) and note some important changes i.e. new branch openings, acquisitions etc. Use these as reasons to join the company and relate them to your own experiences.
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Choose your Path…. Don’t Hold on to Regrets…

Choose your Path…. Don’t Hold on to Regrets…

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball where you are faced with a fork in the road. Both directions will lead you to your end goal, but whichever road you take, you may find yourself regretting the decision.

In one instance, I was offered a job in Dublin working in HR. At the time I had just graduated from my Masters and was hesitant to accept. Maybe it was because I was worried about the salary and whether I could pay rent, or maybe it was because I wanted something closer to home. Who knows! What I do know is that due to my hesitance, the job was given to someone else. Read More

5 Tips to Achieve the Best CV Format

5 Tips to Achieve the Best CV Format

When spring cleaning your CV it is important that you choose an appealing CV format. You could add some colour to the fonts or strengthen your content with some industry buzzwords / action verbs, but the layout of your CV is rather important. Here are 5 Tips to Achieve the Best CV Format…..

Paragraphs & Bullet Points

You can emphasise content greater with the use of bullet points to highlight key achievements or projects that you were a part of. Change the type of bullet that you use to portray your creativity. You don’t have to necessarily list all the duties that you performed, instead you can use a mixture of paragraphs and bullet points to get your point across.

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5 Tips To Achieve The Best CV Format (Part 2)

5 Tips To Achieve The Best CV Format (Part 2)

Shorten sentences

Don’t have long winded sentences throughout your CV, but, don’t shorten them too much to one or two words. Be short, accurate and to the point. For example:

Took over the management duties of the department when the Supervisor was away on holidays

This can be shortened to:

Coordinated management activities for the Supervisor in his absence

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3 Common CV Mistakes

3 Common CV Mistakes

It’s the dreaded time where you have to update or write your CV. But, did you know there are 3 Common CV Mistakes that everyone makes?

Content Placement

Where you position your experiences or education can have a serious impact on how employers perceive you and your ability. Make sure to strategically place content on your CV to draw the reader’s attention.
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7 Useful Tips for Writing a CV

7 Useful Tips for Writing a CV

In a previous blog post we mentioned how you can Design your CV with ways to make your CV stand out. But, how do you go about writing a CV?

Always update your CV

Keep the content in your CV as fresh and recent as you can to make sure that you are including as much of your professional experience as possible. This doesn’t mean that you list every single position that you ever worked in. Any experience that is more than 10 – 15 years old can be included as a Career Note.

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7 Useful Tips for Writing a CV (Part 2)

7 Useful Tips for Writing a CV (Part 2)

Keep length to 2 pages

If you have a lot of experience, you don’t need to have everything on your CV. Only include relevant and recent information to grab the employer’s attention. Depending on the position, keep the length to 2 pages. If you do have valuable project experience or director-level expertise, you can consider expanding the content to 3 pages.

Make it relevant

A CV should explain your experience, but if you are targeting a particular position where you have little experience, you can make the CV relevant by including this first under your work experience. That way, the information won’t get lost and it will be the first thing an employer will read.

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7 Tips to Achieve Online Success

7 Tips to Achieve Online Success

As highlighted in our previous article, Promote Yourself Online in 5 Easy Steps, it is important to develop your LinkedIn profile. It is what you use to connect with people and, more importantly, to get headhunted. In addition, you can increase your visibility online and assist you with growing a professional brand which builds your reputation and credibility. Here are 7 Tips to Achieve Online Success:

1. Follow the LinkedIn Suggestions

When starting out, LinkedIn offers you some advice on strengthening your profile. This might include uploading a photo, making your profile public and customising your LinkedIn URL. You should also include a Headline that focuses your profile and shows employers what you are looking for.
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Promote Yourself Online in 5 Easy Steps…

Promote Yourself Online in 5 Easy Steps…

In this new technological age, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be using all mediums available to promote yourself online when job searching. This doesn’t mean that you should ask for jobs on Snapchat or Instagram, rather set-up a LinkedIn profile where you will get headhunted.

How to Get Started

Many people simply create a LinkedIn profile and then leave it with little information for employers. This is simply not good enough and there are 5 ways you can hit the ground running:

  1. Get a Profile Picture

  2. This is not a selfie or an image you pull from other social media. It is a picture that captures your face and is professional.

  3. Include a Summary

  4. Like a CV, your summary sets the scene for employers reading your profile. This can be longer and can include your personality. Add a bit of flair, but make sure it focuses on what you want to do, what you can bring and how you can add value to companies.

  5. List your Experiences

  6. Your LinkedIn profile adds your personality and you can reflect this through your experiences. Highlight some notable achievements and skills that you learned. It doesn’t have to be as direct as your CV, but makes sure it includes some buzzwords and keywords that will come up as search terms.

  7. Include Media

  8. If you have links to websites, projects, articles etc. that you were involved with, attach them to the related experience or education. This provides a greater overview of what you accomplished to employers.

  9. Use Keywords

  10. This point should be illustrated throughout your profile and, in particular, in your Skills section. Use keywords that will boost your profile while focusing on your strengths.

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