7 Useful Tips for Writing a CV

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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)

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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

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…

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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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Use your STAR quality to shine at Interviews

When you sit at an interview, you have a very vague idea of the type of questions that will be asked, but the problem begins when you are asked a competency question. Master the STAR technique and you will really shine!

Competency questions make up a significant part of most interviews and they enable employers to assess the level of experience you actually have. They can be asked in many different ways and normally relate to the job in some way, shape or form. Thankfully, there is a tried and tested technique you can use to overcome these situations:

The STAR Technique

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This step-by-step technique will allow you to answer each question in a manner that really showcases your skills and what you did. Often the types of questions that will require this technique are:

  • “Tell me about a time when…..”
  • “Describe a situation where……”
  • “Have you ever experienced a time when…..”

Listen carefully to the question being asked as it will inform your answer.

Remember:
When in an interview, you should always keep the answers personable. When explaining the task, if team orientated, you can mention that you were part of the team but focus exactly on what YOU contributed to achieve the end result. You have to SHOW your ability to carry out the tasks highlighted in the job description.

Be Prepared!

You should always prepare before an interview and, in particular, for competency based questions. Have a look through your experiences and compare with the job description. If they are looking for Project Management skills then be sure to choose an example that illustrates your time management, prioritising, delegation and communication skills (as these are also implied)

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Impress Employers with this 6 Step Guide to Interviews…..

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After submitting your application, you get asked to an interview. You are thrilled but then you become nervous – especially if you are out of practice. We have put together 6 of the best interview tips that will help you prepare for your upcoming interview.

1. Dress Accordingly

You should always dress according to the job that you are applying to. That doesn’t mean that you should turn up in shorts and sunglasses, but rather you should always ‘dress to impress’. Normally the dress code is stated.

2. Bring Notes

If you have any additional information that you want to show the interview panel, bring that with you. If you have made edits to your CV, be sure to give the updated version to the panel. Only show documents like transcripts and certifications if you are asked. There is no point overloading the panel with information when they want to speak with you.

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CV Writing Workshop – Learn to Optimise your CV

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Take this opportunity to learn how to write the perfect CV. In an hour long cv writing workshop you will understand:

  1. How to write an impressive Personal Profile & Skills section
  2. The importance of Action Verbs
  3. The general Structure and Layout of a CV

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/cv-writing-workshops-tickets-42357572640

Please note: You can register your interest via eventbrite and don’t have to pay anything. Only when a certain number has been reached, or if you would prefer a one-to-one session, will payment be requested.
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Cost: €20 (incl. material & free CV review). Bring a friend and pay €30 for both.
TBC: The date of the workshops

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FAQ:

What if the minimum number isn’t reached?
We will contact you directly to see whether you would like to have a one-to-one workshop.

When can I expect an email to confirm attendance?
After 2 weeks on receipt of interest or once minimum number has been reached.

What is the minimum number?
Up to 10 people per workshop. This may vary depending on the demand.

Do I need to bring anything to the workshop?
If you wish to avail of the free CV review included in the price, please make sure to send a copy of your CV before the date of the workshop. You can also bring your CV on the day of the workshop as a reference to the material delivered.

How long are the workshops?
Ideally 1 hour in length. However, this may vary depending on the size of the workshop and whether people wish to avail of CV reviews afterwards.

The Ultimate 3 Step Formula for Perfect Cover Letters

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So you’ve written your cover letter and are ready to send your application. But WAIT! You should always review its contents before sending to employers.

3 Things to Remember when Writing your Cover Letter:

  1. Is it short, concise and to the point? Does it accurately summarise your CV and relate to the job?
  2. Is the information relevant to the position? Have you 3 achievements that really make you stand out?
  3. Does the cover letter SHOW the employer the skills you will BRING to the company if successful?

If you answered ‘No’ to any of these points, then maybe you should check out our Cover Letter writing service.

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Structure your Cover Letter in 3 Easy Steps

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In our last blog post, Stand Out From the Crowd, we discussed what employers want to read in a cover letter. In 3 easy steps, we will show you how to write an impressive cover letter!

First, The Introduction

A cover letter is the first impression and employer reads of you, so when introducing the letter, make sure to position yourself. State what job you are applying for, mention the company and briefly explain what you can bring.

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Second, The Strengths

This is the MOST important part of the cover letter. It is the section employers are drawn to. Use this as an opportunity to showcase your potential. Take some measurable achievements from your CV, preferably any that have percentages or numbers, and include them in your cover letter. They don’t have to be chronological, but the content MUST be different to the CV. Ideally you should include 3 and place them in bullet points.

Third, The Conclusion

This is the final chance to impress employers. Include some additional skills that will benefit your application. You can include the fact that you are capable of working on your own initiative or in a team environment, or the fact that you are a highly productive and adaptable individual. Keep it short and concise. hot-to-write-an-impressive-cover-letter

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Stand Out From the Crowd….

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If you really want to stand out from the crowd, then you need to create the best Cover Letter and really impress employers. Too often, this piece of paper is a job seeker’s Achilles’ Heel.

Many people ask ‘Do I need a cover letter?’ and the reply they receive is always a resounding YES! Your cover letter is the first impression of your abilities, qualifications and what you can BRING to the company.

So, what are they looking for?

  1. Who you are and what job you want
    This might appear obvious, but state what job you are applying for, where you heard it and give the company a mention. If you were referred by someone, include their name as it will catch the eye of your future employer.
  2. State relevant skills, achievements or strengths
    You should outline the key factors of your CV that really emphasise your abilities and promote the interest of the company. Bring in the job description and align your own skills with what they are looking for. If possible, use quantifiable results i.e. saved €100,000 per annum and DON’T copy and paste from the CV.
  3. Insert additional skills
    These might be skills that are not requested by the job description but can contribute greatly to the success of the company or transfer into the role.
  4. Be positive
    Try and refrain from including negative aspects of employment or gaps in your cover letter. Focus on the positives and incorporate some personable factors.
  5. Keep it consistent
    Preferably, your cover letter should be one page in length and kept separate from your CV. Make sure to use the same font style and size as your CV.

Remember that you should always sign off your cover letter with:

“Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. I look forward to hearing from you and I am available for interview at your earliest convenience.

Yours sincerely,”

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