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Writing a CV can be difficult at the best of times. When you’re changing career, it can be even more challenging.
Most of us will go through a career change at some point in our lives. This may be the result of long-held aspirations or the discovery of a new dream. Or it may be for financial or logistical reasons.
Whatever your reasons for changing career, you’re going to need a killer CV. These nine tips will help you impress potential employers and score your dream job.
We’ve all been there: day after day spent filling in job applications, an inbox full of polite rejections, the odd interview if you’re lucky.
Chances are most of us will go through a long, drawn-out job search at some point in our lives. It’s easy to become disheartened and lose motivation when it feels like you aren’t getting anywhere.
Staying positive is the key to pushing through those tough times and landing yourself a job. Not only will it make you feel better, you’ll also come across more enthusiastic in interviews if you have a positive attitude.
Here are six ways to stay positive while job hunting…
Your CV is an opportunity to showcase your skills, talents and expertise to a potential employer, so it’s vital you get it right.
It will usually be the first point of contact a potential employer has with you, and they’ll probably only spend seconds looking at it.
To stand a chance of scoring an interview, you need to reel them in and make them want to see more. You need to highlight the most important information in a clear and succinct way.
Whilst the rules of CV writing aren’t set in stone, there are certain things every CV should include.
A cover letter is your first chance to impress an employer.
It’s your shot at showing what makes you great and for a lot of jobs it’s a necessity.
Now, we’ve already discussed the importance of them but how do you go about writing one that makes you sparkle and will convince the employer to progress you through to the next stage?
We’ve put together four steps to writing a cover letter that makes you stand out.
Working out how to present a CV is something worth devoting a good amount of time to, to give you the best chance of securing an interview.
Most job applicants will spend the vast majority of their time focusing on the content and selling their skills in the most convincing and interesting way possible – and rightly so.
After all, employers will be looking for the candidate they feel will be the best fit for the role, but poor CV presentation is one of the quickest ways to ensure that your application ends up in the bin.
We’re not saying though that you should be trying to come up with the most original presentation style anyone’s ever seen – definitely not.
In fact that could be risky and may undermine the whole CV, acting as another way to fast-track the whole application towards the scrapheap.
We’re saying that it’s vital to get the basics right, strike the right tone for the employer and make the CV feel professional by eradicating any errors.
So without further ado, here’s how to present a CV – and how not to.
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