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There is definitely an art to ensuring your CV stands out and looks better than most. We've compiled the following guideline to ensure you can optimize your CV and improve your chances of impressing your future employer:
Your CV is a written conversation with a potential employer. Take your time and get it right.
Try to obey the two page rule. We know its tough but it does work.
If you struggle with writing your CV ask a friend to help. It will take the pressure off.
Stick to a simple form and structure, clear, bold headings with content below.
Have a clear, colour photograph, of you in a collared shirt in the top right corner.
No cursive, italics or decorative fonts. Stick to black Arial, Times New Roman or Calibri font.
A good idea is to hyperlink your email within your CV, so that it is clear and easily accessible.
No page borders or page numbers.
Bullet points are a great way to be concise and convey a lot of information quickly.
Square off your paragraphs if you would like a more professional look.
If you are struggling for space try using a narrower margin page layout.
Be clear and to the point. Do not use fancy language.
Have your name and the position you are looking for at the top of your CV in bold.
We like a short summary below, highlighting and summarizing your experience, qualifications and other important information for quick access.
We suggest simply listing all of the following in your CV.
Date Of Birth
Mobile Tel. Number - incl. country code
Home Tel. Number - incl. country code
Work Tel. Number - incl. country code (If Appropriate)
The body of your CV should include a personal profile paragraph, your qualifications, certifications and work experience.
Remember to list your work experience from the most recent position first and give clear start and end months on each period i.e. Jan 2014 - Oct 2015
List your hobbies and interests, but don’t go overboard.
Have you told the truth? Lying will get you nowhere.
Have you used appropriate tone and language? Your CV is a professional conversation, not a chat with your mate.
Don't leave out any information. If you took a break, went travelling or didn't work for a while include this in your history. Confused employers won't trust you.
Please check and double check your spelling and grammar.
Imagine you are the employer and then re-read your CV. Would you employ you?
Having an interview can be a daunting process. Always remember to prepare and then prepare again! Here are some important things to consider if you manage to get to the interview stage:
Before you do anything, research the person, company and/or vessel which is considering employing you. This is key to making good conversation during your interview.
Ask friends and colleagues if they know more about the company and get a feel for whether you would like to work for this employer.
Before going into the interview, know what terms and salary you will accept, before agreeing to take on the role.
If your employer is a corporate company, make sure you know exactly what they do and how you will fit in their business.
Be very clear about your skills and what you can offer your potential employer. Are you offering what they require?
Why are you looking for a new job?
Why should we hire you?
What are your biggest strengths and greatest weaknesses?
Why are you interested in the role?
What is your biggest achievement?
What is your long-term career goal?
What would be expected of me should I take this position?
What will my core responsiblities be and who will I report to?
Do you offer training for the available role and if so, how is that program structured?
Do you have any reservations regarding my employment?
What is the next step in your employment process?
Be prepared for the employer to put the ball in your court as to the salary you would be expecting.
Some good advice is to ask what the employer is willing to pay for a person with your skills and experience.
Remember this is a negotiation, but be mature and honest about your expectations.
Most of our employers like to use Skype for online interviews. Make sure your microphone is working and your profile photo is appropriate.
Try locate yourself in a private setting, with little noise and a plain background.
We suggest you use a desktop or laptop computer for the interview and be seated with good posture.
There may be a delay in the conversation so try your best to ensure you don't regularly speak over or without consideration of the other person.
Discuss and arrange the interview at the convenience of the employer. Try avoid public areas, and opt for private quiet locations instead.
Know where to go and how you will get there. Give yourself enough time so you are calm and relaxed during the interview.
Before the interview starts turn your mobile phone off so that you will have no distractions.
Preferrably refrain from alcohol or cigarettes.
Take a note pad and pen with you, and a copy of your CV just in case.
If you have been offered a position, but are undecided simply ask for some time to think about it. Most employers will respect this and will gladly offer you the time.
Take a moment to ensure you have asked all that you have wanted to ask. Be proactive and eliminate any doubts you may have.
Always thank the employer for their time and consideration.
If face to face, a shake of the hand goes a long way no matter the quality or outcome of the interview. This is professional conduct.
Lastly get in touch with us. We can provide feedback from the employer and evaluate your next step.