Candidate Advice

CV Writing Tips

Do…

  • Make your CV clear, neat and tidy. Don’t forget to use Spellcheck for Grammar and Spelling.
  • Place the important information up-front. Put experience and education achievements in reverse chronological order.
  • Include experience and interests that might be of use to the employer: IT skills, voluntary work etc.
  • Put your name and email address on every page – in case the pages of your CV get separated.
  • Use positive language. when describing your work achievements.

Don’t…

  • Hand-write your CV. This looks unprofessional and old fashioned.
  • Include information which may be viewed negatively – failed exams, failed business ventures.
  • Use jargon, acronyms, technical terms – unless essential.
  • Lie – employers have ways of checking what you put is true.

If you have previous motor trade or office experience and need further assistance with your CV, please contact our office on 01924 495066

Job Interview Advice

Preparation

Is Key! The more prepared you are the easier your interview will be, make sure that you do your research.

Firstly – First Impressions

Initial and lasting judgments are made on first impressions and within a very short period of time.

There are a few simple steps you can take to create a good first impression:

  • Arrive in plenty of time.
  • Wear what you are comfortable in, although make sure this is smart / appropriate business wear
  • Leave your chewing gum outside.

During the Interview

Let’s assume you’ve got that first impression nailed (which you will!) Here’s a few things you can do to continue to build on your good start.

  • Be confident and positive about yourself and remember to smile :)
  • Don’t assume interviewer knows the detail of what is on your application form or CV. Do not assume that they know what your previous experience has entailed. (Where possible, give real examples of ‘how’ you have achieved a positive outcome, specify what these were and the benefits. Be clear about what your personal contribution was. Use ‘I’ rather than ‘we’.
  • Be aware of your body language. You want to convey that you’re enthusiastic, positive and energetic.

End of the Interview

  • The interviewer will often ask if you have any questions for them. This is your opportunity to show that you have thought about the job and the organization and to get clarity about anything you are unclear about.
  • After the interview thank the interviewer for his/her time and express how interested you are in the company and role.  75% of people do not get offered positions because the interviewer did not think the applicant was interested.

Finally… Good Luck!