Volunteering in a CV

Should you include volunteering in a CV? The simple answer is yes. Putting volunteering in a CV shows another side to you as a job candidate. If you’re recently out of education it shows that you’ve made an effort to get some real world experience – not something that can be said for everyone! Alternatively, you may have some years of work experience and volunteering […]

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Gap in a CV

If you have a gap in your CV from travelling you should include this in your CV. Recruiters are a suspicious lot and if they see an unexplained gap in a CV they will think prison, breakdowns, illness etc – all the negative stuff. Once a recruiter or employer starts having negative thoughts, they’re very hard to fight against. The best approach is always to […]

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Get Employed Subreddit

Reddit can be a great resource for advice on job hunting. The “GetEmployed” subreddit is a good place to start. It seems to be largely used by people in the US but some of the advice works whatever job market you’re in. If you’ve not used Reddit before it’s essentially a giant online community that’s broken up into “subreddits” which are sections that cover a […]

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Job Application Follow Up

If you emailed your job application you need to make sure it was actually received. Even if it was via an online form it still has to be emailed and can end up in a junk or spam folder. A good recruiter will routinely check their junk mail folders as maybe 1 in 15-20 applications will find their way there, but you can’t risk relying […]

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Job Applications – Employer Website vs. Job Board

If you see the same job on an employer website and a job board, which way should you go with your application? Apply through the company website with your CV and follow up with an email or phone call to make sure they’ve got your application. A direct application allows you to talk about a genuine interest in the employer which is usually hidden on […]

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Age on your CV

Age on your CV

It’s an offence for employers or recruiters to discriminate on the basis of age, but it would be naive to think that it doesn’t happen. Why does it happen, and what can you do about it in your CV? The reason age discrimination happens, relative to a CV getting you an interview, is that the majority of “gatekeepers” in recruitment are young, usually 20-30 years […]

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Mobile numbers

Check your mobile number! If you’ve changed your mobile phone and got a new number, have you updated it on your CV? It’s amazing how many times this happens. Probably 1 in 20 CVs that we review have the wrong mobile number. It’s not too difficult for a recruiter or employer to email you to tell you this, but just consider what they’re thinking of […]

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