School Leaver’s CV

How do you write a CV for a school leaver? These can be a tough CV to approach as the backbone of most CVs is a person’s employment, and school leavers don’t tend to a lot of that! When referring to school leaver I’m referring to anyone that has left full-time education, whether that be after GCSEs, 6th Form, College or University. There are 3 keys areas that need to…

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Job Interview Follow Up

Should you follow up on job interviews? So, you applied for a job a week ago and a recruiter contacted you to set up a skype interview with the employer. The interview went well but should you send a follow up/thank you note? Absolutely – job interview follow up in essential these days. Call the original recruiter to give them feedback on the interview. In that conversation you can then…

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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 experience can show a lot…

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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 be simple and honest. Good…

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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 a job board. The phone…

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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 you. That line on your…

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