How To Get A Job
In need of help getting a job? We’re thrilled to present our ultimate job guide, full of tips and advice from some of Sheffield’s most experienced and expert consultants. We’ve personally tackled the four most important things everyone can improve about their job search and the ways in which they can do it. Click on each tab to find the answers to the most vital questions asked about each category of your job search. Our team have provided in-depth answers from years worth of knowledge and experience, ensuring you the best possible advice you will find.
How do I write a C.V.?
Your C.V. is the blueprint of your career. It outlines your skills, experience and interests in one concise document, giving an overview of you as a worker. Yet, there are many mistakes to be made on an C.V. and we’ve tackled the most common problems here to help you improve it.
How Long Should My C.V. Be?
- A C.V. should be about 2 pages long.
- It should begin with your personal profile, followed by recent work experience & then education.
- Your hobbies & interests should then make up a part of the second page, with references coming at the end.
What Should I Put In My Personal Profile?
- Your personal profile is a snapshot of you.
- They normally are skim-read by employers, so keep them short and punchy.
- Include key facts about your experience and you as a worker.
How Many Jobs Should I Include On My C.V.?
- Include your three most recent positions in bullet point form.
- Use facts and stats as evidence of your influence in each role.
- Ensure you highlight positions and duties that are relevant to the role you’re applying for.
What Interests Should I Include On My C.V.?
- Don’t use generic or non-descript interests (e.g “T.V.”)
- Use this as an opportunity to showcase your personality.
- Include things that you’re passionate about, as this helps paint the picture of you.
What References Should I Include On My C.V.?
- Always obtain permission from the people you include as a reference on your C.V.
- Include two forms of contact for each reference – preferably email address and mobile number.
- If you would rather not place references details on your C.V., you can state “References available on request.”
What Are The Biggest Mistakes People Make On Their C.V. & How Can I Avoid Them?
- Not proofreading your C.V. and missing spelling and grammar mistakes.
- Not including enough detail in describing your previous roles and not using evidence
- Using an unprofessional font or design elements like a border. Keep it simple and clean
What is the best way to write a cover letter?
Cover letters are an opportunity to showcase your personality. You can get down to brass tacks about how you yourself are the right match for any particular role and this alone can set you ahead of the pack in getting an interview. It’s for this reason that a cover letter is important and we’ve asked how best you can use it to improve your job application process.
What Is The Main Purpose Of A Cover Letter?
- A cover letter is an opportunity to put across your personality, in addition to your skills.
- The cover letter gives you the chance to explain how you as an individual can fit in with the firm and add value to the firm.
- Whereas a C.V. is a diagram of you, a cover letter paints a picture of you.
What Are The Main Points To Get Across In A Cover Letter?
- Before writing, always read the job specification the employer has posted and ascertain what specific skills they are asking for.
- Use your cover letter to explain how you can and will fulfill these skill requirements prospectively in that company.
- Use anecdotes and past examples to back up these claims, showing why you’re the best person for the job.
Should I Write A General Cover Letter Or One For Each Job I’ve Applied For?
- You should always write a cover letter tailored specifically to a certain role.
- Generic cover letters are unremarkable and will not distinguish you from any other candidate.
- Writing a job specific cover letter means you can explain how you are suitable for that particular role – which is always a rankable factor in being chosen for an interview.
What Are The Typical Mistakes Made In A Cover Letter I Should Avoid?
- Using templates. These stand out very easily, as they contain little sense of personality and are usually scarce on detail.
- Poor spelling and punctuality. Always have a friend or family member proofread your writing and use a spell-checker.
- Not writing a specific cover letter for each role. As discussed in it’s own question, writing a generic cover letter you submit every time is a big mistake.
How do I prepare answers to interview questions?
This is a question in of itself which has been asked many a time and we’re here to provide the answers! Whether it’s preparing for interviews, your interview technique or the best questions to ask towards the end, we’re here to provide you the answers to how to ask the right questions.
How Early Should I Arrive For An Interview?
- We recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early before your interview. Anything more can actually be an inconvenience for the employer, so keep it under 15 minutes.
- Do a dummy run of your journey in the build up to your interview – this way, you can make sure you find the building and account for any traffic.
- Communicate with your consultant if you need advice – they will have been to the building and will be able to advise.
How Smartly Should I Dress For The Interview?
- It depends on the job you’re applying for. You should look to match the environment of the workplace you’re applying to.
- Speak to your consultant to find out what the dress code is. They can advise you on what to wear.
- Ensure your hands, fingernails and shoes are clean and show pride in your appearance.
Should I Bring A Portfolio Of Work?
- It is a very good idea to take examples of your past work – especially if they’re relevant to the job you’re applying for.
- Discussing through your portfolio can help you relax at an interview, as you’re discussing something you know well.
- You can also print off items from the employer’s website to discuss. This shows a level of initiative to learn about the company and puts you in good stead.
Do Recommendations Help & What Should I Bring?
- Online recommendations are always helpful to support your claims of what you’ve done.
- If you have physical testimonials or hard copies of recommendations then also take these into your interview.
- A nice range of testimonials from previous employers will help showcase the kind of worker you are.
Should I Be Afraid To Showcase My Personality?
- You need to strike a balance between showing your character & enthusiasm and being diplomatic & professional.
- Consider your environment and your interviewer(s). Mirror their behavior and tone of voice.
- Don’t try and be something you’re not. If you’re employed off of this and the employer doesn’t like the real you, you can create an unpleasant working environment for yourself.
Do You Have Any Tips To Manage Nerves?
- Accept that it’s perfectly fine and natural to be nervous.
- Don’t be afraid to voice to your interviewer that you’re nervous. It shows a level of honesty and can mean they’ll take steps to help you relax.
- Be prepared. Have your route, outfit, questions to ask, etc. all ready the night before – so you’ll have no extra stresses to throw you on the day.
What Kind Of Questions Should I Ask At The End Of The Interview?
- Do some research on the company website. Ask about departments, company goals, sector news, etc. Show that you’re taken a keen interest to the company.
- Ask about your interviewer’s personal experiences and challenges in the role – and what they look for in a candidate to overcome these challenges.
- If all your prepared questions get answered during the interview, clarify at the end what questions you had and as and when they were answered.
What Are The Biggest Mistakes People Make In Interviews & How Can I Avoid Them?
- Making a poor first impression. Be slightly early, smile, be clean; offer a solid handshake and strike up a conversation with your interviewer as you settle in.
- Not clearly answering the question asked. If you’re not sure, ask the interviewer to clarify, but don’t waffle or answer around the question.
- Not summarising at the end. Always have a strong closing statement, where you thank the interviewer, reaffirm key points, show enthusiasm for the role and finish on a confident high note.
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