Top Tips on writing your CV

Top Tips on writing your CV

 

Your CV outlines your career and maps your career path to date. It is the tool that will get you an interview. Whether you’re writing your first CV or polishing one up for a career move, staring at a blank page can be daunting. The good news is, there’s a formula you can follow. Make sure you add the following sections to your document and work from there. Before you know it, you are no longer staring at a blank page, but a document that will get you noticed by a recruiter or hiring manager.

Profile
The profile should make the employer want to meet you. It should be short enough to read quickly and concise enough to capture your skills and experience in a short paragraph.

Chronological Order
Most people list their most recent employment first, and the recruiter will probably appreciate you following this standard.

Key Information
Make sure your CV is easily readable. Three key pieces of information are titles, company names and dates of employment. Align all 3 so it is easy to follow and read. Keep in mind that most hiring managers will only take a minute to scan your CV. Make sure they can easily find your key information.

Personal Details
Your name, address, mobile number and email should all be listed at the top of your CV. We want to be able to contact you if a career opportunity arises! You may consider also listing a hyperlink to your LinkedIn profile.

References
There is no need to list referee contact details on your CV. In fact, many referees would prefer their contact information isn’t given out too freely! Generally we would recommend having your referee’s details to hand and to contact him/her to let them know your recruiter will be calling.

Technical Skills
An understanding of Microsoft Office is almost compulsory for all roles and you should indicate your expertise level and if you are an advanced user, intermediate, a beginner or somewhere in between. It is generally important to have skills in Outlook, Word and Excel but roles do vary.

Education
If you’re entering the job market then there is justification for listing your educational accomplishments at the beginning of the CV. If you’ve been working for at least 12 months then a company may be more interested in your work history than your educational path.  However certificates, diplomas, degrees should be listed.

Additional Training and Qualifications

Readers are interested in your training but list it in such a way that it is easy to read. The training should be relevant to the role for which you are applying. You may also have professional qualifications or licenses and it is important to list these clearly on the CV. They are generally best positioned with or next to your educational details.

 

Volunteering, Hobbies and Interests

Some people choose to close their CVs with voluntary experience or examples of their hobbies and interests. While it’s not as popular to list these sections nowadays, if your volunteer experience or hobby relate to the job you want, by all means include it!

 

Hopefully this short guide has been helpful. If you require additional information on CV writing or the next step in your career, contact RecruitmentPlus on 01 2788 610

 

 

 

Dress for Success

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

 

Making the right impression at work

 

Your alarm goes off at 6.00 am. You groggily get out of bed, brush your teeth, have a cup of tea, and then walk back up to your wardrobe. You fling open the doors, only to discover you have no idea what to wear! Fear not. We’ve got you covered.

 

The Interview

Every office will have its own dress code, but you probably won’t be familiar with the ins and outs of the dress code until you actually start working there. When in doubt, go with a corporate dress code.

 

Corporate Environment

What’s a corporate dress code you may ask? This is the standard business suit in a conservative colour. You want to look smart and put together. This look will give you an air of confidence and professionalism.

 

Business Casual

Whether your corporate office has a “Casual Friday” or you work in a more relaxed atmosphere, you will come across the business casual dress code. The rules are a bit more relaxed, but there still are rules. Make sure your clothing is in good order- no rips or stains. Usually business casual means no jeans or t-shirts. Ties are optional for men.

 

Uniform

It’s easy to get dressed when your job requires you wearing a uniform- weather you work in law enforcement, health care or hospitality. Even so, you still need to make sure you have the correct uniform components and that they are clean and in good condition.

 

Are you dressed for success? If you want to talk to someone about your career, contact RecruitmentPlus on 01 2788610 or visit www.recruitmentplus.ie.

 

 

Ace that Interview

The interview is the most common tool used to assess people for roles. Let’s look at 5 questions you may be asked and tips on responding to each.

  1. What can you tell us about your career to date?
    Many interviews start with this request. You should keep your answer brief and to the point. Cover your education quickly, your general career and finish with your most recent history. Keep it relatively simple and you’ll be off to a good start.
  2. What aspects of your previous job did you like or dislike?
    Concentrate on the like part of your previous role. When addressing the dislike part it may be better to change the emphasis to what you would have changed rather than being negative.
  3. Why should we employ you?
    Outline your personal qualities as they relate to the role you are applying for and how they will benefit the company. You should have established what the key aspects of the role are prior to the interview and build your answer around those key competencies.
  4. What is a difficult situation that you handled well?
    Highlight a difficult work situation and give the context, the actions you took and the result. Don’t share confidential information; don’t dismiss the efforts of others and avoid positioning yourself as a victim or a knight in shining armour. This question offers you the opportunity to show your reasoning skills and your ability to manage stress.
  5. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    The natural inclination for the interviewee is to focus on the strengths while the natural tendency for the interviewer is to listen more closely to the weaknesses. As a general rule of the thumb, it makes good sense to cover strengths that are essential to the role and to raise a weakness that is non-essential.

If you want to talk to someone about career opportunities, contact RecruitmentPlus on 01 2788610 or visit www.recruitmentplus.ie.

The Five Rules of Temping

THE 5 Rules OF TEMPING

It’s a cold, damp day and somewhere in Dublin or Louth an employee is dreaming of their upcoming holidays.

Meanwhile, a Manager is wondering how to cope with the extra workload when his team go on holiday. What’s a manager to do?

Enter: The Temp – someone who is smart, confident and adaptable, as well as being multi-skilled. The Temp saves the day!

Do you want to be a modern Temporary super hero? Follow these 5 rules of temping and you’ll have your choice of assignments :-.
1. First things first, you need a good temping CV. At the top of the page, list your technical skills and your availability. A Temps Controller may receive hundreds of CVs, but will remember the one that highlights skill set and gives availability.

2. When in doubt, dress UP. As a temp, you will be working in many different environments. Some may be on production lines, others may be business casual. Always check the dress code with your Temps Controller in advance. First impressions count and nowhere more so than in the world of temping.

3. On time means 5 minutes early. You don’t want to arrive too early, but you never want to arrive late. Research the location of you assignment. Make sure you know how to get there. Drive by if you’re unfamiliar with the area or check public transport timetables the night before, but plan on being there 5 minutes before you’re due to start.

4. Be discreet. Anything you hear or read, whilst working in a company is strictly confidential. Remember the contract of employment you signed adhering to strict confidentiality whilst on temporary work assignments.

5. Work like your career depends on it. Again first impressions count and if you’re only in an assignment for a week, you don’t have time to have an off day. Temping is an excellent way to get your foot in the door of some amazing companies. Good work does not go unnoticed.

If you’re interested in temping or want to talk to someone about your career, contact RecruitmentPlus on 01 2788610 or visit www.recruitmentplus.ie. Alternatively email jobs@rplus.ie