I know the job market is incredibly competitive and it’s difficult to catch the attention of a recruiter in just 15-30 seconds A.K.A. the average time spent in reading your CV.
Here’s few tips that might help you to be called in for a job interview.
Step 1: CV
Your CV needs to be packed with relevant information to help recruiters make the decision to choose you rather than another candidate.
The first thing to remember is that your resume must be divided into sections:
- Contact details: full name, address, mobile number, email and LinkedIn profile. In the UK you don’t have to include your age, marital status or picture
- Professional statement: a short and snappy statement that highlights your personality. Pick out a few relevant skills, while describing your career aims
- Work experience: list and date past jobs – starting from the latest one. If you have none, mention all internships and voluntary roles you have done. For each experience, add a brief tasks’ example
- Education: start with the most recent, list and date previous education history
- Extra curricular activities: volunteering activities, societies you are part of
- Hobbies and interests: point out one for each of the following category – Sport, Art/Culture, Leisure
Remember that a standard CV in the UK is in less than two pages, whereas for students and recent graduates, no longer than in one page.
Step 2: The Cover Letter
Your CV should always be introduced by a tailored covering letter, which goal is to highlight your interest and suitability for a specific job.
With a Cover Letter you can customize your job application and explain in depth some areas of your resume. Don’t make it longer than 3 paragraphs.
- Make sure you address it to a specific person rather than to a general Dear Sirs/Madam.
- In the opening section you can explain the reasons why you are writing the letter. Always double check you have got the company name and key details right. Start by mentioning the position you are applying for and how did you find out about it
- Describe why you found the job ad interesting, why you would like to work for that specific company and why you are a good fit for them. Point out how your skills match the job description
- Conclude expressing your availability and interest for an interview with them. Finish by greeting and thanking the employer saying how you are looking forward to hearing back from them
I know exactly what you are thinking – and I couldn’t agree more: looking for a job…is actually a job!
I lived in China for 5 years and I have been living in London for the past 4 during which I have been working as Career Consultant. I love travelling and discovering new places. I am the Director of Ni-Cons Career Consulting and the Co-founder of Round the Corner.