Career Advice and Job Interviews

Why the Layout of Your CV is just as Important as the Content

Why the Layout of Your CV is just as Important as the Content Whether you are on the hunt for human resources jobs or publishing jobs, it is your CV that determines whether or not you will be considered for the position. With this in mind, it makes sense to pay attention to the information that you include in said CV. However, did

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How to Structure a Professional CV

Regardless of how impressive your skills, qualifications and level of work experience may be, if your CV has not been properly laid out, you may struggle to land an interview. Ultimately, the presentation of your CV is just as important as its contents. Below, we define the points of a professional CV, focusing on specific aspects that will help you to

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What to Ask in an Interview

During a job interview, it is extremely important for you to engage with your interviewer – not just by providing answers to their questions, but by asking the interviewer questions too. Why? Not only will the answers to the questions provide you with peace of mind and additional knowledge about your potential role, but you will also be showing your

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Mistakes To Avoid When Job Hunting

One of the most common mistakes job seekers make is failing to master effective interviewing.  Here are some interviewing guidelines to help you wow employers, whether it being a telephonic or in-person interview. Telephonic Interviews: These tend to feel more relaxed and casual and the candidate can easily come across as too casual with a wishy-washy tone that could translate to

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Writing Great Cover Letters

Your CV is impressive and you know how to handle yourself in an interview, now all you need is the right material to get you in the hot seat for that job that you know is best suited. Your cover letter is your only chance to sell yourself and make sure that you are leaps and bounds apart from the

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Easy Steps To Improving Your Chances Of Getting Hired

Have you had no responses to your job applications yet? Improve your chances of landing an interview and a job with these steps. Step one: Re-look at your CV. Unless you have had a decade or more of work experience, your CV should be no longer than two pages. One page is even better. The more concise and put-together your CV

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CV Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

Your CV is a representation of you and what you have to offer a company. With this in mind, it is no surprise that many professionals are incredibly pedantic when it comes to perfecting this unique self-marketing tool. However, no matter how many hours you have spent adding to and proofing your CV, the chances are high that you made

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Six Reasons Your CV is Getting No Response

Does this scenario sound familiar? You have put together a CV and sent it off to many, many vacancies. You wait. You hear nothing. You send it to more vacancies. Still nothing. You think, what could I be doing wrong? The answer could be that your CV is letting you down. Fortunately, there are ways to improve it to make

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Tips for keeping calm in your interview

An interview is undoubtedly one of the more stressful experiences we go through. There’s usually a lot riding on that one session and we want to show off our best facets, meet the criteria and come across as likeable. That’s enough pressure to make even the most accomplished applicant sweat! These techniques for keeping calm will help you relax and

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First Impressions: Why Your Interview Outfit Matters

We all know that age-old cliché – ‘first impressions are everything’. The reason why it has been repeated countless times over the years is because it is true, especially when it comes to landing your dream job! What you choose to wear says a lot about who you are and what you might have to offer the company at which you wish

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Should You Talk About Your Personal Life During an Interview?

When in an interview, you may have come across the ‘so tell us more about yourself’ question once or twice before. What does one say during this time? Do you explain your personal attributes; tell the interviewer about your recent nuptials or perhaps chat about how you are an avid mountain biker? Just how much of your personal life should

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Tips That Will Help You Stop Fidgeting During an Interview

Controlling one’s nerves during a job interview is often quite challenging indeed. However, even though you are terrified inside, the key to success lies in your capacity to convince your potential employer that you are calm, collected and confident. If, instead, you come across as nervous and unsure, your potential employer might start to doubt your abilities and wonder whether

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What are Recruiters and Prospective Employers Looking For?

When on a job search, most people will seek to ensure that they come across as the ‘perfect applicant’ by tweaking their CVs, taking a few short courses, and brushing up on their interpersonal skills. The question is – what exactly are recruiters and prospective employers looking for; and how can you best demonstrate these traits and abilities during an

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The Definite Dos and Don’ts of Interviews: Dress Appropriately

When it comes to making a good impression on your potential future employer, one of the most important things to consider is the outfit that you choose to wear. Ensure that you avoid anything too revealing. Instead, opt for something that is slightly more conservative – preferably in a neutral colour – that fits you well and that you feel

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Make Yourself Marketable

While you wait for the perfect job opportunity to present itself, there are lots of skills you could be working on to make yourself more attractive to employers. Tick the following skills off your list to become a sought-after asset in your job area. A driver’s licence Whether your job itself requires you to operate a vehicle, you should still

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The Dangers Of Lying On Your CV

Your CV is a potential employer’s first view of you. This incredibly important document is either your ticket to an interview or a one-way pass to the bottom of the pile. With this much pressure it is no wonder so many people are tempted to exaggerate their qualifications and employment histories. While omission and selective wording are part of the

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