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Top tips on creating a winning CV
Jul 15 -

Top tips on creating a winning CV

Luxury Player? Is there a position for David Luiz?
Jul 10 -
Luxury Player? Is there a position on the pitch for David Luiz?
Having the right job isn’t a matter of life and death…..
Jul 7 -
Having the right job isn't a matter of life and death.....
it's much more important than that.
Top 6 Tips - Finding Your Ideal Career (Part 2)
Jun 24 -
Now you want to do something about finding that dream job?
Top 6 Tips - Finding Your Ideal Career (Part 1)
Jun 17 -
New to the job market? Reached a dead end? Or realised the
career you chose in your younger years isn't really you?
National Job Confidence Increases
Mar 26 -

National Job Confidence Increases

Graduates working harder
Jan 9 - Graduates are working longer hours as they strive to get ahead in a tough labour market..
UK Government Pledge to Invest into Youth Unemployment
Nov 14 - The Office for National Statistics has revealed that youth unemployment is at a shocking record high with one in five of those aged between 16 and 24 currently out of work.
Jobs.co.uk makes it easier to find that perfect job.
Sep 17 -

Your dream job may not land in your lap, but it could land in your inbox...

'Highly Commended' status awarded by Onrec
Apr 13 -
Recognition again for Jobs.co.uk the UK's Primary Online Recruitment Domain by Onrec, the online recruitment industry's most prestigious awards.
Jobs.co.uk launch 'off the wall' radio advertising campaign.
Mar 30 -

Wednesday 30th March has seen Jobs.co.uk launch it's local radio ad campaign.  102.2 Capital FM, Birmingham's number 1 hit music station, airs the unconventional ad, captivating the listener with it's refreshingly, thought-provoking approach.

Jobs.co.uk exceeds 1,000,000 unique candidate visits
Mar 21 -

Jobsco UK Ltd, the owner of the UK's Primary Online Recruitment Domain Jobs.co.uk, announced today that they have now amassed over 1,000,000 unique candidate visits in the last 5 months.

Jobs.co.uk sees an incredible SIX FOLD INCREASE...
Mar 18 - March 2011 sees the number of candidates visiting the site soar.  In only a 12 month period, the traffic received on the UK's premier online recruitment domain has increased SIX FOLD. 
Jobs.co.uk - Fastest Registration/Application Process
Aug 26 -

Jobs.co.uk has launched their hugely anticipated "Quick Apply" process which is primarily aimed at first-time visitors.

Give your view on Jobs.co.uk for NORAS 2010 Best Newcomer
Jul 15 - Give your view on Jobs.co.uk for NORAS 2010 Best Newcomer in Online Recruitment http://bit.ly/avfmoU. Since launching in March with the objective of becoming the national job board of choice for recruiters and jobseekers, Jobs.co.uk user figures have risen impressively.
Jobs.co.uk receives Best Newcomer Nomination for NORAs 2010
Jul 6 -

Jobs.co.uk has received a Best Newcomer nomination for the National Online Recruiters Awards. 2010 marks the first full decade of the NORAs, which have closely plotted the emergence and growth of the UK online recruitment sector since 2000. Devised to recognise the very best recruitment websites, from a candidate's perspective, the NORAs are respected as the definitive award in the industry, and a tangible achievement for those sites which truly excel in satisfying job seekers.

Jobs.co.uk proud to have sponsored the Recruiter Awards
Apr 20 - Jobs.co.uk proud to have sponsored the Recruiter Awards "Best Recruitment Agency to Work For" last week

Career Tools - Interview Winning CV


How to Write an Interview Winning CV

In order to maximise your job hunt success, you need an impressive CV that will compel recruiters to contact you, and ultimately invite you to interview stage.  Obviously everybody's CV will be unique but there are cross-industry CV writing guidelines that you should stick to if you want to ensure that the interview requests keep coming in.  The guide and infographic below from leading Professional CV Writing company Stand-Out CV; show the essentials of writing an effective CV


 

Structure

Structure is extremely important when preparing your CV.  Recruiters and hiring managers tend to be very busy people; therefore you need to make it as easy as possible for them to read your CV so they can quickly find the information that is relevant to their vacancies.  Use similar sections and headings to those in the infographic above and make sure that everything is clearly laid out using a simple font. 
Break information up so that it is easily digestible and use bullet points in your role descriptions - Avoid big chunks of text and keep the CV between two and three pages in length.


Profile

A short and sharp profile at the top of your CV can really grab a recruiter's attention when done properly.  Ideally your profile should be around 3-6 lines, giving a high level overview of your skills, experience and knowledge whilst demonstrating how they can benefit a potential employer.  Keep it factual, avoid cliché phrases and really sell yourself. This is the first thing a recruiter or employer will see so it needs to be packed with the skills and experience that they will be looking for.
 

Roles

Your role descriptions give you an excellent opportunity to showcase exactly what value you can bring to an employer; so take the time to craft them properly and ensure that you highlight the experience that will be important in the jobs you are applying for.  Start each role with a brief outline of the employer's work, where you sit within the organisation and what the overall goal of your role is - this builds context for the reader and gives them an idea of the level you work at.  Then list your responsibilities in bullet points and try to show how they benefit the employer where possible.  Some of the important factors that recruiters look for are listed below so make sure you work them into your responsibilities;

                                                                                                         

* People you interact with; e.g. Customers, management, suppliers, contractors, regulators etc

* Tools & software packages used

* Product/service knowledge

* Work produced; Depending on your profession this could be Anything from reports, design work or web applications through to physical products like buildings or cars

* Environments you work in: e.g. busy sales floor, high profile government building etc.


Your current and recent roles should have lots of detail because recruiters will be very keen to know about your recent work but you can summarise older roles as they won't be too interested in work from several years ago


Key Achievements

If you really want to make an impression on recruiters then be sure to back your claims up with some impressive numbers. 
Add an achievement section to the end of your roles and give some examples of how your work has greatly impacted your employer.  These will differ depending on your industry but here are some generic examples:


* Reduced departmental spend by 10% through rigorous supplier negotiations

* Exceeded sales targets by 120% and generated £300k in first year

* Successfully migrated 1,000 users onto new system with zero service disruption


Final Checks

Be sure to triple check your CV for grammatical errors before sending it to anybody and ensure that the tone is as professional as you can make it - it only takes one mistake for a recruiter to start doubting your credibility.  When writing your CV, the most important thing to remember is that you must show the reader that you are suitable for their job vacancy if you want an interview - so ensure that you highlight the skills and knowledge that recruiters are typically asking for in the job adverts that you are responding to.


Author: Andrew Fennell is the Director of London based CV Writing Service - StandOut CV
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