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CV Advice

Give your CV some thought and spend some time on getting it right – it may make all the dreddotpic9.jpgifference in getting the job you really want.

The following checklist will help you produce a great CV:-

  • Make sure your CV is well laid out so that it is immediately easy to read and understand. Leave plenty of white space.
  • Use concise, unambiguous sentences, avoid exaggerations and a flowery writing style.
  • Bullet points are useful to highlight relevant skills and experience and help break up continuous text.
  • Depending on your experience, two pages is an ideal length.
  • Stress your past accomplishments and the skills you used to get the results you achieved.
  • If you are making a career change, stress what skills are transferable to support your new career objectives.
  • Put your highest level of education first.
  • Put your most recent job first and work backward chronologically in time.
  • Ensure all dates are accurate.
  • Explain any long career gaps (i.e. travelling, maternity leave etc.) these will only need to be explained to our clients.
  • Don’t change tenses back and forth.
  • Describe what you did 90% of the time, not 10% of the time.
  • Avoid references to hobbies, activities and memberships which are not business related or have no relevance to your current career goals or job objectives.
  • If you are preparing a CV for a specific vacancy, explain why you would be good at the position for which you are applying.

Most importantly, always thoroughly proof-read your CV or ask someone to do it for you before sending it to either an agency or a potential employer.

Interview Advice

At Red Dot we want to ensure that not only do we find the right opportunity for you to apply for, but also give you the best possible chance of success!

There are a lot of factors to Interview success but to get your interview off on the right track you need to make a good first impression.

First Impressions

You don’t need to be told that the impression you give in the first few minutes of the interview is of critical importance. Even the most professional interviewer is a human being first and a professional second. However nervous you feel, you must not enter the room looking and feeling like a victim. There are just three things to concentrate on at the start of the interview: your eyes, your mouth and your hands:

Eyes

A great deal of communication between two people takes place through the eyes, so look at the interviewer. Aim for an open, confident gaze rather than a fixed stare, but do look.
Remember, they liked you enough to invite you for an interview, so they will be happy to see you. The interviewer is not your enemy – there’s nothing they want more than a successful interview. Maintain a decent level of eye contact throughout the interview, but especially at the start.

Mouth

With the odd exception, interviewers are normal people who will respond positively if you appear in the interview room with a smile on your face. You may feel more like crying than smiling but resist the temptation.
Don’t force yourself but do give it a try. What usually happens, unless the interviewer is a Vulcan, is that they smile back. The ice is broken and you have leapt the first hurdle.

Hands

Ah yes, the handshake. You normally get one at the start and this little act can have immense consequences. A flabby wet handshake, a limp lettuce or a bone-crusher all leave their mark on the interviewer’s psyche and it can be several minutes before the effect wears off.
Go, if you can, for the middle ground – firm and dry. If you don’t know what kind of handshake you have, practise on a friend. You need to start thinking about your first impression before you even get to the interview.





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