- Competence and experience
- Relevant skills
- Strategic thinking
- Creativity and problem solving
- Leadership (how many people in your team, based in one place or in far-flung places?)
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Personal management skills
A Chronological CV is the most traditional; they list previous employers and job roles in detail and are suited to professionals who have a formal history of experience.
Functional or skills CVs are better suited to contractors, graduates, people who have taken time out. They are useful when making a complete career change.
- Personal details
- Name, contact details, nationality
- A descriptive overview of your professional profile. List your key features, formal training and business acumen.
- Work experience in reverse chronological order
- Include dates, a brief summary of what the company did, size of turnover, and number of employees. Include projects worked on, responsibilities and key, quantifiable achievements.
- Education and Qualifications
- Most recent first (no need to include you GCSE results if you have subsequently gone on to achieve an MBA or similar.) Include PC skills and proficiencies
There is nothing more unprofessional than grammar or spelling mistakes on your CV. Don’t rely on the spell-checker facility, print off a hard copy and circulate it around people you can trust who will read it through for you and highlight any errors.
Prior to the Interview
Plan your journey, where will you park? Allow for traffic hold-ups and build in time to get lost, even Satellite Navigation systems can go wrong! It is so unprofessional to be late, you will be even more nervous!
If the worst of the worst happens and you are going to be held up, telephone ahead and be pessimistic about the time of you arrival. There is nothing more unprofessional if you are going to be late, inform the interviewer and then you are still late!
Research the company and if possible, the interviewer.
Prepare questions that you want to ask about the company, why is there a vacancy? You need to get an understanding of the culture and environment. It will demonstrate to the interviewer that you are interested in the job and working for the company.
Go to the loo, check your appearance, calm down and wash your hands!
During the Interview
Firm handshake with eye contact to everybody in the room.
Relax, smile and be yourself. They asked to see you, remember!
Sell yourself, not only on your past achievements, but on what you can bring to their company. Ask the questions that you have prepared.
LISTEN attentively and answer the questions honestly. Integrity is important and an interviewer will pay more credence to you as a candidate if you are honest.
Expect to be asked technical questions about your skills and experience. You may be asked to take some tests.
At the end of the interview, if you want the job, tell them you are interested and let them know your availability. Do not leave any doubt in their minds.
Thank the interviewer for seeing you and shake hands.
Phone your consultant and give them honest feedback on how you think the interview went.