Research: Find out exactly what the job you are applying for requires, then write a CV that exactly matches these requirements.
Evidence: Prove what a great candidate you are by including examples of achievements, evidence of improvements you made at work or problems you solved.
Two pages: Aim for a two-page CV. Any more than this and you are likely to be waffling, but any less and you have not provided enough information.
Proofreading: Thoroughly check your CV for errors and ensure that what you have written makes sense. Then ask someone to double-check it for you.
Covering letter: Always provide a covering letter or email to go with your CV, as it’s another chance to convince the employer of your suitability.
Recruiters spend on average only 8.8 seconds reviewing your CV. Keep it short, sweet and interesting.
Volunteering experience not only adds value to your CV. It’s also something you can talk about at interviews.
Look the part. How you dress and present yourself at an interview can make or break your chances of success.
Do your research - Before the interview, it is a good idea to gather information about the company that has the position vacant and try to relate your experience to the specific duties of the job opportunity available.
Practice interviewing - Enlist a friend or a group of friends to ask you sample questions. Practice making regular eye contact.
Video record your practice sessions - Pay attention to your body language and verbal presentation. Eliminate words like “uh,” and “um.”
Get prepared early - Have your clothes, CV, and directions to the interview site ready ahead of time, to avoid any extra stress on the day.
Photo - Ensure your picture is professional and remember LinkedIn is not an extension of Facebook.
Headline - Make sure you include a job title and a clear description of your skills and expertise.
Check your spelling - make sure you clearly read over your profile before you publish it, get a friend or relative to check it for you. Grammatical errors can suggest an individual lacks pride in who they are and what they do.
Job history - Make sure you highlight your job history with the job title and a line or two about the job role and responsibilities, try to include your achievements and success in the job.
Recommendations - Many employers trust recommendations over anything else, try to encourage former managers and colleagues to highlight your key skills and write a recommendation for you.