How to write a Curriculum Vitae

Your CV is a representation which should reflect your personality and what is important to you.

When applying for a job, it is likely that you will be one of many candidates. Presenting an effective CV is one way of getting noticed from the outset. Interviewers may decide whether or not to see you on the strength of your CV.

Interview Tips

In general terms, a prospective employer is looking for loyalty, ability and suitability (ie cultural fit), determination, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.

  • Dress smartly and conservatively, suits or equivalent (no leather or denim garments), neat clean nails and smart, clean shoes. It is carrier, a more casual look might be appropriate – but not TOO casual.
  • Leave for the interview in good time. If you are late, do apologise and contact us or them to let them know of your delay. When you meet your interviewer shake hands firmly, look them in the eye and smile.
  • Do answer questions, concisely, honestly and avoid getting side tracked.
  • If you are asked what you about the company or job, do not say ‘nothing’, a short sentence will suffice. It is useful to always research the company before attending an interview with them. Most companies are on the Internet – it impresses interviewers if you have done your ‘homework’!

5 Expert Tips for Following Up After a Job Interview By Sharlyn Lauby

The big job interview you’ve been prepping for and stressing over for days or weeks is over, and you can finally breathe a sigh of relief — except now comes the hard part: Waiting to hear back…

You’re excited about the opportunity, and you want to do everything in your power to present yourself as the perfect candidate for the job; one way to increase your odds of landing the gig is to follow up in a professional manner.

When the Headhunter calls

By Liz RyanCEO and Founder, Human Workplace

This is the time of year when parents call our office to ask “Can you find a headhunter for my child, who’s just finished college?” God bless these parents, who have never met a headhunter, much less worked with one. Someone told them that a new college graduate needs to make friends with a search professional, sometimes called a headhunter, in order to get a job. We get to tell the disappointed parents that in all likelihood a headhunter can’t help their child.

Will Your Interview Answers Get You Hired?

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, describes his hiring process this way:

I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work directly for that person.

Zuckerberg’s comment illustrates an overlooked, yet fundamental, truth about hiring—people are ultimately looking for someone they want to work with.

This is why companies of all types will ask you the same five questions.

Human nature ensures interviewers return to these questions time and again to find out if you’re someone they want to have down the hall.

Your ability to wow the interviewer and land the job hinges on how well you answer these questions.

Fear not! I’ve provided perfect answers to the five questions you will be asked every time you interview.


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