7 Steps for writing a perfect CV
Did you have a good Christmas? Mine was jampacked full of wrapping and opening presents, wiping sick off my shoulders (thank you Luca!) and celebrating my daughter's birthday a few days later. I love this in-between period between Christmas and New Year because I get the chance to look back at this year and create resolutions for 2019.
For me, 2018 was the year of fulfillment. Not only am I blessed with two beautiful children but I also took the plunge and embarked on a new career of setting up my own business. Taking that step to do something new in my career was exciting, scary but above all, set me on a path of improved confidence and self-worth.
If you're pondering a new direction for 2019, I have a few questions for you. What changes do you want FOR YOURSELF in 2019? New career, better work contract, more time with family, go to the gym more often, weight loss? What will it take for you to make that decision and create change in your life? Often people make life-changing decisions because the pain they're feeling is so intense that creates a path towards change. If you'd like to change your job/career for something new, here are some of my Louisa Recruitment Tips to help get you underway for 2019:
Taking the time to research the type of job you'd like is just as important as preparing a CV. You can browse through the job boards such as LinkedIn or Jobsite and search the type of jobs you think would suit you and see what skills they require for a successful application. In addition, its also important to consider whether your chosen career is going to work for you and your family. There's no point starting a new job if factors such as: location, salary, hours aren't right for you. Taking the time to research and plan your next career move will pay dividends in the next year or so.
As its a quiet-ish time of year, you could take the opportunity to write your CV. Writing a good CV takes time and its important that it looks clean, detailed and accurate. Recruiters love CVs that are easy to read (it takes on average about 15 seconds to review a CV) and kept to at least 3 pages.
I've interviewed hundreds of candidates face-to-face and often see candidates making the same mistakes, over and over again. If you want to come out on top, here's a few things to remember:
A) Display confidence. You might be a bag of nerves inside but its important to show interviewers that 'you've got this,' and you're in control.
B) Eye contact. This might sound like an obvious point but, I've seen many candidates turn their head away from the interviewer when they're speaking, which often results in rejection. When the interviewer is speaking to you, its important to look the interviewer/s in the eye as much as possible. You can add to this by providing clear and precise answers.
C) Don't rush to answer. The candidates I enjoy interviewing are those who display thought behind their answers and don't just rush in with whatever first comes to mind. This is a particular case with competency-based questions. Take time to answer the questions and don't be afraid to go into detail (without the waffle).
D) Interviewers want to know how you solved problems. When an interviewer asks you a question regarding your problem-solving skills or similar, they don't just want to know what you did to resolve it but how you did it. By going into this level of detail will validate the interviewer's view that you are the right candidate for the job.
When you're at interview stage, its a good opportunity to start thinking about what contract type you want at job offer stage. This could be: hours, location, working-from-home, benefits, salary. Being firm in knowing what it will take for you to accept the job will make negotiation a lot easier for when the job offer comes through.
These are just some of the ways to get your career search off to a good start and making a change for 2019. You deserve to feel good in your life and making a career change could be the way to go.
I wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year!
Published: December 31, 2018
The biggest thing I’ve learnt from having a career and being a mum is the ability to be strong enough to say, “this is the life I want” and not feel guilty for saying it. I know, it’s easier said than done right? But, I’ve been able to do this by organising my career in a way that doesn’t inflict on family life.Discover more