A collection of tips and tricks from the permanent recruitment team
A lot of what is being said here may sound obvious but they are based off FAQ’s our permanent recruitment team have received so we thought we would put a few things from the team for everyone to see!
Having a well-structured CV is important. Employers may tend to gloss over the important bits if it isn’t:
- Start with name, address and contact details.
- Introduce yourself.
- Summarise your skills.
- Highlight relevant experience.
- Shout about your achievements.
- List any training, education and courses.
- Mention any interests/hobbies (optional)
- References are available on request.
– Include the essentials, Contact info, Profile, Experience, Education and skills. Everything else is good to have but these are the things that you need to get spot on.
Be cautious of employers asking for certain information: Age, ethnic identity, political affiliation, religious preference, hobbies, marital status, sexual orientation, place of birth, photographs, height, weight and health. You don’t need to provide this information.
Start strong, the introduction should be what sells you, what makes you the best candidate for this job. What are your key skills and accomplishments.
Rather than list what your duties were, list your achievements. Especially if you are applying for a role like pharmacist in a pharmacy, the practice owner knows what your job is, they want to know what sets you apart. What makes you so good!
Don’t use the clichés, “hardworking, reliable etc” these are things employers expect as a given and honestly… its on every cv they have received. You want to stand out, be original!
Spelling and grammar may be the most obvious one so far, but trust us we see a lot of CV’s and things are easy to miss so proof reading is important. Get someone else to proof read, our permanent recruitment team will be more than happy to look over it as these mistakes can detract from your otherwise great CV.
Show insight on the company or industry you are applying for, tailoring your CV is something people tend not to do but is one of the key things to make your CV stand out. It shows a level of interest and shows you are willing to go the extra mile!