When starting your job search, at times you have to go back to the very start - and that means revisiting your Curriculum Vitae. Writing a great CV is time-consuming but it is really important to get your CV right and to keep it updated on a continuous basis. The CV should be a work in progress i.e. you may need to adjust your CV for each role to which you are applying. It's very important that your CV will be relevant to the role otherwise it may be overlooked and deemed unsuitable for the position. Ensure you are covering off the main responsibilities of the position clearly and early in the CV is key to gaining the employers attention quickly.
You should also ensure your CV outlines what makes you different to the other applicants. With so many CV templates available online currently, it is not unusual that many candidates will have a CV that looks identical to everyone else's, thereby making your application seem dull and not stand out.
Identifying your key achievements will ensure you stand out from the crowd, so be sure to list your individual contributions to your current/previous roles, rather than just outlining what the job was. This is what will make the employer interested in you personally, and more importantly, to meet with you in person to gain further insight to what you can offer to their business.
The role of your CV is to get you an interview - Great, you've achieved that! Now to get ready for your interview.
This is the phase of your job search that requires some research and analysis from you in terms of your future potential employer - both the people and the business/sector in which they operate. If you are applying to a similar organisation/sector that you are already familiar with, you'll have a lot of knowledge to hand already but this doesn't mean you will know everything you need to about the company you will be attending for interview. Familiarise yourself well before the interview. The expectation from the Interviewer will be that you have taken the time to educate yourself about them, so any vagueness or unawareness of their sector may indicate a lack of interest.
Getting yourself mentally ready for an interview is half the battle in conducting a successful interview.
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