The Chiltern Recruitment CV Guide

A Curriculum Vitae, or CV, is a great way of marketing yourself to prospective employers and create an interest in your job applications. It can also help recruitment agencies obtain interviews with companies looking for staff.

Writing a good CV can be difficult, so it's vital you give it proper attention.

The Chiltern Recruitment CV Guide can help, with suggestions on how to structure your CV and what content to include, as well as some 'helpful hints' to increase your chances of getting the interviews - and jobs, you want.

Structure

  • Start the CV with an overview of your strengths (skills, knowledge and personality) that are relevant to the position you're applying for

  • Highlight at least three key achievements in your career so far and their impact on previous employers

  • Outline your employment history - in reverse chronological order

  • Summarize your educational qualifications, IT and language skills, as well as any professional training you've undertaken

  • List your hobbies and interests, plus any charity, or voluntary work you do

  • Finally, provide contact information

Content

  • Restrict your CV to a maximum of two pages

  • Be honest and accurate

  • Select carefully what to include - less is often more!

  • Exclude personal information, such as age, marital status, health, race, children and religion

  • Ensure there are no unexplained gaps in your job history

  • Avoid including salary details and reasons for leaving, unless requested - they can be used to reject your application

Helpful Hints

  • Remember to keep your CV up-to-date,

  • Tailor it to each specific job for which you apply

  • Get someone else to proof read it and offer advice

  • Keep the design and layout simple

  • Read it through thoroughly - and check the spelling, punctuation and grammar

  • If mailing, use good quality paper and an A4 envelope - plus, accompany it with a short covering letter.

The Chiltern Recruitment Interview Guide

Interviews are your opportunity to introduce yourself to a potential employer, make a positive impression with them, as well as learn more about their company and the role for which you're applying.

Going on interviews can be intimidating, so it's important you prepare beforehand.

The Chiltern Recruitment Interview Guide can help, with advice on what to do before an interview, how to perform well during an interview - plus, some 'dos ' and 'don'ts' to help you secure the job you're after.

Before the Interview

  • Make sure you know the time and place of the interview, as well as the name and position of the interviewer

  • Dress appropriately - first impressions really do count!

  • Check how you're going to get to the interview and plan to arrive early

  • Remind yourself about your career history - and take a copy of your CV with you

  • Familiarise yourself with the answers to questions you may be asked

  • Do your homework on the company - it'll help to impress the interviewer and enable you to ask them well-informed questions

During the Interview

  • Speak clearly, positively and enthusiastically

  • Try and turn your answers to the interviewer's questions into conversations

  • Be honest

  • Avoid speaking badly about any previous employers

  • Ask for clarification if you don't understand a question

  • At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for their time and consideration

Some Interview Do's and Don'ts

  • Do introduce yourself to the interviewer - and give them a firm handshake

  • Don't sit down until you're offered a chair

  • Do make lots of eye contact

  • Don't fiddle, or fidget - it'll show you're nervous

  • Do switch off your mobile phone

  • Don't be afraid to say that you want the job!

Good Luck!