We are introducing a new feature, regular blogs from ‘our heroes,’ the superstar colleagues who keep the wheels turning and lights on in our offices and depots. Those members of staff who aren’t behind the wheel, but are supporting those who are, day in day out.
We are starting with the lovely ladies who make up our recruitment team. Jenna, Liz and Manager Alex. The team are responsible for advertising jobs, sifting CVs and interviewing potential candidates. Ultimately, they ensure we have the right people in the right position and that they have the right skills to be successful, as well as being the right fit for the culture of our business.
Our first blog comes from Recruitment Manager Alex Newens.
Back to basics – CVs
As recruitment manager, I see many, many CVs every day of the week, and despite a lot of this being obvious advice, you’d be surprised how many people make these simple mistakes. This gives the impression that a lack of time and care has been taken in completing the job application, and therefore that the candidate isn’t 100% committed to the role. Here are my top tips for your CV.
- Always ensure you have up to date contact details on your CV, including address, phone number and email address. Make sure your email address is a professional one too, and that it includes your name. Daffy_DUCK_XOXO_@hotmail.com doesn’t give the greatest professional impression to a potential employer.
- Make sure you have an up to date LinkedIn profile. Your profile should display your skills and employment history. Make sure you have a professional photograph of yourself on there. A profile picture with the ‘dog-ears’ filter just won’t do.
- Don’t put any qualifications you haven’t achieved on your CV; interviewers are sure to ask you about them.
- Keep your CV clear, concise and two a maximum of two pages. The length will depend on the length of your career.
- Always use spelling and grammar check. Ask someone else to read it over – it is often easy to miss your own mistakes.
- The more senior the role you are applying for the more detail we would expect to see.
- Ensure you describe your achievements and not just daily tasks you undertake. Use the STAR framework; what was the situation, task, action and result?
- Ensure you check your email regularly for updates on your application.
Next time Alex will be giving us her top tips for interview success.
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