Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Use good quality and clean paper with matching envelope.

Ensure that you put the correct name, title and address on envelope.

Double check that spellings, grammar and punctuation are correct throughout.

Your CV must be extremely neat and well-presented in terms of layout, alignment, font size and type – be consistent throughout.

Use it as an excellent opportunity to display your I.T. skills.

A passport-size photo is a good addition.

Your CV must not be too long but should contain all relevant information under particular headings e.g. personal information, educational record, work experience, areas of interest, referees.

Do not leave any gaps in your CV –  let us know where you were at all stages.

Be sure to give concise and accurate information about your referees – name, title, address, contact number.

Obtain prior approval from your referee before giving her/his name.

Be extremely careful with regard to social networking e.g. Facebook – what’s out there about you can completely undermine an excellent cv and interview.

Your CV is a first impression given by you and of you to a prospective employer – make a major effort to get it right.

Your CV is your way of getting to the next stage of the selection process – the interview.

Your CV must be 100% truthful – an employment contract may be terminated if it was based
  on incorrect or untruthful information.

It is not essential to bind a CV but this can create a better impression.

 

Dress code

A neat, clean and tidy appearance is absolutely essential in all interview situations.

Basic rule – dress formally for interview.

The level of formality of dress in the workplace depends on several factors e.g. nature of job, expectations, culture within the company – investigate this before the interview.

Interview

Be sure you know the  exact location of the interview.

Allow plenty of time to get there – factor in the unexpected – arrive 15 minutes before time.

Advance preparation:

a.     Know about the company, show evidence of research.

b.    Have a  very good idea about what the position entails.

c.    Practise answers to likely questions.

d.    Practise question/s you might like to ask at the end.

The interview

a.

 

Remember the aim – to show why you should be selected

b.

 

Assured entrance and handshake (if offered)

c.

 

Remember interviewers’ names

d.

 

Maintain eye contact with interviewers

e.

 

Be concise in your answers, elaborate where necessary and when asked

f.

 

Be honest

g.

 

Show personal warmth

h.

 

The “5 minute rule” – crucial importance of the opening 5 minutes

i.

 

Show consistency in interview – strong beginning, middle and end