Interview & CV/Resume Writing Tips
Here are a few tips to help you on your way to that fansastic new job
Writing your Curriculum Vitae
CV’s should be no longer than 3 to 4 pages – you want it to be brief and ‘cut to the chase’
Type your CV on a computer as a word document.
Separate your CV into segments – your strengths, personal interests, educational history, and work history. Referees are not essential on your CV but you will have to eventually give the employer the details so it’s up to you
Bullet point responsibilities and duties under each position title.
Don’t forget to state name of company and duration of employment e.g.
Remember the person receiving the CV’s will have received loads of applications so you want yours to be structured in a simple, but informative way (remember that points about being brief but ‘cutting to the chase’
Have two other people (friends, relatives) read your CV to check for spelling, grammar, and general layout
You are the ‘product’ and your CV is selling YOU!
Preparing for the Interview
If possible go online to get some information on the employer
Make sure you take to the interview anything they’ve specifically requested e.g. Passport, written references
Rehearse talking about yourself e.g. Your strengths, weaknesses, what attracts you to the desired role
Prove you’re motivated by having questions prepared for the interviewer
Be presentable, and dress appropriate for the job you’re applying for
Be prompt – do some research if you’re unsure about the location and parking. Give yourself some spare time just in case!
Don’t go into the interview reeking of smoke, chewing gum or wearing sunglasses. Bad impression!
Be confident, make it clear in answering questions why you think you’re the one for the job
Don’t enquire about pay, package benefits (e.g. car, phone) or holidays at the first interview
Try to stay relaxed! And take a quick moment to think and reflect on the question before answering! Remember it’s okay to be nervous – you’re only human….
Just some of the questions you may encounter:
Every interview is a learning curve and good experience as you’ll learn something about the process each time. What could you do differently next time? Don’t let one bad interview put you off; keep trying. If you find that you’re unsuccessful several times over, perhaps you need to consider the level you’re applying at, further qualifications you may need, or even ask one of the companies you applied for to find out why you were unsuccessful. Don’t let it knock you back completely – you need your confidence for your interviews!!
Check out www.careers.govt.nz – a great government website that has heaps more information relating to writing CV’s, application letters and interviewing