On your CV, you’ll want to present yourself in the best way possible. Yet this can make knowing how to write a CV challenging, as while you’ll want to use lots of excellent ways to describe yourself and your abilities, it’s important that it’s relevant to the specific job you are applying for.
One method of improving your CV is paying close attention to the job description and using similar language. A one-size-fits-all approach won’t secure you the desired interview. Showing that you have taken the time to read the job description and thought about why you are the right candidate gives off a good impression, before they have even met you!
DYWAJ have some excellent CV tips for tailoring your CV to a specific job:
Pay close attention to the job requirements
When seeing an advert for a job you know you are suited for, its easy to fire off your CV or start writing things about yourself that you are confident on. One simple CV tip is to cut out what’s irrelevant to the role and make the most of what is. If a requirement is being able to work with others or be confident in giving ideas in team meetings, think about when you have done this and clearly state how, using similar language to the job description.
Adapt the language, but don’t lie
It’s important to take words such as team work, enthusiastic and organised (amongst other common phrases) and put them in your CV. However, if there are aspects of the job description that you don’t have experience with, it’s much better to just leave it out – don’t be tempted to lie!
Refer to the key skills
As well as listing requirements, a job advert will also include desired key skills and this can be one of the easiest ways of improving your CV. It’s likely you will already have said similar things about yourself, but look at how the job advert describes those skills and see how you can adapt your CV, this will clearly show that you have what they are looking for!
Once you’ve taken our CV tips on board, upload your CV to our DYWAJ CV database, or check out our other blogs for more advice on how to write a CV.
So, you followed the right tips and your CV got noticed by an employer and impressed them enough to invite you for an interview. However, the next time thing that worries job hunters is the interview itself or any difficult interview questions that might come up.
While many interviews can go well for the most part and if you’re lucky, the questions will relate to what you’ve said on your CV so you can answer them well, there’s always bound to be a question that trips you up or one that you haven’t planned an answer for. Unfortunately, one question like this can knock many peoples’ confidence or make them worry for the rest of the interview. Fortunately, DYWAJ have come up with some interview questions that often make people feel nervous about answering and some tips on how to answer interview questions to get rid of any pre-interview nerves.
“What’s your proudest achievement”
With questions like this, don’t feel the need to make something up that you think sounds impressive. Employers want to see what kind of person you are and what you’ve done outside of education or work. So even if your proudest achievement seems quite simple to you, the reasons why it makes you proud could impress someone else.
“What’s your weakness”
An interviewer isn’t interested in weaknesses that aren’t related to the workplace, so don’t feel the need to tell a potential employer that your biggest weakness is chocolate or leaving your washing up on the side. Think about feedback you’ve had at other jobs and think of an answer that comes across as constructive criticism, such as, you’ve previously been shy but you’ve now learnt to come out of your shell, or you’ve previously been too concerned with over-achieving but you can now work to the best of your ability consistently.
“Have you had experience with…”
Sometimes, the answer to this question might simply be no, or not yet. It’s better to be honest than lie as when it comes to the job, an employer will expect you to know what to do. Questions like this give you the opportunity to say that you are a fast learner or to show that you can transfer skills from another job to a new role.
When thinking about how to answer interview questions remember to not be tempted to lie and don’t let one bad question put you off for the rest of the interview.
If you’re at the start of your job search, upload your CV to our CV directory today!