How to write a CV tailored to a specific job

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.

Best Interview Questions for Employers to Ask

Do you have any favourite interview questions you ask every single job applicant? If so, you’re not alone! We have spoken to the experts and it seems every seasoned interviewer has developed a shortlist of the best interview questions.

In fact, we have mastered the act of asking short and sweet questions that give you all the information you need – including if they’re a potential cultural fit for your business!

Here are some of the best interview questions you could ask:

1. Tell me about your greatest achievement at work – By asking this question, you are looking to hear what the applicant considers as being important. It also demonstrates what the applicant deems to be an achievement.

2. What kind of oversight and interaction would your ideal boss provide? You want to know how self-motivated your candidate is, especially in a company where a candidate who needs constant supervision will not fit! Vice versa, if you know the boss is a huge micromanager, a self-driven candidate may not succeed in this environment.

3. What prompted you to apply for this job? What interested you the most about this position? If you’re asking these kinds of questions, you are looking for what the prospective employee is most interested in, related to the position. You will get to see what motivates the individual and what is important to the applicant.

4. How would your current boss describe your work and contribution? This question says more about the employee than it does about their current employer. After all, this shows how the candidate perceives the support and opinion of their current boss.

5. How do you go about continuing to develop your professional skills and knowledge? You want to hire an employee who is constantly developing and improving on their skills and job knowledge. Make sure you listen carefully to what the candidate is saying and how they plan to develop their professional skills and knowledge.

Are you getting together your latest job vacancy? When it comes to finding the right applicant, why not start the journey with DYWAJ’s huge CV directory! Our large CV database has thousands of candidates waiting to secure their dream job. So get in touch with us on 0121 726 9520 or info@dywaj.com today to find out how you can get started on your search. If you’re looking for a job, why not upload your CV to our extensive database! Our team are also here to provide 24/7 support and guidance for all of our candidate, including providing advice ranging from how to write a CV to interview preparation.

CV Writing: Mistakes to Check For Before You Send Off Your CV

Did you send off hundreds of job applications last week but were disappointed to only hear back from one? Well, there’s a chance that your CV could be letting you down!

At DYWAJ, we understand that writing your CV can be a job in itself; wondering whether it is too long or too short and if you really need certain information included.

To ensure your application is completely up to standard, the team at DYWAJ have put together a list of common CV mistakes.

  1. Not tailoring your CV for the specific employer – When you’re applying for jobs, it’s best to target your CV to the employer and job vacancy you’re applying for. When an employer reads your application, they want to understand whether or not you can do the job not hear about your medal in gymnastics (unless it’s relevant!). Make sure you research what employee they’re looking for and add these qualities and characteristics to your CV.
  2. Unprofessional Email Address – An unprofessional email address used on a CV can be the difference between getting an interview and finding your application being placed firmly in the bin! The email account Princessdaisy@gmail.com may mean your employee won’t take you seriously and question your judgement and general approach to work.
  3. Huge Paragraphs – Break your key points into digestible bullet points or headers so the reader can skim read the CV and easily pull the information they want out of it. There is nothing worse than irritating a potential employer with reams of unnecessary information before you’ve even met them!
  4. Hideous Fonts – It’s important your CV is easily readable to a potential employer. You may be tempted to help it stand out from the crowd by using a fancy font, but don’t! Fancy fonts are often hard to read and will make it hard for the reader to scan for important keywords or information. We recommend a simple, clean font like Arial or Tahoma. 
  5. Not Enough Detail – Your current (or most recent) role is important to your CV as the employer will jump to your experience before anything else on your application. This will give them an indication of what you’re capable of, and so failing to mention or go into detail about your job role is a big mistake.

As one of the UK’s fastest growing CV directory, our job is to help jobseekers find the career that’s right for them. We offer free CV writing tips across our blogs as well as access to a CV database with thousands of employers waiting to hire.

To upload your CV for free, click here.

Correct Behaviour in the Workplace: Scenarios

Congratulations! You’ve got your dream job but this isn’t the end of the road. The way you act when in the workplace is equally as important – especially if you don’t want to be back on the job market!

At DYWAJ, we want to make sure all our candidates are successful in getting their perfect job and flourish in their new job role!

Using the advice of past candidates, we’ve put together a list of scenarios and the right ways to respond in these situations. Why not test yourself and see how you would fair in these situations?

Your colleague takes credit for your work.

Imagine you’re sitting in a meeting, throwing about ideas for your next project and you quietly utter your idea across the table. The colleague to your left picks up on this and repeats your idea to the boss who is enthusiastic about this idea. How would you respond?

While your ego may be a little bruised after this, it’s best to keep quiet about it and move on; there’s no need to cause a fuss during a meeting! We suggest next time you’re in a meeting with the boss, speak up a little bit and be confident in your ideas.

Noisy co-worker is slowly driving you insane.

Picture sitting at a desk in a long, open office next to a colleague who hasn’t stopped blasting house music since 9am. Despite an early morning coffee and a good night’s sleep, you’re developing a headache! How do you tell them to keep the noise down?

Until the day you have your own office to shut the world out of, you will have to deal with workplace distractions. Before you confront them about the music, why not see if you can work elsewhere in the office for a bit, perhaps with a colleague on a project? However, if the music gets too much, simply ask them to turn it down, explaining you have a headache – any good colleague should be responsive to this!

You’re being interrupted all the time.

You’re sitting at lunch with all your work colleagues. Annoyingly, every time you go to speak the same coworker talks over you and changes the conversation. How do you deal with this?

It’s important to speak up at work, but what’s the point if you can never finish a sentence? You want to feel valued and like you’re worth listening to so you can speak with authority and make your presence known. If you’re colleagues aren’t helping this, why not develop it yourself? We suggest, instead of taking part in group conversation, make small conversation with the people around you. It’s a sure way to get your message across without being interrupted.

How would you have reacted in these workplace scenarios?

DYWAJ can virtually help you build up the skills to find jobs and maintain them via our CV database. We have a specialised team of people who actively sort through CVs, manually review and send them out to employers to help find candidates their dream positions.

If you need help improving your CV, get in touch with us at sarah@dywaj.com

What An Employer Wants to See On Your CV?

When you are looking for a new job and sending out your CV to employers, it’s vital that your resume presents you in the most professional manner possible.

The ways companies and recruiters look for new employees – and even the requirements for candidates – is constantly changing and so these changes must be reflected in the way you structure and design your CV.

To help all our candidates stay up-to-date with the latest CV trends, we have created a list of the top CV trends for 2017.

  1. Take time creating a good structure and highlighting- Make sure every word you use in your CV is effective so that it stands out to employers skim-reading your application. This could be done by using headings and bold subtitles to highlight all the important information on the page you want them to read. We also suggest using short sentences to present any key achievement and facts you do not want your potential employer to miss.
  2. Make lots of edits – If you finish the first draft of your CV and think it’s ready to send off to employers, think again! You will need to make edits – lots of them! It’s also good to give your CV out to friends and family to read so they can make edits and take out irrelevant facts. If you want to keep the discarded information in a separate file in case you need it in the future.
  3. Write with busy people in mind – A recruiter or employer will spend between 30 seconds to two minutes looking at your CV and from there they will decide whether to bin it or bring you in for an interview. This is exactly why you need to make your CV clear and concise.
  4. Talk about challenges you have faced – If you want your CV to stand out from the rest of the pile, you should try talking about your achievements/challenges you have faced and how you approached it. For example, if you were faced with a difficult project at work you should talk about the things you did to solve this and the results that came from it i.e. a number of sales or savings for the company.

Now that your CV is up to employer standards, it’s time to land your perfect job! DYWAJ is a large CV database with access to thousands of employers in a number of industries. To upload your CV to our database, click here or to find out more about our services email: sarah@dywaj.com

The Benefits of Hiring a Uni Graduate

When a business is looking to fill a role and they have to choose between a university grad or someone with experience, all roads look like they lead to one.

However, there are plenty of advantages to hiring a university graduate.

Choosing to hire a recently graduated university student gives businesses much more than just job description flexibility. From wanting a lower salary to having an eager and enthusaiastic employee, these are just some of the reasons you should consider hiring a uni grad. And DYWAJ know from experience that the advantages definitely outweigh the negatives! Hiring a student is an investment for the future and opens up opportunities for your business.

By giving a university leaver their first job since uni, you benefit from saving on your employee salaries.

As a new starter, your graduate employee will be seeking a low salary compared to established workers. This could be the difference of ten to twenty thousand dollars in salaries, meaning you save money in the long-run.

Another benefit of hiring a university graduate is the student’s ability to navigate through innovative technologies such as computers and social media. With most of the workforce starting their careers before the technological age took over the business world, the millennial generation are more dependent on technology and so will quickly pick up any computer applications you need them to use.

Being eager and ready to learn, a university leaver will be much easier to manage compared to experienced employees.

Typically, students are more focused to learn and keep on track with their day to day workload, meaning they will get you results without much supervision.

When hiring a new employee, one of the things you should be considering is the long term capabilities of the candidate. By hiring them young, university graduates are easy to mold into your perfect employee and guide into making the right business decisions, meaning they are more likely stay with your company in the long term.

After leaving university, graduates are willing to learn as they have done the past three years.

Following months of lectures, essay writing and group tasks, students have the ability to absorb, understand and execute the training you give them compared to your older work force.

If you’re looking to hire a university graduate for your next job opening, why not check out the hundreds of graduate CVs we have in our database?