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.

New year, New Job? DYWAJ can help

Understandably, you’re only just getting your head around preparing for Christmas, but the time quickly approaches and, after the big day has come and gone, 2018 is just around the corner.

New year, new job or new perspective?

The New Year signifies the jump start you may need to move on in your career, but if you’re happy where you are then use this opportunity to excel and become an integral part of your team.

However, for the more life-changing opportunity of a new job, you will need to carry out the job process efficiently:

· Update your CV.

· Upload your CV to our CV directory and we will do all the hard work for you.

· All you will have to do is turn up for the interview to sell yourself!

OR… You could do it the hard way:

· Research the right job (a lot of time taken off your schedule).

· Apply for job after job – which can be detrimental to your self-esteem.

· Wait for the responses.

· Go to interview after interview for jobs, which may not be for the right role.

Being prematurely prepared can secure you the job

Improving your CV prior to the new year is vital: why wait to make it your new year’s resolution to get a new job?

Not only that, a large chunk of the population is going to think the exact same as you: ‘new year, new me’, meaning the competition level increases dramatically once January comes around.

Getting a job by the new year doesn’t mean you have until December to get started – you want to be tying up in December, not just kicking off!

DYWAJ advice: Produce a list of ideal companies, listing off positions that you feel would best suit you before December, so that you are prepared to apply by the beginning of December.

Importance of a positive attitude

One of the basic tips for carrying yourself correctly for an interview would be to have a positive attitude about yourself – your CV clearly sold it to the company, so go and smash the interview!

Our interview advice and techniques would be to tell yourself; “I am going to get a job here” rather than “what if I don’t get a job here?”

Getting a job secured before the new year will allow you to start in your new company with a fresh start for 2018 and means you can relax over the Christmas period – too bad on those who have only just started to apply!

For more information or guidance on your new career path contact DYWAJ on 0121 726 9520, or get straight into the process by uploading your CV!

DYWAJ Could Provide You with A New Job for Christmas – Upload Your CV Today.

Some may tell you that employers aren’t interested in recruiting throughout the Christmas period, rather in the new year, but this is simply untrue.

The jobs at Christmas are theoretically much easier to get a hold of!

It’s not a fact of whether there are jobs out there. More a fact of there being a lack of candidate interest, who instead opt to take full part in the festive season, postponing any job hunting for the new year.

Don’t fret! If you upload your CV to DYWAJ, you will instantly eliminate the stress of job hunting, allowing you to take part in the festive spirit this year, just as much as the next.

By applying prior to the Christmas period, it means that you can get a head start against your competitors, whilst they waste their free time engrossed in the festive season, awaiting the new year.

The longer you wait, the less chance you have.

The job market is competitive to say the least, especially around the month of January, when everyone’s new year’s resolution is to start a new career path.

Applying at Christmas puts you in good stead. By getting comfortable in your new job, it means that you can learn all the basics, and be freshly prepared for the new year.

The temporary jobs theory around Christmas

Yes. Christmas jobs are heavily associated with singly temporary roles.

And, although there is a high volume of temporary positions over Christmas, this isn’t to say that employers aren’t looking for a full-time role to fill after this initial stage.

Even if you do gain a temporary job, it is still worth putting in the time and effort to motivate yourself for that end goal of a more permanent role! Plus it’s great to put this extra work experience on your CV.

DYWAJ have got your back!

Do you want a job for Christmas?

Don’t waste your time researching available jobs… Especially when you’ve got all that Christmas shopping to get done!

Job hunting is a very time-consuming process; therefore, it deems beneficial to leave this in the hands of DYWAJ. By uploading your CV today, your information will be easily accessible to lots of recruitment firms and give you a better chance of being snapped up.

If you want to find out more about DYWAJ and how it can help secure yourself a new job for Christmas, then either get in touch on 0121 726 9520, or upload your CV!

How to Improve Your CV

Knowing exactly what to include in your CV can be difficult and tiring, regardless of your age. You’re constantly making edits to try and impress your potential employer. Maybe you’re struggling with what keywords to include, or maybe you’re obsessing over the fact that you’re waffling too much. Fear no more! DYWAJ have put together a list of CV writing tips on how to improve your CV.

Keep it Short and Sweet

No employer will want to read a 7-page CV. It’s recommended that your CV shouldn’t be longer than 2 pages of A4. If your CV is too long, employers will be under the impression that you’re job hopping or you can’t keep your writing concise. This is not the impression you want to give. So, make sure you only keep the necessary parts such as grades, experience etc.

Organisation is Key

Presentation is just as important as the content, so don’t let it take a backseat. If you’re going to write long paragraphs, make sure to include line breaks. When listing out grades and statistics, use bullet points to draw the employers eye to them.

Keywords

Regardless of the industry, every employer will be looking out for career specific keywords. If you’re unsure of what to include, try looking at the job description and examine what dialect they’re using.

Sell Yourself

If there’s one thing that makes the majority of us extremely uncomfortable, it’s having to talk about yourself in a positive light. However, we cannot express how important it is to include a personal statement/cover letter. It’s this small paragraph which sets you apart from other candidates as each personal statement is unique to the individual, no two are the same.

Evidence

It is all very well and good listing your achievements. However, what really gets employers interested is facts and figures. If you have supporting evidence, make sure to include it. If your achievements were performance related, state what benefit it had on the business. If you increased sales, state how much by.

As well as taking on board these CV writing tips, make sure you take a break to rest your eyes. This way when you come back to it, you will be able to see any mistakes you have made. Improving your CV can be difficult, however with Do You Want a Job, we are able to guide you every step of the way. For more information on our services or to get started with your job hunt, upload your Curriculum Vitae today to our CV directory.

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

Is Your Social Media Employer Ready?

August the 19th celebrates World Photo Day. The aim of this day is to promote a positive impact through photography and hopefully inspire change in the world.

Employers

So, you’ve finally landed an interview after weeks or maybe even months of job hunting. “This is it!” you’re thinking “Nothing can stop me. I’m unstoppable. I’ve found my niche!”. Until your brain reminds you of that embarrassing picture from a few years back that keeps cropping up on your Facebook profile. Relax. We’ve all been there.

However, it isn’t a myth, 9 times out of 10 your potential employers will definitely check all your social media platforms prior to the interview. They may miss out your dating profile during this process, but who can be sure. It’s always good to know that this is more often than not the case, after all your interviewer will want to ensure you fit in with their image.

What are the Common Social Media Faux Pas?

This may seem obvious and should only appeal to a minority audience, but according to a recent study the worst thing you can do on social media is to make a reference to any kind of illegal drug. Any posts which contain sexual or provocative insinuations will also not go down so well with potential employers. It’s also a good idea to keep profanities to a minimum on your social media platforms, this may not be the biggest ‘turn off’ but it won’t shine positivity on your image.

The Tips

Don’t panic! DYWAJ aren’t the bearers of bad news and of course, we have some tips at the ready to make sure your social media is employer friendly.

The majority of employers will often scan the social media of the people they have chosen to interview. They look for good deeds and charitable work and it’s thought to have left a more positive impact compared to candidates that do not.

You can also vary your privacy settings which can make it more difficult for employers to find you. However, it’s best advised that you only post things on social media that you wouldn’t mind colleagues or your boss seeing. Some things are best kept private.

Here at DYWAJ we make it our mission to help you find your perfect role. If you would like to find out more information or upload your CV, get in touch or sign up today!