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.

Tips On Answering Difficult Interview Questions

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!

Six Things All Successful Job Descriptions Should Include

Do you want to attract employees who are best suited to your business’ specific needs? Well, if so, you should begin the process by writing up the perfect job description. It must be said that employers aren’t legally obligated to create job descriptions, but by producing one, it allows you to focus on how the role will contribute to your business and who is likely to fulfil that role.

So what should you include in your job description?

1. A job title – Sounds quite obvious – but we advise employers give candidates a good idea of the job role they’re applying for. After all, there’s no room for ambiguity when recruiting. Otherwise, confusing or misleading job titles could attract applications from people with too much or too little experience – wasting your time and theirs.

2. A list of main duties – Deciding on whether you have the necessary skills, experience or attributes for the job is important, so make it easy on the applicant when writing the job description. You should detail exactly what the successful candidate will be doing and be clear about the tasks.

3. Explain their role – While you’re specifying the details of their duties, explain how their role will contribute to the business and how it fits in with the wider structure. For example, will the candidate be part of a big team? Will they be heading the team or work under a more senior colleague?

4. Details of location – For those in unique and sometimes difficult family situations, it helps to know where they will be based during their working hours. For example, will they be working from home? Or will they be based in your head office? Make sure you include these details to help them decide whether or not to apply.

5. Tell them about your business – While 90% of the job description should be about the candidate and the role you’re asking them to fill, a small chuck should detail how the company was formed, how many employees it has, where it operates etc. This will give them the final chance to decide whether or not they are right for your company.

Are you looking for your next employee? Why not take a look at the thousands of employees waiting for you on DYWAJ’s CV directory who could be perfect for your latest vacancy!

Despite a large CV database, our team provide 24/7 support and guidance for all of our candidates. From how to write a CV to helping them with interviews, you can rest assured that every single one of our CVs is of the top quality. For more information about how you can get started on your search, get in touch with our team 0121 726 9520 or

Quick Steps To Improving Your CV To Ensure It Gets Noticed

Your CV is the very first thing that a potential employer will be able to see, so in a way it’s their first initial impression of you as an individual. Because of this it’s important that you take the time and effort to improve your CV, before you even begin searching for your new career path.

Here are some simple techniques to help you improve your cv and ensure it gets noticed by employers.

1. How to improve your CV’s structure.

● Some simple design elements can ensure that your CV stands out from the crowd and will show continuity throughout your application, including your covering letter.

● Put any information about your education below your experience as this along with your previous knowledge is very important to the employer.

● Your previous job experience should only show the most recent 10 to 15 years of career history. Try to include as much relevant experience as you can, to the position you are applying for.

2. Improving the skills section of your CV.

Make sure your skills section is up to date, removing anything that may no longer be relevant in your current role or the one that you’re applying for.

In some cases where you have a wide range of skills related to the position it can be a good idea to break them down into key areas. For example ‘software skills.’

3. Always triple check your CV format.

Your CV needs to be concise, to the point and easy to follow. You should shorten your bullet points and keep them to a maximum of six or seven points.

Remember, it’s important to organize your CV in order of relevance so that the first points that a potential employer were to see, would capture their attention. On average employers will take just six seconds to read a CV before discarding it. Our tips should help to prevent this and ensure that you reach the next stage of the recruitment process.

For more information or guidance regarding your new career path contact DYWAJ on 0121 726 9520, or simply upload your CV today.

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!