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!

CV Tips for the Entertainment Industry

The ideology of getting into the entertainment industry is purely based around the idea of getting ‘scouted’ – no need for a CV!

Well, we can safely say that it’s not that easy, and you WILL need a CV.

However, don’t panic. Here at DYWAJ, we have compiled the best CV writing tips for this industry.

Key Things to Consider When Improving Your CV

· Your CV needs to shout how exciting and creative you are; you’re wanting to go into the entertainment industry, so you’re going to need to address this.

· If you have had experience with a famous company/person, be sure to highlight this. Everyone is impressed by a little, subtle name-dropping!

Structuring

Yes, you are going to want to appear creative. But you need to ensure you stick to the professional format (clear and concise). You’ll find that with any research you do, this is very much a recurring tip.

Something obvious to keep in mind is to avoid using fancy formatting and too much colour. There are plenty of examples of this plastered all over the internet, but that’s not to say they are right!

Of course, a hint of creativity is nothing to frown upon in this industry. So, advertise the real you; give your CV a compelling header if you wish, involving your personal details, just don’t go overboard. It’s important to create balance within your CV.

Don’t list everything you’ve done; if your previous job had 15 responsibilities, but only a couple are relevant to the job you’re applying for, leave the remainder off your CV.

Experience and Skills

You may want to start off with a strong summary, which tells your professional story.

Structuring your experience…

· Place your education at the top. Highlight any filmed projects you have done or any similar assignments.

· Your experience comes next. Within this you will need to list your job responsibilities in bullet points to ensure the format stays clean. Try to include the keywords included in the job posting, as these will be what the recruiter will be looking for.

· You will then need a separate ‘profile’ or ‘skills’ section, to add in more personal information, allowing your recruiter to gain a clearer perspective of yourself.

Feel free to boast about your awards; winning best actor in your school play is everything to be proud of!

Lastly, remember, the more you have done, on or offstage; the more chances you have of securing the role in your new career path!

Be sure to check out our DYWAJ blog on the general writing tips.

Your Guide to Writing the Perfect, Pin-Pointed CV.

Whatever your new career path may be, everyone needs an admirable CV behind them. Whether you’re female, male, young or old, every CV is the same in some respects and can be crucial to your success. So, why not have a little browse of our simple guide!

CV Writing Tips

Essentially the main priority when creating your CV is to highlight your key skills.

The words you choose, enabling you to put your ideas on paper, are vital to your employment success within your new career path.

The most obvious writing tip is to use the correct grammar and avoid spelling mistakes. This is key to how you present yourself as an employee and could be critical to securing the job.

The keywords that may be beneficial to your CV include selling points such as, ‘excellent communication skills’, ‘flexible’ and ‘motivated’. Of course, if these selling points don’t refer to your work ethic then don’t include them as there is nothing worse than falsification, just choose ones that do show what a great consideration you are!

Employers love a determined candidate who is enthusiastic about the job in hand. Try to include words that are related to the vacancy in order to grip your potential employer.

Together with the above, you want to avoid keyword stuffing as this could result in coming across as unnatural and will restrict the real you from shining through.

CV Layout

Having big chunks of text is a big no-no for employers and is one of the biggest CV mistakes. A busy employer is not going to want to have to sieve through your CV to find the relevant information.

Coinciding with this, when improving your CV you should have clear section headers for your CV to make sure that it is easy to navigate.

You must use a simple font. Don’t go overboard on the elaborate fonts, even though they appear aesthetically pleasing, and don’t vary your fonts as inconsistent use of type can cause the CV to appear messy and unprofessional.

Work Experience

You should lay out your experience reading from the most recent to the eldest. The reason being is recruiters are more interested in what your current abilities are than what you did years ago.

Don’t go into too much detail with the older role as they are less relevant; all the employer is going to be interested in is what you are capable of now. So, use short summaries for elder roles as it is unnecessary to list your day-to-day responsibilities as they will only be glanced upon.

However, this can be relevant vice versa. Your current role is one of the main things that the employer will consider. Therefore, you will need to dedicate a lot of time and effort into wording the description correctly as not doing so can be one of the key CV mistakes.

We hope you found this article helpful. The team at DYWAJ can help you land your dream role; why not upload your CV to our website 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