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!

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.

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!

Finding A Temporary Christmas Job For Students

Whether you’re looking to buy Mum a nice present this year, or the beer fund needs topping up ahead of New Year, finding a temporary Christmas job is the ideal solution for any students looking to build up a bit of cash over the festive period.

Intensive yet flexible hours, temporary jobs require staff to work for a matter of months before they are dismissed – or kept on if you’re lucky! While temporary jobs are available all year round, they are particularly important to companies when preparing for the busy festive period.

Ahead of Christmas, huge retailers and distributors like Amazon, Argos and Tesco, take on thousands upon thousands of new staff. This year, Amazon will take on 19,000 extra people before Christmas, as well as Royal Mail and delivery company, Yodel.

‘Why must they take on so many people?’ I hear you ask! Well, on its busiest day in December 2013, over four million orders were placed on Amazon’s website, which is over 2,500 items placed every minute.

So, along with Amazon, Royal Mail and Tesco, where should you be looking if you want some extra cash over Christmas?

High Streets

 Unsurprisingly, retail comes out on top for temporary jobs this Christmas. As an important time for retailers and sales, Christmas and New Year are make or break so they need all the help they can get from temporary staff. You won’t be fighting for jobs either – the retail industry is booming so you can pick and choose how many hours you want!

Whether it’s rigorous customer service jobs or even straightforward stock counting jobs, the high street will need you this festive season – and you can even benefit from the staff discounts!

Hotels, Pubs & Restaurants

 For those in the hospitality industry, Christmas is an incredibly busy period with work parties and big family get-togethers galore. Particularly good for those with excellent interpersonal skills – and those who want to show off their pint-pulling skills – increased orders and influx of people will see you be tested over the festive season. However, you will be laughing when you receive your tips for a day’s work!

Supermarkets

 Perhaps you’re looking to experience food shopping for Christmas from the other side – that side being the poor supermarkets assistants who have to break up fights over cranberry sauce! Despite the genius thing that is online shopping, thousands will head out to their local supermarket looking for a last minute gift or some nibbles ahead of the big day. With jobs that include shelf-stackers and delivery drivers, you will get flexible hours and lots of benefits from working at your local supermarket.

Finding a temporary job can be tedious, especially when sorting through the millions of job adverts that will be out during this time. To save you time, why not upload your CV to DYWAJ, our free CV directory and CV database?

Upload your CV here.