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Get a job in the UK in 2017: How to format your CV and prepare for your interview

by Leanne Shrosbree | Jan 19, 2017
  • The UK is a great place to work. It is the world’s fifth largest economy and is one of the globe’s most important business hubs. Competition for jobs is high, but those with a valid visa and the right skills and experience could land their dream job in 2017.
  • Get a job in the UK

    Format your CV correctly

    A well-written CV is indispensable in a competitive job market. Your CV should highlight the key skills, achievements and qualities that make you a good fit for the role you’re applying for.

    Many people make unnecessary mistakes on their CV. You might have the right skills for a position, but if your CV doesn’t convey this in the correct way, it could go to the bottom of the pile and lose you an interview.

    Here are some common CV mistakes to avoid:

    • Spelling and grammar: Have your CV proofread before sending it out. Spelling and grammatical errors are a no-no.
    • Large chunks of text: The information should be concise and easy to read. Break up long paragraphs by using bullet points and sub-headings.
    • Previous employment: Provide details about how your previous experience has prepared you for the role you’re applying for.
    • Format and style: Avoid any elaborate fonts and colours. Keep your CV as clean, simple and stylistically consistent as possible.
    • Length: No one wants to read a seven-page CV. Ensure it is well-formatted and succinct.
    • Employment history: Don’t leave unexplained gaps in your employment history, include information about time spent travelling or completing personal projects.

    Sail through your interview

    After sending out your CV, it’s time to prepare for interviews.

    Often, if you do well in the first interview, you will be shortlisted and asked to attend a second interview.

    Here are a few top tips to prepare for your interview and ensure you make a lasting impression:

    • Research the role: The more you know about the role and organisation, the more confident you will feel going into the interview.
    • Arrive on time: Punctuality shows enthusiasm. Aim to arrive about 15 minutes early so that you can observe the dynamics of the workplace.
    • Prepare questions: Prepare questions about the organisation and the role. This will show that you have done your research and are enthusiastic about the position.
    • Prepare for common interview questions: Research the most common interview questions and practice answering them, for example, speaking about your strengths and weaknesses.
    • Dress for success: When in doubt, always choose formal over casual.
    • Speak clearly and confidently: Take some time to think about each question before you answer it. The key to success is the quality and delivery of your responses.

    To give your application the best chance of success, our Kickstart job assistance service will advise you on how to format your CV specifically for the UK and connect you with recruiters. Give us a call on: +44 (0) 20 7759 7536 or pop us an email on  kickstart@1stcontact.com to get started.

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