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Career advice tips

Creating a winning CV, that will secure an interview, can take time to prepare.

To help, we’ve put together some tips on how to create a successful CV and how to go on and nail that all important interview. 

Selling your skills:

Most employers have limited time to read through hundreds of CVs, so to ensure yours stands out make sure your CV:

  • is clearly laid out and easy to read. Chronological order of experiences is best
  • doesn’t include unnecessary personal details (religious beliefs, gender etc)
  • includes:
  • results and achievements
  • roles and responsibilities
  • experience and skills
  • education
  • avoids jargon or technical speak. Use recognisable words instead

Four steps to conquer your interview:

  • Preparation is key. Research the company’s history, market and competitors. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the company’s values and ethos, plus any future plans
  • Make your first impression count. Always:
  • arrive on time
  • have a smart appearance
  • be polite to everyone you meet 
  • start the interview with a firm handshake
  • maintain eye contact and smile - both show confidence
  • ask questions at the end of the interview. It shows your interest in the company and role 
  • Listen to the interviewer’s questions. Not only is your experience being assessed, so is your attitude, character and technical knowledge 
  • Remember your last impression is equally as important as the first one. Leave the interview with an upbeat attitude and a firm handshake
Finally, interviews are not meant to be a harrowing experience. It’s simply an opportunity for a company to get to know your skills, experiences and you better. And, it’s also a chance for you to valuate whether the company and role is right for you. After all, both you and the company want to make the right career match. 

Visit our Careers Advice (www.hydrogengroup.com/careers_advice) to find out more.