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When an employer reads your CV they are looking for evidence that you can do the job that you have applied for, and that you can do it well. It is essential therefore that your CV provides them with such evidence.


How many times have you come out of an interview feeling that everything has gone well, only to discover that you didn’t get the job? If you are like most people it has happened to you several times, and each time it happens feels disheartening and perplexing.


This article will help you to structure and compose a CV that conveys the information you need, and that looks good. Heading The heading is your contact information presented at the top of the CV.  It is not necessary to put the title “Curriculum Vitae” or “CV” at the top of the page.  In the heading include: Read more…

job search

What’s the missing ingredient that you can add to the standard mix of job search techniques, to get ahead of the game There is plenty of good job search advice around if you look for it. Nearly every committed job seeker knows how to write a good 2-page CV, and how to network, and they are all Read more…

job offer

Making sure that your new job offer is in line with your expectations and that the company values you appropriately You have just been offered a job! Fantastic. Now you need to know that the job offer is in line with your expectations and that the company values you appropriately. It is natural for employers to try Read more…


Interviews are unpredictable. There is no way of knowing everything you will be asked. But although the questions will vary, there are several common themes that you can prepare answers to. Mostly the interview will cover your work history and why you are suited to the job.  You may get asked about your education, hobbies and interests.  Read more…

speculative approach

Sometimes you have no option in your job search than to approach an employer directly, without an introduction, using a speculative approach. Sometimes you will know that what you offer is exactly right for a particular company and, try as you might, you have been unable to effect a connection through your networks. In these cases the Read more…


This CV format is useful when you need to emphasise the technical or professional skills that you have acquired.

cover letters

Here are a couple of sample cover letters you may find useful.   Dear I wish to apply for the role of Accounting Supervisor advertised in The Times on 20 December 2008.


In the current climate some job ads will get thousands of applications. Job ads frequently get hundreds of people responding to them depending on the speciality and seniority of the position.  So of course it is bound to be a bit of a lottery. Not even the most conscientious recruiter can screen and prioritise that many applications Read more…

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