Posts Tagged ‘CV writing’

Why a Cappuccino and your CV are very similar

Friday, August 24th, 2012
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Cappuccinos and CVs? They have more in common than you think.

Before I start to discuss the nature of cappuccinos can I firstly declare that I am actually not a great lover of them.  This is not some inbuilt anti – Italian sentiment, for I am a big fan of the modern day inhabitants of the old Roman Empire. There is something essentially cool and suave about being Italian that the British simply don’t manage. Well I certainly don’t. They do wine, women and song; we do lager, ladettes and karaoke.  They have Milan; we have Manchester. They have a lot of sunshine; we have bucket loads of rain….you get the gist I’m sure.

But they also have cappuccinos which by anyone’s standard is a very inconsistent drink. I say this because your average cappuccino is a bit like a trifle; there are many different layers to it. You start off with the good bits at the top; the sprinkled chocolate and then the milky froth that gives you the coffee flavoured moustache, and then you get to the less interesting bit underneath which everyone always leaves half of. This is the lukewarm mess at the bottom which excites no one, and always leaves me regretting I didn’t order an espresso or americano instead; proper coffee drinks – not warm milk with some dubious flavouring in it.

Dislike them as I do however, they do serve to illustrate an important point with regard to the individual  job descriptions on your cv; they need to have the good bits at the top.   You see each job on your cv has to be described in detail; the dates and job title are obviously a must , and  perhaps some brief information about your employer or department. This is all before you have even started describing  the duties of the role,  and more importantly your achievements.  And it’s these latter points that are critical to get right if you are to catch the eye of an employer.  Each role may have 3,4,5,,,,,,7,8 bullet points or more about the job itself. But not all of them are of interest to the reader. They are recruiting for a particular role, and they are therefore looking for particular experience or achievements. But they aren’t going to look that hard; just the top 2 points maybe on each role.  So, make sure the most relevant bits for the role you are applying for; the best bits, are at the top of each role you describe, not lurking unnoticed at the bottom. Because the person reading your cv may be like me with cappuccinos and know the best bits are at the top, and not bother with the rest. Now where’s that coffee maker…?

NB Apologies to the good people of Manchester, but Deansgate versus Via Manzoni?  You know you’d prefer to window shop over there!


About the Author – Julian Evans

Julian Evans is a successful freelance  trainer specialising in all aspects of the recruitment industry.  He works in  the UK  and Europe and is currently writing a book  entitled “Successful Recruitment Consultancy”, to be published in 2013.

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‘Bad’ applicants – generic examples of the types of candidates rejected at CV screen

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
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Here at PPS, we screen 100’s of CV’s on a weekly basis, often with many being rejected at the first stage. Some of these rejections could be prevented if the candidate was actually aware of the role they are applying for.

For example, if you are applying for a retail role, would you tailor your CV so that your accounting skills are highlighted accompanied with paragraphs describing how you really want a career in finance? A potential employer would take one look at this and question your commitment straight away.

Using our recruitment expertise, we have devised some key PPS tips to making a good first impression:
Click here to read our tips!

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Making yourself more employable

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
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Times are hard in the job world for a lot of people right now. Clearly there are still millions of us gainfully employed, as well as many of us moving easily between jobs, often having taken a pick from several opportunities. But there are big groups of job hunters who are not finding it so easy. From the thousands of graduates finding it hard to get work, to the groups of recently, or not so recently laid off who have not yet found a way back to employment, there are thousands of job seekers who could do with an edge.

Working for a recruitment process outsourcing company, you get to see a lot of CVs, and speak to a lot of applicants for all sorts of different jobs and different clients. Therefore here are my sure-fire tips to what to do, and what to avoid during the application process in terms of making yourself more employable.

Find out what Will’s sure-fire tips…

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Common mistakes in CV’s and applications

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
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One of PPS’s recruitment co-ordinators, who sees 100’s of CVs on a weekly basis, was asked to discuss the most common mistakes that she comes across.

Due to the increasingly competitive job market, it is essential that your CV and application demonstrates immediately and exactly what you can do and why you are the right person for the role. This is your first opportunity to let an employer know why they should hire you, which is why you need to ensure that it is relevant, correct and error free.

The most common mistakes to make on a CV and application are:

Lack of attention to detail
It’s essential that spelling and grammar is correct. If you are unsure, ask someone to proof read it for you and use the spell check on your PC. Ensure that all information asked of you is completed on the application form. Copying and pasting from a previous application, and forgetting to change the name of the organisation you are applying to is likely to result in an immediate end to your application!

Incorrect information
If you put the wrong contact details on the CV, how will you be contacted? If you put the wrong grades or qualifications on the CV, and are found out, your application will be rejected! Make sure all your details are correct.

Lack of personal profile
This is a great way to catch the reader’s interest and show them why you are the right person for the job. Read the job description thoroughly and make sure you match your skills to those that the role and company are looking for.

Information in the wrong order
The recruiter needs to see the most relevant information as soon as possible. Start with the most recent work experience. Don’t fill up the first half of your CV with less relevant information such as short training courses!

Too lengthy
Try to keep your CV to 2 pages if possible. You do not need to include reasons for leaving and salary as you will be asked this at the interview stage.

Try to avoid writing long paragraphs, use bullet points as this is a quick and easy way for the recruiter to see your skills.

Written by Rachael Fide, a recruiter at PPS

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