CVs and application forms

Do employers actually read cover letters?

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 12:24 -- nick

In the competitive world of recruitment, cover letters help both potential employers and recruitment specialists quickly get right to the heart of who you are and what you want, before they even begin to look at your CV.

When applying to a recruitment agency, or direct to an organisation on a speculative basis, sending your CV without a brief covering letter explaining your purpose will be confusing and most likely forgotten.

Writing an effective charity CV

Mon, 17/09/2012 - 12:16 -- nick

If you are interested in working for a charity, this article could help you write a CV that gets you that job. Written by Guardian Professional network, it takes the best advice from people already working in the area and those who recruit to charities. Some of it is good advice when applying for any job, and some tells you what priorities the charity sector has. Take a look and get that job!

Winning the job search arms race

Mon, 10/09/2012 - 11:31 -- nick

This is one of Richmond Solutions' excellent blogs on writing a CV. In it you will find information on how to make sure your CV gets read and how to make it stand out. The most important points are not to lie, not to put in any information on your weaknesses, and making sure you are seen as an individual through including all your achievements and making sure you don't leave some of your older ones out.

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I or no-one at all? CV grammar and styles

Tue, 28/08/2012 - 11:41 -- nick

This is one of Richmond Solutions' excellent blogs on writing a CV. In it you will find information on how to make the grammar in your CV work for you, and what the current practice is for writing a CV. The most important points are to make it easy to read (remember, the person who reads it is likely to read many CVs every day), to check your grammar, and to be consistent throughout the CV. Richmond Solutions like using 'I' in CVs to help the reader connect with the writer.

Click, Review, Apply, Pray

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 12:50 -- nick

This is one of Richmond Solutions' excellent blogs on writing a CV. It is important to take your time over each application, make each one fit the job you are applying for, and use every tool you can to get your CV noticed, including putting real thought in to the personal profile and extra summary information. This way you can give your application the best possible chance.

What job seekers can learn from the CIA

Mon, 14/05/2012 - 11:47 -- nick

This is one of a series of blogs on CVs and applications by Richmond Solutions. The CIA in America puts a lot of effort in to learning about its enemies, to make sure it understands who they are and what they are interested in, and you could learn a lot from this approach to jobseeking. Put your efforts in to learning about the company you are applying to, and change your CV to fit their needs and interests.

Applying for a job online

Fri, 10/02/2012 - 12:54 -- nick

Many companies advertise jobs on the internet through their own websites, recruitment websites or online job boards owned by newspapers. New jobs are being filled as quickly as they appear so it’s important you look regularly to make sure you don’t miss an opportunity.

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