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Candidate Resources

How to prepare your CV:

Taking time to prepare your resume is important, as this is the first impression that an agency or prospective employer gets of you. A resume markets your skills and abilities, with a focus on your education and working history.

Key Tips on Writing a Successful CV

  • Keep your CV format simple, neat and tidy and use one font size.
  • Include a short and sharp career profile at the top of your CV.
  • Place the important relevant information up-front including skills and/or achievements that might be relevant to the role.
  • Make sure clear and concise duties and responsibilities are indicated under each role; use bullet points and avoid lengthy essays.
  • Put experience and education achievements in reverse chronological order.
  • Proofread for spelling and grammatical errors, dates which conflict with one another, etc.
  • Do not include a photo and other personal information unless requested.

Key Tips on Writing a Successful CV

Example CV

CV Example

Interview Tips

Preparing for an interview can be daunting, especially if you have not been on an interview in a long time. Every interview is different and all dependant on the style of the interviewer (client). Our advice is” Always do your research”!

Here are a few tips that might help you with your next interview:

  • Research and understand key information about the organisation you’re interviewing with.
    • Website
    • LinkedIn
    • News articles and Media releases
  • Dress appropriately, practice good manners and body language.
  • Arrive 10 minutes early to your interview.
  • Keep your answers concise and focused, and your selling points clear.
  • Back up your answers by providing examples of solutions and results you’ve achieved.
  • Use the STAR interview response technique.
    • (Prepare) – Listen carefully to the question and think of a relevant event
    • Situation – Describe the event or situation you were in
    • Task – Explain the task you had to complete
    • Action – Describe the specific actions you took to complete the task
    • Result – Close with the result of your efforts
  • Prepare at least a question or two to ask the interviewer to demonstrate your interest in the organisation.
  • Ask about the next steps in the process and close on a positive note.