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A winning CV

CV is a critical part of any job hunting activity BUT this is especially the case in tough economic climate and jobs market. So what makes a winning CV – A CV that stands out in the crowd and delivers those important interviews?

I am regularly asked this question and my response is as follows. There are 3 critical ingredients to developing a winning CV

Content – They say property is about location, location, location. Well then CVs are about Content, Conent, Content. Your CV needs focused content. If you have one CV that you send to all jobs then you are making a deadly mistake. Your CV will need tweaking or even major overhaul for each application. Tailor the information to the employer and watch your results improve.

Information Positioning – This follows on from the content element and is all about getting the relevant information to the reader as quickly as possible. You can be creative here and don’t limit yourself to the rigid formats you have be told. If it is not on the 1st page of your CV then it might not get read.

Visual Appearance – we all like to read something that is easy to read. I don’t mean frills but instead a nice clean CV with plenty of white space and uniformed formatting.

Deliver the above and you will deliver more interviews

From experience many jobseekers like to cut corners wen job hunting. Well if you want to cut corners why not get your CV developed by and expert CV SERVICE provider.

CV & Interview Services in Ireland

Measurability have launched two new websites to expand their CV & Interview Service to jobseekers in Ireland.

The first site www.cvsolutions.ie offers a professional CV writing service nationwide. CVSOLUTIONS delivers high quality CV’s to jobseekers across a range of levels, roles and industry sectors. You can also find excellent CV tips and advice on the site (although this is still being developed).

If you need help with a CV visit www.cvsolutions.ie now.

The second site www.interviewsolutions.ie offers professional interview coaching to jobseekers. INTERVIEWSOLUTIONS delivers a high quality interview preparation service tailoring programmes to meet individual needs. Again you will find some free interview tips and advice on the site.

If you need help preparing for interview visit www.interviewsolutions.ie now.

CV Advice

Below are some quick CV tips to help your CV satnd out in the crowd. Some experts suggest that there are about 120 applicants for every job advertised. Is your CV standing out in that pile of paper?

Don’t let the spelling and grammar gremlins ruin your chances. I am not going to write too much about this basic stuff. Spelling, Grammar and Clean & Simple format.

First page of your CV is the important page. If it doesn’t make 1st page it is not important info. Don’t assume that an employer will take the time to read beyond this. Help the reader save time and energy by locating relevant data as early in the CV as possible.

Less is more – focus your content to relevant data. Try not to clutter your CV with irrelevant information. Help the reader find what they want – emphasis on relevant and less emphasis on irrelevant data.

Achievements and successes bring a CV to live and help you stand out in the crowd. This could be that little edge that makes your CV stand out over the competition.

Remember there is a CV workshop in Dublin on 25th April run by Paul Mullan & Jane Downes – for more info email info@measurability.ie

Career Consultant on Job Hunting Strategies

There is no point haveing a great CV is employers or recruiters never see it. I often meet jobseekers who complain that they are not securing interviews only to find that they are not distributing their CV. Here is a great article on how to manage job hunting. Job Hunting Strategies – Career Consultant offeres excellent advice about using agencies, using job boards, networking and much more.

CV4Jobs offering excellent CV, Interview and Career advice to jobseekers in Ireland – Armagh, Carlow, Cavan, Cork, Clare, Derry, Donegal, Fermanagh, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Westmeath, Longford, Mayo, Meath, Louth Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Tyrone, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow, Antrim, Down, Dublin

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Read more interesting CV Writing Tips Help and Interview Tips Skills & Techniques

CV – Funny CV & Cover Letter mistakes

I have reviewed thousands of CV’s and applications over the years. In that time I have see some funny mistakes BUT can I remember them – NO!! Since it is friday I have nicked a few CV blunders from other sites to give you a laugh before the weekend.

* CV Under Work Experience: “Service for the elderly to check they are still alive or not.”

* CV Under Key Skills: “bleaching, windo cleaning, pot washing, mopping, e.t.c”

* CV Under Work Experience: “Career break in 2007 to renovate my horse”

* CV Under Work Experience: “1991 – 1998: Stewardess – Royal Air Force”

* CV Under Hobbies & Interests: “enjoy cooking Italians & Chinese”

* CV Under Work Experience: “Role involved…counselling clientele on accidental insurance policies available to them”

* CV Under Work Experience: “2002 Voluntary work for the summer taking care of the elderly & vegetable people”

* Cover Letter: Cover Letter: “I’m intrested to here more about that. I’m working today in a furniture factory as a drawer”

* Cover Letter: “Time is very valuable and it should be always used to achieve optimum results and I believe it should not be played around with”

* Cover Letter: “I am about to enrol on a Business Degree with Open University. I feel that this qualification will prove detrimental to me for future success.”

Have a good weekend

P.S – Any other funny additions please post

Career Advice & Career Coaching Workshop

Paul Mullan of Measurability & Jane Downes of Clearview Coaching Group will be running a Career Workshop in Dublin on 18th of October. This is an excellent opportunity to work with two of Irelands leading Career Coaches. The workshop will explore career change, career direction, essential marketing tools – CV & cover letter, motivation and key job search strategies. If you are changing career or need help chaning career this is a must attend workshop!!

For more information email info@measurability.ie or post a comment.

WORKSHOP CONTENT

Career clarity & career direction
Career planning
Market yourself – CV’s & Cover Letters
Job Search strategies

WORKSHOP INFORMATION

Davonport Hotel Dublin 2.
Saturday 18th Oct 10.00 – 2.00pm.
Investment EUR195.00 (EUR165.00 before 3rd October)

CV Preparation

CV Preparation – A quick story!!

I read this CV story recently and though I would share it with you.

Two students finished college for the summer and they turned their attention to finding a job. The first student spent the first two weeks perfecting their CV and after two weeks had a Killer CV. The other student got on the phone calling employers and got a job.

Key points:

You don’t need a CV to get a job

Don’t waste time preparing your CV – use a professional CV writing service.

CV Services Ireland – Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow, Antrim, Armagh, Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Derry, Donegal, Down, Dublin, Fermanagh, Galway, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Tyrone, Waterford, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Louth, Mayo, Meath

CV Preparation & Interview Coaching – Cost?

The cost of CV Services & Interview Coaching in Ireland

We are not great shoppers in Ireland. RIP OFF REPUBLIC!! Many say it is our own fault as we are lazy. I certainly do not shop around when I am on the market for good or services. I guess most jobseekers are the same. They need CV Services & Interview Coaching Services and go with the 1st professional they call. You could be lucky (and call me) or you could be unlucky. Price is certainly not the most important thing when seeking CV & Interview services but we all have a budget.

I had a funny feeling that I was not charging enough for my services so I embarked on a bit of market research. Let me share with you what some providers are offering in Ireland. I will provide the information I have to date and add to this as I am still awaiting additional info.

Interview Coaching – Cost!!

a) 150.00 for 1.0 hours (= hourly rate 150.00)
b) 175.00 for 1.5 hours (= hourly rate 116.00)
c) 290.00 for 2.5 hours (= hourly rate 116.00)
d) 145.00 for 1.5 hours (= hourly rate 96.00)

CV Writing Service – Cost!!

CV services are a bit misleading because you don’t know what you are getting. I refer you to this article on CV services and checking them out. For example I could knock a CV out in about an hour. It would cost very little and get you very little results. Here are some of the prices I found.

a) 175.00
b) 115.00
c) 269.00

Please post a comment if you have been charged a different rate or any other CV on Interview Coaching experience you had.

CV Writing & Interview Services in Ireland – Antrim, Armagh, Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Derry, Donegal, Down, Dublin, Fermanagh, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Tyrone, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow

CV Preparation in Ireland

An impact CV is a key ingredient for success in the job market. Unfortunately most CV’s I review do not sell the owner and lack impact. Below I have outlined a number of excellent articles that can help you improve your CV preparation skills. Improve the quality of your CV and you will increase interview invitations. This will help you land your dream job.

Common CV mistakes – Avoid!!

As stated most CV’s I review are flawed. They fall down in many areas but there are common mistakes I see every day. Here are a couple of articles which will outline some of the most common CV mistakes you should avoid. Read CV Advice – mistakes and CV Preparation – mistakes.

CV preparation – CV Layout & CV Format

CV layout and CV format are very important for an impact CV. CV Format & CV Layout outlines some of the basic CV format and CV layout points to consider. Take these on board when writing your CV.

How many pages? – CV Writing

A common question I am asked by jobseekers is “how many pages for a CV?” CV Advice will answer this question.

CV Writing & Interview Coaching

Do you need professional CV writing support? Measurability CV Service offers a professional CV advice to jobseekers across Ireland. Need Interview coaching?

Interview Preparation

Lets face it interviews can be a difficult experience with nerves, lack of confidence or rustiness breaking the best of us. Interviews can be conquered and you can improve you performance and results. HOW? It’s all about your INTERVIEW PREPARATION. As Roy Keane famously said – “Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail”

Most jobseekers requesting interview support are obsessed with interview questions and rightly so as interviews consist of a series of questions. The problem with only focusing on questions is that many jobseekers prepare text book answers which lack impact or crumble when the questions they prepare are not asked. I guess it is a bit like exams where some students gamble by only preparing for 1 or 2 exam questions. There is much more to interview preparation that practicing a few questions BUT for the purpose of this post I will address a few popular interview questions and answers.

Why did you leave (are you leaving) your current role?

Describe when are you most motivated in your current job?

How would your last boss describe you?

What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?