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Making a Great Impression

We know that standing out in the jobs market can be tough, so we’re here to give you a helping hand. Compiled by the recruitment experts in our Talent and Resourcing team these hints and tips should help you enjoy your job hunt and nail that interview process.

A dazzling CV creates a great first impression. Sell yourself well from the beginning and you’re already on the right track. Make the most of your online networks, you never know which path they might lead you down.

The interview room can be a daunting place, so preparation is key. Be confident, honest and authentic. Getting caught out by a straight-forward question could prematurely seal your fate, so think ahead about what you might be asked.

Part One - Creating a CV That Shines

Include social media links to your professional networks. A strong LinkedIn profile, interesting tweets and relevant blog posts can help to sell your personal story.

Carefully check your spelling and grammar. Ask someone else to check it, and then check it again. A lack of attention to detail can make or break your application.

Make the layout clear and easy-to- read. Use bullet points and consistent formatting to help the facts stand out.

Craft a concise personal statement. Outline who you are and what you can bring to the role. Be specific and honest.

Explain any long gaps in your CV. Just one line will do.

Include key achievements that are relevant to the role. If you can, back them up with KPIs, facts and figures.

Part Two - Performing Well At Interview

Here are some tips on how to answer some commonly asked questions:

Q: Tell me about yourself:

Q: Why do you want to work here?

Q: Where do you want to be in five years?

Q: What motivates you?

Q: What are your strengths?

Q: What are your biggest weakness?

Q: Why should you get the job?

Q: How would other people describe you?

Q: Why do you want to leave your current job?

Q: What do you want to ask me?

Part Three - Be Social Media Savvy

Here are some hints and tips on how to use your social media profile cleverly to catch that ideal job:

Build a great online profile. Many employers will check you out on social media when you apply for a job. As a minimum, you need a strong LinkedIn profile with an informative bio and professional photograph.

Connect with others. Actively build a network of professionals and industry experts. By following these people on Twitter or sending polite connections requests on LinkedIn, you’ll tap into a powerful source of learning and build your personal brand.

Share, often. Build those relationships by sharing useful and relevant content. Passing on learning and acting as a resource for others raises your profile and encourages others to connect with you.

Be present. Keep you profile current and consistent. Don’t set one up and then abandon it. Regular shares and updates will keep your name at the front of people’s feeds – and minds.

Engage, be social and join in. Comment, participate and have real dialogue with others. Try to steer clear of controversial topics, avoid unprofessional language and inappropriate photographs. Always think before you post.