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CV & Interview Tips

Here you can find some general CV tips, as well as a sample template as a starting point. There is also a document attached at the bottom of this page on interview tips, including typical questions.

In addition, our consultants will be more than happy to offer advice specific to your CV, as well as coaching you through the interview process when it comes to it. 

CV Tips

Your CV and covering letter might be the first impression a prospective employer has about you – It’s your sales literature, so take care to present it in a clear, easy to read format.  Your main aim is to draw out all your relevant education, employment history and achievements but keep it honest and concise.  We advise that your CV should ideally be no longer than 2 pages, your aim is to ‘whet the appetite’ of the employer and secure that first interview.

Sample CV

Name

Contact Details (Tel. Nos inc mobile, email address, home address)

Profile:  (sample wording)

A successful, approachable team leader and effective team member possessing excellent client development and relationship management skills. 

Motivated and able to work well under pressure, exceeding deadlines to provide practical solutions to complex issues.  Quick to acquire knowledge and apply it, in order to respond very positively to new challenges.

A wide range of experience gained within financial services covering customer facing branch banking, internal audit and legal teams.  A detailed knowledge of financial products and services including their development, drafting of terms and conditions.

OR   

Key Skills and Personal Attributes:  (sample wording – can be used where you wish to give factual information relating to specific requirements of role for which you are applying)

  • Excellent communications skills, able to relate to staff and clients at all levels.
  • Successful and approachable team leader with experience of managing small teams.
  • Able to understand and appreciate customer needs.
  • Strategic thinker, able to understand and foresee broader issues to identify potential outcomes.
  • Commitment to high standards and quality focus with an eye for detail.
  • Proven report writing skills and presentations to senior management.
  • Totally adaptable and flexible, comfortable working on own initiative or within a team.


Recent Achievements:

List in order of relevance to role 4-6 bullet points – give facts & figures (£ and/or % figures are useful)


Career History:

List jobs in chronological order – most recent first

Company Name

Give brief details of size of company/turnover/type of business (keep to 2 lines maximum)

Job title

4-6 bullet points detailing your main activities


Professional Qualifications/Training Courses:

These should be placed at the end of the CV – if a long list then only the most relevant and latest!  Specific Universities may be relevant but otherwise it is not necessary to list where qualifications were gained. Microsoft Office skills (such as) Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel.

Interests:  Opportunity to show your personality and/or involvement in the community or hobbies that could be an interesting talking point for interview. Keep it brief!

References:  References are available on request

Interview Tips.pdf

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