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Get Your CV Noticed By Employers – Our Top Tips

Want to get your CV noticed by employers?

Succeeding in today’s competitive job market depends on a good CV. It’s a dog-eat-dog world when you’re looking for a job. There are hundreds of applications, usually for a single role, where only a handful of CV’s will be considered. Today on the blog, we’re discussing how to get your CV noticed by employers, to ensure that you will always stand out and (at least) make the shortlist of candidates for interviews. From the CV basics, to getting the employer to actually read it, we cover it all.

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Remember to Cover the Boring Basics.

We’re not going to hit you with the obvious, be sure to spell-check, update your contacts, and ‘keep it brief’ speech. We’ve gone into more detail about those boring (but very important) factors in this blog post: Is Your CV Application Ready? Refer to that blog post before you send your CV anywhere. It makes for a great last minute check-list to make sure your application is the best it can be.

Match the Job Description & Person Specification.

Sounds simple, but it’s the main reason that most CV’s get deleted or put in the bin. It’s an idea to freshen up your CV with ‘buzzwords’ from the company’s job description. Are they looking for a ‘confident and forward thinking’ individual? Why not slip ‘confident and forward-thinking’ individual into a short description of yourself/the skills section on your CV. Have they mentioned any specific experience requirements? If you meet them, add them in and make them stand out. The job description is there to help you determine whether or not you’re a good fit for the role. Use it to your advantage.

 

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Get Your CV Noticed By Employers by Adding a Covering Letter.

To get your cv noticed by employers, it is a good idea to write a cover letter. Even if it doesn’t ask for one. It creates a softer landing for your CV. Your cover could be the difference between obtaining a job interview and having your CV ignored, so it makes good sense to devote some time to writing at least a short paragraph to accompany your application. Don’t copy and paste anything from your CV. A cover letter should be you expressing your interest in the role, and a few lines explaining why. Mention a little about your experience, but don’t give everything away. That’s what the CV (and hopefully the interview) is for!

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The design is key, and you don’t have to be super-skilled to nail it.

You don’t need to design your CV on an expensive software programme. Basic is best when it comes to CV’s but that doesn’t mean the design isn’t important. Make the font simple and a reasonable size. Use bullet points, and keep it looking clean. Add a border if you want to, make headings stand out by under-lining or using bold. Don’t go crazy, and don’t try to over-complicate it. The employer doesn’t have time to scour an overly-designed CV.

 

So there you have it, our best tips for getting your CV noticed by potential employers! Let us know if you put them to the test!

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What To Do When Your Colleagues Don’t Pull Their Weight.

Ever feel like you’re the only one with the get-up and go attitude?

Everyone has bad days. Work isn’t always sunshine and rainbows and sometimes, the motivation can be hard to find. However, if you’re the one who is constantly picking up the slack of your colleagues, this blog post is for you. Today, we’re discussing how to be an effective team player, but noticing when you’re being taken advantage of. We’re also looking at ways to tackle these types of problems in the work place. Sound like something you’d like to know more about? Read on.

Being a Team Player isn’t always easy.

Just because you might prefer to work alone, doesn’t mean you can’t be a good team player. After all, you all work for the same company, and therefore should have the similar, if not the same goals for your company. Working in a team isn’t always easy though. It is often made challenging by other workers doing the bare minimum or doing nothing at all and tiding over on the graft of others. This is when problems start to arise and persist if not addressed.

Being an effective team player means that you lift each other up instead of holding each other back. It means helping each other achieve collective goals. Being a team player means not watching anyone struggle. Being a team player means refusing to rely on others to do your assigned tasks for you. It means knowing when to get the head down and get the job done!

When your colleagues don’t pull their weight, try to get the motivation going.

If you know that your colleagues aren’t pulling their weight, try to tackle it positively. Try to boost the motivation of your co-workers. Encourage them genuinely, not condescendingly. Let them know that they’re doing a good job. Everyone likes to hear that once in a while! If you need them more hands-on in a task, ask them to help you carry out the task together. That way, you have another pair of hands on deck. You never know, inviting them to join you on a task just might be the kickstart they need, once they start, they might not want to stop. We’ve also written a blog post on motivation boosting at work – check that out here for more tips and tricks!

 

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Address The Situation.

Although it can be frustrating, try to keep calm. If you need to, you can always go and speak to superiors about staff who are not pulling their weight. Nobody wants to be seen as  the ‘tell-tale’ or ‘the office grass’ but it’s important to know when enough is enough and put your foot down. If you don’t address the situation, the problem will continue and leave you being the one who is picking up the slack consistently. If you are always the first to arrive and the last to leave because you’re finishing off the little left-over tasks, that’s a problem. Speak to the culprits individually if you are confident enough to. Speak to your manager, or raise it at a staff meeting. A problem shared, is usually a problem halved. And, the chances are, you’re not the only one noticing the problem.

 

So there you have it! Our top tips on dealing with co-workers who slack off and leave you to run around making sure the jobs get done. Have you ever had to deal with a similar situation? How did you deal with it? Let us know in the comments, or hit us up on social media! We’d love to hear from you!

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Does What You Wear To A Job Interview Really Matter?

You either know fashion, or you don’t. -Anna Wintour.

But does it really matter in a job interview?

A job interview can be daunting enough, without having to worry about what you’re going to wear. We know it sounds trivial. But, did you know that 60% of people say they worry about their appearance before attending a job interview? Some people even admit to going out and buying an entire new outfit for each job interview they go to.

Your clothes shouldn’t matter, but in some cases, they do.

Your clothes act as a communicator. It is a communicator about who you are and what you want to say about yourself. It also sets a nice first impression. If you go into an interview, appropriately dressed in a smart outfit, it can often be the decider on whether you get the job or not – particularly if there are two candidates who the interviewer can’t choose between. It seems trivial, but it can sometimes make a difference.

 

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An old-fashioned outlook?

Some people argue that you should be able to wear what you want and that your clothes don’t determine your capabilities. And honestly, we agree. Your clothes shouldn’t matter. You could go into a job interview dressed in a full suit, and another applicant could walk in in a tracksuit. You might both be qualified for the job and have some great experience behind you.

People are arguing that employers need to look past the appearance of applicants. However, we can see why employers want their employees to present themselves professionally. After all, the employer is looking for people to represent their business. A hair salon owner wouldn’t hire someone with dirty, dishevelled hair. A tailor wouldn’t hire a salesman with an ill-fitting suit. It makes sense to make the effort.

Setting the right impression can be the difference between being hired and heading back to the job search.

 

So what should you wear?

Well ultimately, something smart, but something that fits well that you also feel comfortable in. Colours are important too. Conservative colours, such as black, greys and blues seem to be the the safest bet when meeting someone for the first time in a professional environment. Bright, bold colours such as reds, purples, pinks and orange can sometimes be seen as too ‘loud’. But that doesn’t mean you can’t let your personality shine through and you need to wear all black.

What else should you consider?

Well, thinks like personal grooming is important too. We don’t mean you should go and get a hot towel shave or a blow-dry the day of your interview, just make sure that you look your best. Nails is a big one too, regardless of if you are a man or a woman. You’re most likely going to be shaking the hands of your future employer. Make sure your nails are clean and a good length. If you’re a woman and you want to paint them, go right ahead.

 

So there you have it! Our top tips for what you should wear to an interview! What do you think about dressing smartly for an interview? Do you think you should be able to wear whatever you want? Let us know!

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LinkedIn Will Now Tell You How Long Your New Commute Could Be

The rise of remote working has many causes, one major cause is that nobody enjoys commuting!

If you say you enjoy running for expensive yet unreliable trains, crammed subways or slow busses, you’re lying.  You roll out of bed and rush to get ready to find out you’ll be late regardless of if you got up twenty minutes earlier. You leave the office at 5pm, looking forward to getting home but there’s travel disruptions…again!

A long commute can make or break your working day.

Maybe your office is a five minute drive away or an easy ten minute walk. Or maybe you’re over an hours drive away, and are all too familiar with the motorway traffic jams. A nightmare journey can put a dampener on your day. No wonder people look for jobs that allows them to work from home. Some people will avoid applying for jobs if they don’t like the sound of the commute, and honestly, we don’t blame them!

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LinkedIn are looking to give you a heads up…

LinkedIn, the social networking site, not only lets you connect with other professionals, but we all know it’s a great way to find a new job. Whether you actively search for jobs on the site, or whether you check out your weekly job recommendations, LinkedIn, will now tell users how long their commute would be before applying for new jobs. Pretty cool, right? This new feature could save you from hellish commutes!

How do I use the feature?

Well, it’s pretty simple. Log in to LinkedIn, and click on the “Jobs” tab. When you find a vacancy that’s appealing, click on it and scroll past the job description until you see the new section, “See your commute.” From here, all you need to do is input your home address, and LinkedIn will tell you how long it takes to commute to this job’s office by car, train, bus, or on foot. On top of that, you can also input a commuting time to see whether the dreaded rush hour will cause problems for you.

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How far would you go for a job?

Well, if you had your dream job, we don’t doubt you’d be happy to travel as far as you needed to for it. But, long commutes really can take their toll on our physical and mental health, relationships and family life. A long commute occasionally is fine, but if it’s taking over your life, maybe it’s time to take a step back and re-evaluate. Speak with your superiors, can you work a few days from home? Maybe you could switch up your shift pattern? Your health and happiness is more important than making it to a job that you don’t love, that is too far from home.

How far do you travel for your job? Do you dread a daily long commute? What do you think about LinkedIn’s innovative commuting calculator? Let us know in the comments or on our social media channels – we’d love to hear from you!

 

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The Questions You Should Ask At The End of An Interview

At the end of a job interview, how often have you said ‘no’ when the employer asks if you have any questions for them?

Well, today on the Blue Glove Jobs blog, we’re looking at why you should say ‘yes’ when they ask you if you have any questions, and the questions that you should be asking.

Why should you ask questions at the end of an interview?

Well, mostly simply to iron out any queries or curiosities you may have about the position. Ultimately, asking a few questions at the end of an interview can help you decide whether the position suits you or not. Asking questions at the end of an interview can also show that you’re interested in the position and that you’re not afraid to dig a little deeper. Showing that you’re interested and keen can be very appealing to employers.

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Let’s take a look the questions you should ask at the end of an interview:

Can you tell me a little about the team I’ll be working with?

You shouldn’t ask this simply to decide on who you like and dislike in the team before you’ve even met them. It’s always nice to have a rough idea of the team you’re going to be working with. This question also show your confidence. The “I’ll” (instead of “I’d”) plays even more on the assumption that the job is already yours. Of course, you don’t want to overplay your hand here, but confidence (not arrogance) is always an attractive quality.

What do you think is the best thing about working here?

As someone looking to hire, the interviewer should at least be able to name a few of the things they love about their job. If they can’t stop talking about all of the aspects of their job, it’s probably a good sign. Your job is a big part of your life so it’s crucial that you’re going to be in an environment where you can work hard but enjoy yourself too.

Can people develop quickly here? 

Nobody wants to work in a job where there is no chance for progression. You should constantly look to build on your skills. It’s important to find out what opportunities there are for promotion, progression and rewards going forward. It’s also allows you to ask without coming across as if you want to leap into a more senior job before you’ve even got the first one.

Do you have any big plans for the business in the next five years?

This is a great question to ask to find out where the company is headed. Is the company looking to progress and adapt? Can you see yourself being a part of the progression and the adaptation of the business? Showing your interest in the company shows the potential employer that you are keen. It shows that you are interested in the future of the business.

Have I answered all of your questions/is there anything else you’d like to know about me?

f they say, “No, you answered all of my questions very well,” then this may tell you you’re in good shape. If they respond with, “Actually, could you tell me more about X?” or “Would you be able to clarify what you meant when you said Y?” this is your chance for a redo, or to elaborate on what you’ve already said.

So there you have it, the five questions you should be asking at the end of interviews.

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Is Your CV Application Ready?

Is your CV application Ready?

Thinking about applying for a job?

Maybe you’ve got all the right qualifications, the relevant experience and you fit the person specification. Maybe the hours suit your lifestyle and the salary is appealing. But if your CV isn’t up to scratch, you could find that your quest to find a job could take a lot longer than you’d like.

Your application is the first interaction with an employer. It’s the thing that can set you apart from other applicants so naturally, you want to make a positive and lasting impression –

Make sure your CV is application ready – Here are some top tips for making sure your CV shines!

 

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Keep it brief.

Employers are less likely to spend their time reading a CV that is pages and pages long. You need to keep it brief. If it is too long, there’s a chance it will go straight into the ‘no’ pile. Like we said, your CV is your first interaction with an employer and you need to get down to the nitty gritty right away. Don’t list every qualification, every educational institution, every other interest you have in detail. Insert only the most important details that are relevant to the position you’re employing for.

 

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Don’t give it all away.

In line with keeping it brief, it’s not a good idea to give everything away. If you are too descriptive and tell the employer everything beforehand, it limits what can be discussed in an interview. Give just enough information to impress, but then impress further with more in-depth details during the interview. If you give too much, your CV will also become too long, and like we said, it will end up in the bottom of the pile!

 

Does it look good?

A well-presented CV is more likely to attract the employer to not only read your CV but to pick it out of the pile first. Make sure the font isn’t too big, or that it isn’t too small either. Ensure there are no spelling or grammatical errors – mistakes like this are very off putting to employers. Have a friend or relative read through it for you, and correct any errors that you’ve missed.

 

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Correct Contacts.

You might have a CV that makes you stand out, but if your contact details are wrong, you are creating a barrier between you and the employer. If they can’t contact you, it’s likely your CV will get put to the bottom of the pile, or even in the bin. Double check your telephone number and professional email address and make sure they’re correct before sending it away.

 

These small tips can really make a difference to your application. If you’ve followed the steps above, it’s more than likely that your CV is application ready! If you think you’re ready to go ahead and apply for a job or two, head to our homepage, where you’ll be able to search all of our current job listings.