CV Advice Part 1

Writing a CV can be the most rewarding action you take when trying to obtain a new job. Write a good concise CV and you are more than half way to getting the job. Write one with lack of care and you will not even get an interview let alone a job. Although we are more than happy to write you a CV, clients regularly request a candidate’s own CV, so here are a few rules that should help you produce or check your own:

1. Concentrate on the essentials

  • A CV must be brief: in most cases one to two pages are sufficient. In any event, do not exceed three pages
  • If your work experience is limited, describe your education and training first; highlight work placements during training.

2. Be clear and concise

  • Use short sentences.
  • Concentrate on the relevant aspects of your training and work experience.
  • Explain any breaks in your studies or career.

3. Adapt your CV to suit each job

  • Before sending your CV to an employer, check that it corresponds to the profile required.
  • Do not include work experience or training which is not relevant to the application.
  • Highlight your advantages according to the specific needs of the prospective employer.
  • Beware: do not artificially inflate your CV; if you do, you are likely to be found out at interviews.

4. Take care over the presentation of your CV

  • Set out your skills and competencies clearly and logically, so that your advantages stand out.
  • Pay attention to details such as spelling and punctuation.
  • NB: Print your CV on white paper. We suggest Arial 10 or 11 pt as the font.

5. Check your CV once you have filled it in

  • Remove any spelling mistakes, and ensure it is laid out clearly and logically.
  • Have someone else re-read your CV so that you are sure the content is clear and easy to understand.

"RAYNER PERSONNEL PLACED ME IN MY CURRENT ROLE AS HEAD OF NEW HOMES FOR MARSH & PARSONS. I FOUND THEM EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL AND ENTHUSIASTIC. I AM HUGELY APPRECIATIVE OF ALL THE ASSISTANCE AND GUIDANCE THEY GAVE ME. I WOULD USE RAYNER PERSONNEL AGAIN." SIOBHAN STUANTON - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR NEW HOMES, MARSH & PARSONS NEW HOMES, MARSH & PARSONS

Testimonials

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Check out what a few of our clients have to say...

Sini Chandran MARLA
Sini Chandran MARLA Property Manager at Foxtons

Ian is the best recruiter I’ve ever come across. Throughout the entire process he was instinctive, helpful, prompt and kept me up to date at every stage. He encouraged me stay positive during the different stages of the recruitment process and I felt I could approach him with any query I had. He is truly passionate about his job and goes above and beyond any other recruiter I’ve dealt with!

SIMON WOOD
SIMON WOOD CANDIDATE

Having received countless calls from recruitment agencies that I could not wait to get off the phone to, I received a call from Rayner Personnel. As my CV was not up to date they offered me a role and when I mentioned my skill set he immediately offered me a role which matched for a very respectable company. Rayner Personnel were incredibly helpful and had the patience of a saint whilst going through the interview process and I was successful in my job application with the company. I cannot recommend Rayner Personnel enough!

NEIL SIPPITT
NEIL SIPPITT CANDIDATE

I just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you for the help you provided me on my job search. The communication was fantastic and after only speaking to you for the first time within the hour I had multiple job interviews that were relevant to my search criteria. I would happily recommended you Rayner Personnel to anyone within the industry.

SIMON WEBB
SIMON WEBB GROUP PRODUCTION MANAGER, GPEA LIMITED

There are two reasons I would recommend Rayner Personnel. The first is their customer service: as a candidate looking for work I was always able to speak to someone quickly and get answers when I needed them. Secondly, and most importantly, they understand their industry, clients and candidates: Rayner Personnel were able to put me in front of businesses that presented a challenge I would find engaging, and at the same time I would be of benefit to the employer. They thought outside of the box too to come up with ideas for where to place me that others wouldn't have thought of and couldn't have had the contacts to make happen. This is a professional, friendly service that delivers.

SIOBHAN STAUNTON
SIOBHAN STAUNTON ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR – NEW HOMES, MARSH & PARSONS

Rayner Personnel placed me in my current role as Head of New Homes for Marsh & Parsons. I found them extremely professional and enthusiastic. I am hugely appreciative of all the assistance and guidance they gave me. I would use Rayner Personnel again.

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Marsh & Parsons
James Pendleton
Townends
Purple Bricks
Spicerhaart
Proffitt & Holt Partnership
TheFrostPartnership
Savills
Cancellors
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Arun Estates
Romans
Gibbs Gillespie
Robsons
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