Career Advice

How to Ensure Your CV Passes the 6 Second Scan

Stopwatch How to Ensure Your CV Passes the 6 Second Scan

Making your application stand out from the crowd can seem like a near-impossible task. Hiring managers have to sift through hundreds of application on a daily basis and on average spend between 6 and 8 seconds looking at one CV. It’s within those few seconds that a hiring manager will decide whether to continue reading or put your CV in the recycle bin, so it’s vital you make the most of them.

6 to 8 seconds is a very short time to sell yourself and in fact, is only enough time for a hiring manager to look at your name, your current employer and position, your previous position and your education.

A successful CV is one which captures the attention of the hiring manager, so here are some tips to keep them interested: Read Article »

The Correct Way to Greet an Interviewer

Handshake The Correct Way to Greet an Interviewer

Following a recent meeting, a friend of mine complained of how one attendee had an incredibly limp handshake. I think we’ve all come across this type of person. You firm outreached grip almost fractures their fingertip handshake. When it comes to a job interview, you should always begin with a handshake, definitely NOT a limpshake!

So here’s EmptyLemon’s guide to making the correct greeting at a job interview: Read Article »

One Vital Piece of Information Most Jobseekers Forget to Put on Their CV

Glasses One Vital Piece of Information Most Jobseekers Forget to Put on Their CV

Hiring managers have noticed a trend.

There is either one vital piece of information missing from the CV completely, or it’s been hastily attached to the bottom. This information should not be an afterthought. It can make a hiring manger choose whether or not to invite you to an interview.

No, it’s not a long list of your advanced and technical qualifications.

No, it’s not your Additional Information (Interests & Hobbies) section.

It’s your… Read Article »

How to Be a Hiring Manager’s Dream Applicant

Heart Hands How to Be a Hiring Manager’s Dream Applicant

Have you ever read a job description and your heart has skipped a beat? It’s your dream job and you’ve got the required skills and experience to apply. In your eyes you’re the ideal candidate, but how does the hiring manager view you? Your application is your first step to getting your dream job, so how do you make sure the hiring manager’s heart skips a beat because you’re their dream applicant? Read Article »

3 Job Search Strategies That Don’t Really Work

Stressed Man 3 Job Search Strategies That Don’t Really Work

Searching for a job is no longer limited to browsing your local newspaper.

Online recruitment has made it easier to find jobs but not necessarily gain employment. Why? Because everyone’s doing it and the competition is fierce. However, the job search strategies of online jobseekers could be what are preventing them from finding work, mainly because they get lost in the crowd.

Here are three of the most common job search strategies that don’t really work: Read Article »

3 Mistakes You MUST Avoid When Writing Your CV

OMG 3 Mistakes You MUST Avoid When Writing Your CV

It can be a struggle to convey your career on your CV. If you feel your CV doesn’t market your skills and experience to its full potential, you’re probably right and employers are going to pick up on this. Your working hours may be packed with communication, administration and hands-on work but on paper it’s hard to represent this. As well as highlighting your skills, you need to think about showcasing your personal brand.

Here are some of the mistakes you must avoid when writing your CV: Read Article »