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Business Skills – How to Build the Perfect CV

Here is a handout for students preparing job applications and attending interviews. It features valuable tips and advice (and what to avoid!) to build the perfect resume.

It is very important to learn something about the company and position you are applying for and ensure this is reflected in your resume and cover letter. Candidates who send a standard cv and cover letter without bothering to learn the name of the recipient or how their skills and experience match the requirements of the job risk their application being ignored by the screening agency.

Most companies use recruitment agencies to search for and select suitable staff. This process normally involves the following steps:

  • Executive search – identify a target list of companies and individuals
  • Networking
  • Candidate Tracking – contact those candidates who are seeking a new appointment and meet the criteria set
  • Assessment – meetings with candidates for a  face-to-face interview. This may include the use of psychometric assessments like Work Behavior Inventory and the general intelligence tool Applied Reasoning Test

Both agencies and employers are using social networks to screen job applicants. This means that if you are looking for a new job it is important to carefully manage your image on these types of sites, including your privacy settings.

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