CV AND TIPS
When you apply for a position at Hays, we expect to receive a clear and correct CV from you. Below you´ll find a number of tips that can be helpful here.
Layout and presentation
A CV must be simple, with a good layout and enough white space to keep it all neat and well-organised.
Try to limit your CV to two pages.
Make use of a simple font like Arial, 10-12Pt.
Use as little italicised or underlined text as possible.
Use bullet points rather than complete sentences.
Carefully reread your information in order to verify that there are no mistakes in it. Also have your CV reread by a friend. We often don´t notice our own mistakes.
Take the time to refine your CV down to the smallest details. After all, it’s the first impression that a potential employer receives of you. We get sent a lot of CVs, but details can be decisive as to whether your candidacy will be taken into consideration or not.
Basic structure of your CV
Name, address and contact information
Put your name at the top on the first page, with your contact information below.
Mention the telephone number and your formal (last name + first name) e-mail address.
This isn’t mandatory. It offers you a chance to briefly indicate what you hope to find in a new position and what you can signify for an employer. According to the marketers, this is the place for your ´USP´, i.e. your ´unique selling proposition´.
Summary of your competencies
The person who reads your CV will skim through it in just a few seconds. A brief summary of your competencies can draw attention by indicating what you can signify for them. Therefore give a brief list of your competencies and experiences that are relevant for the role. Where possible, use the same words as in the job opening notice.
Here you present the history of your work experiences for both paid jobs and relevant volunteer work. Do this in reverse chronological order (starting with the most recent) and mention any sabbatical year or interim work.
If you have just graduated, you can also mention any traineeships and relevant holiday jobs. Indicate what skills and experience you developed. Do this in reverse chronological order as well.
Education and training
Use your common sense.
If you have a higher degree, an employer will pay little attention to your basic qualifications. So mention only what is relevant. Don´t forget to note extra courses that are relevant to the job you are applying for.
Hobbies and interests
This isn’t obligatory, so keep it short. Use this space above all to indicate why you would fit into the Hays culture.
It isn’t always possible to give the references of your current employer. In that case, indicate that ´references on demand´ are possible, but know that this can be decisive.
While the number and type of interviews for which you will be invited will depend on the office and the position you are applying for, there are a number of general things that can be helpful.
Be organised and prepared
Try to learn the names and titles of the interviewers in advance.
Check when and where the interview is being held and plan your route in advance.
Take writing materials and a copy of your CV along.
Note down the telephone numbers of your contact persons for the case that your plans change.
Good preparation is the key to success; with it you can make a good impression on your interviewer:
Do your homework and do as much research as possible in advance.
If you don’t have any experience within recruitment yet, contact someone who knows this world and ask for tips or information on the sector.
Do you want to learn more about Hays? Then take a look at our Internet sites hays.com and hays.be, where you’ll find a host of important facts and figures about our company.
Know yourself and your competencies. Go over the job description and make links with your own CV in order to show that you fulfil the requirements.
Your first impression
The first impression is generally a lasting one, so make sure that you are neat and well-groomed.
Keep in mind that your first impression begins the moment you enter the office.
Be polite to everyone – you never know who can influence the final selection. Make eye contact with all interviewers, smile and remember their names so that you can address them correctly during/after your interview.
When questions are asked
Be calm and attentive, and make sure that you listen carefully to the questions; a deliberate rate of speech can help you with listening to and answering the questions.
So take enough time before responding to a difficult question. This will help you to come across as self-confident. If possible, practice your rate of speech and interview in advance with a friend or acquaintance. Body language will clearly show how comfortable you feel.
If you have said one thing but you meant something else, correct this by saying over what you actually intended. Don´t neglect to do this, it may be the only chance you have to make this point correctly. Above all, be honest about your strengths and weaknesses. Demonstrate that you know your points for development and that you are trying to improve these. And if you do not immediately know the answer to a question, then ask in a friendly way if you can come back to it later.
What questions can you ask?
Also ask questions yourself in order to demonstrate enthusiasm and interest in the organisation and the job. Possible questions might be:
What are the other employees on the team like?
What influence do they have on my role?
What will my most important responsibilities be?
What will my training be like?
How much interaction will I have with other departments / clients /…?
End of the interview
At the end of the job interview, try to learn how the selection procedure will go on from there. Make sure that your interviewer knows how to reach you, and thank him or her. Shake hands before leaving.