Writing a CV
Whether organised chronologically or skill-based, the most important thing is that your CV gets you an interview!
Producing reams of text in which recruiters will lose their way is therefore of no use. You shouldn't put EVERYTHING on a CV.
Use formatting to highlight key words which summarise your skills, which recruiters can scan over quickly.
That little extra:
To check if it works, get a friend to glance over your CV at arm's length (5 seconds maximum) and see which words stood out to them.
If these are the words which reflect the image you are trying to convey about your career, you've got it right. If not, keep working on the formatting until you get a satisfactory outcome.
Improving your cover letter
Writing a cover letter is not an easy task.
SMake sure you read through what you have written! It is commonplace to find spelling mistakes, information about the wrong company and so on.
These careless mistakes are costly, as few recruiters decide to take forward such applications.
Then, the content:
The aim of a cover letter is to explain why you are applying!
Show that you have understood what the company is looking for. Under no circumstances copy and paste information from the corporate website, use your own words to express your ideas.
Try to pick out which parts of your professional experience might interest the recruiter in relation to the position advertised. One or two examples are enough.
Finally, you could mention some professional references to contact, your availability and so on.
Standing out during an interview
Don't forget that if you reach this stage, it means that the company is interested in you and the skills you can offer. Working in industry, in construction and civil engineering or the services sector is a very different experience. Working for a FTSE 100 group, a medium-sized company or for a small business is a very different experience. Working for a French company, an international corporation or family business is again a very different experience.
In addition, each company has its own history and culture.
It is important therefore to understand that just as each individual has their own personality, so does each company! And these need to be compatible. That is the purpose of an interview.
There is nothing worse for a recruiter than a candidate who maintains that they are perfect for the position when there is an obvious incompatibility!
Standing out during an interview therefore means knowing yourself well and showing that you are just as much a decision-maker as the recruiter. It is quite natural, you need to know about where you are about to set foot!