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THE PERFECT CV

We know that writing your CV can be very daunting.  Where do you even begin?  We have all been there...and so we have decided to give you the inside scoop so there is no way your CV will go to the bottom of the pile! Here is our Golden Guide! Personal Profile: This is the first thing your future employer will read about you and is the part that makes them want to continue reading! Just write a few lines about yourself but don’t write an essay.  Stick to short and sweet!  If you are finding this tricky, ask your friends or family for three good words that would describe you in order to point you in the right direction. Education: Your education years should be listed in reverse chronological order and should be followed by the qualifications and grades you have achieved. Career History: This is where you highlight the tasks and responsibilities that you have carried out in your last role. Make sure you highlight areas that are relevant to the job you are applying for.. If you have not had much experience, don’t fret, just think about other things you have been involved with such as volunteering, school activities, work experience and internships.  If there was something you particularly enjoyed and/or that you were very good at, do mention this as it will add depth to your experience..

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First impressions

Interviews can be extremely nerve wracking for a lot of people.  Entering a room and sitting in front of people you don’t know while selling yourself can be very daunting. Many people work themselves up into a fluster and end up giving the wrong first impression. First impressions can have a lasting impact on peoples' feelings about you as an employee, so the first 30 seconds of an interview are arguably the most important. As we are a boutique recruitment agency based in the heart of London, who deal with a huge variety of different clients, we have put together a list of top tips to ensure you give a great first impression.   Dress appropriately Making sure you dress appropriately for an interview is extremely important. Hiring Managers will make an opinion on you instantly from your appearance and body language. People often don't know what is appropriate to wear to an interview. Generally if you are interviewing for a corporate company, is it recommended to wear a smart dress (knee length), loafers or heels and a smart jacket, your hair should be clean and away from your face, dress conservatively. This is not an opportunity to show off your fashion sense! In the more creative firms, smart suit trousers and a colourful blouse would be acceptable. A tip to knowing what to wear, is by checking the companies..

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Interviewing Tips

How to make yourself stand out from the crowd when applying or interviewing? Of course first and foremost you need to ensure your CV is spotless - no spelling mistakes, grammar is spot on and all written in the correct and SAME tense You must also of course ensure it covers all the skills, experience and qualifications we have gained to date plus a nice personal profile – make this short and generic or if you are wanting to tailor to the role you are applying for – make sure it is correct and relevant to the job. Feel free to check out our sample Cv on our website for guidance. Create a detailed cover letter – do check out my blog on this, link is below. Cover letters really do give a great insight into who you are, what you like about the role you are applying for and why you feel your experience is relevant – so take some time over this and do plenty of research into the company your applying to. Over the past few months we have been thinking of new ideas that help you stand out and we loved the idea of creating that Elevator Pitch! It’s the perfect short  30-60 second statement! One you can pull out the bag in an interview, on your CV, in a cover letter, or if you happen..

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To Caffeine or Not…

We all know caffeine to be a morning savor, or an afternoon pick-me-up but what if it is not holding anything that we are benefiting from apart from a short-lived caffeine hit. It can actually have the opposite effect altogether. We should live our lives with everything in moderation but that is easier said than done. The recommended intake of caffeine is as shown below: Adult Less than 400 mg a day Pregnant Women Less than 200 mg a day Children / Adolescent Less than 2.5mg a day   To put this into some context a filter coffee is 140mg, tea is 75mg, a chocolate bar is 25-50mg and a fizzy drink is 40mg. Research shows that if you can keep to well within the recommended daily intake then you may experience some positive outcomes. Caffeine is a stimulant this may work well for some people but for others, it could be affecting them in areas that you would not assume. If you suffer from anxiety or trouble sleeping at night caffeine will be doing you no favours this is due to a spike in blood pressure which leads to a shot of adrenalin causes heightened anxiety symptoms. The half-life (the time it takes for an active substance in your body to be reduced by half) of caffeine is up to 9.5 hours. Therefore, it is advised that you should..

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