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NEWSFLASH! Covid-19 hasn’t killed the job market!

26th March 2020

It is currently a chalk and cheese situation in the job market: some industries are frenziedly hiring to meet the exponential rise in demand for their services; others are frozen and have unfortunately  resorted to making staff redundant to cut costs in the quest to stay afloat. Covid-19 is, among many awful things, turning into an unwelcome reminder of how volatile the economy and, by extension, the job market can be. Either through a combination of lock-down and working from home, workplace closure or redundancy, those of us not in essential services have a great deal more time on our hands than usual.

Why not use this time to update, re-vamp and otherwise jazz up your CV to help you stand head and shoulders above your competition in a now congested job market or for when the dust eventually settles? The team here at the Foxwood Den have dipped into our archives to reprise our blog from a couple of years ago on our advice on the dos and don’ts of constructing a top-level CV. After all, challenging times are an opportunity to adapt, grow and emerge stronger and wiser from the experience!

  1. Spelling and Grammar Don’t Lie. Let’s not beat around the bush, poor spelling and grammar stand out like a sore thumb. Having pored over thousands of CVs, we know that spelling mistakes are usually the most memorable feature of a CV, regardless of how well presented or talented the candidate is. Before even considering your layout and presentation, ensure that your spelling and grammar are both A1. Most roles involve writing in some form: even if it’s not your strong point, ask a friend for help. A lack of written skills can be a massive turn-off for a potential employer!

 

  1. Know Your Audience. Just like an interview, first impressions are everything. For example, if you are applying for a marketing or design role, a dull two-tone CV isn’t going to convince anyone. Likewise, if you’re a salesperson an aesthetically pleasing CV isn’t going to hurt, but not including a brag list of your sales figures because they aren’t symmetrical with your layout won’t cut it. Finally, humour can show personality but its probably best to give it a miss: your belly laugh may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

 

  1. Experience Not Ecneirepxe. Your most recent experience is the most relevant to your new job: yes, we agree, spelling experience backwards is a little OTT to illustrate this point (not to mention going against everything in point one!). However, you wouldn’t open an interview for the board of a FTSE 100 firm talking about how personally enriching your 2006 paper round was would you now? It’s a race to convince the reader you’re worth learning more about: time is of the essence to grab their attention and place it firmly on your best assets. Don’t leave the best until last.

 

  1. Take A Picture, It Lasts Longer. We don’t advise this for all roles. But, if you’re applying for a predominantly customer-facing role, attaching a picture of you can inject a burst of personality into your application and stand you apart from other monotonous CVs. I guarantee images of most of us are plastered all over our social media and, as LinkedIn becomes ever more a tool for recruitment too, we’re sure you’ve got a business-friendly portrait which can be added. As ever, take a ‘horses-for-courses’ approach and if you choose to add a photo, make sure it is appropriate and relevant for the role you are applying to. Finally (we feel duty bound to mention this after point two), unless you are lucky enough to be a model, it’s still your experience which will get you hired, NOT an A4 photo of your face. Fact.

 

  1. Hobbies Are A Bonus. Your hobbies are what makes you an individual, but don’t overstate them. Sure, you may have a plethora of interests stretching from the mainstream to the frankly bizarre but pick one or two about which you are most passionate to talk about in depth. Listing too many interests could signal that you lack focus or aren’t passionate about anything to be able to talk in depth about, not to mention adding unnecessary content to your CV.

 

  1. Size Doesn’t Always Matter. If you giggled, shame on you. Here at Foxwood we don’t believe there is a standard ‘ideal’ CV length. Different roles require more detailed CVs and candidates with more experience will naturally have a longer CV, variation is only natural. Saying this, don’t waste words: as a rule of thumb, keep it concise and save some of the less essential stuff like your hobbies and interests for an interview. Always leave the audience wanting more (last innuendo, promise).

 

  1. Email Addresses- Where Personality Is A Bad Thing. Where to begin? We could be here all day listing the inappropriate, hilarious and downright bizarre email addresses we’ve seen on CVs. Let’s just say referring to yourself as ‘sexy.x.boots’ or ‘fifa_king1980’ hardly exudes professionalism, enough said. If this applies to you, we advise treat yourself to a new account along the lines of the timeless ‘joebloggs123@emailprovider.com’ format and you can’t go too far wrong.

 

  1. Discretion Is Key. Whilst not strictly a component of your CV, it’s always worth keeping your social media accounts PC. We often search these channels to see what our candidates are really like: it’s an easy way to filter out candidates with similar experience. To cut a long story short, if your grandparents would be shocked by it, delete it.

 

So, give it a shot, sit down and spend an hour or two on your CV and get someone else to proofread it. Make yourself a little checklist of what you want to include: ask yourself, does it show your personality? Does it get straight to the point? Does it avoid clichés? Don’t stop there: pass it around to your friends and family to see if you can pick up any helpful feedback. And, as ever, if you feel you need some impartial, expert advice on how to structure your CV or you are in the market for a new role, give our team at the Foxwood Den a shout on 01633 749400 or drop an email to hello@foxwoodrecruitment.com!

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