Our job is a major part of our lives, so at TO Resourcing we understand how important it is to make the right work choices. We are here to offer confidential advice in all areas of your job search – that includes writing your CV, interview preparation, leaving your job, starting a job and your available career paths.
When searching for a new job, a well written CV is an essential tool. It is the first thing a prospective employer will use to judge your suitability. Many prospective employers will scan read your CV, giving you only a few minutes to highlight your credentials.
Here’s some advice on writing and presenting your CV:
Collect and collate all the required information to write your CV.
- Personal details/contact information
- Qualifications in chronological order
- Dates of employment and employer details for each of your roles
- Achievements within your previous job roles
- IT skills
- Any hobbies or interests that may highlight responsibilities and skills
Your CV should be clear and concise and ideally be no longer than 2-3 pages long. We will be happy to provide support and advice on writing your CV and how to tailor it specifically for jobs.
We are happy to provide you with advice regarding specific interviews, but here are a few tips to guide you:
- Be on time and ensure you know the location of the company
- First impressions count – smile, be enthusiastic and ensure a firm handshake
- Preparation – research the company and job role
- Body language – avoid crossing your arms and legs and never slouch
- Questions – have an idea of questions you would like to ask about the company and role
Resigning from your present role can often prove to be a stressful experience, however changing jobs is necessary in order to fulfil your professional career.
The resignation letter – The letter gives you the time to prepare what you wish to communicate, giving you control over the delivery of the message.
Letter format – The letter should contain just the bare essentials, such as the recipient, notification of your resignation, effective date, notice being given, an optional personal message and your signature.
Counter offers – Your employer may offer you more money, a better position or extra benefits to stay with them as they may be left with a gap in their team. This could be tempting, if this addresses some of the reasons why you were seeking a new role in the first instance. However, it’s still important to think carefully about if this will continue to satisfy you in the long run and if there are other reasons that make you want to leave. You also need to consider why your employer has only been prompted to offer you better pay, benefits, or a higher position when you tell them you are resigning. If you were truly valued before, why weren’t these things offered before it got to this stage?
The key thing is to ensure you are making the right decision before you advise of your resignation; think about your future and what you want to gain from this moment forward.