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Creating a great CV

Your CV is intended to showcase your skills and expertise. It introduces you to prospective employers and gives them an insight into who you are and what you’ve achieved. It’s important to take the time to get it right. Here are a few guidelines which we hope you’ll find useful:

The Perfect CV

1. Divide your career history into sections, using the following headings:

Personal details
Include your full name, address, email and telephone numbers

Education
Unless you are at graduate entry level, it is not necessary to list your A-levels. It’s more important to focus on further education, particularly diplomas, qualifications and degrees

Professional qualifications
You may like to mention how these qualifications were obtained

Current or last employment
This section is likely to be of most interest to prospective employers and needs the most attention. If you are applying for a particular job, be sure to address requests for salary information or specific skills

Previous employment history
This is less important and can be relayed in brief. Be careful to explain any gaps – for example, if you took time out to go travelling or raise a family

Training and development
Don’t provide a long list. It’s better to emphasise the training courses which are relevant either to the role you are applying for or which showcase specific skills

Personal interests and activities
This is optional but it may be worth including if you feel they reinforce key aspects of your personality, skills or experience – such as the role of school governor, voluntary worker or fund-raiser

2. Keep your CV factual. Avoid being too verbose or adopting a conversational tone.

3. Write in the third-person.

4. Don’t include your reasons for leaving your current role. This is best discussed at interview.

How to succeed at interview

Interview advice
Everyone responds to interviews differently, and some find the process more stressful than others. The key is to prepare thoroughly and the following tips should help:

  • Be clear about the job specification, especially the skills and experience required
  • Familiarise yourself with your CV so that you can talk knowledgeably about every aspect of it and answer in-depth questions relating to the different sections
  • Try to find out who will be conducting the interview, how it will be structured and how long it is likely to last
  • Put yourself in your interviewer’s shoes. Try to come up with a range of questions you think they are likely to ask, especially challenging or awkward questions, and think about how you would answer them
  • Find out as much as you can about the company – for example, visit their website, research their competitors, read what they are saying and what’s being said about them
  • Prepare a few relevant and intelligent questions to ask the interviewer – for example, about the company’s plans, the job on offer, working environment and culture and any training or career opportunities
  • Find out exactly where the interview is being held, how to get there and who to ask for on arrival. Allow yourself plenty of time!
  • Dress smartly and conservatively.

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“Your agency is outstanding in their communication and care for jobseekers. I am very impressed. Other agencies could learn a lot from you guys.” Faye Billson

Meet our team

Kate Allen

Managing Director

Kate founded Allen Associates in 1998 out of a determination to build a recruitment business which delivered a bespoke service centred on the needs of clients and candidates.

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Rob Allen

Finance Director

Rob co-founded Allen Associates with his wife Kate. Rob shares the same enthusiasm for service excellence.

Snr Management Rob Allen

Eleanor Bromage

Associate Director

Eleanor has been a valued member of the team for over 12 years, managing the team alongside being heavily involved in the running of the business.

Snr Management Eleanor Bromage

Hannah Bush

Managing Consultant

Hannah manages the Temporary Division, working closely with clients and candidates on temporary vacancies in a wide range of HR, Finance, Administration, PA and Marketing roles.

Temporary Hannah Bush
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