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"If the opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door" - Milton Berle

How to properly write a CV?

In many cases, your CV is the first contact you make with potential employer - it is the basic document sent by the recruiter and it becomes the basis for an initial assessment of the level of qualifications of the Candidate.
When writing your CV, pay attention to:
Make sure you have added complete contact information with the current address of residence (not of registration). When looking for work, avoid using colloquial, private e-mail addresses. A good idea might be creating the e-mail address, which is going to be used only for recruitment processes or for other professional issues.
Add information about your interests and passions. Your professional experience is very important, but in some situations other features may be also noticed. Information on interests provides the recruiter more details about your personality. Moreover, some passions may coincide with the requirements for a given position, which also may improve your chances.
Appropriate file format. The best format in this type of situation is PDF, which will retain the same appearance on any device. Remember, every professional office software has got modules to convert files into desirable format.
Consider adding picture. Your professional image can make a positive impact on your chances in the recruitment process. However, you need to take under consideration external issues, e.g. in the United Kingdom most employers do not wish to receive CVs with candidate’s pictures.
CV does not have to:
Include information about your marital status or citizenship.
Provide a list of all your professional experience. Focus on those that are in some way linked with the position for which you are applying. If you do not want to leave blank spaces in your resume, you can also mention other experiences, but don't let them take too much room. If your professional path is extremely diversified, think about the preparation and updating on a regular basis several CV files.
Fit into one page. If you have something to brag about - do it! Most recruiters and employers are happy to receive up to 2 pages A4.
Be messy. Regardless of how many pages your CV is, remember about its form, not just about the content. Take care of paragraphs, margins, grammar, spelling and style. Try to make things look attractive and professional.
Include scans of diplomas and references. These documents are useful, but wait with them for the next stage of recruitment. You may consider printing them and take with you to the interview.

How to make a good impression at a job interview?

At this stage, most important is an impression. This can be achieved by paying attention to a few simple things:

  • Remember the attitude. Do not slouch, do not play with your hands, sit upright, without crossing your legs.
  • Take with you a pen and a notepad or calendar. It not only will allow you to jot down important information, but yet will make a professional impression and give your hands some activity, which can help in masking nervousness.
  • During the interview, keep eye contact with the recruiter, nod and ask questions.
  • Speak clearly and loudly (but not too loud)..
  • If you have the knowledge that you can be proud of - share it, but try to give the impression of professionalism. Be confident, not arrogant.
  • Learn to understand the atmosphere of the meeting - know when you can afford to joke or to say an anecdote, and when you should keep one hundred percent seriousness and discipline.

What kind of questions should you expect during the recruitment meeting?

Although every recruiter has its own character, the approach to candidate and preferred set of questions, the interviews have a pattern and take place according to a relatively similar scenario. If you take a little trouble, you will be able to predict most of the issues that may be raised during the interview.
You should expect:
Relaxing questions, establishing a relationship.
These could be questions about the weather or mood. Whatever the circumstances are, try to give the impression of being positive, enthusiastic, sociable and competent person.

Questions checking your preparation for the interview.
The recruiter may be interested in how much you know about the company and the position you are applying for, and what prompted you to send your application. Prepare properly and answer honestly and succinctly. If you did not find any information - do not dodge, say it honestly.

Questions about education.
Try to give the impression of a person with a passion for the choice of which school was part of a larger plan of life and work. Admit to mistakes, but argue it wisely. Under no circumstances say that you studied something "because it came out”.

Questions about the professional experience. 
Limit yourself to matters that relate to the company profile and/or to the position you are applying for. Show off your successes and explain how you have developed your skills. Regardless of the situation in which you ended cooperation with the previous employer, try to speak well about it - remember that for the recruiter your behavior will be determinant of how you will behave, if you are hired. The interview is not the place for black PR directed against the former employer.

Questions about ambitions and career goals.
Make the impression of being specific and having an aim. Do not talk about fate, coincidence or destiny.

Behavioral questions based on your behavior and experience.
The recruiter may ask you to cite and describe specific situations, successes and ideas. Do it honestly - argue your decisions, indicate why they were right, sincerely answer questions, but while doing it at the same time consciously shape your image. If the recruiter mentions situation that you haven’t experienced yet, you can always reply by saying that you are up for this kind of new challenge.

Questions about employment conditions.
These are common questions which relate to issues such as: remuneration, availability, distance from the place of residence to place of work, readiness to hold business trips and increasing skills through courses and training. Make sure the information you provide, are consistent with those which you have made in your CV or that you gave in the previous stages of recruitment.

Questions seemingly unrelated to the topic of the interview.
Some recruiters try to surprise the interlocutor. Typically, in such cases, less important than the content of answers, is your reaction to the question and arguments.

Mistakes to avoid

They are in most cases common sense issues. Avoid:
  • Lack of punctuality. If you feel that you may be late, call and inform about it, explain the situation and apologize.
  • Lack of courtesy. This is one of the foundations of all business relationships. Follow the rules of etiquette and good manner.
  • Speaking too little or too much.
  • Use of excessive colloquialisms. A sense of humor is important, however, it is equally important to give the impression of a professional person.
  • Discussions on political or ideological subjects. There is the right time for this type of talks and it is not the interview.
  • Taking an excessive initiative in conversation, interrupting recruiter. The initiative is a good thing. Remember, however, who directs the course of the conversation.
  • Avoiding answering questions about financial matters. Receiving remuneration for a well done work is something natural and is not a cause for shame. By dodging, you look like an indecisive and uncertain person.
  • Inattention. Stay focus and concrete, listen to your interlocutor with attention.
  • Lying. Honesty is - next to the courtesy - the basis for all business relationships. "Enriching" your CV and accomplishments can not only decrease your chances of winning the coveted position, but also complicate your situation on the labor market in a much more durable way.