Top Tips for applicants

Top tips – CVs

Your CV should be a clear and simple document showing your experience and training. It should be easy to read and show you in the best possible light to potential employers. Below are some useful hints and tips when creating your CV.

Keep it simple

Use the same font throughout. Employers look through countless CVs so you want yours to be clear and easy to read.

Check it

Make sure there is no spelling or grammar mistakes and that your CV is up to date. If you are able to it’s always worth getting someone else to look over your CV.

Make it count

Make sure your CV makes sense for the job you are going for. As you are going for a job in Care you make sure they know you are kind, caring, patient and reliable.

Use a professional email address

You can set up free email accounts to have an email address with sites like gmail.com or outlook.com. We’d advise making sure the address you choose sounds professional and try wherever possible to include your name or initials.

Explain any gaps

Leaving gaps without explanation can often lead employers to presume the worst. If you were looking for work for 6 months simply put that or if you were caring for a relative. You don’t have to go into great detail but having a brief explanation can make the difference between getting and not getting an interview.

Short but sweet

A CV should be no more than 2 sides of A4 paper. Keep information brief and to the point.

Top tips – Interviews

So you’ve got past the application stage and have been invited for an interview.
To put yourself in the best possible place for success it’s important to gather some information about the company you have applied for.

Most companies have their own website which can be a great place to find out information. In addition it’s worth looking on the CQC website (www.cqc.org.uk) which is a good way of gathering more detailed information.

Dress to impress! It’s always better to be over dressed than under dressed for an interview. It shows the employer you have made an effort and you are taking the interview seriously.

Don’t be late. Plan you journey, make sure you know what time you need to leave. You should look to get to your interview 10-15 minutes early. If there is some reason you are running late make sure you ring them and let them know ASAP.