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  • Tailor your CV to fit every application. Read the job description thoroughly and highlight the skills and experience you have that match the recruiters specification.

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  • When you are writing your CV it helps to think like an employer. Make sure your CV emphasises the value you can bring to their business.

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  • The secret to doing a great interview can be summed up in one word – preparation. Research the company and, if you can, find out more about the people who will be interviewing you.

  • Your CV will be the jumping off point for many of the interview questions so know your CV inside out. Remember you will have tailored your CV to fit this particular job so make sure you know exactly which skills and areas of expertise you have emphasised.

  • Spend time thinking of real life examples that you can use to demonstrate your skills. Use the STAR acronym to structure your answers. S = situation T = task = A = activity R= result.

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