Helpful tips when sending us your CV

When it comes to applying for a new job, your CV could be just the ticket to get you that initial foot in the door and secure an interview – but how do you ensure your CV is added to the interview pile rather than thrown straight in the bin? Putting together a successful CV is easy once you know how. It’s a case of taking all your skills and experience and tailoring them to the job you’re applying for. But what if you don’t meet the right criteria? Well, I’ve put together the following tips to help you get started in creating a successful CV and securing your first (or next) job.

Get the basics right

There is no right or wrong way to write a CV but there are some common sections you should cover. These include: personal and contact information; education and qualifications; work history and/or experience; relevant skills to the job in question; own interests, achievements or hobbies; and some references.

We have the following positions available:

  • Position Requirements Years in trade
    Internal Sales Need to have previous waterproofing sales experience, excellent telephone skills. Well organized individual 1
  • Position Requirements Years in trade
    Field Staff Must be experienced in the trade, working permit, well presentable 2
  • Position Requirements Years in trade
    Sales Reps Vehicle licence, must be highly experienced in the trade, great mathematics skills, Excel-Word-Outlook 2
  • Position Requirements Years in trade
    Site Supervisors Vehicle licence, must be experienced in the trade, great customer relations 2
  • Position Requirements Years in trade
    Management Vehicle licence, must be highly experienced in the trade, previous management training, motivator, excellent with office paperwork. Superb management skills, 2

How to take advantage of opportunities in the workplace to be a better leader

Taking advantage of opportunities in the workplace to be a better leader can enhance your career. Good bosses recognize employees who do more than just the minimum. An employee who is always looking to lead while also performing well at her job could be on a fast track to greater opportunities. Employees showing drive and determination often end up as managers or move into other roles offering greater respect, responsibility and pay. Employees focused on career growth should make achieving leadership opportunities a primary objective.

Step 1

Meet with your boss. Say you want to double the number of performance evaluations you receive each year. If you’re currently reviewed once, tell your boss you’d like a review every six months. The additional reviews will have nothing to do with pay increases. Use the time instead to talk about your desire for leadership opportunities in the company. Also discuss how you are performing in your current role and how you qualify for leadership opportunities. Establish a game plan for moving into leadership roles with the help of your boss, and review progress each time you meet.

Step 2

Work as smart as your boss does, or smarter. That’s assuming that your boss is smart. You should do the same. Stay at work much later, until about the time he leaves. This will send a clear message that you are driven and ready for leadership opportunities.

Step 3

Find a mentor in a leadership position other than your boss. Befriend an accomplished manager or leader from another department. Schedule regular lunches or coffee breaks to talk about your leadership development and how you can find more opportunities to lead in your current role.

Step 4

Volunteer to lead committees and projects at work. Monster.com suggests that true leaders look for more work — not less. Monster suggests putting in a minimum of 12 hours per day on your job. Part of that time can be self-improvement gained through leadership opportunities such as putting in extra work on committees and projects.\

Step 5

Sign up for all community outreach programs through your job. Volunteer to participate when the company is looking for volunteers to clean up a park or spend a day at a children’s hospital. Take advantage of the opportunity to become a better leader by eventually moving into a role helping plan the activities. Taking such an active role will help you network with a variety of managers and leaders in the company. That could lead to additional leadership opportunities.

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