Tips & Advice

CV Tips

A CV (Curriculum Vitae – Latin for 'course of life') is simply a summary of your work history. Think of it as a marketing tool to interest a prospective employer, and hopefully get you an interview during which you will be able to expand on your abilities and experience. Keep it brief, highlighting and expanding on the information that is pertinent to the job you are applying for. Employers, especially in these difficult economic times, will often have a small mountain of CVs to work through, so you must ensure that yours stands out from the competition.

Always keep a master (general) CV and customise your profile description, experience, etc., to suit what the potential employer is seeking. Ensure that your CV has no spelling or grammatical mistakes and that it is set out neatly in a way that is easy to read. If you are using the spell check on your computer, ensure that it is using the English rather than the US dictionary.

When you register with Rotherwood, we adapt your CV towards the roles we put you forward for. As the employer is looking to see exactly how you could fit into their organisation, you need to elaborate and adapt your CV where necessary.

Remember that your CV is your key to open the door to an interview. It is an opportunity to impress – so impress! But you shouldn’t exaggerate. Honesty is the best policy!

What information should be in a CV?

1Personal Data
Address, date of birth (optional). It’s sometimes said that you shouldn’t include your date of birth, but an employer will still be able to establish your approximate age by working back from when you left education/began work.
2Education Details
School, college or university attended, when you were there, and the qualifications achieved, together with details of any subsequent courses taken, both academic and work-related.
3Work Experience
With particular emphasis on areas where precise or specialised experience is being sought.
4Skill Sets
Areas of responsibility and achievements that can be demonstrated, especially those that reflect the job specification.
5Personal Qualities
Those required, or that would enhance the role you’re looking to secure.
Be realistic, but include your goals and details of how you could add value to the company.

Interview Tips

The job market is very competitive and you must ensure that you do everything to make yourself the one that they want. Always plan and prepare carefully for an interview. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make it count!

We will assist in any way we can. We can even arrange for you to have a mock interview so that you can really hone your interview skills.


Find out all you can, through your consultant and the web, about the company and the role that you are going for. Look at the company’s website and search for their competitors within the industry. Ensure you are aware of how long the company has been established, how many branches/offices they have, the number of employees, etc.

We’ll help you in any way we can. We’ll offer as much information as we have available, and we also assist you if you don’t have access to the internet.

Prepare your answer to common interview questions such as:

  • 'What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • 'Where do you see yourself in 5 years' time?'
  • 'Why do you want this job?'
  • 'What can you offer to the company?'
  • Make sure you know exactly where the company is located, how you will get there and how long it will take.
  • Leave yourself plenty of time in case of any traffic problems and aim to arrive 10 minutes early.
  • Make sure you have a note of the interviewer's name.
3During the interview
  • Although you may be nervous try not to let it show.
  • Switch off your mobile phone before entering the building.
  • Offer a firm handshake and look the interviewer in the eye.
  • Do not slouch. Sit up straight and be attentive.
  • Listen to the interviewer and wait until they have stopped speaking before you answer – don't talk over them!
  • Take time when answering the questions – think first and do not ramble.
  • If you don't know the answer, be honest.
4What to take with you
  • A clean copy of your CV (just in case!).
  • Any references you can supply.
  • A 'brag file' that backs up the information on your CV or your qualifications.
  • A list of questions you have compiled when researching the company.
5End of the interview
  • Shake hands and thank the interviewer – with a smile!
  • Acknowledge the receptionist as you leave (they are often asked how a candidate behaved before and after the interview).
Call your consultant at Rotherwood to give your feedback. This information is vital, as the consultant will phone the client to discuss how the interview went.

General Tips


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