20 Most Powerful Words to Use in your CV

So, you’ve written a great CV or Covering Letter but something is missing?

Add some of these powerful words to your document to add that extra ‘wow factor

  1. Solved
  2. Innovative
  3. Conceptualised
  4. Directed
  5. Strengthened
  6. Forecasted
  7. Initiated
  8. Managed
  9. Oversaw
  10. Adapted
  11. Assessed
  12. Persuaded
  13. Introduced
  14. Built
  15. Organized
  16. Projected
  17. Improved
  18. Positivity
  19. Trained
  20. Increased

Use these words carefully! Remember is all about quality not quantity!

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What to Do After A Job Interview

Nothing is more frustrating than going to an interview, for a job you really want, and not hearing anything back for what seems like a lifetime. Sadly, after you’ve prepared for the interview and attended the interview you can’t just sit back and relax, you’ve got to follow up!

During the Interview

During the interview try to get a timescale of when the company will make their decision also make sure you ask for your interviewer’s business card – it will come in handy!

Straight after the interview

Thank them for taking the time to meet you! Send your interviewer(s) a thank you note as soon as you’ve had your interview, start composing the email whilst you’re still leaving the building (or at least in the next 24 hours). Most people tend to go for an email as it’s quick and efficient however some employers prefer ‘snail mail’ as it’s more personal and shows commitment – the choice is up to you, think about the industry you’re applying to work in, a technical company might prefer email. When writing to your interviewer ensure that you are using the correct titles and names (this is where the business cards come in handy!)

You should also make notes about your interview whilst it’s fresh in your mind, note down any questions you found tricky and a brief explanation of what went wrong and what went well – this could help with a possible second interview and future interviews.

After the time period has ended

If it has been longer than the expected timescale you were given, or it has been at least a week since your interview then it’s time to be proactive, follow up from the interview with an email or phone call, don’t overdo it though! The employer may miss one email but it’s a very slim chance he/she will have missed two emails. If you don’t hear back, or don’t hear the answer you wanted to hear then learn to move on – don’t burn bridges with the employer though as they could come in handy as a business connection or even refer you to somebody else!

If you do receive a job offer then reply as soon as possible, playing hard to get doesn’t work well in the business world!

Do Not:

  • Use personal details to contact them, or connect with any of their personal Social Media profiles, this is seen as intrusive!
  • Criticise the company on Social Media, it’s very likely someone within the company will be searching for use of their company name and it’s becoming very common for the company to check potential employee’s Social Media accounts before hiring!
  • Call or e-mail relentlessly, you don’t want to annoy the interviewer or give off a bad impression before they have even come to a decision.

Interview Etiquette

Appearance

The first thing the interviewer will notice is your appearance so remember it’s better to overdress than underdress! Dress conservatively and don’t let your clothes steal the show (P.S. don’t overdo it on the perfume/aftershave – you don’t want to choke your interviewer)

Good interview etiquette tells you to arrive at your interview 10 minutes early and always make sure your phone is turned off!

Non Verbal Communication

Always maintain eye contact with your interviewer – try to avoid staring at them though!  If you have more than one interviewer then always address the person who asked the question.

Interviews are nerve wracking but try to crack down on your nervous habits such as playing with your hair, giggling or gazing around the room; employers want confidence not a bag of nerves.

And of course there is the handshake, a lot of stress is put into the handshake but don’t overthink it! A nice firm handshake will please all employers but don’t go over the top and crush your interviewer’s hand.

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Body Language

There are a few body language tips that you should put into practise the first is DO NOT fold your arms, folding your arms will make you appear unfriendly and disengaged, the next rule is DO NOT slouch, slouching will give the impression that you are uninterested. However you SHOULD sit up straight and lean slightly forward to appear interested.  Checking your watch throughout your interview will also give the impression you’re eager to leave – try to avoid that!

Thank you

After your interview don’t forget to say thank you, either by Email or Post – post gives a more personal touch!

Top Tips

  • Don’t Slouch
  • Maintain Eye contact
  • Turn your Mobile Off
  • Don’t check your watch
  • Say Thank you!

Thanks for reading,

Steadfast Training Ltd.

Steadfast’s Top 5 Interview Tips

No one likes interviews but the team at Steadfast Training Ltd want to make the process as painless as possible, follow our tips, be yourself, add in some confidence and you will be ready to ace any job interview!Image

Tip one; Research

Ever heard of the saying ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’? It couldn’t hold any more truth in this situation – going to an interview with no knowledge on the company, industry or position you’ve applied for is setting yourself up for a huge fall.

Before your interview make sure you research the company, find out what they do and try to find their objectives or mission statement. Researching about the industry the company is in may also help you answer any industry specific questions the interviewer may throw at you – remember it’s always better to be over prepared than under prepared!

Tip two; Plan your answers

We know you can’t plan for every question the interviewer will ask you but practising your answers to common interview questions such as ‘What can you bring to the company?’ or the dreaded ‘Do you have any weaknesses?’ will boost your confidence and prevent you from making something up on the spot – not everyone works well under pressure!

Tip three; LImageook the part

You don’t need a designer suit to look the part, you just need to look smart and professional – make sure your outfit is washed and ironed the night before your interview to avoid any wardrobe induced panic. Ensure your nails are clean (no chipped nail varnish, girls!) and you look presentable- remember to do that last minute spot check before your interview, you don’t want to go in with your lunch stuck in your teeth! Keep your outfit, makeup and hair simple, nothing OTT.

Tip four; Body Language

You want to pull off a good first impression and slouching in your chair with a look of boredom over your face is not the way to go about it. Sit up straight and maintain a good posture throughout your interview, make eye contact and try not to fidget. The interviewer is going to pick someone who is strong in social situations and good body language is the way to show it!

I’m sure you’ve all been told interviewers like a good, firm handshake so don’t give them a limp one! Keep it firm and try to mimic the handshake you receive, don’t go over the top and crush their hand though.

Tip five; Ask Questions

Nearly every webpage giving advice on interviews will tell you to ask questions but we understand it is not that easy, sometimes you just don’t know what to ask. We suggest asking a question related to the position you applied for such as; ‘where will the job fit into the team structure?’ or ‘In what way is performance of my role measured and reviewed?’

There are some questions you should avoid such as asking a question about the company that can be easily found through a bit of online research.

Just remember to speak clearly, arrive on time (plan your route before you leave), sit correctly and stay calm!

Good Luck!

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Who is Steadfast?

Steadfast Training Ltd is a nationally recognised provider of quality vocational training and Apprenticeships. We work with employers and learners throughout the East of England, East Midlands and Greater London. 

We Specialise in the delivery of Vocational Qualifications and Apprenticeships within many sectors, including Business & Administration, Customer Service, Health & Social Care, IT User, Management, Team Leading and Warehousing & Storage.

All our assessors are qualified industry professionals with a vast experience within their occupational sectors. This ensures a quality service that meets and understands the constraints in the modern workplace.

Our holistic approach to training requirements means you can ensure that all the training needs for your company are quickly recognised through our unique training evaluation programme. We are able to help you access full and part funded qualifications via Apprenticeships, and other core funding routes.

 

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