The ultimate top 12 tips to nail that job! Our tips cover CV writing, Interview techniques and new employee tips to help you nail that job and settle into your new role.

  1. Keep it short– two sides of A4 will almost always suffice. Choose a clear, professional font to ensure that your CV can be easily read.
  1. Straight to the point – This section should include all of your relevant work experience, simply listed or with bullet points. Include your job title, the name of the organisation, time in post, and your key responsibilities.
  1. Back yourself up – This is your chance to show how your previous experience has given you the skills needed to make you a suitable candidate. List all of your relevant skills and achievements (backing them up with examples), and make it clear how you would apply these to the new role.
  1. Do your homework and research the employer and the industry, so you are ready for the interview question, “What do you know about this company?” If this question is not asked, you should try to demonstrate what you know about the company on your own.
  1. Review the typical job interview questions employers ask and practice your answers. Strong answers are those that are specific but concise, drawing on concrete examples that highlight your skills and back up your CV.
  1. Don’t wait until the last minute to pick out an interview outfit, print extra copies of your resume. Take notepad and pen with you. Have one good interview outfit ready. Be on time for the interview. On time means five to ten minutes early. Plan your journey and know where you are going and how long it takes to get there.
  1. In addition to indicating what you know about the company. Know the interviewer’s name, and use it during the job interview. If you’re not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview. And, listen very carefully during introductions.
  1. Always follow up with a thank-you note reiterating your interest in the position. You can also include any details you may have forgotten to mention during your interview. If you’re unsuccessful always ask for feedback.
  1. Introduce yourself. In the first days of a new job, you want your enthusiasm to shine through. So, find the timing that feels right and give a quick, energetic introduction to the people you don’t know yet.
  1. Ask questions. Research has shown that new employees perform better when they ask more questions. By asking your leaders and peers for new information, you’ll get up to speed quickly.
  1. Nail the Commute – In this first week, you may also want to experiment with your commute: finding the right times to leave home and testing different routes or transportation methods. Identifying and establishing the routines early on will give you peace of mind.
  1. Clarify your role – During the first few weeks, you and your manager should take time to clarify your mutual expectations. This includes understanding how you will work together, how you will get the resources you need to do your job well, and how your job performance will be assessed.