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CV Tips

Your CV is one of the most important documents you will ever produce. It is your first opportunity to make a good impression on a new employer.

  • It should contain no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors - get someone else to double check it for you

  • It needs to be user friendly and easy to read; don't try to be too flash - keep it simple and relevant

  • You want it to tell the person reading it why they should invite you for interview

Preparation

Before you actually write your CV, sit down and make sure you have all the information you need (dates, company names, job titles, reference details, exam grades, etc.). If you are applying for a particular position - read the requirements for that position carefully and think how you meet those requirements.

DO NOT GET TOO 'CREATIVE' - details can and will be checked by employers. By all means present what you have achieved in a positive light, but do not lie. Any employer is likely to reject someone who has lied on their CV.

CV Format

Your CV should be no more than 5 pages - the average however is 2 to 3 sides long. You should use no more than two different fonts (the smallest font size should be 11), and keep use of colour to a minimum.

Start with your name and personal details (they will need to be able to contact you to arrange an interview!). You do not need to write curriculum vitae - they will know what it is.

For each section, you should put a heading so the CV is easy to navigate for the person reading it.

Personal Statement

A short personal statement giving a summary of who you are and what you want in a few carefully worded sentences is a good start.

Education & Qualifications

You should detail any qualifications and training you have received, starting with the most recent. Employers like to see exam grades, and where you studied; they do not need to see a detailed breakdown of the modules you studied (unless it is very relevant to the job you are applying for).

Experience

You should detail your work experience, again starting with the most recent. It is helpful to put in the company name, dates you worked, and your job title, followed by a few bullet points summarising your main duties and achievements with that employer. Bullet points will help you not to waffle! It is useful to highlight any particular achievements (for example, where you have saved the department money, or if you completed a project to a tight deadline). It is helpful to put reasons for any gaps in your CV (e.g. six months' travelling around Asia) and reasons for leaving (for example, redundancy or relocation).

Reference Details

It is recommended that you supply the details of at least two referees (name, address, contact number, email address), preferably former employers. It is recommended that you should notify these people that reference requests may be coming through to them and that they should respond as soon as they can. In some cases, you will not be able to start a new position or have your application processed until your references have come through.

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I have been with Sammons for nearly a year as a temp and during that time I have rarely been out of work. They look after their team well and are always ready to sort any problems. I would not hesitate to recommend them.

Frank

I have worked with Sammons for around three years now and have no interest in taking my skills elsewhere, it is the most supportive team I have yet to come across. The organisation really does care about putting peoples skills in the appropriate setting and ensuring that their staff get the work they are looking for. All the best guys and keep the hardwork up.

Frith L

I can't rate the Hastings team highly enough. They found the perfect role for me and I was lucky enough to be made permanent. A friendly team who place people where they are best suited, not just what benefits them. If I'm ever looking for a job again I would definitely choose Sammons.

Linda E

Brilliant service - so efficient and quick with getting you set up and looking for jobs. I was contacted within a day of applying and brought in to fill in and sign documents. All the staff are lovely and friendly. I would highly recommend Sammons, especially in Hastings! I was in a job within a week of signing up! Couldn't ask for more.

Becci D

I have no hesitation in giving The Sammons Group a 5 star rating due to the helpfulness and desire in them trying to find me employment. Their tenacity paid off and they set me up with a job interview of which on the very same day, indeed a few hours after the interview, I was given a job. So well done to all at Sammons who ensured that I was fully briefed with all I needed to know. Very happy indeed.

Malcolm R

The courteous and prompt follow-up of all actions was one of the best features. Sarah B-M handled all concerns and queries thrown her way with a professional approach and ensured satisfactory follow up through her regular correspondence. At all points through the process I knew exactly where we were and what was coming up next.

Nicola C

Sarah was very professional and listened and responded to our needs and expectations.

Phillippa L

Natalie was really fantastic, she ensured that I didn't waste time with roles that weren't for me or that I wasn't suited for. Natalie was understanding and supportive throughout, even when I was indecisive. I couldn't believe how quickly I had a new role and one that I am so chuffed with. Many thanks to the whole team but primarily Natalie.

Larissa A

I approached Sarah about a vacancy I'd seen in PMI News. From the first point of contact until after I'd started my new job I found Sarah totally professional and very approachable. She kept me informed and acted as a great conduit for my questions.  I would not hesitate to recommend Sarah to any candidates looking for roles within the pensions industry.

Judith C

The service provided by Sammons to  me has always been efficient and timely.  I currently manage two temp administrators supplied by Sammons.  Both have precisely met our requirements.  One has vast experience and brings real added value to the role.  The second has worked in all three of our bases and is industrious and flexible.

Patrick M

I have been registered with Sammons twice over a number of years and on both occasions they have managed to secure me a good placement for long term employment with jobs suited to my particular skills. Both placements have been with good employers.

David J

Very good recruitment agency - they never let me down

Petr K

Staff are very friendly and very helpful in finding me a job and supported me with any questions along the way. Would recommend Sammons for others seeking employment. 

Ruth I

The Sammons recruitment agency is great! Lovely bunch of people doing their best to find the right job for you. I would definitely recommend this agency and would use them again (but I hope I won't have to ) as they found me the perfect job I have been searching for!

Lucy C

This is the first time that I have applied for a job via a recruitment agency, ordinarily all the positions I have applied for, interviewed for and offered position to have been direct applications to the relevant organisations. Sarah was very positive and gave good advice and was very motivational. I would definitely continue to use Sammons based on my positive experience and would recommend you to my colleagues current and past for any future recruitment requirements.

Deborah P

Jo has placed me in a number of positions over the years, including jobs at prominent companies such as The Daily Mail, National Grid and Swiss Reinsurance. I would only ever use Sammons when looking to further my career. I cannot recommend Jo highly enough!

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