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A CV has one purpose, securing valuable face-to-face time with employers.

As your personal selling tool, your CV must make the reader believe you’re a worthwhile investment. So always start by thinking about what your potential employer is looking for. When writing a CV look at it from your prospective employer's point of view. Would you stand out against the competition (the other candidates) and would the manager want to talk you for a possible job?

Business people generally have the same objectives; profit, bigger market share, developing their business and creating new products for their customers. They will look for candidates who will help them to achieve these objectives. Whether you have ten days or a decade of experience, the rules are the same – show what you’ve done or have the potential to bring to the table, and link that to what they will need.

We have put together the following basic advice and standard CV layouts to help you begin that process and start thinking about how to sell yourself on paper, concisely and honestly.

This advice looks at the following areas in turn to make CV writing a less daunting task:

CV Tips

Making sure your CV secures interviews. A CV has one purpose, securing valuable face-to-face time with employers.

As your personal selling tool, your CV must make the reader believe you’re a worthwhile investment. So always start by thinking about what your potential employer is looking for. When writing a CV look at it from your prospective employer's point of view. Would you stand out against the competition (the other candidates) and would the manager want to talk you for a possible job?

Business people generally have the same objectives; profit, bigger market share, developing their business and creating new products for their customers. They will look for candidates who will help them to achieve these objectives. Whether you have ten days or a decade of experience, the rules are the same – show what you’ve done or have the potential to bring to the table, and link that to what they will need.

We have put together the following basic advice and standard CV layouts to help you begin that process and start thinking about how to sell yourself on paper, concisely and honestly.

This advice looks at the following areas in turn to make CV writing a less daunting task:

  • How should I prepare for writing a CV
  • How should CVs look
  • CV Layout – what should you include, what order

How should I prepare for writing a CV

1) Work out the simple messages

Before you ever write any kind of application take time to pause, take out a clean sheet of paper and write the title: What do I want them to know about me? Put your personality aside for the moment, it will be important in the job but doesn’t look so strong on paper. Anyone can say they are enthusiastic, tenacious, good at teamwork and kind to lost kittens, but they can’t substantiate that with work-related evidence! At this stage, don’t try to lay this down into sentences; simply note down the most important messages that would impress someone who might recruit you.

2) Translate these into recruitment language

Try to think like a journalist writing an article or report, in your work life what would the key headlines be. Remove the personalisation such as “I”, “my”, “our” and “we” – and phrase things objectively.

Write down the important buzzwords or factors that recruiters in your industry will be looking for in a checklist, and aim to tick these off in your CV.

3) Back up each key headline

Once you have picked your key headlines overall about you and in each job you have worked in you can now elaborate and evidence these, ideally using bullet points when describing key aspects of your jobs. Try to write these to build a connecting story which ticks off the buzzwords and key qualities you previously identified.

How should CVs look

Your CV's presentation gives an advance picture to businesses of how you might present yourself, and their business, in person. Presentation can't be overlooked as many employers are actively put off by bad layout and look. A good CV should be:

Short and succinct – 16% of employers in a recent Randstad poll admitted they are actively turned off if an applicants CV is too long. Try to keep it to 2 pages, and use headings, bullet points and tables to present your information concisely.

Legible and presentable – use a clear, professional typeface to ensure it can be easily read (e.g. Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman). Cut out the clutter and make it easier for employers to read your key attributes by bullet-pointing or highlighting key facts.

Correct and typo free - pay close attention to weeding out typos and spelling mistakes, not only by spell checking but by double proof reading, or asking someone else to proof read it. A recent Randstad poll highlighted spelling mistakes as THE pet peeve for employers when reading CVs, with 54% of employers billing it as their top CV irritation.

Organised and orderly - split your document into clear headings (work experience, education) so that these can easily be scanned. This shows you are well-organised and have logical thought processes.

Relevant - Don’t be tempted to put everything in. Leave out those roles/jobs at the start of your career if not relevant. Order your experience and education into reverse chronological order to highlight your most recent experience – which will likely show your strongest selling points. This shows you know how to concentrate on what’s important and prioritise

Professional – not flowery – Avoid flowery fonts, photos, pictures, bright coloured fonts, graphs, too many styles or fancy lines and designs between sections. Remember this is a business document – think professional and neat.

In short, your CV should be clear enough for an employer to understand your key strengths quickly. It should make it easy to appraise your key skills and experience to determine whether you are appropriate for the role.

CV Layout and Content

There is no foolproof format, so tailor the format below to your needs and the needs of the employer you are applying to. The first page of many CVs focuses on personal details and education - however, it is your employment experience and ability to do the job that is most significant to recruiters and prospective employers. For professional roles people should list their work experience and career history before education, as this is the part of your CV which shows an employer what you have achieved for other companies in practice, rather than academically.

The following layout guide below follows this principle, as does the content referred to in each section.

CV Header contact details

Make this clear and in a large font to show your contact details clearly. It needs to contain your full name and contact details, including telephone number, address and email address. You are not required to include your date of birth, sex or age, so leave these out, but mentioning a full clean driving license may be useful for some roles.

Personal Profile

This short section is ideal to sell your skills as a person, indicate your career aspirations and to convey in a positive way why you are seeking a new role. A poor personal profile can do more harm than good, so don’t over-complicate things. Avoid information that has no relevance to your CV, your bubbly personality for example, and steer clear of clichés and jargon. Use your profile to showcase your skills, experience, attitude and behaviour in 2-3 sentences maximum.

Career History, including key achievements

Your career history is a showcase of your employment history and the responsibilities that you held in each post. It should show the key achievements in each job you have held. Create a heading for your most recent or current employer, with the month/year you started and finished, together with your job title and the company name and location. If you had a number of different roles in the same Company, list the dates and the specific roles and responsibilities below.

For every position held summarise the key facts and figures in a short paragraph below the heading – including such details as your key duties, the size of your team, turnover, and your level of responsibility. This is critical information and helps an employer or recruiter assess your level of experience. Lastly show your key achievements and responsibilities for each role. For clarity we would recommend bullet pointing this information.

Key achievements

Your key achievements form a key section of your CV. It needs to really engage your prospective employer - so use facts, figures and timescales to demonstrate that you are an accomplished performer in your current and previous positions. Don’t be scared to sell yourself, but make sure you back up each statement with solid evidence. For example:

"As store manager in the North West I successfully led a team of 20 to increase sales by 8% in 2006. I achieved this through improving staff communication systems, introducing absence procedures and developing team exercises."

Describe these using strong words that demonstrate what you actually did, such as: organised, achieved, formulated, planned, designed, executed, created and led. The achievements you select should demonstrate a number of different competencies, and be tailored to the particular job you are applying for. Many successful candidates tailor their CV each time they apply for a different role to personalise it to the reading manager's needs.

Education and Qualifications

Rule of Thumb here, put your best foot forward and start with your strongest qualifications. Begin with university or college if appropriate, followed by high school qualifications at A level or equivalent, and then more junior qualifications. You need only provide details for your most important and relevant qualifications – e.g. course content and level of degree achieved at university with subjects within, reduce the detail for less significant qualifications, e,g, 6 O Levels at Grade 1-3. Remember vocational and trade qualifications which may give you the edge over other candidates.

Relevant Skills

Include skills and training here that is additional to your roles, and not immediately obvious from the previous sections. Examples of this would be: IT skills, Office Skills, Language Proficiency or Health and Safety.

References

You do not have to list these on your CV, it is sufficient to simply state references available on request. Most employers will expect you to have two work references, ideally one from your most recent role. You do not usually have to name in your CV and they will not be contacted before you are made an offer of employment.

Using this order and the content in each section should aid you in making a strong first impression.

Once that is achieved all you have to do is excel at interview.

Starting at new Job

Start as You Mean to Go On

Being the new kid on the block is both challenging and exciting. During those first few early days where you are meeting everyone -- and everyone is meeting you - first impressions about you can make a major impact on your future success. Don’t worry, your new bosses don't expect you to knock their socks off or change the world straight away. Most employers realise that there is settling in period and a learning curve for most positions. It is important is to fit in personally as well as professionally.

Below are 10 simple rules to help with that:

Show a Positive Attitude

Nothing works better -- in all situations -- than having and expressing a positive attitude. Let your enthusiasm for being part of the organisation show to everyone you interact with. Always leave non-work problems at home. Show loyalty and be careful to share any initial praise you get with the team. Nothing works like kindness and genuine appreciation. So, show your appreciation to everyone who helps you learn the ropes during your first days.

Try to remember people’s names

No one expects you to know everyone's name off by heart by the end of the first week, but if you are bad with names, take time to write peoples names down or walk round and introduce yourself to people to learn them. If you are in a situation in which you forget a person's name, don’t pretend to know it, rather admit fault, apologise and ask their name again.

Ask when you need information or help

No one expects you to solve all the organization's problems in your first few days – so relax a bit, and always ask questions when you are not sure about something. It is always better to ask before you've made a mistake, if you don’t people may then have to help you undo what you have done, wasting their time.

Take Notes/Go to Induction

Unless you have a photographic memory -- and few of us do -- consider taking notes when you meet with people, and notes on all the various systems of the organization. Attend all introduction and training sessions, even if they sound a bit tedious. People often get irritated by someone repeatedly asking how something works.

Be a Self-Starter; Take Initiative

In most situations, in your first days on the job, you will be given small doses of work -- to ease you in gently whilst you learn about the company processes. As you finish assignments and are ready to handle a bigger workload, take the initiative and ask for more work. Don't just sit there waiting for your next project.

Discover Everything About Your New Employer

In theory, you should have already done your homework during the recruitment process, but there is always more to learn now that you are one of the team. Employee handbooks or the company intranet are great places to start.

Be in the office often and on time

People notice empty desks. Fact! Continually leaving early or coming in late affects your reputation fast.. In these first days/weeks on the job, get to work on time and leave no earlier than most of your team. It is important to show up to work every day and establish a good attendance record. Yes, there will be emergencies, and yes, you may get sick, but as best you can, try to make it to work every day during those first weeks. And explain if you cant.

Avoid water-cooler gossip

Offices are rife with gossip and rumours. Make it your goal to keep your nose clean -- and be sure not to associate too often with the office rumour-monger. If you do you risk being tarred with the same brush and not trusted with important or sensitive information.

Cut down on personal business on company time

A small amount of personal admin and time is usually permitted on company time - checking email, making dinner reservations, buying stuff online. At first though, your goal is to keep your personal business to a minimum and stay focused on work. Stay off the social sites for a while and make sure you know what the company policy on internet usage is.

Remember who hired you

Your boss is not a mind-reader, so keep him/her up to date with your progress. Especially in those early days, meet with your boss to further establish a rapport and relationship. Remember not to bring the boss every little problem though, for day to day issues, ask for help from co-workers.

Why use us as a recruiters

So why use an employment agency for permanent bookings?

How do you search for staff to fill your permanent or short term vacancies?

Do you spend hours designing and writing an advertisement, then spend hundreds, maybe thousands of pounds advertising in the local papers?

This is one way to find new staff, but what if it does not yield the right kind of candidates? You may have to re-advertise week after week, spending much more money than you had forecast. You will almost certainly recieve many CV's in response to any advert placed, but a high percentage of applicants will not have the experience or qualifications you require.

Sorting through CV's and replying to all of the respondents is a long process, taking up valuable time. Alternatively, you could use a recruitment agency. Many companies are already aware of the benefits, some have yet to discover how they could save time and money, whilst taking advantage of an agencies' experience.

We will now give you some honest estimates of the time it will take out of your busy schedule just to fill one vacancy:

1. Writing an advert - this process can take about an hour to think of the correct wording and the exact requirements necessary for the vacancy.
Time taken: 1 hour

2. Designing an advert - once you have decided on the wording and layout, you will need to design the actual advert including logos, telephone numbers etc. Different publications have different sizes of adverts in their situations vacant sections, this may mean designing two or three different sizes and layouts.
Time taken: 1 hours

3. Arranging for publication - this will include talking to the different newspapers, discussing prices and deadlines. You will then need to arrange for purchase orders or credit card payments.
Time taken: 1 hours

4. Sorting CV's - As I mentioned earlier, you will receive many CV's; some may fit your criteria, most will not. You will also receive many phone calls from candidates wishing to enquire about the vacancy. Candidates may also apply or call on a speculative basis. This can take longer than simply scanning through CV's.
Time taken: 3 hours

5. Selecting a shortlist - Once you have a shortlist, you may want to talk to the candidates to make sure that they definitely meet your selection criteria, this could be an informal chat or a specially prepared telephone interview. After talking to these candidates, interview appointments to meet with the candidates will be arranged.
Time taken: 2 hours

6. Advising the unlucky ones - A good recruitment agency will advise those applicants who have not made it to the interview stage, though some organisations or agencies may not.
Time taken: 1 hour

This is generally the point when a recruitment agency would have completed most of their work and the customer takes over. This is a total of approximately 10 hours of work just to get suitable candidates to your office for interviews.
That's 10 hours of your time that could have been spent doing other things.

There are also the costs to bear in mind. Advertising, for example, can be very expensive and the results vary widely depending on which publication is used. You may have to advertise using newspapers, specialist magazines and internet sites.

If, for example, your vacancy is in Heathrow area, you may want your advert to reach candidates in Slough, Uxbridge, Hayes and Staines. Do not forget to include the cost of 10 man hours worth of your salary and overheads.

Adding up the time and money involved, you can see why many companies use employment agencies. The money saved by doing it yourself may be negligible, the time saved by using an agency can be considerable.

Next time you have a permanent vacancy, let Premium Staffing Ltd help, you may be surprised at how easy it can be!

Recruitment Services

Premium Staffing Ltd - Tailored Recruitment Services

Premium Staffing offers varied tailor-made recruitment solutions to our clients. We start by working with them to identify the smoothest, most time and cost effective recruitment approach to meet their needs, and then execute that excellently.

Services available to our clients are outlined below. Any of these services can be adapted and refined to our clients’ particular needs, whether adding in a certain service when needed for difficult vacancies, negotiating terms and timelines or changing processes for different vacancy types. This means our clients get an amazingly flexible solution each time.

Our long-standing, experienced recruitment team work in partnership with hiring managers at each stage of our service to ensure results, from optimizing client advertising, to screening and interview management consultancy.

Premium Staffing Services At A Glance

Proactive Job Advertising

As well as searching our strong internal database for candidates, we select the best recruitment advertising channels and proactively advertise vacancies, either anonymously or client branded depending on your needs. We consult on writing adverts for maximum effect, place adverts for clients, and filter and manage all responses to take all the administration away.

Full Screening and Selection

Many agencies send through a conveyor belt of not-quite-right CVs. We believe recruitment agencies should add more value than that. So we take the burden of screening away from our clients, using our years of recruitment experience, and a detailed knowledge of your needs, to find the candidates who are as good in person as on paper. We interview all candidates in detail on their skills, ambitions, experience and attitidues and recommend only a few select suitable candidates for a face to face interview. No mass of CVs, no to-ing and fro-ing, just guaranteed meetings with qualified, experienced candidates who are genuinely excited about working for you.

Candidate Qualification

Premium Staffing candidates are asked to complete pre-interview testing exercises, to gauge both their commitment to your company and the role, and their quality in practical situations. We design the most appropriate exercises for each client so these might include: conducting a company SWOT, completing a presentation on recommendations in their business area, some practical situational questions, etc. We make the results available to clients prior to interview, as a more solid indication of the candidates suitability. So we guarantee more bought-in, more switched-on and genuinely committed candidates.

Full Interview Co-ordination

Premium Staffing offer services to co-ordinate and arrange interview days at our premises and yours, from scheduling and ensuring attendance to managing the day itself. All you need is to turn up with your key questions ready to discuss with candidates.

Retained Search and Selection

We can manage a confidential, expert search and selection service to find your target candidates for priority vacancies. We can actively headhunt from target companies to attract those quality passive candidates who may not consider themselves on the market at the moment.

Bespoke Retained Services

We can manage the entire recruitment process for our clients, working hand in hand with their internal teams to map out a bespoke end-to-end recruitment process, built around their service level agreements at every stage, from briefing process to offer management. As part of this we would offer everything from advertising management, offer management, interview arrangements on our premises or theirs, search and selection where required and all administration covered. This reduces time to hire and increases efficiency.

Logistics Services

Every Driving Consultant Employed by Premium Staffing have worked as drivers themselves for at least 2 years before running the desk. We believe that this gives each Consultant an important insight into how the driving industry operates and can help when sourcing reliable, honest and efficient drivers.

All our drivers under-go a thorough face-to-face interview, we then challenge each driver with map reading tests, manual handling training and tachograph tests. If from the results drivers can show a good knowledge of driving we then reference them and make our final decision. This ensures that all drivers supplied by Premium Staffing are able to complete their work in good time and to excellent standards. We also send out random quality assessment forms to our clients to get feedback on the quality of the drivers we have supplied and what area's need improvement. This pro-active approach means we can Taylor make our service to suit our clients individual needs and offer a faster, more reliable and bespoke service offering the following;

  • LGV 1 Drivers
  • LGV 2 Driver
  • HIAB Drivers
  • ADR Drivers
  • Skip Drivers
  • Tipper Drivers
  • Trunk Drivers
  • Removal Drivers
  • 7.5 tonne Drivers
  • Car Transporters
  • Transit Drivers
  • Car Delivery Drivers
  • Chauffeur Drivers
  • Courier Drivers
  • Multi-drop Drivers
  • Other Catagories are available upon request

When you book a temp from Premium Staffing Ltd we not only confirm the temps name verbally over the phone we also email their photo and details to you. We appreciate the need for security when booking temporary staff especially if they are driving your vehicle, which can cost many thousands of pounds. This service also enables clients to choose their candidate from a list of pictures instead of names, which can be a great benefit if your company has many different agency staff every day and cannot remember a specific workers name.

With this in mind, we are confident we can offer clients a mutually beneficial service that will not only rival, but excel the services offered by other agencies.

Hospitality Services

Premium Staffing Ltd is well established within the hospitality and events sectors.

If you are hosting an event or looking to recruit staff for your own event company you have come to the right place. Premium Staffing will not only offer a bespoke recruitment service but also a highly productive management team to help manage your event. We endevour to recruit staff that are courteous, experienced and conscientious and we hold references, ID's and copies of certificates and licenses on file.

Housekeeping

The most important qualities for room attendants are experience, good English, smart presentation and a good attitude. We ensure all our room attendants have these qualities.

Over and above this, through our relationship with the client, we get to know what kind of personalities each individual client likes. Our skill at matching room attendants with the correct hotel is the benchmark in the industry.

Industrial Services

At Premium Staffing Ltd we pride ourselves on being the first point of contact for many companies in and around the South East London area. Most of our clients have had problems using agency staff in the past claiming that many of them are lazy, unskilled and they even had temps that just don't turn up. Our aim is to change this and offer a service that offers more than just an extra body for the day. We aim to meet all our clients on a regular basis and work closely with them ensuring every member of staff sent to them, either in advance or last second has the exact personality, skills and attitude to maximise the amount of work achieved. We understand that our clients need to grow their business and need responsible, hard working staff to help them.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, commited people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has".

All our temporary workers undergo a face-to-face interview with our Consultants and have to complete Manual Handling tests, COSHH tests and a health questionnaire. If from the results we think that there may be a place for them at Premium Staffing we will then fully reference them and if appropriate CRB Check them. We keep copies of Passports, Driving Licenses, NI Cards and several other documents to ensure that all staff meet our exceedingly high standards. We also provide smart polo shirts, steel toe cap boots, high visibility vests and photo ID's to all our temps.

If you think you might be interested in finding out some more information or having a face-to-face discussion on your requirements, please either click on the Clients tab or call us on the number below. Alternatively if you are looking for Industrial work, and would like to work for a hard working but rewarding agency please look at our vacancies section above.

Office Personnell Sevices

Premium Staffing specialist Office Support Division provides services nationwide to both SMEs and large multi-national organisations. Changing workloads, holidays, sickness and special projects can all generate the need for additional staffing positions to be filled quickly. Premium Staffing specialises in sourcing and placing office support staff with a wide range of capabilities to suit differing business environments, from busy accounts offices to reception and PA work.

As a client, our dedicated team of consultants will source temporary, permanent or contract personnel for a variety of roles, we’ll even provide full training for your new starters should it be required.

As one of our registered job seekers, you will have access to a wide range of resources aimed at helping you secure the right job through Premium Staffing. Click here to register.

Positions we place

  • PAs
  • secretaries
  • customer service
  • data entry clerks
  • telesales
  • contact centre agents
  • sales/marketing
  • telephonists
  • receptionists
  • WP/VDU operators
  • accounts clerks
  • administrators

Our promise to clients

Support staff are the backbone of every business and you need to be secure in the knowledge that your team is competent, reliable and efficient. Premium Staffing Ltd candidates combine appropriate skills with good attitude and approach. Our trained consultants interview all new candidates and verify their skill sets. We take out full employment and personal references before adding them to our database. This is all part of our selection process, designed to guarantee you get the ideal people.

Our promise to job seekers

We place candidates in the most suitable positions matching your current skills and preferences, we can assist you to up-skill where appropriate.

Privacy Policy

Premium Staffing Ltd is registered under the Data Protection Act (1998). The data submitted to Premium Staffing Ltd will only be used by Premium Staffing Ltd Services. We will not disclose or sell this information to third parties.

Premium Staffing Ltd fully respects your right to privacy in relation to your interactions with this website.

Our principle is that our clients should know (or should be able to find out) who is carrying out the processing of their personal information as well as other details about the processing (such as for what reason it is being carried out).

Any information which is provided by you will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality in accordance with Data Protection Acts. We will only use the personal information you provide to deliver the services you have requested, or for our lawful, disclosed purposes. We will not make your personal details available outside our organisation without your consent, unless obliged by law.

If at any time you decide you no longer wish us to hold or use the personal information you have provided us, or in the event that the information becomes out of date, please feel free to notify us and we will remove or correct the information as soon as possible.

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