Give yourself a chance to get that interview...

(Last Updated On: January 23, 2014)


I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, my company and my credentials. I have been involved in recruitment within the Bay for over  14 years. I have witnessed the rise, the fall and the slow recovery of the Bay especially within the jobs sector.

My name is Graeme Ross and my company is Emmerson-Ross Recruitment. We are based in the bay and we solely deal with permanent positions in small, medium and national companies based within the bay. We concentrate within the commercial sector which covers admin, finance, accounts, sales, marketing, IT, call centre, charity, legal, finance, secretarial and senior appointments. Our company has been established over 10 years.

I hope to be writing on a variety of topics on HR and recruitment , however I would like to base this short article on the importance of writing and maintaining a CV. In this day and age of email, the CV is now the first point of contact with a prospective employer. In effect it is the first impression that you will make. We all know the importance of first impressions. It must be sharp, presentable, factual and short. In most cases the employer will only read the first half of your first page. If this section does not scream out why they should interview you it could mean you lose out.

There is a very simple format and technique that works. I know because our numerous clients always rave about our CV format and how simple it is to select candidates they would like to interview.

Firstly have a short profile, tailor this profile to every job you are applying for. It is very important you explain to the employer why you are interested in the role and what experience you have that is relevant.

Secondly do a key skills section. Pick ten of your key skills that are relevant to the role you are applying for and bullet point them. The employer usually has a tick list and the key skills section is a very useful tool for them to shortlist you for the interview.

To follow have a work history, make sure dates are included and correct. Then follow that with a qualifications section also keep this brief and relevant. Lastly include interests and a reference section.

I cannot stress enough, especially in the current climate when competition for every job is so high, the importance in representing yourself well with a top rate CV. Yes it does involve a little work every time you apply for a role but trust me it is time very well spent. Generic CV’s do not work now. This will give you a head start and a fighting chance of selling yourself at an interview.

If you have any questions or would like some advice please feel free to email Graeme Ross at I would be delighted to answer any questions or to provide you with a template.

Graeme Ross


Emmerson-Ross Recruitment


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