How to create
a great CV
We know that getting an interview can be the hardest part of the search.
After all, if you’re not interviewed then how can your future employer really know how great you are?
Your CV is the starting point. Here are a few key steps to create the right version of your CV:
Your CV is mainly a tool to get you the interview, so avoid over stuffing it with too much boring information.
There are no rules as to how long your CV should be despite what some experts say.
One page is too long if it bores the interviewer; three pages is great but only if it contains really relevant information to the reader.
Your CV should show you the candidate as a problem solver in your current role.
Your CV should mainly list your personal career achievements blended with your skills, so use ‘I’ did and not ‘we’ did.
Your CV should tease the interviewer to want to know more about you and to meet you in person.
A well crafted CV says you are serious about developing your career by making a contribution to their organisation.
Recruiters & interviewers often screen out candidates with poor CV’s so it’s worth making it interesting.
The above is only a sample of the key steps. The best investment you can make is to spend time getting your CV sharp and up to date.
Impress at the
It’s a fact of life that it’s not always the best candidate that gets the job…it’s the candidate that comes across the best! If you are not comfortable selling yourself, you may not land the job you deserve.
The good news is that Gregory Martin Search are here to help.
We will pass on our experience gained from conducting hundreds of interviews, and help you to understand the core key interview principles as you prepare.
You’ll rarely be appointed on just one interview. However, most interviewers will often have a front runner after the 1st meeting.
The interview officially starts when you walk into the building, first impressions are lasting, so treat the most junior person you meet with the same respect as the interviewer.
Interviewers don’t like making selection mistakes, so will often take the candidate who is less risky. Your job is to help the interviewer remove that risk.
Interview questions are rarely that different from interview to interview. With some preparation, you can anticipate the likely questions and so know how best to respond.
Interviewers will only ever ask 3 questions (called super questions), if you know what these are, you can anticipate most questions in advance.
Excellent interview preparation is the No.1 reason for interview success (YouGov report).
Knowing your CV is vital and be prepared to explain all the gaps and moves (or lack of moves) in your CV.
Fully understand the full scope of the Job Description for the role you’re being interviewed for.
Don’t wait for the interview to find out things about the role and organisation. You’re supposed to know…no excuses for not doing proper research!
If you haven’t had a recent interview, get some practice in. Some of the best candidates are the poorest at being interviewed.
The above is only a sample of the key steps.
The best investment you can make is to spend time getting your CV sharp and up to date.
Don’t hold up
In a slow market or climate of uncertainty caused by Brexit and Covid 19, don’t put your career on hold. There are still so many ways to progress, even in the short term.
To really progress in your chosen career in book publishing, you’ll need to stretch yourself and that may mean going elsewhere to achieve that.
Working hard will only take you so far. To get you noticed and add value to your organisation, you’ll need to also continually upgrade your thinking.
But as we all know, that’s easier said than done especially in a changing publishing and wider world.
We encourage our candidates to continually adapt to change rather than fight it and keep on adapting throughout your career. We have found from our experience that embracing personal development helps encourage candidates to be much better prepared in advance to take up and make the best of career opportunities as they come up.
Our industry needs motivated, well matched and prepared candidates which makes their recruitment selection process easier. Candidates benefit as you also make the best of publishing job opportunities when they come up.
The next step is to register with Gregory Martin today to find your ideal next career move.