When you want to get the right job, you need to put together a strong CV and create a positive first impression. Here are the essentials you need to be in with a chance of landing the role of your dreams.

If you’re on a journey to finding the perfect job, you’ll know it’s all about getting in front of a prospective employer. The best way to get an interview is to make sure your CV, or résumé, gets read. After that, you need to make a good impression on your interviewer. So, to help you land your perfect position, we’ve put together this handy guide.

To get started, here are some top tips for creating a winning CV:

1.   Follow a simple and clear layout

Make sure your CV is up to date and no longer than two pages – perfect spelling, excellent grammar and using clear typography are all essential. Bullet points can make reading a lot of information much easier.

2.    Introduce yourself and say what motivates you personally and professionally

Make sure you start with a snappy introduction that tells your prospective employer everything they need to know and gets them to read further.

3.    Demonstrate your relevant experience and achievements

Highlight your experience studying or working in areas related to your chosen career path – the strongest CVs are tailored to the position you are applying for.

4.    Show that you can build and develop relationships

Occasions when you've been exposed to different cultures, been in leadership roles, or had success as part of a team highlight your professional aptitude and ability to adapt to new environments.

5.    Identify when you've used your initiative to go above and beyond

If you are applying for your first job, include everything from academic awards and scholarships to voluntary work, internships and relevant extracurricular activities. Each of these shows your motivation for career development.

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Impressing at the interview stage

When you've created the right impression at the application stage and secured yourself an interview, it's time to impress in person. Here is a list of useful suggestions to keep in mind while perfecting your interview technique:

1.    Do your research

Read up on the position you're applying for and the latest industry developments. A lack of company knowledge is a common mistake made by candidates.

2.     Practice your answers

Try to plan for common interview questions such as those concerning your strengths and weaknesses. Talk about what you specifically have done and how that will help you succeed in the role you're being interviewed for.

3.    Show your enthusiasm

Employers consider enthusiasm to be a very important trait in interviews. However, be careful not to appear overly assertive or demanding.

4.    Ask your own questions

It's important you're sure that you will be happy at Shell. This is your chance to find out everything you can about the role and company culture. Prepare one or two key questions in advance.

5.    Remember to follow up

Thanking the interviewer by email is a good way to ensure your name stays on their mind and to reiterate your strongest selling points. It will also show your commitment and ability to stay on top of things.

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