CV Writing Tips


Follow our guide to creating a strong CV that you can feel confident about.

Your CV is the first thing an employer will judge you on, so make sure it showcases all your relevant skills and experience in the clearest and best possible way. Begin by assembling the facts and chronologically listing the information you need to include in your CV. You won’t get it perfect the first time but you can improve and add to your CV over time.

Personal Profile This is your chance to grab the reader’s initial attention, so this section should use short sentences and be around 60 – 70 words.This section should highlight key aspects of your CV such as your key skills, job roles and achievements. You may also use this section to briefly outline your career aims and reasons for seeking a new role.Make sure you write this in the 1st person. Employment History List all work experience in reverse chronological order, beginning with your most recent position.Provide brief details of the companies you’ve worked for i.e. the name and type of business plus turnover.State the dates of employment and include details of your key responsibilities and key achievements within the role.Ensure the detail is factual and quantitative. Future employers want concise and informative information that sells your skills to them.Don’t be too repetitive  
Personal details Name / Postal address / Telephone number / Email address / Personal WebsiteIf you have a UK Driving Licence and own car it is important to include this. Hobbies and Interests Listing interests and hobbies provides a more personal profile for employers and helps to present you as a rounded individual.Try to avoid the usual clichés of ‘socialising with friends  
Education In reverse chronological order list: Any professional qualifications achieved, including any you’re currently studying Your university, course & degree gained (if applicable) Your secondary and further education including A-Levels, GCSEs/O Levels and grades obtained     Additional Skills Detail all the systems in which you’re literate or have used previously i.e. Word; Excel; SAP; Photoshop; etc. State your proficiency in each honestly. List any foreign languages along with your proficiency at each as either Basic, Conversational or Fluent.    


It is up to you whether you include referee’s details in your CV or prefer not to disclose them at this stage. If you do decide to include these, detail the following information:

Name / Company / Position and relationship to you i.e. ‘previous line manager’ / Postal address / Telephone / Email address

Final considerations

Make your CV look professional: write it in MS Word and focus on clear, consistent formatting.

Don’t have unexplained gaps if you have been travelling or unemployed – include the details. Time out is often a good discussion point at interview.

Be concise: your CV should ideally be about 2-3 pages.

Short paragraphs and bullet points look neat and make the CV easy to read

Ensure you add achievements to each role citing tangible benefits they bought to the role.

Common CV Mistakes

Once you’ve completed the first draft of your new CV, read through the below list and check you haven’t made any of these common CV mistakes. You’ll be glad you did!

Writing “CV” or “Curriculum Vitae” at the top. This is a waste of space as the employer will understand the purpose of the document.

Adding in details such as age, marital status, religion etc. These are irrelevant to an employer and take up valuable space on your CV. All the employer needs to know is how suited your skills & experiences are you for the job.

Typos! Using your computer’s spelling and grammar checker is good practice, but also get a friend or relative to read the CV through as they’ll be able to spot things a computer can’t.

Only include information which is relevant to the job you’re applying for – the employer doesn’t want to know your life story!

Don’t include a photo on your CV. This is irrelevant and some employers really don’t like it!

Don’t put your salary information on your CV. A savvy recruiter will be able to estimate from your job title & responsibilities what salary bracket you fall into.

Don’t stretch the truth – this will only serve to trip you up further down the job application process. For example, if you state your MS Excel skills are excellent when in truth they’re basic and you’re presented with an Advanced Excel test at interview, you’re going to look pretty silly.

Don’t try to use humour in your CV. What people may find funny in person generally doesn’t come across well on paper. While humour may make your CV stand out to a recruiter, they’ll probably remember you for all the wrong reasons.

Can we fall in love with pre-loved fashion?

Every week we dump 11 million items of unwanted
clothing in landfill….
Today, we buy double the new clothes than we did ten
years ago, it’s no secret that the fashion industry is one
of the most polluting on the planet. Cheap, accessible,
‘disposable’ fashion has dominated the market in the
last decade, and consumers are now beginning to
understand the consequences of this fast fashion
monster, only a fraction of the clothing produced today
is recyclable.

It’s clear the industry is willing to change, as fast as it is
able; The big retailers are leading the way, but
ultimately the power lies with the customer, as
inevitably, the more ethical the product, the higher the
cost. In the short term, industry sources suggest that
‘pre-loved’, second hand clothing is the way forward, it
is expected that this market will grow rapidly in the next
ten years with consumers rejecting fast fashion.

Most of us have been buying and selling our treasures
on eBay for some time, but now there is a new wave of
second hand boutiques, shops and platforms that make
it easier than ever to lay your hands on preloved
bargains. This is not Charity Shop shopping, this is a
purposeful and targeted shopping journey, where you
are not only saving the planet, you are getting designer
brands at a fraction of the cost.

Oxford Street’s Selfridges has just launched a new area,
dedicated to the buying and selling of second-hand
clothes, run by resale website, Vestiaire Collective.
And what’s new, is that it isn’t reserved for the superrich,
yes there are high priced, unique items but The
Guardian notes “there are high-end items available at
Vestiaire Collective @ Selfridges Image from The Guardian
Zara-level prices, including a pair of Acne jeans for £45”
so as a consumer, why wouldn’t you take a look?
They also mention “in the world of limited-edition
trainers the opposite is true. One pair of Nike shoes on
sale at the concession originally retailed at about £120,
but are now being sold for £910”

What’s different about this new market to the EBay and
Charity shops of old is the way the items are presented,
you still have the feeling you are buying luxury. The
imagery, blogs, trends, information, all lead to a
thoroughly enjoyable user experience.

Depop, which is Instagram meets eBay, now has over
15 million users, and it’s a very different app to
navigate than eBay, it’s about style, content and
conscious sustainability.

So is this the changing face of Fashion?
I don’t believe we will ever remove the need, or want,
for fast wearable fashion, as a consumer I buy cheap
and I buy often, and I am certain I will continue to do so,
but I will definitely consider pre-loved for some of the
key seasonal pieces.
Kathryn Barksby | Senior Fashion Recruiter
People Marketing Fashion Recruitment
Main: 0115 922 3335

Why not Dhaka?

Looking for a new challenge? Does an overseas role appeal to you?

I often speak to candidates who have desires to try something new and experience working abroad, but also has hesitations (naturally!) as often our only exposure to foreign lands comes from our holidays. So often we can say, “Oh! I would move to Spain or Italy as I’ve been there on holiday, but I wouldn’t consider Holland or Germany.” I was guilty of exactly this myself; Australia was the ideal, I would have settled for New Zealand, or even the Far East, but where did I end up? ….Belgium!

It’s easy to pass up the opportunity of a lifetime if you don’t have direct experience of the location, but in reality, your holiday and/or work trips, are not a great comparison to living and working in that country.

Be Open Minded!

These assignments may not be lifelong (or even career-long) secondments, but they are an opportunity to spend a couple of years, living life, seeing the world, experiencing other cultures and moving your career forward a level.

So why not Bangladesh..? It’s a country rapidly developing thanks to the investments of the Fashion Industry and it has come on leaps and bounds in the last 10 years. Yes, there have been some tragic and unnecessary events in recent years, though this has however has aided the development and investment in the countries growth.

Here are a few things you may not know about Bangladesh, with a footnote from me just saying, keep an open mind…

One hour flight from Dhaka in the Chittagong Area is the Beautiful – Cox’s Bazar. This is one of the world’s longest unbroken beaches with 125km of stunning sandy beach.

The Bangladeshi’s are some of the nicest most welcoming people I have ever met. They will take you under their wing and you will become part of the family; they will openly welcome you into their culture and if you get an opportunity to experience family parties/wedding they are a real experience.

Festivals and Celebrations are a great experience, you can get involved, dress in a sari, get some henna, add a bindi… and off you go to the ghats (piers) where you can watch the effigies of Durga being launched on their way along the Ganges.

Transport, yes, this can be a challenge… but you will adapt and learn the routes and times that work for you, again, be open to modes of transport. Rickshaw’s, Cycle Carts and Cow Carts, are the most fun and if they can’t miss all of the traffic, they can certainly make it more enjoyable.

Dhaka has a number of very good restaurants, mainly in the Gulshan District, one of my favourites being The Castle (above). This is some of the best food in town, 1-6k Taka; it’s not cheap but worth every Taka! In Gulshan you can eat Korean, Chinese, Turkish and Italian (another favourite of mine is Spaghetti Jazz), get great coffee and cinnamon buns, as well as Movenpick Ice Cream and Pecan Waffles… Mmmm!

As an Ex-Pat in Dhaka, you will no doubt visit and get involved with some of the City’s clubs and societies. You can play squash at the Gulshan Club; get your Martini at the American Club, and play a spot of Tennis at the International recreation Club. You will find a wide mix of nationalities at these clubs and they are great relaxing hang outs, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Art is thriving in Bangladesh at the moment and is developing along with the country, you may visit the Bengal Art Lounge in the Gulshan, which is an amazing gallery, offering your art fix and regular events, exhibitions and installations; it is really well run and offers a great website so you can keep up to date.

Work with the season and eat the tastiest fruit and veg! Eat seasonal fruit and veg (not the imported and treated delights) early in the year you will get tasty local Tomatoes, Spinach, Sweet Peas and Runner Beans, from April you will be able to lay your hands on super tasty Mango and Guava, and for a short period, local lychees!

Dhaka has some pretty amazing parks, Ramna Park perhaps being one of the best, left to the city in the 17th Century, having had a questionable past, the park now consists of around 70 acres of parkland with a lake and stunning flora & fauna.

Other things to keep a look out for:

Curzon Hall – University of Dhaka, started in 1904 as a town hall building but became a university campus on opening in 1911.

Parliament House – One of the largest legislative complexes in the world at 215 acres.

Lalbagh Fort – 17th century fort, standing at the Buriganga River, SW of the city.

Baldha Botanical Gardens – Spanning three acres with a collection of over 700 plants.

Tempted now…? Drop us a line to and one of our team will be more than happy to help and advice any way we can.

Be. Open. Minded!

Creating Your Design Portfolio

Top Tips for your Design Portfolio

Your Design Portfolio is your opportunity to showcase your creativity and demonstrate your skills and creative flair to potential employers. It provides an insight into the work you have done in the recent past, but more importantly it shows the direction you are heading and can demonstrate to potential employers where your creative future lies.

A great portfolio, together with your confident presentation skills will help secure the job offer you are looking for.

Follow our guide below to creating a design portfolio that is worthy of the job you are after.

Only Show Your Best Side

  • You only get one chance to showcase your skills and ability, so be sure your portfolio demonstrates the very best you have to offer.
  • Only include work you are 100% happy with and you are able to talk passionately about.
  • Only include relevant examples for the role you are being considered for.
  • Be self-critical and if you don’t think something is your strongest work, don’t include it.
  • Keep a consistent handwriting and if you have projects with relevant content that are not your best work, then update/rework these.


Think Technical

As well as boards of finished product, concept or trends it is important you consider showing your technical knowledge, for example, technical packs for factories, BOM (bill of materials) or scale artworks. It’s great to see beautifully presented boards, but it’s also essential that you can show your understanding and ability to also create the design instructions required.

Projects and Portfolio Top-Ups

  • As you move through your career, it’s likely you will change products, markets, gender, or age range. Its good practice to include in your portfolio relevant projects, keeping your portfolio constantly up to date with newness and demonstrating your areas of interest.
  • If your current work is not an exact match to the role you are interviewing for, it is always worth starting a project, so they can see your potential to adapt and understand the different area/product. Do this knowing that often a project will be set following a successful first interview

Consider Your Medium

Technology is a growing influence in our daily lives and you may wish to present your portfolio digitally. Before interviewing do consider the following:

  • Is your battery fully charged?
  • Turn off notifications as you don’t want personal pop-ups as you present
  • Who is your audience? If you are presenting to 4 people, will a mini tablet be seen?
  • Consider what you know about your interviewer, if you know they are traditional then perhaps a paper portfolio works well, if they are a tech savvy business, digital is a must

Timing is Everything

  • Consider how relevant your earlier work and especially your university work is. Whilst we appreciate you have a story and a timeline to represent, if you are an experienced designer, with relevant commercial work, it may not be prudent to show your final collection from years ago.
  • Keep your portfolio fresh and start with the newest work.

Lastly, be sure your portfolio in whatever format, is clean and professional. Please don’t take a lap-top adorned with stickers and doodles. Ensure your case, book or folder is clean and professional, free from grubby finger prints and scuffs. And if you are using paper, use good quality paper and sleeves.

Be proud of your work and talk confidently and passionately about your chosen product area and you will be well on the way to a successful interview.

To discover the latest jobs opportunities in fashion Design visit our website at

Kathryn Barksby
Senior Fashion Recruitment Consultant
People Marketing Fashion Recruitment

Direct line:  0330 335 0986

Making it in Design

Working in Design or any creative sector is an enviable career, nothing will compare to the feeling of self-achievement when your sketches come to life or working in an invigorating environment with creatives who share the same passion.

Fashion design is often perceived as glamorous, whilst this is some-what true this is just the surface of being a designer, there are many more layers to consider.

Working Hours:

As a designer you’ll be expected to work long hours, a 9 to 5 in this line of work is unheard of. Your work load will be driven by sign offs and send outs, working to tough deadlines and the possibility of your customer or buying team making last minute changes.

A huge perk is having the option to travel, these might be long days and early start; to get the best priced flight you will depart at the crack of dawn! You’ll also find that you never actually switch off, you’ll be consumed by your work, always keeping your eyes peeled for new inspiration on the market. This is natural when you have a real passion for what you do.


It is important to remember you are entering this industry for your love of design, not necessarily for the financial reward. Whilst design is certainly not poorly paid, it’s not always the most lucrative route in the fashion industry. Paid travel and clothing discounts are a huge benefit, but be aware that it is unlikely you’ll earn the big bucks until you senior level, but with hard work and dedication you’ll   get there!

Sketching & CAD: 

If you’re an Illustrator look for roles that utilise these skills, such as greeting cards or homewares, when you move into fashion, the chances of being able to paint and draw will be slim. You will work predominantly on CAD for speed and accuracy. Even as a print designer for apparel, you will be largely CAD based, and your more creative elements will become a hobby.

You will also need to make sure your CAD skills are up to date, software changes and evolves so rapidly that you will need to be constantly aware of new tools and innovations. Although your company may not upgrade as often, you should still ensure your knowledge is current, otherwise you will find your skills are quickly outdated.

As well as CAD, you will be required to use a varied amount of computer software on a daily basis, such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint,  internal systems and databases specific to the company you are working for. If you are a technophobe, perhaps this is not the route for you.

Public Speaking:

As we all know fashion can be a cut-throat industry, you won’t always be told how amazing your work is so prepare yourself for some criticism. Don’t let this dampen your spirit, take on those criticisms and turn them into positives, always be excited and talk passionately about your creations. You are the ambassador of your own work, give it life and make others excited too.

Fear is a normal part of public speaking, some find it a walk in the park whilst it doesn’t come naturally to others. It would be great if we could let our work speak for itself, but being able to present confidently is a great skill to have as a designer, as you’ll be presenting regularly in front of clients and buying teams. It is easier said than done, at first you’ll feel nervous, your palms will sweat, your stomach will be in knots but just like anything the more you do it the better you’ll become.

You don’t have to be the most out-going extroverted character to come across well in your presentations, prepare, be yourself and connect with your audience.

It Takes All Sorts:

You will meet all sorts of people on your journey of being a designer, from the most flamboyant sparkly characters, to a barefoot maiden. You will be surprised sometimes by how the skill and passion of a person, differs from their image and soon realise fashion has no image.

Not all streetwear is designed by a heavily tattooed skater, and not all girls wear is by the sweetest of sweet. Our love of product isn’t always our personal preference, in fact, it’s better when it isn’t as it means you’re able to have a more of an objective view of the task in hand.

You do need to be comfortable in very diverse environments, be able to build relationship with all different types of people in all walks of life. And that’s just in your own office, then you have to consider the culture differences across the world in your suppliers. You need to be open minded, and able to adapt.

No two days are the same for a designer, it’s a varied and challenging role, but it’s very rewarding, when you see your work in store, online, in magazines, maybe even TV, it makes it all worthwhile.

If you’re keen to make it as a designer, please visit our website for all of our latest design opportunities.

 By Kathryn Barksby
 Senior Fashion Recruitment Consultant

Direct Line: 0330 335 0986

The Rise of the Robots

If you have been recruiting for your business recently you may have found that hiring the right people is hard work, and you are not alone.

We are all finding it more difficult to identify and attract talented people within the Fashion industry and then persuade them to make a career move to a new employer, despite there being valid career or experience enhancement reasons for them doing so.

There’s a general feeling in the industry at the moment that recruiting is tough, and here’s why…

Unemployment is at the lowest level for over 40 years…

  • According to the ONS the unemployment figure fell to just 4% in July 2018, obviously this is a national figure across all sectors but it does go some way towards explaining why the immediately available talent pool has all but dried up.


Applications have dried up…

  • Again across all sectors, Adzuna reported that the average number of applicants per job advertised is just 0.38 which means nearly 2 in 3 jobs advertised aren’t even getting a response.

We are certainly seeing this in Fashion, where online job adverts, even on traditional industry specific sites, are poor and sometime yield no applicants at all. It also seems to substantiate what we have all been thinking in recent years that the majority of candidates now adopt a “come get me” attitude to job hunting, rather than actively applying for jobs.

Movement is sluggish…

  • Looking at our own salary survey over the last 3 years it is clear that there has been little movement in salaries on like for like roles. Maybe this tells us more about the lack of mobility of talent in the industry, rather than the state of the market, although history does tell us that after a constant 12 month period of a skills shortage salary’s start to creep up. This is mainly because employers are desperate to fill a gap and use cash to incentivise people to join them, the ripple effect of this is surprisingly rapid when it starts and probably one we should keep a close eye on – If you haven’t already got one let me know and I will send you a copy of People Marketing Fashion Recruitment -2018 Salary Survey.


The rise of the Robots…

  • Obviously nothing ever stands still, and roles change – new skills and jobs are emerging all the time and according to the Bank of England’s Chief Economist last year, 15 Million UK jobs will be replaced by Robots. I’m not sure that is the case for the fashion industry but we have seen a skills shift in some areas. For instance according to Adzuna in July 2018 retail job vacancies were down by over 21%  year on year which was almost a mirror image of the figure in increased job vacancies within Digital or Online Marketer roles.


So you are right in thinking recruitment is tough. To recruit talent to grow your businesses we all have to change the way we recruit and here’s what you can do:

  • Reduce reliance on traditional advertising methods and replace it with networking and referrals.
  • Engage with niche recruitment businesses that understand exactly what you are looking for and know where to find them,
  • Most importantly when you find new staff members, make sure you keep them, Employee Engagement is becoming more and more important, this reminded me of a really useful piece we put together last year on the subject, follow the link for a few FREE tips on how to get it right from the start; .

As ever, if there is anything we can help with, be it advice on recruiting, retaining staff or help growing your team then please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Doug Jameson
Managing Director

Contact Details:
Tel: 0330 335 0190

Being Aware of Your Digital Footprint: The Watchful Eye of the Recruiter

There is no doubt that social media has revolutionised the fashion and retailing industry, the concept of Fashion Blogging and Influencing as a career no longer seems bizarre.

In today’s digital world, building a strong online presence through social media can be the gateway to the success of your fashion career and increasing your chances of being recognised for your work. Brands have also noticed the benefits of using the social platforms for boosting exposure, networking and as a vital tool to their hiring process.

Over the years, the act of physically handing over your CV has rapidly decreased, as a high majority of employers are now receiving online applications. This has encouraged searching for candidates via the internet to put a face to the name and find out more to ensure they will be the best representation of their business. After scrolling through your feed a recruiter can make a decision about you within 30 seconds, so if you’re feeling deflated and can’t understand why you keep receiving a generic “We regret to inform you” email, it may be to do with your content.

Clearly, this is not new advice but think carefully when posting, liking or sharing across your socials as this could obstruct the next steps in your future if you’re sending the wrong message. Political rants on Twitter, reposting offensive memes or sharing photos from the fancy dress nights at University may not be as amusing to the employer as they are to your peers. Your digital footprint is called a footprint for a reason, this is an online trail that follows you every step of the way recording your activity as soon as you log on.

Here are a few key pointers to ensure you’re stepping in the right direction and only the best version of yourself is visible online.

1. Have a go at Googling yourself

First things first, have a go at doing a Google search on yourself, this will allow you to see the information recruiters can access about you. Ask yourself – Am I displaying a positive image? Would I employ myself? Additionally, investigate what family and friends may have posted about you on their pages, as it is likely that their data will also be attached to your name.

2. Protect your privacy

As we have evolved with technology, many of us use our social media accounts as a diary to document personal memories in order to stay connected with family and friends, however we tend to over share information that should remain private. Utilise your privacy settings, they’re there for a good reason, customise your settings for only friends to see specific things that you post.

3. Separate your accounts

You could separate your accounts, of course we like our candidates to stand out from the crowd but for the right reasons. If necessary have an account for your social life and your professional life especially if you’re in the process of building your own brand or increasing your network as you may attract the wrong audience.

4. Are you Linked In?

Linked In is a business-focused platform for making great connections and growing your network. It is one of the key platforms recruiters use when searching for candidates, you could say that it is Facebook for the professionals, as they are pretty much viewing an online version of your CV. More often than not, your Linked In profile will be one of the first links a recruiter can see when doing a Google search, they will see your display picture, employment history, education and achievements if you choose to display them. Ensure your profile looks clean, this means thinking about whether your display picture is appropriate, if you have any gaps in your employment and if you are connected to the right people.

Stay aware of your digital footprint at all times by following these simple steps as it will never leave you.

When you have taken action and your socials are squeaky clean! Make sure you register with us at so we can start finding the perfect fashion role for you! 🙂

Janay Josephs

Business Support Coordinator

Academia Meets Industry; My Summer Internship

It is no secret that graduates will be entering the job market at a particularly challenging time, with slow economic recovery and increasing competition the need to make your CV Stand out is now more necessary than ever.

Many university students will inevitably realise that the combination of both academic success and relevant industry experience are equally prized by employers, making this the most common recipe for success for recent university graduates aiming to land their dream job.

With final year projects and examinations drawing to a close and graduation on the horizon, it is only natural to start planning for post University life and entering the world of work. As a third year Marketing student at De Montfort University I was looking for a new challenge. I was eager to put the skills and academia that I have learnt throughout my three years of study into practice. Relevant industry experience that would facilitate greater exposure to the fundamentals of Marketing in industry was what I knew I wanted to build upon, making my CV all the more appealing whilst standing out amongst the competition.

I was successful in achieving a summer internship as a Marketing and Business Support Associate at People Marketing Fashion Recruitment. Interning at People Marketing Recruitment was a valuable experience that has facilitated a greater understanding of Marketing for businesses. I was given a number of marketing and business projects spanning from a competitor analysis right through to blog writing. I really enjoyed coming up with recommendations on social media activities and suggesting creative effective ways to improve the company website. This to me was particularly fascinating as at university I had studied these areas so it was exciting to put what I had learnt into practice whilst learning new skills along the way!

Working alongside a small team gave me a greater insight into the company culture and the roles necessary for a business to operate on a daily basis. I also gained a greater concept of time management throughout my internship whether it was waking up early in the morning for the commute or preparing in adequate time for project deadlines. I have developed more confidence in presenting ideas, findings and recommendations, which will be extremely valuable in the world of work!

My time at People Marketing has facilitated wider learning in a real life business, which will be well accompanied by my Marketing Degree!

If you too are considering gaining extra experience through an industry placement or internship go for it! I would highly recommend gaining such experience.

Dianne Broomfield-Carter: Marketing and Business Support Intern

CV Tips

Putting together a CV is a time consuming process and depending on who you speak to you will get completely different advice. Some people advocate for adding a photo to your CV – others say absolutely don’t do this! At the end of the day these things can come down to a matter of opinion- however there are some things that should be observed to help your CV stand out. So here are some of our tips to add to the mix.

Consistent General Formats

The main layout of a CV is:

Name & Personal Contact Details

Personal Statement



Achievements & Skills



This format can vary slightly – a graduate may choose to put education above employment as this may be the more relevant experience, you might put some skills under your personal statement to highlight them. But as a general rule this is a good format to follow.

Put down your experience in date order with your most recent employment first. A good standard layout is:

Month Year – Month Year


Job Title

This is a clear and easy layout to follow for the reader.

A Neat and Tidy Finish

Put yourself in the shoes of a recruiter/hiring manager receiving 100+ applications for a role; unfortunately you cannot possible read each CV back to back – so how do you make your CV stand out? Probably not how you think… make sure your CV is neat and tidy, not too busy and easy to read! This way a hiring manager can easily spot the key factors they are looking for in a new recruit. The last thing you want is to spend days putting together a highly creative CV to be automatically disregarded due to the creativity and not the experience you have. If you are a designer send a portfolio across with your CV to show your skills in this area.

The Nit Picking…

Here are a few tips we have found from experience can trip people up….

Capital Letters

EXPERIENCE or EXPEREINCE …The problem with capital letters is they aren’t picked up in spell check. As they appear different from your usual view it can easily be missed! The amount of times key words in a CV such as heading , job titles…and yes even candidate names have been spelt wrong is too many to count!


 Stick with a format

When you started writing your CV 10 years ago (or last week!) you may have started with a particular format. For example – employment dates of January 2009 – December 2009 but as time has gone on and you have updated your new roles this changes to Jan 10 to Mar 16…

It is worth keeping this in mind when you update your CV to maintain a consistent format.

This rule also applies for writing in past and present tense. When adding a new role onto your CV it is always worth going back and making sure your previous roles are not in present tense.

Use Bullet Points

Bullet points draw attention to key facts and make a CV easy to scan for the more important qualities and achievements. It makes your CV more readable – therefore easier to grab the attention of the hiring manager.

Contact details are a must!

In our digital age it is becoming more and more common to not add contacts details to CV – this is a big mistake – if you are not easily contactable from your CV you may again be overlooked for a role.

Particularly if you are sending your CV to agencies make sure your address is on the CV. When agencies receive new roles they will do a search for people within a certain distance of the company location. If we don’t have your address you can be missed from these searches.

Spelling & Grammar

Get someone to check this for you. It is harder to spot your own mistakes in text becauseyou know what you are trying to portray so ask a friend to do this for you.

We spend hours trying to perfect our CV’s to make ourselves stand out from the crowd – the most important thing to remember is to make sure it isn’t the little things that are pulling you down. Your CV should not be created to how you like it but to how a hiring manager or recruiter will like it.

Now your CV is perfected, get in touch!

Send your CV to us here and we can help you find your dream role.





Grace Mitchell: Business Support Coordinator

Working Abroad…. The Scariest and Most Rewarding Things I Have Ever Done

Leaving my job, family and friends in the UK to work in Belgium was daunting, agonising beforehand over whether I was doing the right thing. Five years on (with the benefit of hindsight) it was a great experience both professionally and personally which provided me with new experiences as well as gaining life-long friends.


If you are considering relocating overseas here are some tips and considerations that might help you make that move.   


Moving abroad was, in all honesty, much simpler than I expected. Always having been in the back of my mind, and at a point in my life where the lack of ties and the need for a new challenge sent my job search wandering further afield.

The move was all I could have hoped for, other than a couple of days early on, when the confines of  the business apartment got me down, the language had me foxed, and my inability to find milk pushed me to the edge of reason.

The opportunity helped me to be more confident, strong and open-minded, and was also great fun. It was by far one of the best experiences of my life.


You are a hoarder… When you start to put your life in order ahead of the big move, the most insignificant realisation is that you own too much stuff! Only when you need to pack your life into 2 suitcases do you truly realise how much stuff you have and how little of it is meaningful and even less useful!

You will vow,  in this moment to stop saving half used cosmetics that didn’t suit your skin type,  boxes for electricals you will never return, shoes that never really fit and faulty phone chargers; you won’t, you will do it all again in your new place in your new country, you will buy more junk to remind you of home, you will save items that made you smile and your will surround yourself with things to make you feel more settled, but, be happy in the knowledge you had a good de-clutter, and you are not about to drown in your belongings!


Be open to possibilities…

Landing in a new town/city will really push you to the edge of your comfort zone, you will need to step outside to find new friends, a new home, new hobbies, new everything! It’s not easy but little by little it will all come together, don’t rush it, you can’t expect to duplicate your friends network and routine in a new city overnight, make the most of small wins; a new route home from work that saves you 30 min, discovering the Doctors surgery in your road, and having a coffee with the couple in the business flat opposite yours, all major steps in making yourself at home, and you should praise yourself for every step.


I’ll pick up the language…

You will quickly learn you accent is a great icebreaker, people will be keen to chat and learn more about you and your situation as soon as then know you are not a local. This is a great way to make friends but what you will find is this gives you less and less opportunity to practice your local language skills, you will find many people are more than happy to talk in English if they can, and they also want to practice, they learnt at school and hone their language skills with TV and Film, but very rarely get to talk to real English people!

This does make your life easier, but you will still need that evening class.


Who are you running from?

You will definitely meet people, home and away, that just can’t understand why you would do such a thing, pack up your life and move to a whole new country? They assume you must have issues, you must be running away from something or someone. Some people will consider it brave and wondrous, and others will just think you are out of your mind. Deal with it, be proud you are doing this for the incredible lifestyle experience you will get and the opportunities for your career, not everyone will think this is a good idea!


Home sickness works in mysterious ways

There are some home comforts that just can’t be substituted, and weirdly, whilst you can easily talk to the people you miss from home, Skype with a T-bag just isn’t going to help.

You will learn to travel very light when you visit, so you can fill your cases with shopping, for me this would be T-bags, Biscuits, Squash and Sausages…

Some things you just don’t appreciate until you leave, most importantly, how good our supermarkets are!


You’ll change.

You will become more open minded, more able to problem solve, you will have more confidence in yourself and your ability to get things done, you will work it out!

You will discover new hobbies and passions, you will learn new skills, these may or may not be languages – you will live without Coronation Street (and when you visit you won’t have a clue what’s happening)

Your relationships will also change, you will have some people in your life who you appreciate more because you see them less, and others that will just fade away. Be prepared that not everyone who promised to visit will, some of your closest friends will let you down. But you will also find, that the bond with your best friends becomes stronger, you can go without seeing each other for a year or more, and catch up like you never missed a beat. Be thankful for this, you can’t learn how powerful this is until you have been apart.

Enjoy Every Moment.

It’s an amazing opportunity to challenge yourself, but remember to never let a situation override your excitement and your enjoyment, you may never get an opportunity like this again, and you can’t imagine where this could lead, nothing is un-solvable so sit back and be sure you are enjoying every moment.

I am left with a further desire to travel, to push myself, to experience new things, but also with a million happy memories, and a pride in myself for having the guts to go ahead with it all!


Kathryn Barksby: Senior Fashion Recruitment Consultant