It can be daunting knowing where to start when creating your CV or looking for jobs, so we have put together some tips to help you with your job application and ensure you stand out from the crowd.
Whilst your CV itself isn’t something that will get you a job, it is something that can help you get an interview. It is your opportunity to make a good first impression and a chance to showcase your achievements.
To help you create an exciting CV, here are some things we look out for:
Easy to read with a structured layout, use bullet points and a clear font
Personal opening paragraph – summarising the elements of the role that you are most interested in
Summary of your education and academic achievements (please include your subjects)
Contact details – phone number and email address – please double check both of these are correct!
Overview of any work experience – whether you think it's relevant to the role or not, we want to hear about it
Any extracurricular achievements or hobbies
Proof-read your CV and check there are no spelling mistakes or typos
While we ask for a CV, we recognise that this may not be easy for everyone to do. Please contact our emerging talent team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unable to complete a CV for any reason or require help with your application.
Preparing for interview
Our interviewers are friendly and aren’t trying to catch you out. We want to get to know the real you because this is important to us.
Here are some hints and tips to help you make a good impression:
Make sure you know who we are, what we do and what our vision and values are. Take a look at the information on our website and social media platforms and think about how your career goals align with ours
Tell us why you want to join the Murphy family and how you think you'll succeed in our company
Research the role you are applying for – what is it that has attracted you to the position?
Practice speaking about yourself and your experiences to your friends and family
Re-read your CV and refresh yourself on what you have already told us
Listen to each question carefully and take a moment to think about your answers
Structure your answers in a clear and concise way, you may wish to use the STAR format: Situation, Task, Action, Result
If you aren’t sure of the answer to a question, don’t be afraid to say, we would rather you be honest than make something up
Prepare some questions to ask your interviewers at the end, remember the interview is also about you assessing if you think we are the right place for you to start career
Make sure you arrive and are prepared in good time so that you are settled before starting the interview
Maintain eye contact with your interviewers
Sit up straight and try to minimise your movements as too much can be distracting
What do we look for?
We look for talented and ambitious individuals who get stuck in, embrace change and don't shy away from a challenge. But above all, we need people who believe in our values.
You’ll find the academic criteria for students, graduates and apprentices on the job applications.