Top Tips for standing out on Paper and in Person

Making a great first impression when applying for a job is no longer confined to the CV and covering letter. Your first point of contact with a potential employer may now be on social media, for example through LinkedIn. Even when you apply for a role in the traditional way, the employer may check out your Facebook profile or Google you, before they decide whether to shortlist your application.

Consequently, there is more to standing out on paper than having a professionally written CV. Here we share our tips for making a great first impression when applying for jobs and when attending an interview.

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