The good news is you have an interview!! This is great, signaling the recruiter is interested in you and the skills you have to offer. 
Use the time before your interview to give yourself the best chance of getting that offer! Do not let the panic set in now, it is very common to start doubting your ability or skills, questioning how am I going to ace this interview? The key is preparation, take the time you have before the interview to prepare shown in the summary on the main blog page. 
Too many candidates stumble through interviews as if the questions they are being asked are crazy, unexpected or being asked to trip them up in some way. However, many of the questions are to be expected and we are here to help you prepare for these questions with your best possible answers. 
Here is a list of the top 8 questions we believe you should be ready to answer, structure answers based on these and you will be confident and prepared rather than stumbling your way through like a deer in headlights. 
Following the BREXIT confirmation and transition period, the UK has now left the EU as of January 2021. 
There will clearly be a lot of changes coming for businesses, and this will include changes that affect the recruitment process, so it is important to prepare yourselves and your businesses for the new rules that have come into play as of January 2021. 
It is also important to note that a range of resources can be found online, and I have placed some links at the end of this article to assist. 
There are 3 main changes to be aware of from January 2021: 
1) Hiring staff from the EU 
The way that you now hire staff from the EU is changing as of January 2021. 
If you wish to hire anyone into the business who is from outside the UK, you must now become a Home Office licenced sponsor. 
As a licensed sponsor, you will then be able to hire people from any location in the world provided they meet the minimum skill, salary and language requirements to qualify for the applicable visa. 
In order to check regarding these new requirements and to apply for a sponsor license, the best source of information and detailed guidance is at 
In December 2020, the UK Government launched a number of “routes to work” under the UK’s new Points-Based Immigration System, which included the flagship Skilled Worker route. 
In line with this, individuals can now begin the application process to secure their visas. Those who are seeking to enter the UK to work from 1 January 2021 will now be awarded points based on a job offer at the appropriate skill level, as well as their ability to speak English, and whether the role meets the appropriate salary threshold. Then the skilled worker visas will therefore be awarded to those who gain enough points to qualify. 
Any EU nationals who have been living in the UK prior to 31 December 2020 should apply for ‘settled or pre-settled status’ confirmation, which can be done through the EU Settlement Scheme. 
This will enable the individual to continue living and working in the UK as previous. Anyone wishing to complete this will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for this, and UK employers are being encouraged to signpost their employees to the scheme in order to meet the requirements in time. 
In addition, as a transition measure, UK employers can continue to accept the passports and/or national identity cards of EU Citizens as the evidence of their right to work in the UK, but can only do so up until the 30th June 2021. 
Of course some EU Citizens may choose to instead evidence their right to work using the digital status obtained by the Home Office, as opposed to using their passport or ID card. 
For further information on how to undertake an online right to work check, employers can search on 
2) Data Protection 
All UK businesses or organisations that are in receipt of personal data from any contacts in the EU or wider EEA, must now prepare to keep data flowing lawfully from 1 January 2021. 
For full guidance on the necessary actions your business or organisation needs to take regarding any data protection and data flows, it is recommended to visit 
3) Qualifications 
For some individuals their profession may be regulated by a body that is in the EEA or EU locations, and in these cases you may need to have your UK professional qualification become officially recognised in order to continue practicing your profession. 
If this is the case then it will need to be recognised by the appropriate regulator for your profession in each country where you intend to work, and it may be necessary for you to do this even if you are only temporarily providing these professional services. 
It could also be that in some cases your qualification may need to be recognised by a regional authority, as opposed to a national authority. 
For further guidance and information on this, visit 
You can see a range of resources available online by going to as well as checking which will provide a tailored response regarding the actions you will need to take. 
CVs come in thick and fast for positions in the current market place, so when employers are looking to whittle the list down quickly they spend even less time sifting the CVs to ensure they have the most relevant candidates left on the shortlist. 
We have already covered in previous articles how to make sure you have covered some of the basics in terms of text, colour and layout of your CV, so here are a few more tips on getting the right content in front of your potential new employer: 
1 – Where are you? 
It sounds simple, but you would be surprised how wrong people get this. Some applicants completely remove their address details, others put their full postal address including the words United Kingdom as they want to show they are based in the country to differentiate themselves from those looking to relocate from overseas. 
But what information does an employer actually want to see? Well believe it or not the best outcome is something simple like: 
Market Harborough, LE16 7WB 
This tells the employer where you are based, without providing them a full long address – if you have the space and your CV is not in desperate need of shortening then by all means put your full address but keep it on one line and place it with your contact details (mobile and email) not floating on its own in a random place on your CV. 
Don’t make the client work hard to find out whether you are in a good location for the role, and if you are looking to relocate to a specific area then put this in your address details – if this is not obvious from your CV then how is the employer meant to know your intentions? 
2 – Age, sex, pet’s name… 
We have a range of discrimination laws in the UK to protect individuals, so do not waste space on your CV with details that the client does not need – they don’t need to know your pet’s name or how many DVDs are in your tv cabinet, so why do they need to have your date of birth on your CV? 
The aim of your CV is to show them why you are suitable for the role you have applied for, so your aim in creating the CV and organising the design of it should be in getting all the relevant – and only the relevant – information in front of the potential employer in as clear and concise fashion as possible. 
3 – Awww pretty pictures! 
Ok so this does seem close to the obvious given the last point but it should be pointed out that if you are not including information like date of birth, and you are trying to keep the CV as on point as possible, then surely it makes sense not to take up space with a picture of yourself? 
Likewise some CVs come through with the logo of previous or current employers on them, and whilst this does add a splash of colour and visually break things up from the standard text based CV, then it does not add value to the content of your work history or education, and this is where you want employers focusing their attentions. 
You do not need to tell potential employers your marital status, or the names of your children, your religious beliefs or the town you were born in… keep your CV on point and based around your suitability for the role, keep the pictures off the CV and let them know who you are, where you are based and why you are the right person for the role! 
Hopefully if you have now followed the 9 tips we have provided (3 here and 6 more in our previous entries) then you should now be on the way to having a well organised CV with only relevant information displayed on it. 
To follow there will soon be more in-depth tips on the content and displaying of your work history, education and relevant details when applying for new positions. 
Look out for the next tips coming shortly! 
In the meantime, please follow us on social media for notifications on any new posts or roles that might be of interest! 
Designing your CV is not just about having the right content, but also about having that content in the right places and in a manner that makes it appealing for the reader! 
We have previously outlined that the font choice, the font size and colour are crucial in setting the professional tone of your CV, but now we need to think about the layout of the content to ensure it is ticking the boxes for your intended new employer to read. 
1 – Who are you? 
At the top of your CV should be a profile about you, a brief introduction paragraph that provides an insight into who you are and what you could bring to the business. Applying for a role that you already have experience in? Make sure you demonstrate this! Or maybe a role that you have all the right qualifications for? Then tell the employer right at the beginning of the CV! This is your chance to get an “about you” element of your CV right in front of the employer at the beginning and encourage them to read the remainder of your CV. Be sure to keep this section to the point – it should be around 5 lines or so long, not exhausting to read and taking over the page – keep it simple and to the point to encourage them to want to read more! 
2 – Tailor what you tell someone! 
The role you are applying for this time – is it the same as the last role that you sent your CV for? Are you able to do both Sales and Customer Service positions, and having just applied for a Sales role with the last click of a mouse, are you about to now apply for a Customer Service position? Will both employers want to read the same thing about you? Could you have a tailored CV for sales roles and a different tailored version for customer service roles? Think about creating a core CV that holds all of your information, and then saving a couple of different versions of this depending on the type of roles you are applying for – one for administration, one for PA roles for example – some core skills that are the same but some key buzzwords that will be different. Think about who is going to read your CV – what do they want to see? Remember this profile section at the top of your CV is your chance to sell yourself! 
3 – Great CV, but how do I contact you? 
So it may seem obvious, but have you made it easy to contact you now that you have applied for the role? As recruiters one of our pet hates is reading these CVs that have no contact details on, or certain key contact details missing! It may be the greatest and most relevant CV that the employer receives, but by not including your phone number AND your email address then you have potentially not only limited your chances of hearing back about your role, but maybe also annoyed the key decision maker who is involved in determining your success. Only your phone number on there? What if the invites for interview are sent out on email? Likewise if you only have an email address, what happens if they want to phone candidates for an initial screening? Your CV needs to make it as easy as possible for a potential employer to get in touch with you! 
And keeping in mind the layout element we mentioned, what order should all of this be in? Well your name should clearly by at the top of your CV so they know whose CV it is, so it makes the most sense for your contact details to be with this – so whilst we made contact details the final point of our 3 point tips then we encourage you to get this done first. 
Then move on to your profile about you, and then further on to the bulk detail of your CV – tips on this content to come in the coming weeks – but first check your CV hits these marks mentioned above and in our previous articles, hopefully your CV is starting to come together now! 
Look out for the next tips coming shortly! 
In the meantime, please follow us on social media for notifications on any new posts or roles that might be of interest! 
Making your CV stand out! 
Looking for a new role? Trying to make sure you stand out from the crowd? Maybe it has been a long time since you had to do this? 
Through this difficult year the sheer volume of applications for every role has sky-rocketed, and roles are even harder to come by, so making your CV as strong as possible is crucial in order to maximise your chances. 
So we are releasing quick tips articles to get you focused on the way your CV comes across – small bits of info you can utilise to make sure you are selling yourself correctly! 
It is well documented that hiring managers spend an average of 7 seconds skimming a CV for key info before deciding whether to read it thoroughly, so you need to make an impression as quickly as possible! 
Here are the first 3 quick top tips for making your CV as likely to succeed as possible: 
1 – Size matters: 
A never-ending CV looks like overkill and a one-page CV without any detail does not cut the mustard. Aim for 2 pages covering your entire work history and education. You may have excellent references, but these should be obtained as an extra if asked for not included in the content. You may have some excellent work experience but if you have one job of 10 years’ experience and another of 3 months, then the details should heavily be weighted to the longest serving role. 
2 – Fonts and colours matter too: 
Trying to get your CV to be 2 pages does not mean reducing the font to be small enough that it counts as an eye test for the reader – do not make it difficult to read, stick with a standard, clear, legible font size 11 or 12 no fancy calligraphy style writing that can look messy or has to be read slowly. 
3 – Stand out for the right reasons: 
Please do not be fooled into thinking that having lots of fancy colours will make your CV more noticeable and impressive – yes it will be remembered maybe, but you want to be remembered for having the right experience, skills or attitude to the role – not for having been the only one to send in a CV in pink writing on a green background and giving the reader a migraine! 
We will be giving more tips across the coming weeks – first check your CV hits these marks, hopefully a quick exercise for you to do to get your CV going in the right direction! 
Look out for the next tips coming shortly! 
In the meantime, please follow us on social media for notifications on any new posts or roles that might be of interest! 
TalentFish are delighted to welcome Greg Mayson to the team as a Recruitment Consultant. Greg brings with him over 12 years recruitment experience, during which time he has worked across a variety of sectors including back-office support staff. 
Greg brings with him not only a wealth of recruitment experience, but also a passion for candidate and client management offering the highest level of customer service and satisfaction – principles which are the cornerstones of our values here at TalentFish. 
He is looking forward to helping grow the team and support our customers, and he welcomes the opportunity to speak with businesses about how we can forge long-lasting business relationships with you and support your own business growth as a trusted recruitment partner. You can contact him directly on 01858 501020 or email him on to discuss your candidate needs. 
At TalentFish Recruitment our focus is on helping your business to grow by employing the right people for your organisation, matching your values and company culture. We are very proud to offer recruitment in a unique, stand out way to other agencies that ultimately gives your business the best chance to recruit outstanding candidates in a cost-effective way. 
Think of us as your employment matchmakers, bringing the right people together at the right time so that the business operates effectively. 
Let me explain to you how we believe we stand out from the recruitment agency crowds, click Read More. 
Are you applying for positions but not securing interviews? Or has it been a long time since you applied for a new job? If the answer is yes to either of these questions, follow the guidelines below to ensure that your CV is maximising the opportunities for which you are applying. 
Over the last few months applications for each job advertised has increased, a lot, so recruiters have less time to be impressed by your CV. In fact the average time they will take to scan your CV is 7 seconds, so make this 7 seconds count. 
Read on to get our top tips on reviewing and updating your CVs. 
You have written a CV that has got you noticed, one of the first hurdles to get over to get your new dream job. You have the Face to Face interview booked and the next hurdle to jump but what do you wear to make a good first impression? 
You have written a CV that has got you noticed, one of the first hurdles to get over to get your new dream job. You have the Face to Face interview booked and the next hurdle to jump but what do you wear to make a good first impression? 
Read our top four tips to dress to impress at interview. 
Giving You The Edge 
When it comes to job hunting there are so many variables to consider let alone the number of people that might be applying for a particular job...especially if it's at that sought after company or a particularly exiting role. 
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