Are there any costs to register for Blueprint's Service?
No, our service is free to candidates.
How do I register with you?
Simply call one of our experienced Consultants on 02392 603030 to register your details or create an account using our online registration form. Once registered one of our Consultants will go through your CV and discuss your recruitment needs.
Do I need to provide ID or qualifications?
In order for us to comply with current legislation we will need to see proof of ID. This is usually either your passport or a utility bill. Educational or professional qualifications also need to be confirmed.
Do I need to have an interview with you?
Yes, we need to interview you, either in person or over the phone, to go through in detail your past work experience and discuss what sort of position you are looking for.
Do I need to provide a CV?
Yes, we will need your CV as an electronic document, preferably emailed to us or submitted through this website. We can of course provide advice on layout and CV presentation, Please see or CV Advice section.
Will you need to take references?
To comply with best practice we will need to take references from your previous employers. However we will always seek your permission before doing so.
A CV should ideally be no more than 2 or 3 pages in length. It is designed to highlight previous work experience, qualifications and personal information about you. Your CV is a very important document as it lets prospective employers learn more about you and will help them decide whether or not they want to interview you. It is therefore imperative that it is both accurate and clear to read.
To present yourself successfully you need to think about what you have to offer a future employer and why that is important to them. We would suggest you ensure that the most relevant and important pieces of information are highlighted as early as possible in the CV.
The following structure is a guide to creating and presenting your CV:
Your full name
Your contact details - address, telephone numbers and email address.
Profile - A personal statement about you and what you are looking for in a new position. This should be no more than a short paragraph.
Education and Professional Qualifications - List your academic success with most recent / highest first, make sure you include dates, names of educational institution and grades. Then list any professional qualifications including memberships of any professional bodies.
Technical expertise and skills - A short bullet point guide to the technical expertise you have to allow a prospective employer a quick way of seeing your key skills and attributes.
Work experience - A list in chronological order (most recent first) of your previous employment or contract assignments. This should be detailed but brief and include; name of employer / business, dates you worked to and from, job title, key responsibilities and duties, any technical terms and specific software experience
Other work related positions - These can be of a non technical nature and may be related to internal teams, committees or organisations you were involved with. This shows a future employer your commitment and dedication above and beyond your normal duties.
Leisure Interests - Briefly list your main leisure interests and pastimes. This will give a future employer an idea of what you do outside of work.
Referees - Always put a statement saying 'References available upon request', this will allow you to provide referees suitable to the application.
CV presentation - Make sure your CV is well laid out and easy to read. Put yourself in the shoes of a potential employer and make sure all the important pieces of information are easy to follow and that it presents you in the best possible way. Also we would suggest you get a friend or relative to proof read it for you to make sure there are no errors.
Reasons for leaving previous positions - It is always advisable to omit this from the CV as reasons can often be complicated and emotive and this doesn't always translate well when written down. This allows you to keep the CV positive and factual and allows you to discuss the reasons at interview.
Salary - It is best to omit this from the CV. Let the prospective employer view your skills and attributes. Salary can be discussed at interview.