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Should I hand out my CV in person?

Meeting face-to-face with a potential employer is an effective way of seeking employment


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Many people prefer to job hunt online these days, but there’s still a lot to be said for handing in your CV in person. It allows you to get face-to-face contact with an employer, which puts a face to the name on the sheet of paper and allows them to truly assess your character. It also shows your enthusiasm for the job.

Tips for handing out your CV

Make a list of where you’re going to hand your CV in

Decide how far you’re willing to travel for work and make a list of relevant businesses within that area.

Prepare your CV

Get your CV ready to go and make sure it’s relevant to the businesses you’ll be dropping it into. Tailor your CV for each place you hand it in to, in order to improve your chances of being hired. 

Check out our article on how to write a CV.

Prepare what you’re going to say

It’s important to plan in advance what you’re going to say and how you’re going to say it. How will you introduce yourself? How will you describe your previous work experience?

Wear something neat and clean

You don’t need to wear anything too fancy. Just make sure your clothes are neat and presentable.

Ask to speak to the manager

When you drop into a business, it’s best to politely ask to speak to the manager and hand your CV into them. If they’re unavailable, you can ask if there’s a more convenient time to come back, or hand it to the person you are speaking to.

Follow up with a phone call

It’s a good idea to call back a few days later to ask the business if they’ve had time to consider your CV. This is especially important if the manager wasn’t there when you dropped in.

Don’t give up

Job hunting can be stressful and intimidating. The key is perseverance. Keep trying and you’ll find success eventually. If you’re finding it very stressful, check out some of our advice on managing your stress levels.

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Published Octo­ber 13th2016
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