Chef Jobs: How to De-Clutter Your CV before Applying for a Job


De-cluttering your CV is important, particularly if you haven’t applied for a job recently. For instance, when deciding to change employer after years of service working as a chef with a local hotel, in order to advance your career. The old CV is most likely out-dated, and in need of fine-tuning to apply for a new job, with a national or international hotel. 

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CV’s share insight into the story of the applicant, and their skills and experience gained to-date. HR professionals can garner the necessary information in a CV to identify if the potential candidate is suitable to the job, and worth considering for an interview.

The following techniques can help with re-designing a new CV:

  • – Prior to updating a CV, do a little research online. There are many well designed templates available to download that can create a CV that will stand out from the other applications.
  • – Look at the job advertisement. Fully understand what the organisation is seeking. Is it evidenced throughout the CV?
  • – Keep each section brief and relevant to the job specification.
  • – Narrow career goals, displaying a clear understanding of what is being sought and the direction of the new career. This can help HR with knowing if the applicant matches the job requirements. Recruiters are adept on understanding if skills and experience match their job specification.
  • – If adding a personal statement or summary at the top of the CV, condense it to a few lines, including job title, years of experience, sectors worked in and some proud career achievements, and appropriate strengths that can be offered to a new employer.
  • – Update recent work experience, to apply to the current job application.
  • – Consolidate academic achievements, and include internships, external project work and any additional activities within college.
  • – Edit work experience in sequential order and provide a list of accomplishments.
  • – Include clear headings on all sections.
  • – Bullet point for easier reading, ex. academic modules or skills.
  • – Ask a colleague to proof-read it prior to submitting it. This can help to strengthen the job application, by eliminating grammatical errors.

HR personnel will have a predetermined list of questions before receiving the application for the job. They may ask: what can this candidate do for our company? What sets this application higher than the others? What story is their past experience highlighting, and is it relevant to this job? Can this candidate complete this job for me again? Do they have potential to learn? Is this individual motivated?

Step into the shoes of the potential employer. Reflect: is the cover letter and CV easy to digest, in a simple and clear format. Make their job easy. Demonstrate to the recruiter, through the application, that this position is the next logical step to advancing personal career goals. There is only one chance to make a good first impression, make it a good one!

Using a Recruiter to Get You the Best Job for Your Career

For many of us, the thought of finding a new job can be daunting. To make things easier on you, consider working with a recruiter. There are many advantages for job seekers who choose to work alongside a recruiter, we have compiled our top five below.

  1. It’s free for job seekers

There is no cost to the job seeker for using the services of a recruiter. The recruiter will be paid by the employer or client company who is using their services.

2. A recruiter saves you time

Think about how long you spend sifting through job boards and searching the internet for vacancies which suit your skillset. A recruiter who is well versed in recruiting for jobs in your industry will be aware of the market and who is hiring. This kind of information is invaluable to job seekers. Tasking a recruiter with matching you to your ideal job takes the bulk of the work out of it for you.

3. You will be supported throughout the process

A good recruiter will help you through every aspect of the application, interview and on-boarding process. This includes making improvements to your CV, preparing you for interview and assisting with the completion of documentation should you be offered the job. They will also be able to respond to queries you have along the way, which makes everything less stressful.


4. You remain in a database

Once you begin working with a recruiter, your CV will be placed in their database. They will also include a description of your skills, experience and what kind of job you are looking for. Being in the database guarantees that when a job opportunity matching your profile comes up, you will be contacted. This way, you won’t miss out!


5. You gain access to the “hidden” market

Many companies do not make use of national job boards or marketing material to promote their job vacancies. A recruiter who has a good relationship with the hiring companies they work for will know what hiring plans they have for the coming months, and will be able to offer this information to job seekers.


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Leaving Your Job to Advance Your Career

Most of us will reach a point in our careers where we wonder what other opportunities may be out there, just waiting for us. But how do you know when it’s time to move on, or rather, move forward, in your career? Here are five signs it might be time for a change:

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  1. Your day has become repetitive

An element of predictability is always welcome in any job, it helps you to plan and manage your time in order to work effectively. But repetition of the same tasks day in, day out, may result in low motivation and disinterest. This is a sure sign you may be ready for something more challenging.


  1. You are not learning

Perhaps you have taken advantage of all training and opportunities to up skill offered by your current employer, and while that was invaluable at the time, you have now reached a point where your learning has plateaued. If this is leading you to frustration, it’s time to move.


  1. You want to diversify

Broadening your skill set is something which should always be an option to you at work, and should be actively encouraged by employers. This maintains your interest and reassures you that internal promotions and career progression are a possibility for you. If you feel your skillset is not being added to in your current place of work, you may be right in thinking it’s time to look elsewhere.


  1. Are you adding value?

If you are unsure about the answer to this question, then the answer is no. You should be aware of how the work you do is benefiting the organisation, and how the organisation is rewarding you in return. If this is not happening, it could be that your own interest and motivation is lacking, and you need a fresh challenge.


  1. Your job doesn’t fit with your long-term plan

How do the growth opportunities within your current role fit in with where you would like to be long-term? What are your objectives? If your current job does not help you on your long-term career path, or does not provide a stepping stone to where you would like to be years from now, this may be a good time to see what opportunities out there will offer these benefits.

Changing job to another for better career advancement opportunities is a tough decision. Firstly, you should communicate your ambitions to your manager to see if adjustments can be made to satisfy you. We have blogs to help you:

For advice in asking for a pay rise, you can read our blog here.

If you want to show you manager that you are ready for a promotion, you can read our blog here.

Moving up the career ladder and working in places with opportunities for career progression is important to a lot of people in the professions we hire for. Whether its in the hospitality sector or in healthcare, Three Q can help you too join a team that supports career progression and with these tips you have a blueprint to rise up the ranks!


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Pitching for a Pay Rise

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You’ve been in your job for a while now, and are constantly being praised for your efforts. But there comes a time when most employees feel that positive feedback should start to translate into a bigger pay cheque. So how do you go about asking your boss for a pay rise? Read our Dos and Don’ts below to help you prepare:



  1. Plan Ahead

Think about all you have done and achieved in your job in the last 12 months. Does it warrant a salary increase? Noting your achievements and outstanding contributions as they happen will make it easier when the time comes to ask for more.


2. Get the Timing Right

If the company has recently suffered a loss, it may not be the ideal time to broach the subject of a pay rise. Keep an ear out for any major wins or revenue targets being hit and time your conversation with your boss accordingly.


3. Be OK With a No

Highlight your achievements, your loyalty and the value you have added during your time with the company. But be open to negotiation and to your boss having a genuine reason for saying no. If you are told no, try to agree a time some months down the line where the situation can be reviewed again, and take on board any advice that will help you to improve your performance for the next time.



  1. Compare Yourself to Others

Try to leave others and their salaries out of the discussion. After all, it isn’t your business what anyone else is earning.


2. Give an Ultimatum

This rarely goes well, and your boss may feel unnecessarily pressured. Unless you are fully prepared to follow through with it, leave ultimatums out of the conversation.


3. Ask Too Much

Proposing a figure that is completely unrealistic will likely get you an immediate “no”. Keep your numbers realistic and in line with others in the industry to give yourself the best chance.

How to Stand Out for a Promotion – 5 Ways to Show Your Boss You’re Ready


When you’ve been in the same job for a number of years, it is easy to become complacent and assume that a promotion will come along when your boss feels you are ready for it. But what about showing them you’re ready? Here are 5 ways to stand out for a promotion.


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1.Take Responsibility

This doesn’t have to be a large responsibility, or something that will put you under increased pressure. In fact, it can be just the opposite. It could be introducing a new way of streamlining tasks in your department which makes everyone’s life that little bit easier! Taking responsibility to make things work faster, easier or more effective will make you stand out and can put you in management’s spotlight when a promotion discussion arises.


2. Set Goals – and Stick to Them!

By setting realistic goals and targets, and achieving them, you can demonstrate consistency in your performance and show your boss that you are capable and reliable. Organisations value hugely those who can own their tasks from start to finish, and independently goal-set.


3. Have a Positive Attitude

Positivity goes a long way in the workplace. Demonstrating that you want to be there, whether it’s dealing with clients enthusiastically or handling problems calmly, shows your boss that you are ready for more responsibility and proves that you are a trustworthy employee who is worth their investment.


4. Take a Step into Another Department

Showing diversity, flexibility and adaptability is a sure fire way to let your boss know that you are able for more. The ability to learn from other departments while continuing to perform to the highest standard in your own department will be a clear signal that it is time to move up.


5. Be An Opportunist!

Being able to identify opportunities to generate revenue is a desirable skill for any employee. It shows that you have a genuine interest in the company and its future. This way, when a potential promotion is on the horizon, you have the figures to back up your case.


There is no easy way to ask for a promotion, but there are lots of ways to make it crystal clear that you’re ready for one. Get started today and see how far it takes you! Moving up the career ladder and working in places with opportunities for career progression is important to a lot of people in the professions we hire for. Whether its in the hospitality sector or in healthcare, Three Q can help you too join a team that supports career progression and with these tips you have a blueprint to rise up the ranks!


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Interview Tips for Beginners

You may not have done many job interviews if you are in an early stage in your career. For this reason we will look at some fundamental elements of the job interview for you to prepare for and give some simple advice that will help you avoid making some basic but common mistakes!



Know your CV

You might think you know your CV perfectly well, after all, you did write it. And it took a while to draft, edit and re-edit until you got it perfect. If you’ve scanned through it tons of times looking for errors and areas to improve, you probably think you know your CV like the back of your hand! But you have to understand more than the words on your CV. In an interview, the story of your CV is important to know. The strengths, weaknesses that your CV reveals and the overall story of you as a potential employee is something you have to be aware of. If you know this you can preempt questions that will be asked in the job interview so you need to prepare how you speak about important areas like your work experience, education and achievements.


Prepare answers on common questions

This brings us to the next point – prepare answers to common interview questions. If you are relatively inexperienced in job interviews or haven’t had an interview in the career you are applying for, you will have to do some research to identify these questions. Thinking up answers on the spot will not look good. Interviewers will undoubtedly prefer if you have prepared and can communicate your best answer to their questions. One thing you can depend on in a job interview is interviewers will always want you to show evidence of certain traits such as the ability to work under pressure, when you’ve had to manage multiple tasks or how you dealt with a problem. You can look up how to answer competency based questions here:


Research the company so that you can tailor answers to company

Remember, in the job interview, you are selling you and your skills to the company. In sales, it is essential that you know what your customer’s needs are. Doing some research into the company and the industry will help you tremendously towards understanding what they want their new hire to do.


Ask questions

If you spent a few hours prior to your job interview doing research on the company and industry, you will have naturally come across things that have peaked your interest that you can ask about. Asking questions in the job interview is extremely important as it shows that you are interested in learning more, you have studied the company and you are willing to ask more questions as an employee.


You’ll have done a great job interview, if you can discuss your CV strongly, prepare answers to common questions, tailor your answers to the company’s needs and ask specific questions.


Three Q’s commitment to Helping Job Seekers

Our recruiters volunteer their time and expertise to job seekers every month by conducting mock interviews and follow up calls with our CSR Partner Jobcare. Have a look at our CSR strategy which puts focus on donating our skills and time to helping unemployed people find work:


Also in our Starting Out In Your Career series, we discussed how to write a CV when you have very little work experience, getting experience when you don’t have enough and what employers want in an employee.  You can read these here:

What Employers Want in an Employee:

CV Writing When You Don’t Have Experience:

How To Get Work Experience When You Don’t Have Enough:

What Employers Want in An Employee and Why

What Do Employers Ask for in An Employee and Why?

This is an important question to ask yourself when you are writing your CV, your Cover Letter and preparing for an interview. Knowing what is desired will guide you to writing your best CV and communicating your most important traits and activities well.


Are You a Problem Solver?

This will be asked in a number of indirect ways in the interview and it’s a question in the employer’s mind when they screen your CV. Of course, many different problems will come up in work so it’s essential they hire an employee that finds solutions. Make sure your CV communicates the problems that arose, the actions you took and the results of your actions. Furthermore, practice articulating stories of problems you’ve solved in work for the interview when you’ll invariably be prompted to speak on problem solving.


Can You Deal with Managing Many Tasks?

You are very likely to be asked to show evidence of how you prioritise work in an interview, and for good reason – the position you are applying for most likely will leave the successful applicant in situations with a lot of tasks assigned to them with different deadlines. Many of us aren’t particularly good at this so I recommend reading the article below on how to prioritise tasks in work. This information is quite intuitive, so you’ll have shown good management of work already. The Eisenhower box below will reinforce what you already knew about prioritising and allow you to discuss clearly how you conceptualise prioritising workload and how you have done it in the past.



Do You Have a Willingness to Ask Questions?

Why do employers like to see you asking questions in an interview? Wanting to know more about what the job entails or more about information gained doing research on the company. They want someone that’s going to proactively learn on the job by asking questions. An employee that seeks out information is preferred to an employee that just takes in what is taught. Asking questions shows you are actively learning, thinking about what is being taught and voicing any problems you might have which all leads to you producing a higher quality of work.



This blog is about learning what the employer wants in an employee so that you can work on the attributes that pleases employers so that you can show evidence of these characteristics in future interviews and get that position you are searching for. If you research and practice your ability to prioritise and manage work, increase your propensity to ask questions and to work on providing solutions to problems, you will be in a great position to perform your next job as well as you can!


If you haven’t read our last blog on how to gain experience when you have none, you can read that here:


CV Writing When You Don’t Have Work Experience

CV Writing When You Don’t Have Work Experience


If you’re relatively new to working or have little relevant experience for the position you are applying for, you will have issues when writing up your CV. The problem you’ll have writing your CV is that you could accidentally expose and highlight the weaknesses in your CV. I’ll be talking about things you can do to show your strongest elements of your CV and decrease the exposure of your CV’s weak points which could be lack of relevant experience or lack of relevant education. Here are some steps you can take to create the best CV you can.


Identify your Strengths and Weaknesses

It’s crucial you know what you want to draw attention to and what you want to be less visible. Employers can overlook a hole in your CV if you have sold them on your strengths. With this in mind, figure out what your strengths are for the position you are applying for so that you can optimise for your best attributes whether it’s the transferable skills you learned in other industries or that you have a degree and completed online courses that will help you with the job you are applying for.


Arrangement of CV

You can change the order of areas in your CV to put more focus on your strengths. Why put work experience first if it’s a weak point? You certainly shouldn’t put it last but knowing that employers might disqualify your application after only reading your work experience, you should put some of your strongest qualities before it.



CV Content

The format style of your CV will decide how much attention each area of your application gets. If you’re low on relevant experience, you could limit your work experience area to a concise description of the transferable skills while also providing evidence of problems you faced, the actions you made and the outcomes of your actions. Keep the best elements of your work experience and remove irrelevant information to save space for the stronger areas of your CV. If your strength is the education and courses you’ve completed, you can assign more space to this area so that you can give more information on the content of those courses. This allows you to tell the employer why your education will ensure your success in the position you applied for.



It is generally true that your experience in the industry is the most important element of your CV for employers, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible to get the job without the required experience. And if you do have the experience, why not also compete against other applicants more effectively by showing your personality in your CV. Anyone can say they are hardworking, well organised with great communication skills, so you’ll need to show off your personality and character by displaying your awards, achievements or volunteer work.


Overall, it is likely that you will struggle somewhat trying to get a job without the required experience. You shouldn’t expect to get the job within a handful of job applications. Even with an optimised CV for your situation you will have to persevere to break into the industry and get that entry level dream job you desire!


We at Three Q Recruitment believe in giving people a chance so you can go on our website where we update our vacancies daily. If you have experience in hospitality, there may be a junior recruiter position in the Three Q team for you! Apply by sending your CV to


If a lack of experience is becoming a clear problem that is getting in the way and tactful CV Writing will not help you get the interview, you should read our blog on how to get experience when you don’t have enough:


How Do You Get Work Experience When You Don’t Have Enough?

Do You have less than the Required Work Experience to Start Working in your desired Industry?

If you’re starting out in your career, the first difficulty and arguably the hardest is actually starting! Most of us know of the job search catch 22 that has become a meme – you apply for a job to get experience, but you don’t have the experience to get the job. So how do you get the experience?




Fortunately, you have some options:


Graduate Roles

Graduate roles are the choice of many graduates coming out of college.  The benefits are clear – you get to go straight into paid work with a career path already forged. Big companies generally provide full training programs for the grads they take on every year which sees them spend time in different departments over the course of the year. Often the sacrifice college graduates make is choosing a career that they did not intend to pursue when they selected their college course. Many will go into an accounting graduate role after graduating in a different field.



This is often the best bet for young people to break into an industry that requires experience. There are a few variables to consider as they come in all types and sized. Questions to consider are – Is it paid or unpaid? Is it full time or part time? How long is the internship?  This can be a great way to gain experience and may lead to a permanent role at the end of it.


Work Placement During College

For some courses, this is non-negotiable. Placements are mandatory for many college courses so that the students gain the necessary experience to start their career upon graduation. Students in nursing do many work placements throughout their degree. In other courses, students are sometimes offered the option of doing a work placement for a semester, studying abroad or continuing their studies in their home college. Choosing the work placement option will stand you in good stead when you come out of college.



Get Transferable Skills

This could be seen as taking the long route towards the job you want. If your CV lacks any type of work experience and an internship or work placement sounds unattractive to you, you can open up the possibilities and apply for a wider range of posiitions that have less strict work experience requirements. Although it may not be in the field that you would like to be working in, this can give you working experience that future employers will still like to see and transferable skills that will help you with your future roles. Furthermore, you could save while working this job so that you can afford to take another option such as an internship.


These are some of the options that will help you gain that first bit of experience that is stopping you in your tracks from making that difficult transition into the industry you want to enter. When a lack of work experience is your weakness, you will need to write your CV in a way that minimises this fault and makes the most of your other strengths. You can read our blog on how to design and write your CV when you have little work experience here:



How To Stand Out In A Job Interview

Do you want to know how to stand out in a job interview? Here at Three Q Recruitment we are celebrating our 19th birthday so we know a thing or two about job interviews. You may feel relatively confident about the interview process, but if you are like most people and want a few extra tips on how to impress that interviewer, read ahead.

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