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    Currently a year 12 student who is looking for part time work. I've been applying for jobs on & off throughout this year and have had several interviews, although have never been successful. I'm trying to get myself into retail by applying for jobs like Tesco's etc, but I don't seem to have any luck. I don't think I'm under qualified since I have 8 GCSE's including English and maths, as well as doing some voluntary work for a local business and currently studying towards a diploma. I'm starting to think that the layout and presentation of my CV is the problem, as I've heard that a lot of companies nowadays use CV scanning software which basically filters applicants with the specified requirements. By the way, my CV's font colour is grey since it was a default layout on Microsoft Word. Could this be a problem? I'm happy to hear your thoughts!


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    Yes, it could be your formatting or structure.

    I think your best bet would be to head over to CV Help and post your CV there for more advice.

    But you also mentioned that you got to interviews but were not successful, I think the problem could well lie in how you answered the questions. For competency based questions, you should make use of the STAR technique.
    https://www.theguardian.com/careers/...ased-interview

    Avoid cliches like "my biggest weakness is that I am a perfectionist" as well. Make sure you present a weakness that you can turn into a strength. But also lack of research about the company and the role could show that you're not interested and may cost you dearly.

    Use this site to help you prepare.
    https://theinterviewguys.com/
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    Thanks for the advice


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