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Advice for candidates

 

 

Are you tired of your job and want a career?

Maybe it’s your first step into the working world?

Well you have an entire wealth of options at your disposal that can aide in making the right decision for your personal goals. Your first step should be understanding your strengths, values, interests and ambitions.

Next it’s important to research which industries and sectors these could be applied to. Once your dedicated career consultant has ascertained a vacancy within your chosen sector, it’s time to further research the company. While we do endeavor to give our candidates all of the information up front, sometimes our clients protect their own interests from competitors by holding sensitive information back and providing it at interview stage. This is why we recommend that you complete the entire application process, however mundane so a decision is based on all the facts and fundamentals.

Your CV and covering letter is your chance to show an employer the best of what you’ve got. It’s about selling your skills and experience, and showing them you’re the right person for the job.

 

How you write your CV and covering letter is up to you, but there are some basic rules to follow if you want to create the best impression. And don’t be worried if this is your first CV – with our help you’ll soon have a professional CV and covering letter that are ready to be sent out and get you interviews.

A CV and Covering letter is a chance to separate yourself from a crowd. You should always explain your work history and highlight the key skills that you deem transferable. It’s all about selling your experience and clarifying why you would be perfectly suited for the job.

The way in which your cover letter is written is personal preference and as a result it’s not an exact science. That being said there are some ‘rules of thumb’ that will increase your chances of success. With our expert consultants assistance you’ll soon have a fully reviewed, spell checked and grammatically correct Curriculum Vitae that is ready to be sent alongside your next job application. Get in touch via the details below.

An interview is often the final stage before being formally offered a position. This is your chance to explain face to face to the potential employer why you feel you are right for the job. It’s your chance to win them over and set a great first impression. Our note’s and tips are below but for a bespoke touch you should pop into the Office.

 


DO’S

Turn off your mobile phone: treat the interviewers with respect and give them your undivided attention.

Keep your answers focused on what you can do for the employer, not what they can do for you.

Dress appropriately, look happy and be attentive. Don’t forget that you only get one chance to create a first impression so make it count. Only a small portion of the employers opinion is formed on what you say, the rest is body language, what you wear and punctuality.

Prepare the night before. This means iron your shirt or blouse and pick an outfit that matches, don’t leave it to the last minute or it might not come together as planned.

Ascertain the type of interview that it is. Is it a casual out of office meeting, will the directors be attending at the HQ?

Examine the job advertisement to understand exactly what they are looking for.

Rehearse any answers to questions you think they might ask. What are the day to day responsibilities?

Be ready to quote your work & life experiences, having one or two good but appropriate stories to tell can go a long way to building rapport.

Take your time answering questions, be diligent in your response to ensure its relevance.

Sell, Sell, Sell yourself, because after all no one else is there to do it for you. Employers want to know you’re confident in your own ability but not cocky.

Prepare some questions to ask the Employer. This will show that you have an active keen interest in the company. Don’t just ask about the basic salary as this can be a red flag if the client thinks it’s all you are interested in.

When discussing or negotiating a salary, start slightly higher that your estimated market worth. This gives you a small amount of wiggle room.

Request feedback on your performance, whether you were successful or not so know how you may be able to improve!

Be Respectful! Don’t fidget or twiddle stationary. Give your prospective employer your undivided attention!

Stay Focused on how you benefit the employer, Not how they may be able to benefit you!

Even if you’re not successful or not – STAY POSITIVE! The job market can be an incredibly competitive place and new opportunities are always arising.


DON’TS

Don’t be late, be PUNCTUAL

Don’t use slang words or swear

Don’t slouch or give signs you are tired or uninterested

Don’t smoke in view

Don’t bother lying, we live in the internet age where information is easily available and easy to research the exact truth.

Don’t be nervous, worst case scenario you don’t get the position… “there’s plenty more fish in the sea” A small amount of nerves are normal but lots could affect your performance.

Don’t be arrogant, it’s much different to confidence.

Don’t discuss controversial topics – religion, politics, or gender relations.

Don’t read from your CV, notes or a script. You’re selling yourself and should know your history inside out unprompted.

Don’t criticise former employers or colleagues, you don’t want the new employer thinking you’re a gossip.

Don’t argue, you may disagree with something that has been said but keep it to yourself and act from a position of strength. Not when you don’t hold any cards.

These Do’s and Don’ts apply to most job vacancies however each employer is independent and as a result, different. Some can be more relaxed and often consist of informal interview techniques. In creative fields (usually design and media) it could be the case whereby you are expected in casual wear; due to it being the office dress code. Even so, smart casual is always a safer bet than casual. If you’re in any doubt, ask your recruiter, ask the point of contact at the company or conduct your own research on typical techniques for your line of work.

All of the above are keys to successful interviews! Research, Plan, Prepare, Execute and Succeed.