An initial telephone conversation will help us understand your background, work experiences and aspirations. During your face to face meeting with one of our consultants we will help to identify your specific strengths, match them to our current vacancies and offer advice on cv presentation, interviewing techniques, salary expectations and identify any training courses that will be of benefit to you.
It is very likely that we will look at hundreds of CV's, often for just a single vacancy, it is therefore crucial that your cv stands out from the rest! Creating a detailed CV can portray your interest in the position you are applying for and can show us why you are perfect for the role!
- Attach a covering letter explaining specifically why you are suitable for the job.
- It is crucial that your contact details are on your CV!
- Start with a paragraph summarising your key experiences, achievements and aspirations. Highlight the skills and experience that will reflect best what the job description is looking for. It is a good idea to amend your CV slightly, or have a few different versions for each role you apply for.
- A summary of your education and qualification details should be included with grades and dates. Start with your most recent qualifications and work backwards.
- Use bullet points for each employment position with specific dates of employment.
- Include specific achievements and successes.
- If you have had any breaks in employment it is helpful to note what you have been doing during that period.
- Some organisations may need someone straight away. Help us to help you, knowing your availability by specifying your notice period on your CV can be a distinct advantage.
- If you are currently living in one area but are planning on moving in the near future, mention that you are re-locating. We can misunderstand and you could lose that opportunity due to living too far away!
- Check and double check for spelling and grammatical errors. It may be worth asking someone else to check for you as well.
- Leave your hobbies and interests until last, try to keep this section brief.
- Some recruiters use databases that will search for keywords which relate to the job role, make sure those words are in your CV so that we can find you!
INTERVIEW TIPS - Which person would you employ?
Ensure that you are well groomed with tidy hair, clean shoes and clothing. Do not wear too much perfume or aftershave and keep make-up, jewellery and nail polish simple.
Interviews are two way meetings. All interviewers will want to know what you know about their company, so spend a little time doing some research beforehand, including how to get there! Spending some time studying their website is an excellent starting point. Knowing facts such as company.
good examples of useful information to have up your sleeve. It is not only an opportunity for the company/organisation to find out about you but also for you to demonstrate what you have learnt about them. Think about your skills, qualifications and experience and ensure that you can talk confidently about what is written on your CV. Particularly ensure that you can talk about the skills relevant to the position you are going for.
Prepare some questions to ask at the interview. At the first interview it would be wise to restrict your questions to the details of the job and the organisation. Salary and benefit discussions are best left until a second interview or a job offer is made.
Interviews come in many forms - panel interviews, one to one interviews, group interviews etc. Ask your recruitment consultant what form of interview it will be beforehand. It's possible you may be asked to take a test before the interview, depending on the type of organisation. These might consist of psychometric or aptitude tests.
There are many different interview styles; however each interviewer will have their own personal style. Some interviewers will fire questions at you while others will start off with an open question such as "tell me about yourself" leaving you to do most of the talking. The majority of interviews will be somewhere between the two. Be prepared for any style of interview.
It is key that the employer knows the benefits of employing you. It is important to explain yourself as fully as possible, without monopolising the meeting by telling the employer details of your relevant skills and experience that you have to contribute to the organisation.
Perhaps most importantly don't give negative information or bad news if you are not asked for it and try not to criticise previous employers or jobs this is a major turn off for future employers! The key is to turn negative information into positive information.