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Tips on Getting the Job

To get that all important next role, you need to stand out from the crowd. Even for the senior or specialist role you are likely to be competing against other people with similar skills or experience. But there are some simple things you can do give yourself the best chance of success.

Applying for a Role

Be selective

  • Only apply for jobs that you really want and for which you are qualified and experienced
  • Only apply once for each job
  • Work with a single recruiter who specialises in your profession – you will undermine your personal brand if your CV is presented multiple times to the same employer and recruiters will spend less time working for you if you have spread yourself across multiple agencies

Have a great CV and Cover Letter

  • Your CV should be short (2-4) pages and the first page must make an impact – otherwise people may not read as far as the 2nd page
  • Ensure your resume is in Microsoft Word format. As much as it is your document, if a recruiter can’t easily work with it, then it may not be sent to a client. Avoid PDF files
  • It should clearly show why you are suitable for the role and should include details of your most recent role
  • A cover letter/email should be tailored – standard letters get found out & can damage your application
  • Follow the instructions in the advert – if it asks for a cover letter, then write one that addresses the key selection criteria
  • Follow-up your application with a phone call. So few candidates do this, that you will immediately stand out and be remembered by the recruiter. A good recruiter will also be able to tell you straightaway if you meet the basic criteria for the job
  • Make sure you include basic information such as contact details, qualifications and visa status
  • Don’t leave gaps in your CV – it just raises doubts in a recruiter’s mind and it will be the first thing they ask you anyway, so you may as well be up front about things on your CV
  • Keep it short, avoid lots of narrative and keep it focused on what you achieved, not just a list of what your responsibilities were
  • Be truthful and don’t exaggerate – recruiters and employers have a range of ways of validating the claims you make. Just be yourself

Giving yourself the best chance

We have to sell you, your skills and experience to our client. So it is great for us (and you) if you can sell yourself to us by:

  • being professional in your approach
  • easily articulating your achievements
  • taking the time to tailor your resume
  • taking a genuine interest in the employer
  • being well prepared and well researched
  • having carefully selected referees
  • being readily available for interviews
  • being honest about qualifications, experience and achievements

Performing well in an Interview

Preparation is the key to performing well in an interview. Doing a few simple things will help you;

  • Prepare well, Research the company you are interviewing with and make sure you are aware of any major news items. Review the Job Description and be clear about how your experience fits
  • Arrive early – 5-10 minutes before the allotted interview time and turn your phone off
  • The first 30 seconds are important. First impressions really do count!
  • Dress well in corporate clothing appropriate to the role and company
  • Be friendly and confident and try to be conversational.
  • Listen carefully to the questions, clarify if necessary and keep your answers short
  • Always have a couple of intelligent questions to ask.
  • Don’t bring up the subject of money, but be prepared in case they do
  • Be honest – or you will get found out. Even if something just doesn’t feel right, you won’t get the role if there is any doubt whatsoever
  • At the close of the interview be sure to thank them for their time. Feel free to ask them what the process will be from this point and over what timeframe they expect to make their decision

After the Interview

  • Contact your recruitment consultant with your feedback. This helps us go back to the client promptly and, provided everyone is happy, it gives us the best chance to negotiate an offer on your behalf
  • If you have any concerns or questions, we can work with the client to get those resolved for you
  • If you decide it is not the right role, then let us know that too. Your feedback will help us identify other opportunities for you