Advice for Candidates
If you’re looking for your next career move in any of our areas of expertise, then please get in touch.
You can send us your CV in relation to any of our current vacancies, or future vacancies that may arise, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime take a look at our top tips and useful resources to make sure you stand out from the crowd.
Top Tips for your LinkedIn Profile
- Headline – If you are currently available you should mention this in your headline, if not use your headline to explain what you do in one line.
- Add a photo – It should reflect your area of business but still be professional. Common mistakes include adding a social photo or wedding day image.
- Header Image – You now have the ability to add a head image to your personal profile, again go for something professional that reflects your work.
- Adding multimedia documents – Adding a company brochure or video to your profile gives recruiters a good idea of your business area, as well as showcasing your LinkedIn skills!
- Summary Section – Make sure this details who you are, what you do and why you are on LinkedIn.
- Add your contact details – Include an email address so recruiters can contact you directly, depending on your business you may also want to include a phone number.
- Work History – Make sure it’s up to date and accurate, explain any gaps and include any volunteer work you’ve done.
- Education – As above, make sure it’s up to date and accurate.
- Skills endorsements and recommendations – Request these from your connections to add credibility to your profile.
- Formatting – Your profile should be easy to read, as with your CV stick to bullet points and use clear headings.
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First impressions count and you only get one chance – make sure your CV is up to scratch. You must remember that the person reading your CV has probably received many other CVs too, so if you don’t catch the reader’s attention, then your chance of getting an interview is reduced.
You’re likely to spend a couple of seconds reading this page, probably the same amount of time as a hiring manager will spend reviewing your CV; that is unless you do the following:
- Keep it down to 3 pages – please no more!
- Keep personal information to a minimum but make sure what matters is included e.g. Full Name, Full Contact Details, Nationality, Driving Licence.
- Take time on appearance, keep it organised and professional – please, please, please use a spell check!
- Don’t use stylised fonts, graphics or coloured background.
- Use bullet points instead of long sentences & paragraphs.
- Highlight your key achievement.
- Tailor your CV to each specific vacancy, include a covering letter if appropriate.
- Don’t include a photograph.
- Don’t write in the third person.
- Be honest but don’t include any failures.
- Make sure you use job titles other employers will recognise.
- Readability is critical, make it easy for the interviewer, but also make sure you stand out!
Excellent, your CV has been good enough to get you an interview; now you need to live up to the client’s expectations. These tips should help…
- Make sure you know where you’re going.
- Make sure you know who you’re meeting.
- Make sure you know all about the company and the vacancy you’re interviewing for.
Prepare yourself for the standard questions, for example:
- Why do you want this job?
- Why do you want to work for us?
- What do you know about us?
- Why should we employ you?
- What do you see yourself doing in five years’ time?
- What do you think of your current employers?
- What has been your greatest success?
- What has been your biggest failure?
- What makes you tick?
- What do you like to do outside of work?
- Read your own CV and see what questions they may have.
- Prepare your questions for them.
- If you have any then bring relevant certifications & identification.