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Top tips for a successful job search…

Over the past year we’ve published many a piece of help and advice on how to successfully look for a new role.  We’ve covered the full job seeking process from updating your CV, presenting at interview and negotiating your starting salary to how to impress on your first day.

What with post-Christmas blues and New Year’s resolutions January tends to be a popular time to start thinking about moving jobs.  So to help any of you prospective job seekers out there we’ve pulled together our top tips, help and advice to get your job search off to a flying start.

General job seeking advice

Writing your CV

Interviews

Resigning and beyond

How to work with a recruiter

Recruiters tend to get a bit of a bad rap and are often clubbed together with estate agents, as those people you deal with because you have to, rather than because you want to.

We may be a bit biased, but we think that’s a little unfair and a few bad apples have tarnished the reputation of a whole profession. Just like their housing counterparts, recruiters can have a massive impact on your life. As one global recruitment firm puts it ‘the right job can transform a person’s life’ and that’s something we strongly believe in.

If you have decided to make a move how can you work with a recruiter and help them, to help you..

1. Be clear – before you start make it clear what you do and don’t want. Let them know the types of roles you’re interested in, the salary you’re expecting, the industries you think are a good match and also the locations you’d be willing to work in. However, remember to be realistic in your expectations, using estate agents as an example, don’t go in asking for a 10 bed detached house when all you can afford is a 2-bed flat.

2. Have your CV ready – take time and effort to get your CV right before you approach any recruiters. This is your shop window so make sure it highlights your best achievements. Remember recruiters see hundreds of CVs a day so take their advice. If they suggest a few subtle tweaks to your CV or LinkedIn profile then listen to them, don’t be offended they know what they’re talking about. Check out our CV writing tips…

3. Be respectful – while the decision to hire you or not isn’t down to the recruiter… the decision on whether to put your forward as a candidate or not, is. Treat any correspondence or meetings with them as if it were with the hiring organisation. Be responsive to emails and phone calls, dress appropriately and be on time for any interviews and meetings.

4. Keep in touch – we’re not suggesting you become best buddies and call them every day but prior to interview it’s worth giving them a quick call, asking for any advice or information they could share that might help. Regardless of whether it was a resounding success or a disaster, it’s always good to call post interview and give your opinion on how it went. If you’ve not heard anything don’t be afraid to call and follow up, but try not to hound them with daily calls and messages!

5. Stay connected – LinkedIn is a great way to stay connected to recruiters. It will allow you to see what roles they’re recruiting for (assuming they post this on LinkedIn) and gives them instant access to your most up-to-date CV (your LinkedIn profile). If you’re worried about your boss or colleagues seeing that you’ve connected with a recruiter (or a few), check out your settings and turn off all notifications. A good recruiter can help you throughout your career, you never know when you might need them again in the future.

‘How to work with a recruiter?’ was written by Lesley Colella If you like what you’ve read why not follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter and read all our future advice and musings on the world of work.

 

5 ways you can give your executive-level CV the edge

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As any executive who has had to write a CV will tell you, an executive-level CV requires more work than any previous CVs you have written. You have to demonstrate reflective thinking and plan strategically, all of which requires you to put in extra time and effort. But it will pay off. So just how do you give your executive-level CV the edge? We have five ways for you.

1. Update your CV

Just because you keep on climbing the ladder, it doesn’t mean that you should simply add your most recent job to your experience and keep the rest the same.

Firstly, CV fashions change, and yours should reflect the format recruiters currently desire.

Secondly, your skills and experience will have changed drastically over the course of your career to date. Relying on the ones that you listed when you first started out will make you look unqualified and inexperienced. Not the look you’re going for when you’re in the C suite.

Here are some tips for updating your CV and showing prospective employers why you’re so great:

  • List your current skills only, remove anything that isn’t relevant nor immediately demonstrate that you’re an executive.
  • Format your CV to modern requirements.
    • Lots of short, pithy sentences.
    • Bullet point key statements.
    • Open with a personal statement.
    • Keep it to two pages of A4 maximum.
    • Break up any serious walls of text.
    • Remove any experience that doesn’t show how you got to where you are now, e.g. your first job out of university, or that temp job you did that summer.
  • Submit your CV in PDF format so that no matter who opens it using whatever program they use, it will not distort and become unreadable.
2. Show don’t tell

Telling the recruiter what you have done over the course of your career, or even just in your last job, will make you look like amateur hour. Don’t simply tell them what you did; that doesn’t help them decide if you’re suitable for the role and what value you will bring to the team and the company.

Instead, show prospective employers what you did. Everyone understands numbers; not everyone understands technical, role-specific jargon, therefore inject figures to support your claims and achievements:

  • If you did something that increased sales by X%, say that.
  • If you found a new way to bring in Y new clients, shout about it.
  • If you discovered ways to cut costs in one area which resulted in a boost in profits somewhere else, let them know.

Recruiters ultimately want to know that you will up the company’s game. So, let them know how capable you are of doing just that.

3. Connect your CV to your LinkedIn profile

Don’t have a LinkedIn profile? Get one. And fill it out thoroughly to showcase your experience and abilities.

Most of the time, you will have to submit your CV electronically, so use that to your advantage and include a link to your online profile. Whilst your CV will contain all the pertinent information that the recruiter is seeking, your LinkedIn profile will show:

  • How active you are in networking, connecting with people in the industry (recruiters want to see that you are genuinely interested in the industry and are doing research outside of applications to get a better understanding of it).
  • A little more information about you than your CV can offer.
4. Tailor your CV to each job application

By this stage, you should not only be demonstrating your industry experience and transferable key skills to recruiters but also letting them know that you are the ideal candidate for their job opening because you have the required experience and key skills that the job calls for.

This is easy to achieve. Simply take some time and make sure you tailor your CV to each and every job application that you submit. It will be worth it.

5. Think strategically

You may be competing against a lot of other candidates for this job, so think about how you got to where you are today. You are unique; your experience is unique, what you can bring to the job will be unique. Make sure your CV accurately reflects this.

Recruiters don’t want to read a generic CV that is the same as the next candidate’s. They want to easily understand what sets you apart; what value you will bring. So, take some time to reflect on your work history and draw out the pertinent points. Position your unique selling points upfront in your CV and then quantify them later on. Set yourself apart from the competition early.

About the author: CV-Library is the UK’s leading independent job board. For more expert advice on job searches, careers and the workplace, visit their Career Advice pages.

Why December is a great time to look for a job..

You say the word December and I bet Christmas and all it’s trimmings is the first thing that springs to most people’s minds. I imagine looking for a new job isn’t high on many to-do lists at this time of year. But here are a few reasons why now is the perfect time to look for a new job…

1. There are still jobs out there – just because it’s December and Christmas is on its way, it doesn’t mean everything comes to a standstill. In fact there are still plenty of jobs out there and organisations looking to recruit.

2. Less competition – while the decision to look for a new job might seem a very personal decision, based on lots of different factors. When you look at it from a national point of view there are seasonal peaks and dips where more people are on the market for a new role. January being one of the busiest times. So start looking in December and not only will you have less competition for roles, you’ll also be ahead of all those January job seekers.

3. Pressure to wrap everything up before Christmas – there is nothing like an impeding break from the office to put the pressure on to get everything signed, sealed and delivered. This is definitely the case at Christmas, with candidates potentially out of the office and unreachable for 2 weeks getting those interviews done and offers out in December, means that new starters could potentially be in place by mid-late Jan.

4. Networking a plenty – whether it’s drinks, dinner or a coffee with customers, suppliers or colleagues, December is certainly a social time. Take advantage of this and use these more informal gatherings to network your way to your next job. Often the best way to find a new role is via your extended network. So don’t be afraid to talk a little bit of shop at any festive gatherings.

Take a break over Christmas if you like, but don’t assume that you can’t get a new job in December. Keep applying, interviewing and networking until the minute you accept a new position. Don’t let these last weeks of the year go to waste!

‘Why December is a great time to look for a new job…’ was written by Ian Gooden, CEO Chiumento Group. If you like what you’ve read why not follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter and read all our future advice and musings on the world of work.

Countdown to Christmas

Now the cobwebs have been cleared from Halloween and the fireworks of Bonfire Night have well and truly whizzed and banged we can start to talk about Christmas….

While for many it’s still too far away to think about, it has a habit of creeping up on you. Before you know it, you’re running around the shops on the 24th December in a desperate bid to buy the perfect gift.  Like present buying, finding the perfect candidate takes time and effort. If you want a new employee ready to start in the New Year, then now is the time to start thinking about recruitment.

Make sure you don’t miss out on making that crucial hire during the run up to Christmas. Follow our week-by-week guide and your new recruit will be hired before the festivities begin and ready to start in the New Year.

Give us a call today on 077111 99816 and kick start the recruitment process or drop us an email info@chiumento-recruitment.uk and we’ll call you back.