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Candidates, If You Are Targeting a Career Move How Do You Secure Success?

One of the key success factors is your CV. Are you underselling yourself?
Make sure that you are getting the interviews you deserve.
Invest time to Ensure Your CV is ready for a key career move before application, by ensuring it has the required impact, key words and aligned career data relevant to the role you are targeting.


Top Tips For Creating A Successful CV

SHOW WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE

For every job you apply for you could be up against hundreds of other candidates, so you need to make sure you stand out. Employers don't just buy skills, they buy solutions, so show how can you make the company money and how can you resolve the problems that they have.


BUILD A CLEAR LAYOUT

Employers spend around 20 to 30 seconds scanning your CV, so it needs to remain clutter-free and easy to read. The last thing a recruiter wants to do is to go hunting for the information that they are looking for so don't hide it among an array of elaborate graphics.


TAILOR YOUR CV TO YOUR AUDIENCE

It may sound like a time-consuming process, but making the effort to tailor your CV to suit the requirements of each particular job that you are applying for can greatly increase your chances of securing an interview.


KEEP IT ERROR FREE

It's deceptively easy to make mistakes on your CV and exceptionally difficult to repair the damage once an employer sees it. As well as checking your spelling and grammar, make sure your employment dates match and you've provided the correct phone number and email address.


KEEP YOUR CV UP-TO-DATE

When you put together a CV it's often difficult remembering the projects you have been involved with and the achievements you have made. To avoid missing important pieces of information out, revisit your CV every month adding anything of importance and removing any information that is no longer required.


Interview Tips

It’s important that you know as much as you can about the company you are hoping to work for before you attend an interview. This will it help you to answer and ask important questions

Here’s our guide to researching a potential employer before you meet them in person.


HAVE AN IDEA OF THE QUESTIONS YOU NEED ANSWERS TO

Before you even start doing your research it’s important to know what you are looking for. Try and find out the history of the company, how many people work there, who their clients are and what they are trying to sell.

Knowing all this will be great when it comes to answering questions about why you want to work at a company. Perhaps you love one of the products they sell, you are inspired by their CEO, or they focus on innovation. Most of this information will be available on their company website, and it’s a great place to start your investigation.


KNOW THE COMPANY STRENGTHS

To avoid asking any obvious questions, it’s important to look at the detail of the company. You need to understand what makes them different from their competitors (and it would be great if you found out who their competitors could be).

Companies often have a mission statement or values section to their website. This will highlight the events they are most proud of as well as their hopes for the future. It will also tell you what they value outside their everyday job, like a commitment to the community or the environment.


FOLLOW HOW THEY INTERACT ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Whilst company websites can be a little corporate, if you want to find out more about how they interact with their customers. Many companies now have a blog, but also check out Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Make a note of what kind of stories they share, how they are dealing with any negative feedback and how they interact on a daily basis. LinkedIn can enable you to find out about the people who will be interviewing you. Pick out some of the positive elements that could be useful in interviews, or use the information to think of questions.


CHECK THE PRESS

A company can control what is happening on their websites and online communities, but they don’t have a say in external stories that are written about them. Google has a search engine option, which allows you to look at the latest new stories about a company.

It’s also good to check out publications and websites about the industry in general. This will give you a good idea about the concerns and initiatives of market leaders in your chosen field. For example, if you want to work in IT, it might be good to know about the latest gadgets and programs that everyone is talking about.


FIND OUT WHAT PAST EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN SAYING

There are some great websites in the UK that give you an insight into what people who work there think about the company culture, as well as an idea of salaries and reviews from past employees. We recommend Glassdoor and What Are They Really Like (WATRL), which provide the best information out there.


Your research will help you to answer one of the most important questions that you’ll be asked: why you want to work for the company. It’s also a fantastic way of confirming that you feel that this role is the right one for you.

If you want to find out more about working in a potential company, then visit their website for interviews with staff, blog posts


Important Questions

Towards the end of your next job interview, you will more than likely be asked whether you have any questions you want to put to the interviewer. Have you any idea what you’re going to say? You might think it’s not very important, given everything else you will have to think about on the big day. But you’d be surprised.

A CareerBuilder survey of December 2012 found that 32% of hiring managers consider “not asking good questions” to be one of the biggest mistakes that interviewees can make.


Asking good questions can help you build a relationship with the interviewer, show that you have done your research, and prove to them that you are really interested in the job at hand. This is also, let’s not forget, your chance to find out whether this is really the company and the role for you. Here are some examples of good questions to ask at interview:


Q: Where does this role fit within the rest of the company?

This is a good question because it shows real interest about the business and a desire to get involved beyond your immediate role. Definitely ticks the “teamwork” box.


Q: Can you give me any examples of the sort of projects I’d be working on?

Good ways of letting the interviewer know that you have a real interest in the job.


Q: What does success look like in this role and how will my performance be measured?

Asking about performance measurement shows that you’re focused on results.


Q: How would you describe the company culture? 


Getting an insider’s view of the organisation will help you decide whether this company is a good fit for you.


Q: What do you think are the most important issues the company is facing in the future? 


Questions about company strategy always go down well.


Q: What sort of training opportunities does the company offer?

An obvious question but an excellent one nevertheless. It shows you’re interested in your own development and will be able to gain skills that are of value to the business.


Q: What is a typical career path for someone in this role? 


Again, shows you are interested in your own development and are looking to contribute to the business in the long term.


Q: What are the next steps and when can I expect a decision? 


If you really want the job, then don’t be afraid to show it. Asking questions about next steps may help to convince the interviewer how serious you are.


By asking these questions you won’t just make yourself stand out from every other candidate your interviewer is seeing, you will also find out some great information that could come in useful in the next steps of the application process.