Advice for Candidates

Writing a CV

CV’s should be clear and to the point. This is the first impression an employer has of you, so make it stand out! Always proof read then ask a friend or family member to double/triple check and include a professional email.

Do:

  • Use bullet points
  • Use a clear font such as Arial
  • Tailor the CV to the position you’re applying for
  • Make an interesting personal profile
  • Use assertive and positive language
  • Keep your CV updated

Don’t:

  • Exceed 2 x A4 pages
  • Handwrite your CV – it looks unprofessional
  • Lie
  • Include photo unless requested
  • Include negative information
  • Include salary expectations

Attending an interview

Your CV was successful! Next step is the dreaded interview. Here are some tips to help you through:

Do:

  • Research the company
  • Look on their website
  • Arrive 10 minutes early
  • Search how to get there – don’t be late
  • Look over your CV again – Questions will be asked!
  • Dress smart! You’re going for an interview make a good impression
  • Have good hygiene
  • Have a firm handshake
  • Prepare questions
  • Prepare for awkward questions
  • Smile & relax

Don’t:

  • Be late
  • Dress inappropriately
  • Have poor body language
  • Appear arrogant
  • Have your phone on! – Keep it in your bag, you don’t need it
  • Talk negatively about previous employers
  • Not ask questions
  • Discuss money or time off
  • Eat directly before or during an interview

Social Media

Social media says a lot about you and one small error could place you to the bottom of the pile with an employer, dangerously it could be an error that you are completely unaware of so be cautious when you or your friends post on the world wide web.

Privacy settings on Facebook

Ensure you have made your settings private on Facebook, especially if you are job hunting. No employer wants to see your drunken nights out and your head in the toilet! Keep your social life to yourself and only show the world what you want people to know about you.

Statistically around 51% of employers check social media pages before hiring a candidate. Alternatively, 34% have found content which has caused them to discipline or even fire an employee. It can make or break you!

LinkedIn a professional platform

LinkedIn is a fantastic way to network with other professionals, it can lead to new clients or new career prospects. Keep your profile professional, it is not Facebook! Try engaging in LinkedIn groups or sharing relevant NEWS to show that you’re interested with current affairs.

Google your name

You’ll be surprised what information about yourself is floating around. How private is your personal information? Try checking Google Images, sometimes photos from other means of social media could be connected.

Interested in a Job you have found on Social Media?

When it comes to contacting a company regarding a job position you have seen on social media, keep it professional. Direct Message the company but construct it as you would an email, with terms such as ‘Dear…’, ‘Kind Regards’, ‘Yours Faithfully’. Avoid using colloquial terms and do not end a message with a ‘x’.

Do not talk about your work place

Don’t like something at work? Don’t talk about it on social media. It can take just one person to see that and report it. It doesn’t make you look good and could result in you losing your job.

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