Hints and Tips for Making Your Application
We know that standing out in the jobs market can be tough, so we’re here to give you a helping hand. Compiled by the recruitment experts in our Talent and Resourcing Team these hints and tips should help you enjoy your job hunt and nail that interview process.
A dazzling CV creates a great first impression. Sell yourself well from the beginning and you’re already on the right track. Make the most of your online networks, you never know which path they might lead you down.
The interview room can be a daunting place, so preparation is key. Be confident, honest and authentic. Getting caught out by a straight-forward question could prematurely seal your fate, so think ahead about what you might be asked.
Include social media links to your professional networks. A strong LinkedIn profile, interesting tweets and relevant blog posts can help to sell your personal story.
Carefully check your spelling and grammar. Ask someone else to check it, and then check it again. A lack of attention to detail can make or break your application.
Make the layout clear and easy-to- read. Use bullet points and consistent formatting to help the facts stand out.
Craft a concise personal statement. Outline who you are and what you can bring to the role. Be specific and honest.
Explain any long gaps in your CV. Just one line will do.
Include key achievements that are relevant to the role. If you can, back them up with KPIs, facts and figures.
Here are some tips on how to answer some commonly asked questions:
Avoid telling your life story or reciting your CV. Summarise your skills, experience and achievements, focusing on those most relevant to the job. Be professional while showing some personality.
You want this job, not just any job. Make it clear that you’ve done your research about the role and the organisation, showing how your aims and ambitions will fit with that specific business and team.
Seize this opportunity to talk about your long-term goals. Aim for ambitious and realistic. We want to hear about your drive, initiative and development dreams.
Share what makes you tick. This is different for everyone. It could be a tight deadline or constructive criticism by a respected peer. Be honest and you can’t go wrong.
Avoid a generic list of statements such as being a ‘good communicator’ or ‘team player’. Make yourself stand out by focusing on role-specific strengths, giving real-life examples where you can.
This is a cliché so avoid answering with another cliché. Saying you work too hard might elicit an eye- roll. Be straightforward. Pinpoint an area within the job description where you have less experience and stress your commitment to on-going development.
This is your opportunity to sell yourself and shout about your unique points. Be enthusiastic. Highlight all of your relevant skills, experience and achievements. Let the interviewer know exactly what they’ll be getting if they offer you the job.
Think about what sort of person the job requires then match those skills and attributes with real-life feedback from your career. It could be a client testimonial, a performance review or even a LinkedIn recommendation. Examples rather than assumptions will win here.
Focus on future opportunities not past grievances. If you’re unhappy in your current job, explain your reasons for leaving briefly and positively.
Always have several questions up your sleeve in case some are covered during the interview. Show an interest in their culture and ways of working, or ask how they imagine the successful candidate.
Here are some hints and tips on how to use your social media profile cleverly to catch that ideal job:
Build a great online profile. Many employers will check you out on social media when you apply for a job. As a minimum, you need a strong LinkedIn profile with an informative bio and professional photograph.
Connect with others. Actively build a network of professionals and industry experts. By following these people on Twitter or sending polite connections requests on LinkedIn, you’ll tap into a powerful source of learning and build your personal brand.
Share, often. Build those relationships by sharing useful and relevant content. Passing on learning and acting as a resource for others raises your profile and encourages others to connect with you.
Be present. Keep you profile current and consistent. Don’t set one up and then abandon it. Regular shares and updates will keep your name at the front of people’s feeds – and minds.
Engage, be social and join in. Comment, participate and have real dialogue with others. Try to steer clear of controversial topics, avoid unprofessional language and inappropriate photographs. Always think before you post.