First impressions really do matter, and not just in a face-to-face in an interview! A good cover letter can be the difference between nabbing that interview and losing their interest. So what will make your Healthcare cover letter dazzle the hiring manager? Read on to find out! Be to the point The first paragraph of your cover letter should state the purpose. You should include what job you’re applying for and one or two sentences about how your experience matches up with the role. “I recently learned of Swanstaff’s need for a Registered Nurse and thought I would get in touch as my experience/skills/knowledge lines up with the needs of the role. My experience with _____ provided me with an excellent knowledge of ____, _____ and _____.” Tailor your letter Do some research into the company. It is worth mentioning how you match their core values or goals, perhaps picking a particular one that resonates with you and discussing that. Stand out Tell a story about why you want to do the role. Try to choose a story that is unique and will help them get to know you. If you haven’t worked before, use a personal story from your home life, and if you have worked, you can use one from the workplace. Highlight successes Don’t just repeat what is on your CV. Use your cover letter to reveal successes you had in a role or during your education. For example: “When I worked for ______ I learnt a lot about how to provide excellent care. I realised that there was not much opportunity for the patients to do activities if they could not leave their beds, so implemented “Bed Craft Days” with donated art materials. These went down really well with patients and families and allowed me to provide a creative solution to a problem.” The most important thing in a cover letter is to let your personality shine through. You need to show why you would be a great fit for their role and team. Can you think of anything else you would want to include in a cover letter for a healthcare job role? Let us know in the comments below. If you’re looking for a new job then get in touch with Swanstaff today to find out more about how we can help you find the perfect job role to suit you.
During sixth form I was achieving good grades and knew I was going to complete my A levels with great results. It was then everyone started talking about “what is next?”. But whilst you’re in sixth form there is so much pressure from teachers to go to University. Despite this, I knew I wanted to go straight out into the working world and gain experience. I spoke to my teachers about other opportunities for me rather than going to university. There were several areas to go when leaving school such as completing a college course, going straight into a full time job, or get an apprenticeship. I chose to become an apprentice and am thrilled with how it has turned out. Being an apprentice means I am earning and learning at the same time. Apprenticeship courses are based around the role or area of the business you work in; I am currently completing my Administration Apprenticeship within Swanstaff Recruitment. This company has made my apprenticeship interesting and fun. It has given me the opportunity to learn so much about businesses and how they run. An apprenticeship involves completing coursework and training with regular visits from a tutor to help marking your work and discussing your progress. I really enjoy my apprenticeship and I feel like it has really helped me get a “foot in the door” as people say. I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone who is looking to get straight into work but wants to continue learning at the same time! Written by Sian Goldfinch Reception Apprentice at Swanstaff Recruitment
Continuing our "How To Answer" interview question series, we're asking if you know how to answer this very common question. "What is your greatest strength?". It may seem fairly straightforward. You need to pick a strength that you know will benefit the company you are interviewing for. So how can you make sure your answer comes across well? Make sure it is a strength that is crucial to the position. As we mentioned before, this is your chance to show the company how you will help them. It may seem like an obvious point but try to pick a skill that they asked for in the job advert. Do some research – Make sure to look at the company’s core values and see what they care about. This will help you to tailor your answer to them better. Make sure that you pick a skill that you can give an example for. Interviewers often follow up with the question “give me an example of this”. You need to make sure you can demonstrate your chosen skill, preferably using a workplace based experience. Try to avoid the typical “I’m a perfectionist”, “I’m organised” and “I’m hard-working”. These are not going to make you memorable. You don’t need to worry about being modest. This is a chance to really show them what you can do. However, you don’t want to go too far the other way and come off cocky. Try to find a happy medium. If you’re looking for a new job, then you can get in touch with your local Swanstaff branch here.
Did you wake up to a blanket of snow? This is typically a time when things seem to grind to a halt but whilst the city may be sleeping, there is no better time to keep your job search going! So grab a hot drink, make yourself cosy and check out our top tips for job searching on a snowy day! Give your CV a makeover With all the extra time you have indoors trying to keep warm, there is no better time to improve your CV. Make sure you include all your experience and skills as these are usually the things that employers look for. Keep it to two pages if possible and try to personalise the “Personal Profile” section for each role you’re applying for. Even if you have multiple versions of your CV! Give them a call Look back at the companies you have applied to work for. If you haven’t heard from them, take this time as an opportunity to give them a call or email to follow up. You can ask what they thought of your CV and if they have any questions about you or your experience. Give a little thanks If you’ve been to an interview, take this time to send a thank you note. We have a blog here which includes thank you templates you can use. If you are registered with recruitment agencies take the time to pop them a message saying thank you for their help so far and how much you appreciate it. Not only will that make them feel great, but it will also bring you to mind first if they have an opportunity become available. Get searching! Not only for jobs. You can search for job related blogs (like ours!) to find top tips on what you can be doing. You can also research companies you would like to work for. If you find them on LinkedIn, you can see their employees listed and work out the best person to contact. You can message them and say that you know there aren’t any current positions but could they keep you in mind in case something comes up. You never know what might happen! So even if your day has been brought to a snowy standstill, it doesn’t mean your job search needs to as well! Use your time cleverly and you will be amazed by what you can achieve!
What do they mean by “why do you want to work for us” in an interview? It’s not a trick question and they’re not trying to trip you up. They want to know if you are just there for the pay and because it’s a job or if you are going to become invested in and integral to the company. You need to use your answer to show them you want to become a part of the team/family. So how can you make sure you impress in your answer? Use your research Research the company to get a good understanding of the company needs and talk about how passionate you are to help them achieve their goals. Use compliments Everyone loves a compliment. You could discuss a project or achievement and why you would love to be a part of the next one. Use examples Choose examples of how your skills and experience align with the company needs and values. Can you think of any other important things to include in your answer here? If you’re looking for a new job, get in touch with your local Swanstaff branch here.
When running an interview there are a few things you are trying to achieve. You need to know how good this person is at their job, how well they will fit in your team and if they reflect your company values. There are a number of generic interview questions people typically ask, but what about more creative ones? Here at Swanstaff we ask a number of the following questions in our own interview process. Not only do they help us to ascertain the candidate’s suitability for the role but they also create great talking points to help us get to know them and see if they would be a good fit for the team. Could you ask some of these in your next interview? What’s the most interesting thing about you that’s not included on your CV? Who was your childhood hero and why? If you could have one super power, what would it be? What is your best memory and why? If I gave you £10,000 what would you spend it on? What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced, not work related? How would your closest friends describe you? What was the last thing you watched on TV and what made you decide to watch it? If someone wrote the story of your life, what would it be called and why? Teach me something I don’t know in the next 5 minutes. If you’re looking for a new job then check out our current vacancies or get in touch with your local Swanstaff branch today!
First impressions are so important and you don’t get a second chance to make one. That’s why you need to make sure that you follow these simple steps to making a good first impression in a job interview! Plan Your Journey Make sure that you allow plenty of time to get to your interview. Typically you should aim to be going into an interview no more than 10 minutes before your time slot. If you’re earlier than this, you can find a local coffee shop to sit down and prepare yourself. 96% of interviewers in a survey by Monster said that a candidates time keeping skills would influence their decision so it is a vital part of your first impression! Shake It Up Make sure your handshake is solid and confident. Don’t be too strong or too limp. Try to find a happy medium for this and remember to look them in the eye and smile as you introduce yourself. Look (And Smell!) Your Best You want to make sure that you look smart and fit the required dress code. Clothes must be clean and ironed and you should be clean and smartly turned out. If you wear perfume or aftershave, don’t put too much on. You don’t want to overpower your interviewer! Remember these three things and you will make your first impression a great one! If you start an interview with a good impression, then you have a better chance of success. If you’re looking for a new job then check out our current vacancies or get in touch with your local Swanstaff branch today!