So you’ve managed to get through that interview. You’re feeling pretty good. Pretty marvellous. One might even say splendiferous considering the fact it’s Roald Dahl Day. Now what? How do you follow up from this? Here are 5 golden ticket tips from a Roald Dahl classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for how to behave and what to do after an interview. 1.Gratitude. Charlie is grateful for everything he has and everything he receives. He always say thank you and so should you! Take the time to write a short email or letter thanking the interviewer for their time. For example: Dear----- I just wanted to say thank you for seeing me earlier and interviewing me for the role of ------. I really enjoyed meeting and speaking to you about the role. If you have any further questions you’d like to ask me, please feel free to give me a call on ------ or pop me an email and I’d be happy to answer them. I look forward to hearing from you Thank you again 2.“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Believing in yourself is a vital part of searching for a job. If you don’t believe in your ability to do well in a role, how will you convince an employer you can do it? Stay positive, even after an interview. 3.“We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that and reverse it.” Now is not the time to rest on your laurels! Whether the interview went well or not quite as planned, it is worth continuing to look. Keep applying for jobs and looking at companies you might like to work for. You want to keep your options open, instead of pinning them on one role. 4.“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” Don’t take things to seriously or too much to heart. Rejections are hard but it doesn’t mean you are a bad candidate. It just means they found someone more suitable for that specific vacancy 5.“Tremendous things are in store for you! Wonderful things await you!” I am a great believer in the motto, “everything happens for a reason”. You might not get a specific vacancy but something better for you will come along and you will be free to grab it with both hands! Can you think of any other advice you could take from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Happy Roald Dahl Day!
Do you have an interview lined up? Are you stressing out about your CV and preparing answers to interview questions? The last thing you want to be thinking about is what to wear! Research has found that people form a first opinion of someone within 7 seconds. Therefore having a well-groomed, smart appearance could be the difference between a successful and unsuccessful job interview. We have created an infographic for you that gives you top tips for both men and woman, on what the best outfit is for an interview or even what to wear on a day-to-day basis in the office. After taking this advice you'll be dressed to impress and probably feel more confident too!
On average recruiters spend 6 seconds looking at your CV. Only 6 seconds! It is therefore essential that your CV is the best it can be in order to catch the recruiters attention. There are a number of ways you can do this including make sure your format is easy to read, only include relevant content and proof read your CV a number of times to ensure that there are no mistakes. We have created an infographic for you which gives an insight into what recruiters look for - all tips are hot off the press from recruiters directly. Why not give your CV a refresh and you should be sure to find your next career move soon!
When you are looking for a new job it is easy to get caught up in designing the perfect CV ... this should lead to lots of interviews and then you need to be prepared to really impress your prospective employer. Sometimes they may want to see you at short notice so it’s really important that you prepare yourself early and start thinking about what you may be asked and how you will present yourself… it can be a pretty daunting experience for some people so we thought we would put together some tips so that you can arrive at your interview with confidence.
The sales process is a step-by-step layout of what actions must be taken to turn leads into customers. Regardless of how you look at it, recruiting is exactly the same. You are selling the Employer as a product to prospective candidates, you need to know your stuff and be able to sell the opportunity to your prospect – hopefully turning them into a candidate. Follow this sales process, selling the features and benefits of the Employer and you should be bringing in the placements thick and fast!
For those who haven't yet heard of LinkedIn and aren't aware of what it is; in a nutshell it is an online social CV you create for youself. You can connect with many different people just like social media platforms, however it is a professional site, be wary not to post things you wouldn't want your boss seeing. If you're looking for a new job, LinkedIn is a good place to start your search. At least 500 million people use the network, and there are more than 10 million active job listings, Fortune magazine reported in 2017. If you're wondering how to use LinkedIn to find a job, you're best to follow our steps below:
Are you on the lookout for your next role? In a time when technology has become more integral to our daily lives, are you using it to your advantage in your job search? There are so many ways your phone can help you! Job Search Apps There are plenty of apps out there that can help you find a job. One great app - if we do say so ourselves! – is the Swanstaff app. Full of great content the app not only shows you all the latest jobs so you can apply on the go, but it also includes fantastic blogs about job searching and career advice to help you stand out from the crowd. Current candidates with Swanstaff can get alerts for new shifts and be the first to hear about them and also easily share their availability with their branch. The app is all about saving you time and making your life easier! So how can you get this great app? Just click this link to go straight to the App Store and download it for free! Other apps job seekers can benefit from include CV Builder and Pocket Resume. Both of these help you to build a CV using their templates to make sure you include all the correct information. There are also brilliant apps like Interview Prep Questions which show you a typical interview question and give you tips on how to answer it. Emails Making sure your email address and signature are professional is so important. A silly, embarrassing or inappropriate email address can really affect how the company you are applying to looks at you. If you don’t have a one that sounds professional, it is definitely worth creating one. With your email signature try to make sure it is not just the generic, “sent from my iphone”. You can include your name, a contact number and links to professional social profiles such as LinkedIn. You should also use your emails to confirm details of interviews and to send a thank afterwards. A thank you email is a great way to thank the interviewer for their time and make sure they remember you. Some job boards allow you to set up alerts for when jobs you are interested in are posted. Make sure all your job related emails go to the same email address. This will allow you to easily search in the inbox or separate emails into folders depending on which roles they are regarding. LinkedIn This is another app but slightly different to the one’s previously mentioned. LinkedIn is a professional social network that is built for making business connections which will definitely assist in your job search. You can use it to connect with the HR teams and Directors from the companies you want to work for. You can also connect with Recruiters who work in your industry and area who may be able to help you in finding your dream role. There are plenty of other ways your phone can help in your job search. If you can think of any we haven’t mentioned here that really helped you, please let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to download our app for all the latest jobs, shifts and career advice here!
With the exciting launch of Great British Bake Off (it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I was definitely eager to see it!) I have been thinking about cake rather a lot this week. As something of a cupcake-maker myself I’ve watched the contestants produce scrumptious showstoppers and tasty technical challenges in awe every week of previous seasons. I expect this one to be no different. Now as much as GBBO has taught me to improve my baking skills, it has also taught me some great life skills which can be applied to job hunting. Don’t believe me? Keep reading! Preparation is key From researching the company, to planning your CV and application, it is vital to make sure you use your time wisely in your job search. Get all the ingredients laid out and ready before you start anything. This means have notes ready and in front of you for a phone interview or researching the company fully before a face to face interview. Ingredients As mentioned before you need to make sure you have all the ingredients for your perfect recipe to success. If the jobs you are applying for or interested in are asking you to have a certain qualification or experience of a specific package, you will need to try to get this or at least show willingness to work towards it. Collaborative working Much like the technical challenge in Great British Bake Off it is ok to talk to people about what you are doing. It may be a competition (they’re trying to win a trophy and you’re trying to get a job) but that doesn’t mean you cannot support each other. You never know who might know the perfect person to help you with your job search Decoration and presentation Making sure you and your CV look good is key to job hunting success. Presenting yourself well doesn’t mean you have to be a showstopper, but try to be the best you can be so that you stand out from the crowd of other plates. It can be scary to put yourself out there but you have to go for it! You can’t please everyone You cannot please everyone all the time and you’ll probably burn yourself out if you do! As the Great British Bake Off contestants discovered, bakes that were too boozy for Paul were perfect for Mary. You cannot always please everyone, just do your best! And finally believe in yourself! To see this and other blogs like it, click here!
Twitter has been around for over a decade now, and it doesn't look like it's going away any time soon. It's a great platform to express your voice and share your opinions. It's also a good place to engage with potential employers. Here's our simple guide to help you use Twitter to find your dream career.