Having difficulty finding that job of your dreams?
Do you find that you are sending out endless resumes, without any response from prospective employers?
How do you get the attention of those who are advertising and give yourself the best chance for an interview?
This section has been designed to provide you with informative tips and hints on how you can break away from the pack and get noticed.
- Resume Writing Tips: Take an Active Interest in Your Career!
- You Are What You Wear: How to Dress to Impress
- The Interview - Common Interview Questions
- Interview Tips- What you need to know!
The Drake Infosheets below are designed to help you find a job you love and answer any questions that you may have! Click on the image to read the electronic version.
A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is an opportunity for you to personally advertise yourself to a prospective employer.
These tips will guide you in how to write a compelling CV that will present you and your professional experiences in the most interesting, unique and impressive manner. Let Drake help you to get your foot in the door and maximise your chances of finding the job you love.
- Try to stay away from writing Curriculum Vitae at the top of the page; it is obvious to employers what the document is.
- When listing your previous work experience, always list your most recent role first.
- Employers are interested in what you are doing now.
- Keep your information relevant to the job you are applying for. If the information they need is not immediately apparent, they will not look for it.
- Provide up to date contact details and ensure you have a professional voice mail message recording. Don't risk missing that important call.
- Leave an appropriate email address for contact. E.g.- firstname.lastname@example.org is NOT appropriate or professional.
- Make sure that there are no spelling, grammatical or formatting errors - get as many people as you can find to proof-read your CV.
- Layout and design should be legible, consistent and easy to follow, with good clear headings, large easy-to-read type face, such as Times New Roman or Arial.
- Keep it as short as you can - preferably to two sheets of A4 paper (make sure the paper is good quality). Do not waste an entire cover page to introduce your name.
- References? - Only include them if you're asked. It is standard to write 'available upon request'.
- Do not include a photo unless required.
- Don't forget to do a covering letter. Personalise and tailor this to respond to the criteria within the ad.
Writing a CV can be a very difficult process. However, as it is integral to the recruitment process, it is vital to get it right. If you're unsure or need help in writing a CV, contact a Drake consultant today on 0800 DRAKE 1.
Have you ever heard of the expression 'looking the part'? In a job interview situation, that's exactly what you must do! First impressions count, and it is important that you are remembered for the right reasons. Drake has developed a number of helpful hints to help you look your best.
Ensure that the outfit that you decide on reflects the role and the culture of the organisation you are seeking employment with.
- Outfits should be well-tailored, clean and stylish.
- A smart dress or skirt with matching jacket is also a good choice versus the traditional suit - knee length is desirable.
- Take care with the accessories; do not ruin a smart look with poor quality accessories. Ensure jewelry coordinates well with your outfit and that your handbag appears clean and not worn.
- The colour of your shoes should coordinate with your outfit and be pristine and polished.
- Stockings should be free from rips and ladders, keep a spare pair with you to cover emergencies.
- Make-up is essential but should be subtle and natural. In this case less is more.
- Your hair should be clean and styled.
- Try to choose a perfume that is not to over powering - subtle is best.
- Suits should be worn in conservative colours.
- Long sleeved shirts should always be worn, ironed and be crease free.
- Your tie should complement your shirt and your suit.
- If appropriate, all earrings should be removed.
- Clean shaven is preferable.
- Shoes should be clean and compliment your outfit.
- Should a suit be inappropriate, smart casual pants should be clean and in good condition and your jacket should coordinate with your outfit.
A good presentation can be the winning edge at job interviews. It shows that you are confident and that you understand the environment you hope to work in. If you need any help in how to dress to impress, do not hesitate to contact a Drake Consultant today on 0800 DRAKE 1.
In an interview situation, employers usually tend to ask the same kinds of questions.
Here is an example of the types of questions you may get:
- Looking over your career, which role did you enjoy the most and why?
- Conversely which role did you enjoy least and why?
- Why are you interested in this particular role and how does it fit your career plan?
- What are 5 words to best describe your personality?
- In a work situation, what are your strengths?
- What areas would you like to improve on?
- How do you like to be managed?
- What are your short term and long term career goals?
- How do you see this role assisting you in achieving your goals?
- Tell me about the last time that you drove yourself and others to complete a tough assignment. What was the project, What were the challenges in completing the project, How did you drive yourself to finish, How did you motivate yourself and other to work towards completion, What were results of your efforts?
- Talk me through a time when you were under pressure for an extended period of time. What led to the situation, how did you handle it and what was the outcome?
- Even the best of us have disagreements from time to time. Tell me about the most serious disagreement you had with a co-worker. What led to the disagreement, how did you first approach solving the disagreement, how did the co-worker respond, what was the outcome?
How would you answer this question?
'Talk me through a time when you were under pressure for an extended period. What lead to the situation, how did you handle it and what was the outcome?'
Step 1: Choose a real situation and detail the scenario from beginning to end. Don't exaggerate or tell stories. A good interviewer will bring you unstuck! E.g.In my previous role at company ABC, there was a time where I was involved in..., which lead me to...
Step 2: How did you handle it? E.g.The way I approached the situation was....
Step 3: Explain the outcome, and if possible something you learned from the experience that you can apply in future. E.g. In the end, situation X turned out to be a huge success and a new approach was adopted.
Going for a job interview can often be an overwhelming and stressful experience. However, it need not be if you are prepared. Remember that an interview is not only for the employer to decide if you are suitable for the job, but also for you to decide if the job will be suitable for you.
Here are 7 hot hints to keep in mind before going for that all-important interview:
There is nothing worse than being late for an interview, and there is no need to be. The day beforehand, look up the address, check on public transport (if necessary) and allow plenty of time to get to your interview.
Take your resume and certificates. This should be in a presentation folder and include only the relevant information.
Make sure that you select an outfit that makes your feel comfortable and that is appropriate for the role and culture of the organisation you are seeking employment with. Remember first impressions last but you do not have to rush out and buy a new outfit.
- BODY LANGUAGE:
Smile upon entry, look the interviewer in the eye and always give him/her a firm handshake. While some nervousness is understandable, beware of slouching in your chair, tapping your feet, nervous laughter and fidgeting.
Investigate the company thoroughly by surfing the web, reading the latest annual report, checking news articles, etc. This will show you are serious and enthusiastic about your application.
The key here is to be prepared. If you are asked a question you have not prepared for in advance, take a moment to think through and organise your thoughts before answering. Also, prepare questions to ask about the company or the role. This will emphasise to the employer how interested and enthusiastic you are about the job.
- ASK FOR THE JOB:
If you want the job - ask for it. Look the interviewer in the eye and say "thank you for explaining the position, I feel I have the right skills and I am very interested". Thank the interviewer for his/her time with a firm handshake. Make sure you clarify what follow-up action is to be taken after the interview.
Drake International can assist you with your resume.
To find out more about our current temporary and permanent roles, you can also contact one of our Drake Recruitment Consultants today on 0800 DRAKE 1.
Remember: If you have been arranged the interview through an agency, remember to contact your consultant before and immediately after the interview. We want to know what you thought of the interview and think of the position.