Job Application

Getting that interview might be the hardest thing you’ve tried to do for ages. Being seen favourably by the hiring manager is key to being selected. So it’s crucial you don’t make a silly mistake… like this.

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Every vacancy has a list of must have skills you need to meet to be in the running. But what if you have too many? Can you be too good for the job? Is there any such thing as over-qualified?

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When it comes to changing jobs, desire is great. But that’s not what hiring managers look for. They don’t search for the person who wants to change jobs the most! To be a successful job seeker you need to start your search somewhere else…

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Sending a CV on it’s own is not going to get you to the top of the ‘must read’ job applications. A great covering letter is unique and bespoke to the job you are applying for and it might just be your missing link

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Making a job application should be easy, right! You used to send off your CV with a covering letter and a week or two later the call would come with interview dates and times. Not any more. You send your CV off and …. nothing at all. Start by being more choosy about your applications

‘The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form’ ~ Stanley J Randall

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To get ‘the call’ from a headhunter you need to be ‘found’. This might be because a colleague or friend recommends you so where possible let people know you are at least open to look for a new role and that you are happy for them to pass on your number. It might be because you have spoken at an event

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It is reasonable to say, half of all the jobs you might want are online. So, how do you find them? You can look on generic jobsites. Companies such as monster.com are popular with both employers and recruiters. Does the job you are looking for have an online industry magazine?

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Interesting question for you; are attractive people more employable?   Are good-looking people more likely to get jobs? That depends whether you’re talking about men or women, according to a new working paper. From the abstract:   Job applicants in Europe and in Israel increasingly imbed a headshot of themselves in the top corner of […]

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No Single Hiring Manager – Hiring decisions are made by hiring committees. This means that no single hiring manager can make a potentially bad decision by themselves. This doesn’t guarantee 100% success, but it does reduce bad decisions. There must be consensus that the candidate is a great hire. Doesn’t this slow down the process? Not really, in fact the process insures that candidate status is reviewed by the committee every week. There is no opportunity for the hiring decision to get delayed by personal deadlines for other work. The consensus approach avoids “blind spots” or biases by an individual hiring manager, and results in better hiring decisions. Candidates are compared across several groups to make sure the acceptance criteria remain high.

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Go back to the drawing board with your CV. Have a go at writing a new one from scratch. When you amend the original it is so tempting to see bullet points you like and although they are not strictly relevant, because you like them, you leave them in. Using either ‘Creating a Targeted CV’ if you know the exact role in a specific company that you are applying to, or ‘Generally This CV Works’ if you have a job title and want to send it in multiple directions, sit down with a blank sheet of paper and start your CV from scratch. You might be amazed what you write in contrast to the one you were using.

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When a company is hiring they are doing it for a business purpose. We need to have a Head of Marketing so that our company continues to be promoted, we remain in our client and prospects focus and gain new opportunities to generate revenue. This is an easy one to see; we all know that without revenue a company falls into decline. What if you work in the post room?

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We would only ever write ‘references are available on request’ within the CV itself. Give the names of your referees when you have accepted a verbal offer. You should always pick someone that knows or knew you well, who you worked directly with some of the time and who you got on with professionally. Speak to them first and get their permission. Then provide their name, job title, your relationship to them during the time that you worked together, a daytime telephone number (direct line or mobile) and work email address. Most of the time your referee will be contacted via telephone.

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