Tag: Applying for jobs

  1. Essential interview skills to secure your next job

    Shaking hands in job interviewCongratulations! Your job application has impressed an employer and they have offered you an interview. Your next challenge is to hone your interview skills and demonstrate the potential that you have already shown on paper in front of a live audience.

    It’s this face-to-face scenario that many people find nerve-wreaking. But with a bit of preparation you can put those butterflies back in their box. Or at least suppress them.

    If you are new to interviews, or if you have failed to secure a job on previous occasions, then this blog post is for you. Here are the essential interview skills that will help to propel you up the career ladder.

    Research, research, research

    There are three essential types of research to do before any job interview: research the company; research its industry; and research the role.

    Make sure you checkout the company website for its history and look at anything written about it online. Other good sources of information are the company’s social media channels for latest news and happenings within the organisation. If it makes products or offers services, familiarise yourself with these and take a look at online reviews.

    Also be aware of the company’s competitors and anything going on in industry news that might affect it. Could new government legislation impact the way it operates in the future?

    Finally, make sure you know what the job you have applied for entails. Read the Job Description and Person Specification thoroughly. Asking ‘what will I be doing’ at the interview will not go down well.

    Prepare for easy questions

    At some point in every interview you will be asked to tell the interviewer about yourself. Make sure you have rehearsed your answer and focus on your work life or training to date.

    Tell the story of your career journey and how it has brought you to this point. It will paint a picture of strategic progression for the interviewer.

    Stay in control of your message

    It’s impossible to predict every question you will be asked but you can prepare your answers. Each interview question is an opportunity for you to tell your future employer why you are a good fit for this role. Answer their question and then expand by selling yourself.

    Be confident

    If you have applied for a job that you are qualified to do and will help you achieve your next career goal then walk into the interview with confidence. Don’t be tempted to psychologically lower yourself. You have every right to be in the room and to talk to the interviewer as an equal.

    Think about your body language and be enthusiastic. However, avoid sounding desperate, regardless of how much you want or need the job.

    Quantify your career successes

    Supercharge examples of your career triumphs by putting them into numbers. How much money did you save your last employer? How much faster did you make an important process? Or how many customer brochures did you redesign.

    Numbers help qualify your value in a way that is memorable for interviewers. Prepare a few examples in advance.

    Keep it positive

    Everyone has had a bad day in the office but interviewers don’t want to hear about it. This is, unless you can give them an example of how you turned things around.

    Always focus on the positive in your answers, and never spill the beans about bad bosses and terrible jobs. It won’t show you in a good light.

    Got nerves? Don’t mention it!

    Everyone is nervous in interview situations. Even interviewers on occasion. But don’t mention that you have butterflies or use them as an excuse for what you think was a poor answer. This will plant a seed of doubt in the interviewer’s mind.

    They want you to be honest in your interview. If you mention that you would have answered a question differently it doesn’t give the best impression.

    If you would like interview coaching or want to find the right job opportunities for your next career move then we can help.

    At Ocean Edge, we are a recruitment consultancy with nearly 20 years’ experience in finding the right candidates for the affordable housing and property sectors.

    Find out more about how we can help you find your ideal job and register for job alerts and offers or contact us at Ocean Edge by calling 023 8000 1153 or emailing info@oceanedge.biz

  2. 5 simple ways to improve your CV

    The CV may be the oldest weapon in the job seeker’s arsenal but that doesn’t mean it should be a dud. Your curricular vitae needs to be bang up to date and on point to impress your next employer.

    Here are some simple ways to improve your CV so it stands out from the stack on the recruitment desk:

    Get the basics right

    There’s some key information that recruiters expect to see in every CV. Make their day by always including your:

    • Contact details
    • Your work history
    • Education
    • Relevant skills and experience
    • Two referees

    Be honest

    Everyone wants to present their very best side when they are applying for jobs, but that doesn’t mean embellishing the truth.

    Be honest about your skills and experience. Take a while to review everything you do and have done in your current and previous roles. Break down the tasks and responsibilities, and pair them with the requirements for the type of jobs you’re applying for.

    You may surprise yourself with how much experience you have. Plus, there’s no need for any white lies that might trip you up further down the recruitment process.

    Tailor your CV

    One CV does not fit all job applications. Adapt yours for each and every role to make sure it answers the job description. A tailored curricular vitae will stand out to a potential employer and show them you are serious about their opportunity. It’s a sure-fire way to get through the first round of recruitment.

    Clear presentation

    You may hear stories about ostentatious CVs winning ballsy job applicants their dream role, but what really matters is that you present your information in a way that is easy to read.

    Forget busy fonts and stick with short paragraphs with clear subheadings to get your message across.

    Keep it to the point

    Remember that the person reviewing your CV may have dozens, if not hundreds, to go through so keep yours short. Edit your CV to no more than two sides of A4 with the most compelling detail about your suitability for the post on page one.

    At Ocean Edge, we want to help you achieve your career goals. We’re a recruitment consultancy with nearly 20 years’ experience in finding the right candidates for the affordable housing and property sectors.

    We understand the opportunities within the market place and have a strong track record in putting candidates on the road to their dream job. We can even help improve your CV.

    Find out more about how we can help you find your ideal job and register for job alerts and offers or contact us at Ocean Edge by calling 023 8000 1153 or emailing info@oceanedge.biz