Tag: candidate advice

  1. Crafting an Effective Supporting Statement for Job Applications

    In the realm of job applications, the significance of a well-crafted supporting statement cannot be overstated. Unlike traditional cover letters, some applications require a dedicated supporting statement to compliment your CV or Resume, where you are tasked with detailing the skills, experiences, and qualities that highlight your suitability for the role. This supporting statement holds considerable weight in the evaluation process, potentially serving as the deciding factor for progressing to the next stage of the recruitment process.

    Structuring your supporting statement is a crucial step in presenting a compelling application. Begin with a succinct and positive introduction, setting the tone for what follows. Align your statement with the person specification, adopting the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result) outlining how your experience meets the criteria for the role. Unfamiliar with STAR? Don Georgevich explains the technique on his YouTube channel.

    For ease of review, consider incorporating headings for each point in the person specification. This facilitates a streamlined evaluation process for those tasked with shortlisting applications. The more specific and unique your examples, the clearer the mental image you convey to prospective employers. Crafting a vivid portrayal of yourself in the role enhances your chances of meeting with the employer’s expectations.

    Conclude your supporting statement with a brief but optimistic summary, leaving a positive impression on the reader.

    To enhance your supporting statement, adhere to these top tips:

    • Thoroughly research the job and person specifications to ensure your responses meet with the employer’s requirements. Find out as much as you can about any projects you would be working on to ensure your examples are relevant.
    • Substantiate each claim with concrete evidence, ensuring your supporting examples are both relevant and specific.
    • Take the time to select the most fitting examples that vividly illustrate the demanded skills and qualities.
    • Leverage the STAR method to structure your examples in a coherent and meaningful manner.
    • Draft your statement in a separate document, such as Microsoft Word, before transferring it to the online application form. This aids in review and editing.
    • Avoid assumptions—explicitly reference each essential skill to ensure it is acknowledged in the evaluation process.
    • Be mindful of word count or space limitations. Aim for conciseness, ideally around 500 words, to maintain focus and impact.

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  2. Feeling stressed?

    Its mental health awareness week, and there’s probably no one on the planet who hasn’t felt stressed at some point in recent weeks. No one knows what the future may hold and that means many people are feeling under huge strain at the moment.

    Financial pressures and concerns about job security are causing many to feel worried and anxious. Yet, despite the lockdown and the resulting uncertainty we’re all feeling, now may be a good time to consider your future career options. You’ve got time on your hands to research the market, hone your CV and take stock of where you want to go and what you want to achieve. Organisations are still hiring even during the lockdown so try and see this time as an opportunity rather than a reason to get stressed.

    Changing your mindset will help to change your stress levels too and hopefully result in an improvement to your general mental health.

    We have outlined some ideas and recruitment advice below that we hope will be useful in the current situation and will help you to turn your worries into positive actions.

    Consider your transferable skills – Many of the organisations we work with are looking for people who can hit the ground running at this time. If you’re looking to move departments or even careers, think about how your workplace skills and experiences can easily transfer to other areas.

    Hone your CV – there’s a lot of people looking to move or find a new job at the moment so that means every advert receives more than the usual number of applicants. Make your CV stand out from the rest with our advice articles on creating an outstanding CV.

    Use the time to learn – if you want to plug any skills gaps in your CV now is the perfect opportunity to undertake online training and research. Keep an eye on the industry and keep your eyes open for new opportunities, sign up to our jobs alert and receive all our latest roles straight to your inbox.

    Struggling to cope with home working? – read our useful guide on how to get the best from your home working experience.

    Don’t be afraid to move to the next level – the lockdown isn’t an excuse to stay in a job that isn’t fulfilling or enjoyable. We are still actively recruiting for clients at this time, so if you’re considering a move talk to us and see how we can help move your career to the next level.

    Choose to be positive – don’t dwell on the negatives, even if it feels like nothing is going your way. Take time to think about the positives in your personal and professional life. Consider your achievements and think about how your skills, experiences and personal attributes could be of value to a potential employer and could help secure your next promotion.