Many people can find job applications stressful, and sometimes it can be brutal. You’re either trying to guess what the best approach for an opportunity, or the ways of increasing your chances of getting through shortlisting. This is only half the battle and you need to ensure you’re on top form for a successful interview. There’s no clear way to go about it all so here are some words of advice:
Researching the role before applying and customising a cover letter for each specific position is a great way to highlight your suitability. Be sure to point out the matching qualifications and experience you have to the job description. I would always include examples of similar work or projects you’ve done previously.
Sending this type of personalised cover letter is invaluable, but it’s worth preparing a template that you can alter to suit each prospect. It’s a great tool that can give a good first impression and showcase your story, skillset, and personality to increase chances of getting an interview.
Most of the time an interview goes wrong, it’s due to nervousness so your frame of mind while in an interview is key. It’s important to remember you may not be right for every position you interview for, but that job offer will happen. Best of all is when it does, you’ll look back and be glad you didn’t get those other positions. The best way to think of it is; for the employer, it’s a meeting to see if you would fit the team and the duties required, but it’s also for YOU to see whether you like the sound of the job and culture there too, interviews work both ways! Be yourself is the best advice anyone can give and it’s easier to do that when thinking in this way.
Companies also have different expectations, research the company before the interview (read their website) and make sure you know the basics of the business. Your readiness contributes to your confidence. Prepare any questions you think of while doing this to ask in the interview. Interviews get easier with preparation and practice and the confidence that comes with those is what produces successful interviews.
After an interview, Unless given a timescale to expect feedback, it’s reasonable to follow-up after 3 days if you’ve had no response. If you didn’t get the job, still try to get some feedback to help learn from any mistakes you might have made. Following up can also improve the chance of the manager considering your application. Remember, don’t be disheartened if you do not get the job. The hiring manager knows the company environment far better than you so if they feel there is someone better for the role, you probably wouldn’t have liked it there anyway!
It’s worth mentioning a lot of these problems come from the recruitment process we are all used to in itself. This is something we are passionate about changing and we believe that it’s emotional and social competencies that are more important than simply where you worked previously. Yet that’s often the biggest influencing factor with paper-based shortlisting. There is a far more efficient and convenient way of showing what you’re really like within your application. Here is a link explaining how it works in more detail, I welcome any comments.
Happy job hunting!
Social media platforms are becoming one of a recruiters or employer’s main weapons in finding talent. It’s important to understand how they’re used and how your profile affects your progress when looking for a job. Once you have an understanding though, you’ll know where to improve your online appearance. This can be the difference between getting the opportunities you want or being left behind.
Job searching relies on a number of factors; a resume, your cover letter, specific form filling or background checks and an interview. But before all of this most Hiring managers will look you up online. A social media profile could affect whether you get a job. This isn’t a creepy or weird thing to do (I’ve had people say this), it’s good recruitment and makes perfect sense. That’s why it’s worth checking the following:
Some employers use screening tools to speed hire which can also promote discriminative shortlisting. Restrict personal social media accounts, instead focus on highlighting skills and expertise on your public profile.
Recruiters recruit smartly but only with the information they are given and judge how you portray yourself using this information, don’t let them use one bad comment made in anger to conclude what you’re really like!
Robots vacuum floors, automate machines, and restock fridges; it’s understandable people are starting to ask will robots take over? Continually improved automated software makes human workers redundant to a number of individual roles. Organizations and employees will need to adapt, learning how to respond and remain a thriving part of most working environments.
Automation and AI isn’t a new concept, but its constant development has seen millions of people lose jobs to machines. It all sounds rather depressing! The truth, however, is they also create new opportunities to learn new skills. With more innovative systems and tools, it allows us to create more efficient and exciting work. Fortunately, new technologies bring new jobs for people that work in conjunction with these new technologies. It becomes a new industry itself. There’s a good reason for the symmetry between these because that’s precisely what it provides.
If you look at the industrial revolution for example which also involved new technology, but the most significant catalyst was the new, organised methodologies and well-planned manufacturing processes which swallowed millions of the public jobs overnight. People felt intimidated as technology aggressively retired their skills leaving the economy seemingly unpredictable. But in the 20th century, these improvements created new job opportunities like an automation worker, airline pilot or missile mechanic; the list goes on. My point is that previous generations would never have dreamed of these, so although you need to be aware and ready to react to how technology emerges, it’s not the end of the world. At worst we will have some short-term disruption, but with the ability to have even higher growth and productivity long term.
Mobiles are the most used device when applying for jobs. Phones used to just make calls, then, became a portable Internet device with a camera. Now you can do pretty much do anything you could only previously do on your Computer, only with the convenience of fitting in a pocket too. Nearly 75% of adults (18+) now own a smartphone, influencing job boards, recruiter websites and other applications to be mobile friendly and stand out from the competition.
Applying for jobs on mobile devices is common for all age groups although there is a stronger trend in the most recent generation so it’s crucial that you optimize your job listing and even your website for mobiles. Mobiles dominate the majority of job searches, especially from tech-savvy applicants. There is still evidence that shows Legal, Financial, Engineering and Mathematical jobs tend to be applied via a PC however.
80% of job searches in the UK originate from mobile devices and most job links are first viewed via mobile. (we don’t all walk around with our PC after all) so these statistics make sense. Even in most other countries, nearly half of people apply via mobile.
It’s a simple conclusion; Optimize your job and website for mobile-friendly use, or you’ll miss out on great talent.
There is nothing worse than dealing with a bad boss. Having a conflicting relationship with your boss can leave you demotivated and frustrated. It’s not all about your work a bad boss will overlook or take credit for your good performances. If you have this problem, it’s safe to say they’re being a bad boss.
Everyone deserves a professional environment. Sometimes a bad boss generally doesn’t know they’re bad and it can be temperamental. There so many reasons it’s best not to judge. Being promoted too quickly with little training or personal issues or a lack of support from their Boss can all trigger this. Bosses who don’t understand or violate laws are more often signs of inexperience than anything else.
If you really can’t make it work with your boss its time for a career change, click here and we can help you find your next opportunity!
It’s always worth being prepared for traditional interview questions hiring managers are known to ask, so here are some tips along with ten of the most commonly asked questions and hows best to answer them.
It’s important that you don’t memorise your answers word for word, just the concept as you don’t want to sound rehearsed, it needs to be natural. Would you rehearse a conversation and write it down if it was a mate? This precise mindset also creates so much pressure and room technically for an error you won’t come across as your normal self and it is a promoter of nervousness. Be polite, shake their hand, show confidence by being yourself!
Very popular interview question. Discuss what you feel your strengths are but tie them into as many examples of recent roles, projects or work experience you have gained that’s still relevant to what you’re interviewing for. This works really well and is ultimately what the manager needs to know to assess your suitability properly.
Everyone has a weakness, so identify one with a positive attitude towards it. Depending on who’s interviewing this could go either way. Theirs no point in hiding any weaknesses, everyone has something and if someone doesn’t want you for being honest unless this weakness makes incapable of doing the role, maybe they aren’t the right manager for you.
Don’t share too much, but give a decent insight and try and show some personality. Identify some interests which don’t relate directly to work.
Explain why you feel you’re a solid match, highlighting as many areas you can relate to or by using anecdotes of previous similar successes and ultimately, identifying what you can offer the company.
Know beforehand what salary you expect from that role, otherwise, you may lowball yourself.
Be direct with the facts, providing a genuine reason. Be cautious not to down talk previous companies or managers, instead identify the differences in experiences to this new opportunity that made you feel their position was a better fit for you.
Research the role and company beforehand. Explain what areas of the business interest you the most, identifying why the company appeals to you.
Prepare an example of how you resolved a stressful situation in a previous job. It’ always a good one to have a few examples of because its also one of the questions people will often fail at, even though they have loads of example once the pressure has gone.
Again, give an example of how you resolved a stressful situation in a previous job. The interviewer wants to know how you tackle challenging situations.
The hiring manager recruits someone who will stay with the company. Identifying you wish to seek financial security and progression with this company supports this.
They’ll often ask this as well. Prepare a list of questions you’d like answered in preparation for an interview but don’t ask questions just because you feel you should. If there’s nothing you genuinely want to find out about the business other than whats on a spec, it’s probably not the right company for you!