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.
Resume Writing Tips: Take an Active Interest in Your Career!
A CV is an opportunity for you to personally advertise yourself. These tips will guide you in writing a CV that showcases your professional and personal skills as a prospective employee. Let Drake help you to get your foot in the door and maximise your chances of finding the job you love.
How to write a winning CV!
- Sort your work experience chronologically (with the most recent role at the top) and include date ranges. This helps the reader quickly ascertain your experience and length of service in each role
- Keep the information on your CV relevant to the role you’re applying for. It’s important to ensure the reader understands why your experience is relevant to the current role you’re applying for
- Ensure your contact details are on your resume, it’s always a good idea for these details to be at the fingertips of the reader whenever they want to contact you
- Proof read! It seems like an obvious point, but it can appear careless if a CV is riddled with grammatical errors. It will cause the reader to question how serious you are about the role.
- Formatting. This is the most important part of a CV, after your experience. Ensure it is clean, easy to read and well laid out without being distracting. If you’re unsure, there are some great CV templates on the internet for free use.
- Don’t include a photo unless asked for. If the employer likes your CV, they have an interview to see what you’re like in person. Photos can sometimes do more harm than good and can also cause unconscious bias.
- Keep it short, sharp and snappy. No one likes to receive a 5 page resume document, unless that is what’s asked of you. Keep it to 2 pages maximum. A CV is for summarising your experience, and interview is for explaining it.
- Personalised cover letter to the role you’re applying for. A CV is your opportunity to showcase your professional skills, a cover letter is for showcasing your personal.
- If you’re submitting a soft copy, always convert your CV/cover letter to pdf. It’s easier to read and the universal format.
- Feedback. If you’re unsure about how your resume is looking- ask a respected family member or friend what they think.
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 13 14 48.
Dress to Impress
Making a good first impression is a sure-fire way to stay at the forefront of the interviewer’s mind. Dressing the part is just one way you can make an impactful first impression, before you even say a word.
- Ensure that the outfit you decide on reflects the role and the culture of the organisation you are seeking employment with.
- The key to dressing appropriately to a job interview is research. If you’ve researched the company sufficiently for your interview, you should also have a good understanding of the dress code and how your potential role fits into that.
- If you landed the job interview through a recruitment agency, ask your consultant what dress code would be appropriate. Ultimately, they want you to succeed and they understand their client more than you do at this early stage.
- Use your judgement and common sense. Clean and ironed clothes, washed hair, maintained facial hair.
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.
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 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 13 14 48.
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.