These articles have been produced to compliment the advice and guidance you receive from our recruitment consultants, to get you on the right path and work towards achieving your career goals. We’ve compiled a range of useful information relating to your job search to give you some essential pointers based on what we talk to our candidates about on a daily basis.

Best of luck with your job search.

Prepare a Winning CV:

CVs are an essential tool in the job searching process and everyone should know how to construct one. We’ve compiled our top 6 tips on how to nail your dream job.

Tailor a CV to a specific job – it is vital to ensure the script is relevant to each job application, rather than sending the same generic CV.

Keep it simple – it should be easy to read and use active language. Two pages of A4 is enough with a mini profile included in the first half page. A CV should begin with a short summary of who you are. Make sure that this is objective and avoid all the subjective cliches such as ‘excellent self-starter’, ‘good team player’, ‘natural leader and good communicator’. These qualities can be demonstrated through your tangible achievements which follow in the CV.

Include key information – personal details, including name, address, phone number, email address and any professional social media presence should be clear. A date of birth is no longer needed, owing to age discrimination rules. A photo is only essential for jobs such as acting and modelling, otherwise it is a matter of choice.

Showcase achievements – offer evidence of how targets were exceeded and ideas created, but always be honest.

Make sure to sell yourself – Always express your skills and qualities in the present tense – you may not be using them right now but you still have these facilities. Do not forget your skills outside of work. There may be something that you do in your personal time that has a direct bearing on your suitability for a particular post. A CV should also give some idea of your future potential. If you are presently studying for an additional qualification, say so.

Check and double check – avoid sloppy errors, take a fresh look the next day and ask for a second opinion from a trusted friend or colleague.

At Pentaglobal HR Solutions, we pride ourselves on guiding our candidates through the recruitment process. From building your CV and interview techniques, through to being offered the ideal job, we are your partner every step of the way. Our wider network of connections and knowledgeable team of recruitment experts are here to help you make that next important career move.

These articles have been produced to compliment the advice and guidance you receive from our recruitment consultants, to get you on the right path and work towards achieving your career goals. We’ve compiled a range of useful information relating to your job search to give you some essential pointers based on what we talk to our candidates about on a daily basis.

Nail the Job Interview

Getting your dream job can be a daunting task. You searched above and beyond for the job of your dreams and you finally manage to score an interview with the company of your choice. A job interview is the perfect chance to give your prospective employers a great first impression. Whether you’re a millennial looking to land your first job or you’re a senior executive taking the next step in their career, there are some things you need to focus on to make a great first impression.

Follow these tips and hints to help you nail your next job interview:

Be on Time – Give yourself enough time to reach your destination, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area. You will have enough stress with respect to the actual interview. Don’t add to it by complicating your travel to there. Consider a dry run prior to interview day, especially if you’re driving.

Don’t get there too early, either. Doing so makes you look as though you have no other job and could hurt you later during salary negotiations. Plan to arrive between 10 to 20 minutes before your time.

Be Confident – It’s natural to feel a bit nervous before a big interview but fighting off those last minute nerves will help yield the results you want. The only way to overcome the anxiety that interviews bring is to constantly do it. Practice, practice, practice. Don’t forget to smile and make direct eye contact–two huge indicators of self-esteem and confidence!

This shows your potential employer that you are confident in yourself as well as your abilities. Give them a reason to believe that you are the perfect person for the job. A genuine smile, direct eye contact, and a firm handshake go a long way!

Research the Company – Whether the job you’re applying for is your “dream job” or another rung on the ladder of your career, make sure to educate yourself about the ins-and-outs of the company.

Stay relevant – Your interviewer’s time is precious. Avoid going off on tangents and stay on topic. When answering your interviewer’s questions, make sure your responses pertain to the actual topic at hand.
Link your answers to issues the company/interviewer is facing.

Once you have background information on the company and any problems it’s facing, try to link that information to work you’ve done. If you can come up with solutions based on work you’ve already done, you may make a great impression. You will have shown resourcefulness and initiative in doing research, then demonstrated the value you can bring to the company.

Be energetic but not desperate– There’s a fine line between being energetic and being desperate. Show that you’re interested in the job, but don’t be so interested that the interviewer thinks that this interview is your only one — even if it is.

The best approach is to have a restrained enthusiasm. Even better, take your cues from the interviewer. If that person is quiet and reserved, you might want to adopt if you can that demeanor. If he or she is more outgoing, you could consider emulating that manner.

Never Badmouth Your Previous/Current Employers – The best employees are never negative. If you are asked why you left your previous position or were let go, sure, be honest, but don’t place blame or speak negatively about your previous, role, boss or organization.

Be clear on the next step(s) – Before you leave, get a sense of what will happen next. Will they make a decision? If so, when? Will they ask you to return for more interviews? Who should call whom? By knowing this information, you can get an idea of what to expect and can prepare accordingly.

Follow up – Don’t forget to thank your interviewer for their time immediately after the interview. Take this a step further by sending a follow up e-mail or writing them a handwritten note for a more personal touch.

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