Looking for a job? Not sure where to start?
Then preparation is key!
First, you need an informative CV, which highlights your key skills (it’s your opportunity to sell yourself- what skills have you got that other candidates haven’t).
THE STEPS FOR A PERFECT CV
- Tailor your CV to the job that you’re applying for- what is relevant for some job applications may not be relevant for others
- Use a clear layout so it is easy for employers to read
- A personal statement- keep it short whilst highlighting your strengths and achievements (it’s your chance to shine from the crowd)
- Key skills- Highlight your key skills (give an example of how you have used these skills)
- Don’t forget to check your CV once completed for any mistakes or spelling errors
- Add a cover letter
WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR COVER LETTER
- Don’t repeat your CV, this is your chance to expand on what you’ve already told employers in your CV
- Don’t forget to include the essentials (name, address, date etc)
- Why are you applying for the job? What can you bring to the company that you’re applying for?
- Tell your story- What experience or scenarios have you got that are relevant? (expand on your skills)
- End the cover letter on a positive not (e.g. hope to hear from you soon, I hope to have the opportunity to speak to you further)
You’ve got an interview, great!
NOW TIME TO START RESEARCHING THE COMPANY…
- Use the company website
- Browse the company’s social media
- Use LinkedIn
- Understand their operating industry & who their competitors are.
- Dress smart (it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed), but if unsure check the dress code
- Arrive early (it makes a good impression)
- Smile and engage with the interviewer (it makes a great impression)
- Ask questions (there’s always something you can ask- e.g. what are the next steps in the interview process? Are there any opportunities for progression?)
- End on a positive note, e.g. look forward to hearing from you, it was nice to meet you.
WHAT DO ARC EXPECT FROM CANDIDATES?
- Good time keeping- show up to the assessment session on time
- Come prepared- bring all of the right documents with you (e.g. right to work, p45, bank details etc)
- Dress appropriately- i.e. smart (it always makes a good impression)
- Actively take part in the assessment session (even if you’re not sure that your answer is right, it’s the taking part that counts)
- During a practical task, smile and look engaged
AFTER THE INTERVIEW…
- Don’t stress, the assessment is complete!
- Complete any paperwork or additional documents (e.g. contracts, references etc) given to you as soon as possible (this can often speed up the process)
Get in touch
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Looking forward to hearing from you!