Candidate Tips & Advice

7 out of 10 Recruiters look for Communication Skills on a CV

  • 08/09/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your CV

When it comes to applying for a new job, you’ll want to put yourself ahead of the rest.

On that basis, it might give you an edge to know that 7 out of 10 recruiters look for evidence of strong communication skills when they are recruiting. Having a workforce with great communication skills leads to better team work, improved customer relationships and retention, and overall better business performance, so it’s a skill never to be hidden from view.

So how do you demonstrate …

Considering an Internship?

  • 31/08/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • What's In It For You?

Ever thought about applying for an Internship? Want to know what they are all about? Then read on:

What is an Internship?

An internship is generally a short-term and fixed-duration period of work offered by employers, during which an intern is able to contribute to the employer’s business using their skills, as well as gaining valuable work experience and personal development.  

Most internships last for any length of time between one week and 12 months.


Who are they …

Did you Fluff Up your Job Interview?

  • 15/08/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Performing Well At A Job Interview

Ever been in that situation where you’re mid-interview and realise you’ve either: 

  • Said something actually quite silly
  • Given a bad example of past work experience, or
  • Totally forgotten to mention something vitally important? 

Realising you’ve fluffed can, in itself, be quite unsettling and can have the effect of ruining the rest of your interview. However, our advice for ensuring that doesn’t happen, and get you back on track for the job, is …

How to Apply for an Apprenticeship

  • 29/07/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Increasing Your Chances Of Job Success

An apprenticeship is a great way of getting your career started, by gaining work experience whilst also working towards a formal qualification. Apprenticeships are an increasingly popular alternative to going into full time employment or heading off to university. However, with the increase in popularity, success is increasingly difficult to achieve.  

First and foremost, search for an apprenticeship that suits you! This is key, finding something which is suited to your interests and …

Tips for Completing a Job Application Form

  • 29/07/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • How To Complete A Job Application Form

Many companies (especially large firms) use application forms when recruiting: this is because they can quickly and efficiently get a response for those questions they need answering the most, which is difficult and time consuming if trying to achieve the same goal with CVs. Application forms also make it much easier to compare candidates with one another.  We’ve included a few basics below which we hope help you submit a great application:

Research

Before you start to complete …

Interview Tips for Introverts

  • 21/07/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Chances Of Getting The Job

Interview Tips for Introverts

Whilst few people enjoy interviews, they can be particularly difficult for people who might consider themselves introverts. Unfortunately, interviews are usually unavoidable when it comes to looking for a new job so it’s important that you do all the preparation you can. With any luck, the following tips might just give you the edge you need to be successful in your next interview.

Prepare!

For most, the key to performing well in any interview is …

Video Interview Tips

  • 21/07/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Chances Of Getting The Job

Video interviews are a growing trend in the recruitment world. Just as the name suggests, a video interview is a face to face interview, but generally where the candidate is at their own home or office. Video interviews can make recruitment much easier for employers, meaning they can schedule interviews much quicker and interview a larger number of people without worries about travel and other commitments.

If you’ve a video interview to look forward to, then read through our tips below …

What is a Graduate Scheme?

  • 23/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Helping You Understand The Job Market

The Basics

Graduate Schemes are a great way to kickstart your career. Schemes can vary a lot from organisation to organisation but all will have a period of training and development which will often (but not always) lead to a full time role. This Development can last anything from 12 to 36 months and can involve a number of placements within the company. These placements will expose a graduate to all aspects of the organisation they’re working within, making it possible to create an …

What is a Competency Based Interview?

  • 23/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Helping You Get The Job

During a Competency based interview, you will be asked to answer a number of different questions in a way which enable you to demonstrate which skills you possess.  You would normally be asked to provide examples of when a given skill was put to good use in the past. (Questions used can also be known as Behavioural or Situational.)  Competency questions can be particularly useful when interviewers are considering candidates with less specific professional experience, or …

7 Great Interview Tips

  • 23/06/2016
  • Dave Rigby
  • Helping You Get The Job

We want you to stand a great chance of getting the job you want, so we thought a few basic tips on handling your next interview would be useful.  These will be especially useful for those of you who may be out of practice in the interview world, or those who may have had limited interview exposure.

  1. Preparation – Have a think about the questions that you would ask if you were in the interviewer’s shoes, i.e. what would you want to know about a potential employee. …