Candidate Tips & Advice

Take the Pain Away from your Job Hunt

  • 11/12/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Job Alerts By Email

Holiday periods, and the weeks following them, are amongst the best times to apply for jobs in the UK, when many recruiters assess their staffing position and advertise a new batch of jobs.

That said, with the large number of jobsites out there now, it’s difficult to know where to look for the right job! You can easily miss out on some great opportunities just because you didn’t look in the right place.

To make sure you haven’t missed out on your dream job, and that relevant …

What do your Interviewers really want to know?

  • 05/12/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • What Hiring Managers Are Looking For At Your Interview

Have you ever planned for an interview by putting yourself in the shoes of your interviewer, and wondering what it is they'll be looking for, from you, at your interview? 


Well, now's your opportunity to increase your chances of success at your next job interview! Read on to find out what your interviewer will be trying to find out when they talk to you: 

  1. Are you enthusiastic about the job? 

Whilst skills and experience are of course massively important, you …

How to Set Up Your Job Alert Emails

  • 30/11/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • An Easy Way To Find Your Next New Job

Job hunting can be a tiresome process.  There are so many places to find job vacancies that you stand a chance of missing out on a great opportunity, simply because you don't know where to find the right job for you! 

Email Job Alerts are a great way to make sure you see as many relevant vacancies as possible, with the minimum of effort.  Many job sites offer a job alert service, with the majority sending you emails about jobs on their own site.  This means you'll only see …

The First 7 Seconds

  • 10/11/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Job Chances

Everybody knows how important first impressions are, especially in interviews. It’s widely believed that the “first impression” is actually formed within just a seven second window when you first meet someone.

In an interview situation, this means that you need to act very quickly to make a fantastic first impression on your interviewers.

If you've had an interview confirmed, here are some useful tips to bear in mind as you walk through the door:

  1. Smile.

Catch 22: When you need experience for a job....and don't have it.

  • 26/10/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Job Chances

Ever seen the perfect job listed online, but feel utterly dismayed at the fact the recruiter is looking for staff with experience you don't have, even for low level unskilled jobs? Ever wondered why this is a common issue, and worked out what your application should say to overcome it? Then read on: 

The reasons recruiters ask for experience are pretty simple, and primarily include:

  • They don't want to have to train all their new staff, meaning they will save cash
  • They are hoping …

How to Include your Skills on your CV

  • 25/10/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Job Chances

We all want to make sure our CV sells us in the right way to the recruiters who are considering whether to hire us or not, so we need to make sure the key skills we have are described to the right level of detail. 

There are various ways you can include your skills in your CV, but you need to get this right! Here are the choices, to help you decide which is the best for you:

1. Briefly naming your skills in an introductory paragraph, or bullet point list at the start of your …

How to be Liked at your Interview

  • 31/08/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Chances Of Getting A Job

Have you wondered exactly what you’re going to be tested on when you meet your potential new employer at an interview?

Going through the typical recruitment process, the majority of recruiters will make a first stage selection decision based on information from your CV or Application Form. They’ll form an objective judgement about potential job suitability based mainly on your:

  • Work experience
  • Past employer(s)
  • Qualifications
  • Achievements

It’s during this assessment, …

The Hours that Change your Life

  • 30/08/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Planning To Succeed

Have you ever stopped to think how much of our lives depend on how we perform in a relatively tiny amount of time? Academic exams, driving tests, and of course, job interviews; all potentially significant events, and all of which last an hour, maybe two.

Once you’ve considered that, then consider how much of an impact what you achieve in that small amount of time can have on your future: University placement, qualification, earnings, home, mortgage, motivation, personal happiness, family …

Don't send your CV to a Stranger!

  • 17/08/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Chances Of Getting A Job!

There are many job hunters out there keen to get a foot on the ladder with an employer they really want to work for.  It might seem like the only way to be noticed by that employer is to send a speculative CV in, with the hope you'll be noticed, simply because:

  • The employer doesn't advertise jobs externally
  • They recruit only through word of mouth / referrals from current employees
  • You don't know where they advertise their jobs, or
  • They recruit for all their jobs through …

5 Ways to Make a Lasting First Impression at Interview

  • 11/08/2017
  • Dave Rigby
  • Boosting Your Interview Chances


Here at, we are firm believers in doing everything you can to ensure you stand out from the crowd at your interview.  Whilst giving great answers to interview questions obviously plays a major part in that (and should of course be the main deciding factor), it’s always useful to know you’ve done your best to make an amazing first impression.

Interview answers aside, here are some great tips for you to help make sure your interviewers don’t forget you …