Candidate Tips & Advice

Starting your First Job Search?

  • 19/10/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • New To The Employment Market And Need Some Tips?

Here are a few pointers for those of you about to enter the world of employment, and needing some basic idea of how it all works:

1.     Think about the type of role you really want:

a.     Should it be short term / part time / permanent / an apprenticeship?

b.     Do you want a role which challenges you and helps you develop, or one which you could do with your eyes closed? 

c.      Are you …

We see lots of vacancies advertised where salary detail is missing, or replaced by words like ‘Competitive’,  ‘DOE’, ‘Market Leading’ and so on. Many candidates wonder why, and some are left thinking there’s a negative reason behind this.  We thought it might be useful to explain some of the facts that influence recruiters’ thinking:

Why Publish?

You’ll find that many public sector employers like the Civil Service, Local …

Should I include personal interests on my CV?

  • 15/10/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • Getting Your CV Right.

We’ve had a number of questions about this very topic recently, i.e. what to include or not. Whether we should include our hobbies or interests just because we might appear to be interesting / active / social / successful.  Here are our thoughts:

1.    Are they relevant?  

Possibly: Whilst recruiters don’t usually ask you to talk about your personal interests, some will view them with keen interest, to see what you do outside of work and whether it …

Answering an Interview Question when you don't know the Answer...

  • 06/10/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • Improving Your Job Chances

Lots of us have been in that delightful situation where the interviewer asks a question, and for whatever reason, you know you're stuck for a good answer. 

Don't panic!

We've a few useful tips for handling these sorts of interview questions without blowing your chances: 

1. If you know you know the answer and it's lurking somewhere in the back of your mind, then ask your interviewer to give you a moment to think about it. Any good interviewer will know you'll be nervous, so …

What questions should you ask at your Interview?

  • 06/07/2015
  • Dave Rigby
  • The Right Way To Impress Your Future Employers.

We've all been there - the point near the end of the interview when, across the table, one of the interviewers looks you in the eye and asks 'So, what questions do you have for us?'. 

The important thing to remember, for any interview, is that you want to appear prepared. On that basis, you should be asking questions that make the interviewers feel you've done some homework. So, before you go along, do your research, make sure you know what the company is all about, and work out some …

The BBC has today reported that the national minimum wage will increase by 20p an hour to £6.70 from October, the government has announced.

The changes will benefit more than 1.4 million workers.

The hourly rate for younger workers will also rise, and for apprentices it will go up by 20% – or 57p – to £3.30 an hour.

The rates were recommended by the Low Pay Commission but the government has gone further than the 7p an hour increase suggested for apprentices.

The New Year is typically a popular time for workers to think about, or actively seek a job or career change, and according to the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), New Year 2015 could see a substantial increase in the numbers of workers making that move.

A recent ILM survey has revealed that from a pool of 1,000 workers surveyed, over one third plan to move jobs this year.

The ILM research shows that:

  • 37% of workers are planning to leave their current jobs in 2015 …

The Perils of CV Lies

  • 14/12/2014
  • Dave Rigby
  • CV's

I’m sure we’ve all, at some point, taken steps to embellish our CV so that it makes us sounds at least a little bit more attractive to potential new employers.

Using words which might put us up a notch above other applicants, such as ‘leadership of a team’ instead of ‘informal supervision’, or ‘project management’ rather than ‘project planning and reporting’. These types of white lies might be manageable when it comes to making your …

5 Top Tips for Starting your New Year Job Search

  • 10/12/2014
  • Dave Rigby
  • New Job

It’s at this time of year when many of you will decide ‘it’s time to look for a new job’. Whether it’s a New Year’s Resolution, or you’ve just decided it’s time for a change, here are some useful tips for when you start your search:

  1. Find the right Jobs Board

You’re looking for a new job, so the best place to turn is to the biggest and most popular job posting sites, right? Maybe not. Employers don’t always turn to the …

5 Top Tips for Reducing Interview Nerves

  • 27/11/2014
  • Dave Rigby
  • Interview

Nerves affect even the best of us. Some of the most successful business professionals have experienced some sort of anxiety in their lives, so don’t beat yourself up too much if you feel extremely nervous before or during a job interview, it’s completely normal. Here are our top 5 strategies for dealing with nerves:

  1. Plan Ahead

This cannot be stressed enough. All too often job applicants get knots in the pits of their stomachs because they don’t know what to …