Career Clinic

The job search

We often hear advice about what we should do when applying for jobs, to help guide our hunt for the perfect position. But here’s something that’s even more helpful when it comes to crafting the perfect application: advice on what not to do during your job hunt. Recruiters and hiring managers all have their own personal preferences about little things that turn them off from candidates and applications. But when you look at some of the worst offenders, you’ll see many of them have pieces in common… and those are the biggies you want to avoid. If you’re really keen about making a […]
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The CV and cover letter

Yes, you should include a cover letter with your resume. Yes, recruiters and hiring managers still read them when shortlisting candidates. The value of writing a cover letter should not be underestimated – it could mean the difference between you getting a chance to interview for a dream role or your resume getting lost under a pile of applications. A cover letter is your personal link to the hiring manager. It is especially important if your skills, location, or qualifications are different from the ones advertised. Instead of passing off your application, a cover letter can be used to explain […]
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Preparing for interview

Got an important interview lined up? Are you about to graduate and start looking for work? Been rejected by one too many interviews? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read the following tips and nail that interview. One of the main advantages of going through a recruitment company when you are a job seeker, is the advice and training that our experienced consultants can offer you and one of our specialities are job interviews. Here is some of what our consultants will tell you before heading into your interview: Preparation Interviews are daunting, no one is denying […]
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The second interview

Interviews are largely behavioural based as employers are trying to get a sense of how well you can handle certain situations, as well as exploring your strengths and weaknesses. This is a chance to sell your skills you have nicely outlined in your CV. The most important thing is to be confident, and with confidence comes preparation. The following is a list of the 7 most common interview questions and how to answer them correctly, in order to help you prepare; 1. What is your greatest weakness? Everyone has a weakness, so don’t say you don’t have one. Instead try […]
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Starting a new job

You know the importance of a first impression. As a jobseeker, a first impression was very valuable; now that you’ve accepted a job offer, first impressions are again of critical importance. First impressions about people often turn into long-term perceptions and opinions. This works well for people who make positive first impressions but can be a negative for people who make negative first impressions. “I think the early days are when your boss and colleagues form the most lasting impressions about you,” said Ann Marie Russell, a program coordinator with AmeriCorps. “This is when they make assessments about your ‘typical’ […]
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