Working in HR at one of the largest accountancy companies in the Midlands, I’ve seen every recruitment tactic there is.
From people bringing a cake to a job interview, to people who’ve clearly never heard of us before. Whether you, or someone you know are looking for a new job or a first foot on the ladder, here are a few tips that might help.
Firstly, you should find out the name of the person you’re sending the application to. It’s not cheating to pick up the phone and ask the firm’s receptionist or even to speak to the person themselves. You should also find out what sectors they operate in, identify some of their recent achievements and find out who is in charge and how they got there. It’s not just a case of being able to impress the interviewer, it’ll also help you give the right answers in the interview.
Make sure your CV has all of your relevant experience, it’s as good as it can be and that it’s up to date. Don’t assume we know anything about you. If the job you’re applying for requires three A-Levels or other grades which you have, make sure they’re on your CV.
With emails having made it much easier to contact recruiters, it might be tempting to send the same template cover letter to 50 different companies and hope you’ll hear back from a few of them, but it can easily let you down. Amazingly, I’ve called people to invite them to an interview and they don’t even recognise the name of the company or know where we are.
Even though workplace dress codes are getting a little more relaxed than they used to be, whatever the job, you should always wear a suit to an interview. Dress smartly, turn up on time, and you’ll be on your way to making a good first impression.
If you aren’t yet at the point where you want to actively apply for a job, but you’re open to opportunities, you need to work on networking and building up a reputation for yourself within your sector. You should keep doing your best with your current employer and keep delivering results because getting known for the right reasons is key.
Lastly, give your social media a once over. While I’d never take an opportunity away from someone because I’ve seen a little too much of their bad night out on social media, it doesn’t make a good impression. Instead, I’d like to see the more productive things you do – if you do crafts, volunteer, support charities or do sports, that would all help to improve your image.