How to Kick Start your Perfect Career
A career in sales or recruitment is lucrative, rewarding and develops an amazing professional and personal skills set. It is a brilliant career choice for any graduate and both are industries that are accessible if you have the right skills, and application know how.
To be perfect for your career, you need to impress at a number of stages. Here is how to stand out from the crowd in every application and interview element.
The Perfect CV
Competition for graduate careers is fiercer than ever so your CV is becoming more and more valuable. Below is the 1PGR hotlist of tips on how to ensure your CV is at the top of the list for our client’s to interview.
Our clients see hundreds of CVs a week so keep your layout simple meaning that the important information is easy to find. Stick to reverse chronological order, use size 11 or 12 font with a simple and easy to ready text and stick with a Microsoft Word document. Believe it or not, many companies technology filters will instantly reject anything with complex formatting or that is in a PDF format.
Start with a personal statement/profile; a brief summary of you and why you want the job you are applying for. You need to start selling yourself from the first sentence. For a graduate career, education should come next with all grades, dates and establishments named. Then followed by your work experience in a similar layout. Make sure you give an idea of the skills and tasks that are applicable to the job you are applying for. End with an extra-curricular section. Every client wants a well rounded graduate to join their team so detail any sports, societies, hobbies or interests you have.
More generally, make sure you don’t leave any time gaps in your CV and of course make sure all the information is correct and true. Lying on your CV is a serious no-no, and will often result in the withdrawal of an offer or termination of employment if found out.
When to Apply for Your Graduate Career
Away from the big graduate schemes, employers hire year round. But if you want to get ahead, start sending your applications off in the winter of your final year. This means you can secure your dream graduate job and then focus on getting the classification you want in your degree.
If you plan on travelling, or have an internship lined up however, don’t worry. Interviews opportunities will still be available whenever you are ready to start.
Face-to-Face Interview Dos and Don’ts
Don’t ever be late! Give yourself more time than you need to get there. It takes the stress away of potentially missing your appointment, so you can just focus on impressing.
Do go in professional business wear unless told otherwise. Plain and simple colours and styles will let your answers in the interview stand out, rather than the interviewer being distracted by the Christmas tree print tie or multicoloured, strappy heels you are wearing.
Do take a drink if offered, but stick to something simple like water. It doesn’t delay the interview but gives you something to sip if you need a minute to think, or need to ignore the urge to fill a silence.
Don’t slump in your chair or stare out of the window. Remember good posture shows confidence, eye contact too. And smile!
Do go to your interview well prepared. Don’t only look at the company website, but also the LinkedIn profiles of the interviewers, and news written about the company and speak to anyone you know already in the industry to get an insider’s point of view.
Do take plenty of questions with you. Many will get answered as you go through the process so you want to make sure you have a few insightful things at the conclusion of the interview left to ask.
It sounds obvious but do focus on the job you are applying for and only that job in your interview. Show that you know what the career entails, and have a good argument as to why it is THE career path you want to pursue.
Ask For The Job
Do tell your interviewer how much you want to work at the company, why you want to work there and ask if they have any reservations in hiring you. It is much easier to convince them that their worries are unfounded when you are still with them face to face. Also you will leave knowing you have done everything you could to get that perfect job.
On Your First Day
Don’t be late. Also make sure you take everything they ask you to and get an idea of the dress code before you go.
Leave your evening free! Most employers will want to take you out for a few drinks after your first day to celebrate you joining the team
Finally, go in confident and smiling. A sociable, happy and eager graduate will always be welcomed. Nerves are normal but don’t worry.