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Euro London Appointments Little Book Of Jobseeking

Euro London Appointments Little Book Of Jobseeking

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With over 22 years experience in the recruitment sector, Euro London Appointments, Europe's largest independent multilingual recruitment agency, have combined their knowledge to produce a comprehensive guide on the recruitment process.
With over 22 years experience in the recruitment sector, Euro London Appointments, Europe's largest independent multilingual recruitment agency, have combined their knowledge to produce a comprehensive guide on the recruitment process.

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The Multilingual Recruitment Specialists 
The Little Book ofJobseeking
 
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Euro London Appointments
 
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Introduction:
With over 21 years experience within the recruitment market we think we’vepretty much encountered all the trials and tribulations of applying for a job, sowith the New Year upon us and the jobs market slowly recuperating from whathas been a tough couple of years we thought we’d put together our top tips forgetting that new job. With our years of knowledge and experience, we’veoutlined a few specific areas of the hiring process that we think should giveyou the head start on other potential candidates, landing you that dream job ofyours. We’ll be covering:1. Staying motivated during your job search2. CV writing tips3. Cover letter tips4. How to deal with recruitment agencies and job boards5. Using your language skills in the work place6. Interview technique and the all important first impression
Staying motivated:
Let’s start with one of the basics! Staying motivated during a job search canbe one of the hardest things to accomplish, it can be very demoralising if youhave spent hours on an application and you don’t hear anything back, or yougo to a job interview but unfortunately don’t get it; but do try and keep aspositive and motivated as you can. The best way we’ve found is to do astructured job search. Set yourself a target of 3,4 or 5 jobs to apply for a daydepending on how much time you have and look at the job description indetail, focus on any keywords or buzzwords that it may have and tailor yourCV specific to that job role. This is a much more productive job searchingtechnique instead of sending out 20 of the same CV’s speculatively. Thisshould make your CV stand out with the skills you have fitting therequirements the employer has asked for.Once you’ve sent your CV off, the ball is in their court right? Not always. Youalways have the option to follow up your application through various channelsavailable to you. If you haven’t heard anything back from a job you think you’dbe perfectly suited for, you can email the company, give them a phone call oreven contact them through their social media channels which can often getthe quickest response, depending on how active the company is on thesesites. People can often feel very helpless in a job search, but if you take aproactive stance and send out 3 or 4 CV’s each day and follow up any onesyou haven’t heard from you can lead the job search your way. If you’veapplied a role via a recruitment agency, do liaise with them directly as theconsultants can give you feedback on your CV and if you have not beensuccessful with your application they can tell you why.
 
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CV Top Tips
Make no bones about it, even though it’s improving, the jobs market acrossEurope has been as competitive as it’s been in a long time. There are plentyof candidates out there to compete with and typically a recruiter will take 30 – 60 seconds to look over your CV, so your CV has got to get you your foot inthe door and stand out.We’ve heard all the gimmicks, from the cringe-worthy to the inventive to makea CV stand out. These include sending a brick in with a CV to “make animpact”, or applicants including a zany photo of themselves so the interviewer“doesn’t forget their face”, (which is slightly disconcerting if you read it in thevoice of a movie super villain). So our first tip piggy backs off this…
Simple Sells;
Now we’re not talking about writing your CV on a post it note,but keep your CV clean and clear and under control. Use a professional,modern font with business size lettering between 10 and 12, use segments tooutline your education, work background and of course how to contact you…please stay away from word art, however pretty that it may be. You must proofread your CV. Even here at Euro London Appointments we receive typos andbadly translated words on CV’s that our candidates have given us to hand totheir prospective employer. A spelling mistake is not a good start.
Highlight your experience;
A recent survey of employers showed the toprequirement is experience rather than education. So highlight your previousemployment, detail your experience and interests, it may give you the edgeover another candidate.
Sell yourself;
It can be human nature to be reserved when talking about yourachievements, preferring to state as part of a team we did such and such. Butthe company won’t be looking to hire you and your old team; they’ll be lookingto hire you. So in your CV say what YOU did at your previous employer andstate how YOU made the measurable difference. Quantify and qualify yourachievements and don’t just simply state your duties, everyone has duties, butit’s the effects of these duties that will win the day.A CV is all too often considered a solid document that you can’t change foreach role, but CV’s should be more fluid than this. Showcase your skillsrelevant to the role at hand and not just to any old generic role.

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