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The Multilingual Recruitment Specialists

The Little Book of Jobseeking


With over 21 years experience within the recruitment market we think weve pretty much encountered all the trials and tribulations of applying for a job, so with the New Year upon us and the jobs market slowly recuperating from what has been a tough couple of years we thought wed put together our top tips for getting that new job. With our years of knowledge and experience, weve outlined a few specific areas of the hiring process that we think should give you the head start on other potential candidates, landing you that dream job of yours. Well be covering: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Staying motivated during your job search CV writing tips Cover letter tips How to deal with recruitment agencies and job boards Using your language skills in the work place Interview technique and the all important first impression

Staying motivated:
Lets start with one of the basics! Staying motivated during a job search can be one of the hardest things to accomplish, it can be very demoralising if you have spent hours on an application and you dont hear anything back, or you go to a job interview but unfortunately dont get it; but do try and keep as positive and motivated as you can. The best way weve found is to do a structured job search. Set yourself a target of 3,4 or 5 jobs to apply for a day depending on how much time you have and look at the job description in detail, focus on any keywords or buzzwords that it may have and tailor your CV specific to that job role. This is a much more productive job searching technique instead of sending out 20 of the same CVs speculatively. This should make your CV stand out with the skills you have fitting the requirements the employer has asked for. Once youve sent your CV off, the ball is in their court right? Not always. You always have the option to follow up your application through various channels available to you. If you havent heard anything back from a job you think youd be perfectly suited for, you can email the company, give them a phone call or even contact them through their social media channels which can often get the quickest response, depending on how active the company is on these sites. People can often feel very helpless in a job search, but if you take a proactive stance and send out 3 or 4 CVs each day and follow up any ones you havent heard from you can lead the job search your way. If youve applied a role via a recruitment agency, do liaise with them directly as the consultants can give you feedback on your CV and if you have not been successful with your application they can tell you why.

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CV Top Tips
Make no bones about it, even though its improving, the jobs market across Europe has been as competitive as its been in a long time. There are plenty of 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 in the door and stand out. Weve heard all the gimmicks, from the cringe-worthy to the inventive to make a CV stand out. These include sending a brick in with a CV to make an impact, or applicants including a zany photo of themselves so the interviewer doesnt forget their face, (which is slightly disconcerting if you read it in the voice of a movie super villain). So our first tip piggy backs off this Simple Sells; Now were 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 to outline 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 proof read your CV. Even here at Euro London Appointments we receive typos and badly translated words on CVs that our candidates have given us to hand to their prospective employer. A spelling mistake is not a good start. Highlight your experience; A recent survey of employers showed the top requirement is experience rather than education. So highlight your previous employment, detail your experience and interests, it may give you the edge over another candidate. Sell yourself; It can be human nature to be reserved when talking about your achievements, preferring to state as part of a team we did such and such. But the company wont be looking to hire you and your old team; theyll be looking to hire you. So in your CV say what YOU did at your previous employer and state how YOU made the measurable difference. Quantify and qualify your achievements and dont just simply state your duties, everyone has duties, but its the effects of these duties that will win the day. A CV is all too often considered a solid document that you cant change for each role, but CVs should be more fluid than this. Showcase your skills relevant to the role at hand and not just to any old generic role.

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The Cover letter

If youre sending your CV to a company, a cover letter will help you stand out. In general, cover letters should be about 200-500 words which will take about 10-15 minutes to write, so please dont send out a generic cover letter. Take the opportunity to sell your skills that match the role. Really think of why you want to work for that company, think of what you can bring to the role. You may have heard the famous John Kennedy quote: ask not what your country can do for you ask what you can do for your country. The same can be said about going through the interview stages of an organisation. Incorporate the research you have done for the position into this covering letter and emphasis what you can do for the company. Often if you are sending a CV to a recruiter the covering letter will be the first information they see about you, so its important to make a good first impression. As previously stated, check for spelling and punctuation mistakes, make sure what you are sending out is literally perfect. Overall cover letters should complement not duplicate your CV, if you find youve repeated the same points on both your CV and your cover letter, have a second look at what youve written.

How to deal with Recruitment agencies and Job boards

Recruitment agencies With the jobs market the way it is currently there are a lot of candidates who apply for one role, some of these candidates may not be suited for the role and due to the amount of applications and it may not be possible to get back to you. If you do feel youre suited to a role and you havent heard back after a few days, give the recruitment consultancy a call. If youre not suitable for a role but it is something youre interested in pursuing, ask the consultant how it may be possible to get into that sector and if they have any other similar positions. Ask the recruitment agency if you can come in and register face to face as well. Agencies will always help you if they can, but it has to be in both of your interests as they are a business, therefore, sometimes you may not be suited to the roles they get in; the good ones will tell you this. Job Boards Make sure you check how up-to-date your CV is! Employers will generally look at the most recent CV's first, believing that these are the only candidates are available for work. If your CV has not been updated for 6 months, more recent CV's will take priority over yours. Update your CV today and the date of your CV registration will normally be updated to reflect this.

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Make sure you check your spelling; bad spelling could see your CV in the reject pile. With automatic spell checks on PC's there is no excuse for spelling mistakes. Keep all personal details and references accurate and up to date, make sure your location is correct and that you have not selected an area (such as North West) rather than the county as employers could be missing out on your CV when searching. Make sure your CV is searchable! Companies often use keywords when searching CV's on job board databases from job titles to IT skills so detail is important! Check your job title is clear, your duties/responsibilities are listed and that all your IT skills are included. What are your salary expectations? Ensure your salary expectations are realistic - you may want a 100,000 salary but if you are currently on 20,000 you will need a bit more experience under your belt! Companies will use salary searches with CV database access so make sure your CV comes up in the correct range
(With thanks to for their help with how to deal with job boards)

Using your language skills in the workplace

Theres a common misconception that if you are multilingual you can do either one of two jobs, translation or teaching; I can tell you that is wrong. The world is a much smaller place than it used to be, and its only getting smaller in terms of communication and integration. Globalization and the internet have made industries coordinate their efforts all over the world. A car may be built from parts sourced from one side of the globe and those parts might be made up of raw materials from the other side of the globe. International industry, multinational organisations and government departments now have to coordinate their efforts at an international level. Everyday we see jobs come in from all over Europe, Asia and the rest of the world, looking for multilingual staff to come and join their company. Whether its being a sport analyst, involvement in international sales, or indeed leading a company through international management, there is a growing demand for multilingual staff in a multitude of different departments. This is why our range of sectors cover; Banking and Finance, Secretarial and Support, IT and Telecoms, Call Centre and Customer Service, Interim Executive Management, Sales and Marketing, Accountancy and Law, Engineering, Human Resources, Betting and iGaming. From a business standpoint, it is a brilliant advantage to have someone with language skills to help coordinate corporate operations around the globe. Not

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to mention that someone with experience in differing cultures adds to any team.

Interview Technique and making that great first impression

If you get past the CV stage and depending or not whether you have a phone interview, the next stage will be the face to face interview. These have been used for centuries and no matter how much our technology advances will always be an integral part of the hiring process. So here at Euro London Appointments weve developed some points that should help you win the day. So youve got past the CV stage, the company is interested in your credentials and experience! So with you over your first major hurdle dont then stumble at the second one. Number one on your to do list is to research the company. You will almost certainly be asked on your knowledge of the company; what they do, when they started, the latest industry developments. You dont want to be stuttering and trying to remember facts from that notice board you saw in reception, researching the company is essential. As will be knowing how you are getting to the interview. You will want to get to the interview at least 10 minutes early, but what are the practicalities of this? Are you taking public transport? Have you got the timetable? Are you taking a car? Where is the nearest car park? Do you need to pay and display? This will mean you need change on hand. All of these individual variables are uncertainties that must be controlled! Polish your shoes, iron your shirt or blouse and wear business attire, its important to make a good first impression and you will only get one of these. Whether you are going to an interview or starting your first day at work, its important to make a great first impression! Of course, youve heard it all before, but how can you be sure your first impression is a positive one? Studies show that a lasting impression will be formed of you within 30 seconds to ten minutes of meeting you, and this impression will last! So what are the tricks, tips and all the good bits that can be shown off about your personality in these ten minuets to make a great lasting first impression? Firstly lets get rid of the clichs in this scenario! The strong handshake and not arriving late are the bear basics of the first impression and hopefully you know them already! Your body language is the most important part to the art of a good impression! Studies show that 70 % of what you say is conveyed by your body language and a further 10% by the tone of your voice. This means that 80% of what youre actually saying isnt the words you are speaking at all. Standing tall, not slouching and making good eye contact is a great place to start when meeting someone new, as this will convey confidence and ability. If you are sitting down, dont fold your arms or create what is called an unconscious barrier to you. Sit with your hands out and have an open, welcoming posture; smile and listen we were given one mouth and two ears

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for a reason! This will lead you onto the second part to help develop a great first impression. Making good conversation! You may have already accounted for 80% of a conversation, but youve still got 20% to fill. This is a virtuous circle, the more conversation you make, the better you get at it and the more you will converse, so everyone is a winner, but remember that theres a difference between good conversation and small talk! Its very easy to spot small talk, its irrelevant and forgettable, and an engaging conversation will leave a positive lasting impression. Know what youre talking about: this part is mainly down to you and the company you will be interviewed by. But there are a few generic factors that you can assume will happen such as the ability to ask questions at the end. If this opportunity arises, grab it with both hands! It will show your interest in the company and your astuteness as an individual. Think of some questions to ask before hand such as; what would be my day to day activities? Whats the management culture like at this organisation? Questions like these will not only give you an opportunity to find out more about the company but in actual fact enables conversation from your side of the table, instead of you just answering questions you may have been asked. After your interview has finished follow up the interview either with a phone call but preferably an email saying how nice it was to meet them and a pleasure to hear about the role, you can end this with I look forward to hearing from you this should prompt the company to get back in touch with you quickly; even if it is unfortunately bad news.

The Conclusion
Always remember that the hiring process is an individual process, we can and will give you as much help and advice as we can throughout the recruitment process, but it is on you to research the company, produce your CV and shine at the interview. Keep at the job search, set yourself an amount of jobs to apply to each day, specify what you can bring to that role and you will find and win the job that you want.
Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life Confucius

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