Tips & Tricks

Here are some helpful Tips and Tricks

WHAT DOES YOUR CV SAY ABOUT YOU?

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Achievements
Listing achievements promotes not only that you made a strong contribution, but also that you take pride in your work. Don't go too overboard. 3 or 4 bullet points may suffice.

Paragraphs of text
Don't get read. Use short sentences and bullet points where possible, particularly when describing duties and achievements. Resumes tend to be scanned quickly before they are read thoroughly. Make sure the important information is easy to find. If your resume reads like "War & Peace" it won't be read. Edit!!!

1997 - Present
Be specific about dates (month specific) and make sure that you keep this information current. Having three positions on your resume that read to current is confusing and disconcerting. Are you really holding down three full time jobs in three different states? List experience in chronological order.

Font
At Stealth we have a particular aversion to Times New Roman. It's been around since 1932 and it's certainly starting to show signs of age. Try for a friendlier font; Arial is simple, classic and available everywhere.

Bragging Nana
Your CV is all about what you have achieved. Try to think about the way your grandmother speaks or would have spoken about your achievements. This is the pride that should reveal itself in your text.

Space Bar
The friend and the enemy. Using the spacebar between words and sentences is fantastic. Using it to get from one side of the page to another makes your resume about as unstable as a house made of jelly. It may look fantastic on your computer, but when received cannot be read. Use Tab and indents where possible.


INTERVIEW TIPS & TRICKS

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DO

Do: Your Homework
Spend some time learning about the Company. What projects are they working on? Who are their senior staff? Do they use any specific language or jargon? Websites are a great source of information and easy to access. Ask your Recruiter for information on the client. Your recruiter should be able to answer technical questions about the company you are being put forward to. Don't be afraid to ask them the hard questions.

Do: Be On time
Where possible, aim to be 10 minutes early for an interview. Introduce yourself kindly and confidently to reception and enjoy some time to relax before you go in.

Do: Dress to impress
It's important to show your interviewer that you scrub up well. Err on the conservative side. Suit and Tie is a classic choice.

Do: Ask questions
Questions show that you are interested, that you have spent time researching the company and that you are paying attention. Don't be afraid to ask about your future with the company. It shows that you would like to invest your career with them. Wait for a pause in the interview and allow some time before becoming too inquisitive, they may be getting to the answers.

Do: Sell Yourself!
You are there to show them that you are the right person for this role. It is generally safe to say that the person who is interviewing you has read your CV. Feel free to make reference to this information but also build on it. Talk about specific examples and how these skills and experiences make you the right person for the role. Make sure that your Recruiter knows YOU well enough to make informed statements on your behalf.


DON'T

Don't: Be negative about a former employer

Don't: Respond with Yes and No answers

Don't: Use your mobile phone

Don't: Ramble

Don't: Focus on the Remuneration

DOING YOUR HOMEWORK


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Being adequately prepared can make all of the difference. Here are a few helpful hints on homework you can do to help you get your ideal role:

Research the company

Make sure you know as much about the company as you can and how they fit into the industry; expect to be asked why you want to work with this company and what value you can bring to them.

Know your strengths and weaknesses

In your preparation, focus on your professional achievements, summarise your strengths and be aware of your weaknesses, think about how this could impact on the role you have applied for. Review your resume again, think about the type of workplace in which you have performed well; examine circumstances where things have not gone so well and analyse why. You need to be confident in your own abilities and knowledge and you need to be honest about your capabilities.

Present yourself

Many times the client will conduct the first interview by telephone and this gives you a short window to impress. Have the relevant information with you about the job, the company, who you are talking to and their roles in the company. Go to a quiet area and make sure you have good telephone reception. Listen carefully and talk clearly.

Think about your future

Give some serious thought to where you want to be in a few years time and how this job fits into your overall plan. If your objective is sitting on a beach and living off your investments, it's probably not going to nail this opportunity for you.

Evaluate your responses

Try to anticipate the type of questions you will be asked and how you will respond. The company representative will be interested to know how you react/act in certain circumstances. Spend some time thinking about what this job entails and the likely challenges you will face. Go over your responses as part of your preparation for the interview.