Monthly Archives: March 2019

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The "write" kind of…

In today’s competition-rich job market, creating a resume that stands out from the crowd has never been more important. SB Recruitment have put together our top tips for creating an ideal resume, to get you one step closer to the job of your dreams! Don’t give it all away. It is important to communicate to the viewer what your strengths and abilities are, but they don’t need a 1-page breakdown on every job you’ve had since you were 15. Keep it short and sweet, and only go back as far as it is relevant. For example, if you’re nearing 40, they don’t need to know your worked at McDonald’s when you were 15. If that job led you on to work in management 10 years later, then that’s a great piece of information to share in your cover letter, or at the interview. However, as a general rule, your resume should be no more than 2 pages in total. Write for your reader. If you do your research and ask about the recruitment process you will have a better understanding of who your key audience is here, and what they are looking for. It is important to tailor your content accordingly. For example, a CV that will ultimately land in front of a CEO needs to be written in a way that they will see your key skills. It is..

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Decisions.. Personality or Skill?

SHOULD YOU HIRE FOR PERSONAL QUALITIES OR SKILL? There are certain personality traits that regardless of the field make people good workers. There is no denying that resilient, motivated and positive people with a great work ethic are the people you want working for you. However, there is an age-old debate about whether you should be hiring for skill over personality, or perhaps it is a perfect mix of both? In a competitive job market, when you can’t always get the perfect candidate – what’s more important? Often when you are looking to fill a role you will get a candidate that may not have all the skills you require for the job, but in terms of personality have all the characteristics of a great worker, who will fit in with your organisation. Yet you may have another candidate that has all the skills required for the job and more, but culturally may not be the best choice. When it comes to deciding if you should hire for personality or skill the answer really depends on you and your organisation, and the role itself. If you were hiring a surgeon, skills are 100% non-negotiable. Though, when you are talking about more administrative/business and clerical roles personality can be the difference between a great hire and a revolving door if you hire on skills alone. So what do you need to..

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You Make Me Nervous

SHAKING THOSE INTERVIEW NERVES Got an important interview coming up, or hesitant to apply for that dream job because nerves normally get the better of you? It doesn’t seem to matter if you are 24 or 56, an assistant or a CEO… when it comes to job interviews most people get worried! Nerves are usually a good sign because they show you care about what you are doing, and often nature’s way of getting a little bit of adrenalin pumping to impress the crowd. However, too many nerves and it can cause you to misrepresent yourself or fumble through an interview and not give yourself a chance to shine. SB recruitment have put together our top tips for shaking off those interview nerves. Remember that they are only human. Remind yourself that the people sitting in front of you would have been in your position once, and they are just doing their job looking for the right person for the role. You can’t change what they think, you can only control how you feel. Imagine them making toast or dropping the kids at school and it can ease your mind a bit. Be there with plenty of time. It is important that you aren’t late for an interview, and adding to the stress of the situation by being under time pressure. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to..

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Networking- An essential part…

THE PAYBACKS OF NETWORKING Whether you’re an accountant or an architect, the benefits of networking in both your professional and personal life are aplenty. From growing your business to finding a new job and everything in between. SB Recruitment have put together a list of the advantages of networking below: Broaden your horizons. When you work, live and socialise with the same groups of people it can be easy to think inside that space. By interacting with people from different industries or walks of life you open yourself up to learning new ways of looking at current situations and expanding your cultural understanding in many ways. Grow your connections. Having a great network of people to draw on when the need arises can be so beneficial. As a freelancer, or if you are looking to hire, or build a great network before the need arises - it can make life so much easier when the time comes to already have a network built. Whether that be to hire that next photographer, admin temp or events coordinator… you name it! Conversely if you are looking for work by selling yourself at events it is good business development for the future. Open yourself to opportunities. If you are looking for that next career break, or to move into a new field, networking can be a great place to start and meet people..

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