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We understand looking for a new job can be emotional, stressful, exciting, unnerving and put you out of your comfort zone.  Our Consultants are highly experienced and able to offer you the right advice, support and service dependent on your career goals and objectives.Our consultants have a full understanding of their markets, and because we stick to what we know best, we are able to offer candidates access to some of the best temporary, contract and permanent jobs on the market, some of which will be advertised exclusively only with us.

 

Preparing your CV

 

A well written and concise CV clearly stating your skills, experience and qualifications is your first step in securing a new job, so make sure you take time and effort preparing it.

The aim of your CV is to stand out against other applicants and give you the best chance of securing an interview and should ideally be no longer than 2 pages long (3 maximum).

  1. Personal Profile – A snap shot of your experience, skills and your personality
  2. Career History – Begin with your most recent job and work backwards, detailing employer’s names, your job titles and bullet pointing your key duties, responsibilities and achievements.
  3. Education & Qualifications – Include names of schools, colleges and universities attended, your subjects studied and grades achieved including any professional qualifications
  4. Key Skills – It is always beneficial to list your PC skills including any specialist packages that you have used and any other skills that are relevant to the job you are applying for
  5. Hobbies & Interests – It is helpful for any potential employer to list your hobbies and interests that reflect qualities which may relate to the job requirements. It will also give them an insight into your character and personality
  6. References – List two separate professional references where possible
  7. Finalise – Re-read your CV several times to see if any areas can be improved, spell check your CV and ensure your use an easily readable type face. If you are changing careers completely or don’t have much experience in a specific role, you should always highlight your transferable skills to potential employers.

 

Preparing for Interview – Top 10 Tips

 

  1. Visit the company’s website, print off the “about us” and “press release” pages and highlight key information, i.e. business history, company age, what’s new and exciting. Take this with you and keep it in view – knowing their business will impress your interviewer(s).
  2. Have a thorough read of the Job Description and any other relevant documentation your Consultant send’s you.
  3. Always plan your route and allow for delays. Aim to arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your interview start time, this will give you time to compose yourself and shows that you are reliable.
  4. If, for any reason, you are going to be late for your appointment due to unforeseen circumstances, contact your consultant at Maxim as early as possible, we will inform the client of the delay.
  5. Even if the client has a relaxed dress code, always go “suited and booted”
  6. If there is more than one interviewer, introduce yourself to everyone individually, and throughout the interview talk all interviewers. Answer any questions directly and support your answers with working evidence where possible.
  7. NEVER discuss contract rates or salary with the client.  All too often candidates are inclined or pressured into discussing these very sensitive negotiations directly. Our consultants are highly trained in their ability to negotiate the salary and package you desire and in some circumstances we will exceed your salary expectations.
  8. Be enthusiastic and positive, don’t criticise previous employers or colleagues, focus on positive achievements and views. Always thank the interviewer(s) for their time. Do not be afraid to tell them that you feel the interview went well and meeting with them has confirmed your interest in the role and the company.
  9. Example questions to ask interviewers:
    “What are your expectations of the successful candidate?”
    “How will the successful applicants performance be measured?”
    “Where do your see the company in 5 years’ time?”
    “Why is this position vacant?”
    “Who would the successful applicant be reporting to?”
    “Do you have any reservations?” – This is your opportunity to overcome any concerns the client may have about your skills, experience and relevancy to their position.
  10. BE YOURSELF – An interview is a two way process and you need to be 100% sure that the position is right for you, just as much as you are right for the position!

 

Counter Offers

 

More and more frequently, when employees resign, they provoke an attempt to buy them back, more
money, promotions, and a new job spec. Over a barrel, employers will often try almost anything.
So how should you view counter offers?

- Faced with the possibility of losing an employee and the time, cost and trouble of recruiting a
replacement, many companies will try really hard to persuade good employees to stay.

- Most throw money at the problem but other incentives include promotion, additional benefits such
as increased holiday, a change of reporting lines or working environment or working conditions,
even a new job specification.

- They might try any number of different combinations but never forget, the reason they are doing it
is to benefit them, NOT to benefit you. If they had been thinking about you, they would not have
waited until you resigned to do something about it.

- Indeed your first thought about a counter offer attempt should be to view it negatively as if a
company has been undervaluing you or underutilising you for a significant period of time, what kind
of an employer are they?

- You should not forget that they know you are not committed to them long term and consequently
will be unlikely to favour you over other internal candidates for promotion into key long-term roles.

- Counter offers are all about short-term problems. Furthermore, if you are known to have resigned
and been brought back this could encourage negative reactions from colleagues who are either
resentful, or dismissive of your integrity.

For these reasons, if a company could do something which would keep you, you should raise this
with the appropriate people at the company before you start looking for another job, as using a
job offer as a stick to get them to do something is highly likely to backfire.

Be wary of counter offers and never forget that you would not have resigned unless you had
found another opportunity, which is both a good career move and feels right emotionally.

As a final word on counter offers, latest statistics show approximately 90% fail within 12 months,
because although a company will do anything possible to hang on to someone whilst they put in
place contingency staffing plans, fundamentally nothing changes