Recruitment Tips and Advice - Join our team, and score a new job with Top Language Jobs
Getting a new job and getting that dream job you are truly hoping for is not exactly the same, right? But, it’s not always easy to know where to start when looking for a new job. Because candidates don’t always know what recruiters are actually looking for, they are often losing focus on the quality of their applications. Wouldn’t be great for you to know exactly what a hiring manager is expecting the perfect candidate? Unfortunately, you can’t but we thought we’d help by giving you a few recruitment tips and tricks for you to score that new job.
Whether you are a Bilingual/ Multilingual professional looking for your next dream job throughout Europe or a young graduate willing to kick start an international career, we know that searching for a new job and actually managing to get it, can take you through a stressful time. After all, searching for a new job is a competition, and as for all competitions preparation is the key to success.
Make all chances on your side to score a new job and take some time getting used to best practice. Remember, that it’s about scoring the right job, not applying to as many as possible. Prepare in advance in order to be ready. Don’t rush things, do them properly to increase your chances.
Recruitment Tips and Advice
- Taylor your CV to the role you apply for
Don’t forget that applying for a job is a competition, other people are also applying and recruiters are looking to identify who is eventually the most suitable candidate, so you really want to make your CV relevant to each job you apply for. It’s a little extra work, we admit, but it will considerably increase your chances of being contacted for an interview so you might want to spend time on this in order to increase the quality of each of your applications, instead of firing the same CV a hundred times without a chance of getting noticed.
- Make sure you read and understand the job you’re applying for
- Tweak your CV profile
- Make sure you can immediately see the key requirements for the job when looking at your CV
- Be selective with the first role you list
- Add the important and cut the irrelevant
- Use keywords to match your CV to the job
When tailoring your CV to the job, make sure you use keywords appearing in the job description in your CV.
With more and more organisations using applicant tracking systems to go through CVs and looking for keywords that match most closely with the job description. It’s very important that you also ensure your CV stands a chance of passing through an ATS by using:
- Industry terms e.g. for an accountancy role, ‘AAT qualified’, for a Customer Service role 'Customer Support Agent' or for a marketing role, ‘CIM qualified’
- Job title or industries and level of experience e.g. ‘two to three years’ experience with a B2B marketing agency’, or ‘one to two years’ experience working as a legal secretary’
- Skill Keywords e.g. ‘fluent in German’
You’ll find these keywords in the job description – specifically use keywords under ‘key responsibilities’ or ‘key competencies’ for inspiration. Then search through industry-specific websites and publications, the company website and similar roles that are on the market to complete your keywords base.
- Don’t restate your CV in your cover letter
Your cover letter should expand on your resume, not reiterate it. The hiring manager has your resume right in front of him/her; he/she doesn’t need another summary of your experience in your cover letter. Don’t list things that are already in your resume, like core competencies and past positions held. Instead, expand on them by giving more information, details, achievements. Use your cover letter to give depth to the list of work experience, not simply restate it.
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- Research the company you apply for
One way companies share how they stand out is through their mission or values, which are typically displayed in the “About Us” section. Read closely to learn what might be different about this organization than others.
But we also recommend that you go a little deeper:
- Learn about the company’s financial health
- Learn about the company’s field and competitors
- Look out for community interactions as well as social media presence and strength
- Research about your interviewer. Not in a creepy way, you don’t want to see his/her holiday pictures; but having a look at their LinkedIn profile and get a little information about their past experience, evolution within the company, or noticing that they have recently posted an interesting article, might help.
- Prepare questions before your interview
It's important to be prepared to respond effectively to the questions that employers typically ask at interviews. Be prepared to smoothly and confidently answer common questions such as tell us a bit about yourself and your background? Why should we hire you and why do you want this job? What are your goals for the future? What are your salary expectations? What are you looking for in a new position?
We recommend that you research most common interview questions online.
If you don’t feel at ease talking about some parts of your resume, do not lie, you should be able to explain everything which is on your CV, including gaps and it’s always easier to stay calm explaining the truth rather than a lie.
If you were unemployed for a period of time, be direct and to the point about what you’ve been up to. Then, orientate the conversation towards how you will do the job and contribute to the organisation.
It’s common for recruiters to close their interviews asking the candidate if he/ she has any questions. it's your opportunity to find out whether a job is the right fit for you. Ask as many questions as you wish about what do you want to know about the position, the company, the team, the salary… If you don’t have any question to ask it might be the right time for you to ask questions targeted to the interviewer (since you already gathered professional information about him/her if you followed previous steps :))
- Rehearse before you go to the interview
Don’t learn all your answers by heart, but do think about what you're going to say so you're not put on the spot during the job interview. The interview should be an exchange with the recruiters, not a legal trial about your past experiences, so remove the pressure but know what you want to say. Your responses will be stronger if you prepare in advance, know what to expect during the interview, and have a sense of what you want to focus on. Simply knowing that you prepared will boost your confidence during the interview and help you feel more comfortable.
- Switch off your phone before you arrive at the interview
Checking your phone during an interview sends the message that you don’t take the interview seriously and shows a lack of respect for your interviewers time. If your mobile phone does ring, apologise and quickly turn it off. Even if you're simply checking the time, stealing glances at your phone may come across as rude or suggest you're easily distracted.
Mobile phones should be out of sight and turned off. (Don’t simply put it on vibrate, turn it off or on airplane mode). If you need to take notes, use a notebook and a pen.
- A firm handshake is key to success of the interview
First impressions are important and it all starts with a firm handshake.
We don't consciously remember a person's handshake but it is certainly one of the first non-verbal clues we get about the person's overall personality, and you want to give the right one.
The first impression is about demonstrating confidence: standing straight, making eye contact and connecting with a firm handshake. That first nonverbal impression can be a great beginning to your interview, or at the contrary make you lose points right from the start.
Attention, give a firm handshake, not a 'bone crusher' one…
- Eye contact makes your words more memorable
Looking down or looking around makes you look nervous, when someone is talking to you, make sure you look them in the eyes. Eye contact is an important nonverbal social cue because it projects confidence, self-esteem and assertiveness.
- Don’t forget to smile during the interview
And don't be afraid to show who you really are.
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