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Candidate FAQ

How do I write a CV? 

The best CVs begin with a personal profile then go on to list or summarise your relevant work experience, starting with the most recent. Within this you can highlight the skills that you have gained through your experience that are relevant to the role you are applying to.

Finally including information such as qualifications, industry accreditations, your experience of technologies, softwares, hardwares and the projects you have worked on will enable potential employers to identify quickly, clearly and easily your eligibility for the role you have submitted your CV to.

How do I prepare for an interview? 

Do your research. Research the business and or organisation that you have the interview with. Read their “about section” on their website, check their Glassdoor reviews, and find out what their values are. Its also good practice to research the interviewer, this often helps you to establish relevant connections and common ground and for you to understand career progression opportunities within the business you are interviewing for.

Revisit the job description that you applied for (often found in your email, from the confirmation of application) and prepare questions relating to the role. Be prepared to highlight the relevancy of your previous skills and experience to the job description.

Finally, prepare questions, arrive early and dress appropriately.

What is a competency based interview?

Competency based questions typically start with variation of the phrase “tell me about a time when…” which acts as a prompt for the interviewee to describe a situation from start to finish.

Competency based questions are designed to make the interview process as objective as possible by removing conscious or unconscious bias from the interviewer. Each candidate is asked the same set of questions based on a framework created for a specific role, with the responses they give graded by the interviewer.

How do I write a good cover letter?

Good cover letters are short, snappy and to-the-point.  Use an easy-to-read font (no comic sans), do not include pictures and no word art is required.

Open the letter with why are you getting in touch, go on to explain why you are suitable for the job. Then, good cover letters, explain what you can do for the company and reiterate this in the closing few sentences. Finally, sign off with ‘Yours sincerely’ (if you know the name of the recipient, or ‘Yours faithfully’ if you don’t, followed by your name.

Example:

I wish to apply for the role of Project Manager, currently being advertised on search.co.uk. Please find enclosed my CV for your consideration.

As you can see from my CV (attached), I have over five years’ experience in project management, and I believe the knowledge and skills gained and developed in this time make me a strong candidate for this opportunity.

In my current role as Project Manager at Engineering Co, I have been responsible for leading and managing the successful completion of multiple large-scale Geotechnical and Ground Investigation projects from tender stage through to the final invoices including delivery of all technical reporting and cost control.

I am confident that I can bring this level of success with me to your company and help deliver this project on time and in line with the businesses requirements. With my previous experience and expertise, I believe I can start actively contributing to the business as soon as possible.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss my application further.

Yours faithfully,

Your name

What are the benefits of using a recruitment agency?

Using a recruitment agency can really add value to your job search. If you apply to one of our jobs, your details will be passed to a dedicated recruitment consultant who will not only assess your suitability for that specific job, but also suggest other opportunities based on your experience, saving you the time and effort to seek these out yourself. 

Search is a well-established recruitment agency with a presence across most industry sectors. Our recruitment consultants are dedicated to recruiting within a specific sector. This means that they are true experts in what they do and can provide you with the knowledge and expertise that you need to take the next step in your career. We are often the first to know about jobs as they arise and before they are advertised.

Need our help? Then why not contact us through your local Search office or register with us today on our website.

What companies does Search work with?

Search Consultancy works with leading employers across many industry sectors and often on an exclusive basis where we are the sole recruitment supplier.

If you want to find out more, here’s an insight into some of the companies we work with:

AEGON, Motability Operation Ltd, Cargill, Capita, Scottish Water, NHS, Tesco Bank, Monzo, The General Medical Council and many more exceptional employers. 

How can I get a job if I have no work experience?

If you’re new to the world of work then you may well be asking yourself “what can I do to get a job when I have no experience?”

Search recognise that everyone has to start somewhere and regularly work with school or college leavers to help them get on the career ladder.

There are a number of different jobs you can get with no experience. Have a read about them on our website and get in touch with one of our consultants in your local Search office for a free, consultative service to discuss your career further.

Finally, if you feel that your skills require a boost, then Search Consultancy offers some fantastic discounts on training courses that will help you gain the new skills required to land your dream job.

How do I apply to work for Search?

At Search we are always on the look out for exceptional talent for our teams. Find out more about a career at Search and the benefits of a working  in recruitment on our Careers at Search website.

Life at Search is fast-paced, challenging, exciting and fun. If you enjoy working with people in a target-based sales environment then take a look at our current recruitment jobs.

If you are talented, motivated and a positive person with the desire to succeed in recruitment then we would love to hear from you so get in touch.

I am a recent graduate. Can Search help?

Of course we can. Many of our clients across the full list of sectors we operate will from time to time look to recruit graduates. Read our blog about how to approach your graduate job search.

Just graduated and looking for a stop-gap? Why not consider temping with Search whilst you work out what’s next and gain valuable, relevant, industry related experience while you wait on your Grad opportunity.

Get in touch with us today for careers advice and let us help you get your career on track.