Candidate Hints & Tips

Candidate Tip:

When submitting your CV to any company as an applicant, judgment is sometimes made just off your CV. Spelling or grammatical errors are not a good first impression to a possible employer. Double and triple check your CV’s for typo’s and grammar. You need to put your best foot forward and a good CV is the first step.

Dress to impress

Don’t forget to take care when dressing for an interview, whether it’s the with a recruiter or the company. The way you dress is a representation of yourself in first time meetings such as this. Most people work on the assumption of “how you measure me is how I will behave”, particularly if it is linked to our income. It is therefore important to measure our performance (both by ourselves and our supervisors), and link it directly to those activities that generate an income, in order to follow our dreams. What you cannot measure you cannot improve or capitalize on.

What to wear:

Do your homework and find out what the corporate culture is of the company that you are being interviewed by. Ensure that you dress appropriately to the culture so emphasis your ability to ‘fit in’. Don’t presume you can dress down on a Friday, every company is very different and you want to make a positive impression. If in doubt, either ask or dress smart. As a rule, over-dressed is better than under-dressed.

If all else fails should I go knocking door to door to find a job?

The long and short of it is…. Yes. If that is what puts food on the table and a roof over your head and gives you personal job satisfaction that you are contributing economically… then you do it. Many many businesses rely on word of mouth to recruit staff, knocking on their door gets your face seen, your details into the market and the word is spread.

Making the most of interests:

Under interests, highlight the things that show off skills you’ve gained and employers look for. Describe any examples of positions of responsibility, working in a team or anything that shows you can use your own initiative; and anything that shows how diverse, interesting and skilled you are.