Your resume is your Sales Tool, it sells you to the prospective Employer / Agency. We receive hundreds of applications for positions. When scrolling through applications, you need your resume to stand out from the rest and have all the information to catch the attention of a prospective employer
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Please make sure that when you call to inquire about a job the most likely scenario is that the person on the other end of the phone is going to ask you to either send a copy of your resume, by fax or email or book an appointment. All scenarios require you to write down some information. Make sure you have a pen and paper ready before calling the potential employer. It is very unprofessional to have them waiting on hold whilst you run around trying to find some
thing to write on.
When applying for work, please consider your message bank, make sure it is clear and professional; employers will not ring you back if you are swearing on your message bank.
When applying for work, make sure you keep your phone handy, check your messages regularly and if you don’t have a message bank, return calls even if you don’t know the number, we need to be able to get in touch with you or you may miss out on the opportunity.
Make sure your resume is up to date. Have your most recent work history and current contact details on it.
Your resume should include dates worked, position title and duties carried out for each position held.
You should put your most recent job first and work backwards.
Include any licences you hold i.e.: Forklift, White Card, Drivers Licence etc.
Include any Certificates you have completed i.e.: Certificate III Warehousing
Your resume shouldn’t be too long. Keep it to approx. 3 pages long.
Your resume should be clean, no text boxes or fancy fonts not written in capital letters and written in at least 11 point font.
Proofread it twice. It would be difficult to emphasize the importance of proofreading your resume. One small typo and your chances of getting hired could slip. Proofreading it once is not enough, so do it twice, three times or as many as necessary. Or ask someone else to proof read it. Run a spell check.
Make sure you allow yourself time to get to your interviews; it’s never a good sign to be late. Ideally arrive 10 minutes before your interview time.
Think about your presentation, first impressions count. Your interview is you selling yourself to a prospective employer or agency. Dress to impress. Anyone can dress down for a specific role.
Be prepared make sure you have a copy of your resume, any qualifications, certificates and licences with you.
Appreciate the differences
It may sound obvious, but the first step to perfecting the agency interview is to remember that you are not meeting the company themselves. Recruitment agencies act as the middle man between candidates and employers, and take much of the recruitment process out of an organisation’s hands. Essentially, if you want to impress the company you’re applying to, you’ve got to impress the recruitment agency. Always keep this at the front of your mind.
There are two instances in which you will have an interview with an agency. The first is if you’ve been shortlisted for a job, the second is if you’ve contacted an agency on a speculative basis. With both of these, your recruitment consultant is likely to want to get to know your CV, experience and personality a little better – not only to see whether you’re a good fit for the role you may have applied for, but whether you may be suited to other vacancies they have on their books currently. When talking about your experience then, it pays to show off the breadth of your knowledge and skills, so that the consultant is well aware of your entire skill set.
Take it just as seriously
It can be easy to view an interview with a recruitment agency as somewhat less serious than one with a direct employer, but this is certainly not the case. It’s always better to do your research and preparation as you would for any interview – if it ends up being more of an informal chat, then so be it, but it’s always better to be over-prepared than under. The recruitment consultant can be the difference between going through to an employer, and not.
Get the most out of it
Sometimes recruitment agencies can get a bad reputation for not delivering what a job seeker was hoping for. However, much of this may actually be attributed to the job seeker in question. If you thought you were attending a formal interview for a specific job, but when you arrive, the recruitment consultant talks generally and doesn’t mention the role, bring it up. Let them know that you were hoping to be put forward for the job in question, and ask them what happens next – and discuss what you’d like to happen – so you both have a better idea of each other’s objectives.
Ask their advice
If your interview with a recruitment agency is an introductory meet, rather than an interview for a specific role, it may be worthwhile asking them for their opinion when it comes to the jobs you’re applying for. After all, many consultants will be experts in their particular field, and may be able to advise if you’re setting your sights too high (if you have little working experience) or if your CV isn’t selling you as well as it could be.
Remember: it doesn’t end at the interview
Once you’ve walked out of the interview, don’t think your work stops there. A relationship with a recruitment consultant needs to be maintained and nurtured. After all, you’re not the only candidate on their books, and if you don’t ring or email every week or so to find out if they’ve spotted any suitable roles, you may be left in the dark. If they’ve promised to put you forward for a role, check-in to find out whether the employer was interested in you. Sometimes you won’t be told that an organisation went for someone else, so be pro-active to prevent getting your hopes up unnecessarily.