Presentation on theme: "HOW TO GET THE JOB YOU WANT"— Presentation transcript:
1 HOW TO GET THE JOB YOU WANT Chris Goulding – Regional DirectorMay 22nd 2012AAT
2 ABOUT US: CHRIS GOULDING DIRECTOR Graduate from Nottingham University in History13 years recruitment experience working for HaysRecruited permanent and interim roles during that periodCurrently manage 30 consultants in Reading, covering Procurement, SeniorFinance, Non-Qualified Finance, HR, Office Support, PA and Secretarial, Tax, Treasury, Accountancy Firms, Corporate Governance and LegalSpent 12 years out of the 13 purely recruiting or managing consultants covering finance positions
3 AGENDA Getting Started CV Writing Interviews Offer Management Interim Work – The benefitsQ&A – Both on presentation and other recruitment focused questions
4 GETTING STARTED Prepare before hand….. Think about… Why do I want a new job?What do I want from my next job?What do I actually want to do?Understand your financial worth – the market has changedPractical considerations such as locationNot every job is the right job!
5 WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A CV? Shout out answers please?Hays Senior Finance Thursday 21st October 2010
6 THE PURPOSE OF YOUR CV IS TO SHOWCASE YOUR EXPERIENCE IN ORDER TO GAIN AN INTERVIEW This is your opportunity to ‘sell yourself’ and make the employer see you as a well qualified, professional, concise and thoughtful individual who is taking your career seriously.Hays Senior Finance Thursday 21st October 2010
7 CV WRITING How do you put a CV together? Common Questions We Face: What structure / order should my CV be?How long should it be?Where should education be written / qualifications?How much detail on experience?Should I put date of birth / marital status / dependents?How much focus on my achievements?Should I put a synopsis on my employers?How much detail on reasons for leaving?What is a good personal profile?Should I write hobbies / interests?Ask crowd what they think the purpose of a CV is?
8 DO’SDO keep personal data short and sweet, and don’t space it out too muchDO include your academic and professional qualifications and which stage you’re at – put if you have first time passes, it will help separate you from the competitionDO put your current role first and bullet point your duties and achievements clearly, not lengthy paragraphsDO write in the 3rd person – no ‘I did’ or ‘I have’DO explain any gaps – people assume the worstDO send a covering letter and draw attention to the reasons you feel you are a strong candidate
9 DONT’SDON’T mention marital status or dependents, people can use it to discriminateDON’T write date of birth on the CVDON’T list hundreds of duties and responsibilities – use headings and bullet points. Part of assessing a CV is how well you are communicating information about yourself, getting the message across in a succinct and precise mannerDON’T include a pictureDON’T write in capitals – it makes the reader feel like they’re being shouted at!DON’T write in a too large or too small font, is perfect
10 CV KILLERS Different fonts, colours and clip art Spellin an grammer mistukesYou can’t claim attention to detail if there is even one mistake on your CVPoor reasons for leavingGaps on CV – employers will consider the worst (e.g Jail!!)Poor reasons for leaving: Consitantly career progression, didn’t get on with boss, personal reasons, prison!
11 AND THE BIGGEST CV KILLER OF ALL……. PHOTOS. JUST DON’T. EVER.…..
13 TAILOR YOUR CVOnce the basic template is in place, target your CV to specific jobsWhat qualities have been specified in the job spec?Does your CV clearly highlight these requirements?Research the company and industry- Internet- Use your recruitment consultant to gain inside knowledge
14 JOB SPECIFICATIONBusiness partnering with specific part of BP in order to ensure their HR data requirements are satisfied through GPDDeveloping functional and non-functional specifications for new reports/dashboards required by each business.Testing reports produced by offshore & onshore team to ensure adherence to reporting strategy and business requirements.Providing training and assistance on use of GPD portal and subsequent new reporting outputs and new look & feel – increase utilisation of portal self-service.Migrating existing segment/local reports to Business Objects as and when availableDevelopment of additional reporting functionality as part of the GPD Expansion and Cross-Country ReportingAccountable for the submission of all segmental headcount KPI’s/dashboards to the business within agreed timescaleResponsible for developing and maintaining a reporting forum of GPD data stakeholders – sharing common reporting challenges and resolutionsWorking closely with the Data lead to expose and communicate data discrepanciesResponsible for developing, maintaining and delivering best practices for managing reporting stakeholderManaging the satisfaction of ad-hoc reports for Segment and Function teamsAccountable for measurement of customer satisfaction
15 YOUR INTERVIEWHays Senior Finance Thursday 21st October 2010
16 BE PREPARED Research Job Description Visit their company website for more information on the firmLook committed and find out as much as possible about the firmAsk your recruitment consultant what the company wants. A good consultant will know!Job DescriptionRead the job description carefullyEnsure you can discuss all the points on the job description. You may not have all the experience, but they have chosen to meet you for a reason.Be confident that you are technically qualified to do the jobHave examples from your previous role to demonstrate your ability to do this job.
17 AT THE INTERVIEW No matter how well-qualified you are for the job, your personality and personal presentation will count greatly at interview. What ever your confidence levels, you can develop and work on the skills required to make the interview process more bearable.Get OrganisedBasic information, who & where?Paperwork- CV- Application Form- Notes / Questions- Job Specification- Journey / TravelYour First ImpressionAppearanceFirm handshakeEye contactBody Language
18 INTERVIEW DO’S Punctual Professional Know your CV – be clear on dates and order of jobs before you go inTake Time Over AnswersJustify Career Moves / DecisionsHave Examples PreparedPlan Questions To Ask
19 INTERVIEW DONT’S DO NOT Arrive empty handed DO NOT Bad mouth ex employersDO NOT Cover weakness by blaming othersDO NOT Be vagueDO NOT Be first to mention moneyDO NOT Be too opinionated or show lack of morals
20 CHANGING TIMES….. HOW INTERVIEWS ARE CHANGING OLD STYLE QUESTIONS:Q: Tell me about yourself?Q: What are your strengths?Q: What are your greatest weaknesses?
21 THE NEW WORLD! CBI – COMPENTENCY BASED INTERVIEW What is a Competency Based Interview?“Competencies are defined as behavioural traits combined with technical knowledge and skills that will serve as indicators of success in specific jobs or positions.”Why are they used?What is assessed at the competency based interview?- Skill- Knowledge- Competency
23 CBI – QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR ROLE Q1 - PersuasivenessDescribe your most satisfying (or disappointing) experience in presenting to, and gaining the support of, top management for an idea or proposal.Q2 - TeamworkTell me about a situation where you have been part of a group workingtoward a specific goal. What was your role in the group?Q3 - Problem SolvingTell me the most difficult situation you have had to face and how youtackled it?Q4 - Achievement FocusTell me about the last time you had a lot of work to do within a verylimited deadline. How did you go about it?
24 CBI CONCLUSIONGood Preparations = Strong Interview Follow the STAR Methodology Always ‘I’ not ‘we’ or ‘my team’ Ask questions
25 QUESTIONS TO THE INTERVIEWER Topics to consider when asking questions:Training delivered and courses offered?The wider department and internal relationships?Changes seen within the company / team in recent years?Scope for development or increased responsibility?What they think it takes to succeed in this role?
26 Examples Of Negative Interview Feedback “He asked if we had a company website”“The candidate just did not let me speak to ask him questions. It was more like a monologue than an interview”“I counted 4 questions he asked me about the role which were answered on the spec he had in his hand”“She was nice enough but seemed more interested in bad-mouthing her current employers than hearing anything about what we’re like”“It was all going well until he started demanding more than we were paying, before I’d even guided the conversation towards remuneration”“He was pleasant enough and the interview went OK. However he clearly just wants a job. He did little to convince me why this was the job for him”“Well, his phone rang in the interview. He then answered it in front of me. Lets just say we ended the meeting there”“I wish he’d looked me in the eyes as opposed to my chest!”
27 AFTER THE SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEW THE DREADED TESTS……. Verbal Reasoning TestNumerical Reasoning TestsPersonality Profiling / Psychometric Testing
28 OFFER STAGE How to deal with an offer at interview When does an offer become legally binding?Negotiating packageWhen to hand your notice inNegotiating notice periodCounter offer
29 INTERIM WORK – THE BENEFITS TO YOU Keeps some money coming in while you look for a permanent roleAdd skills (especially project skills) to your CV you may not acquire in a permanent roleA way to truly add short term value to a businessIn current climate it can open doors to a permanent roleDue to the recession you are no longer seen as ‘jumpy’ if you have taken interim work
30 QUESTIONS?Hays Senior Finance Thursday 21st October 2010
31 Career SupportAAT careers information: https://services.aat.org.uk/careerhelp/AAT CV builder and video case studies: https://services.aat.org.uk/myaat/services/abintegro/AAT jobs:Hays Recruitment: