Your CV is the make or break of any job application. The minute a hiring manager see’s one of these mistakes, your chance of getting called for an interview decline rapidly. If you have any of these common mistakes on your CV, you should remove them straight away. Gaps Hiring managers like to see exact timeframes on CVs. Dates on your CV should include month to month time frames, as opposed to year to year. Often people will avoid putting dates on a CV or will try to be vague about the dates. This can look suspicious to employers, especially if you have gaps. It’s better to be honest and give reasons for any gaps instead of trying to hide them. State clearly that you were made redundant or you went travelling. The person reviewing your CV will appreciate this and it will give them clarity about the gaps. Graphics If you have graphics on your CV, you should leave them out. Things like complicated formatting and decorative pictures shouldn’t be on a CV. They just tend to make it more difficult for employers to read. Keep things simple, clear and detailed. However, if you are applying for a role that requires graphic design skills, consider making a portfolio of your work. You can send this along with your CV to showcase your creative skills . Forgetting to Include Contact Details You may just assume that sending your CV via email is enough for an employer to contact you, but often CVs get forwarded around and saved on hard drives/desktops so the original email you sent could get lost along the way, along with your contact details. Always put your email address and phone number on your CV. Using Personal Details It’s good to show your personality through your CV and give the hiring manager a sense of who you are but some personal details are too personal for your CV. Avoid putting your relationship status on your CV e.g. married, divorced. It’s irrelevant information and it could affect you negatively. When you apply for a job you should be confident that your CV ticks all the hiring mangers boxes. This won’t happen if you include these mistakes so if you’re applying for jobs right now, take another look at your CV and make sure you’re happy with it.
If these steps are practised daily, they will improve your workplace wellbeing. Connect Find ways to get to know and connect with your colleagues, whether that’s an office pizza night or an opportunity to leave positive messages for your co-workers or just asking your colleagues would they like a tea or coffee. Engaging with the people around you, who you see every day will improve your wellbeing in the workplace. Be Active Get up from your desk and stretch your legs. You can even do this with your colleagues. Ask one person in your office to set an alarm every 40 mins to remind everyone to stand up and stretch. You could even ask some staff to do a lunch time walk with you. Keep Learning Always be proactive with your professional development. Learning new things and developing your skills in your role will keep you motivated and improve your wellbeing. Take Notice of How You Feel Pay attention to how they’re feeling throughout the day, and to take steps to look after your wellbeing. If you are becoming very stressed and overwhelmed activities such as using meditation or getting a plant for your desk could help relief stress. Give If your workplace doesn’t already do this, nominate a company charity of the year, allow staff to share their volunteering experiences and look for ways the company could donate their time to assist charities. To mark Workplace Wellbeing Day on the 12th April 2019, Sigmar Recruitment are doing the following: Staff step challenge - Most active staff member will win a Sports Direct voucher We will also be sharing workplace wellbeing emails to encourage staff to stretch their legs, go for walks and drink water during the day. All staff will be encouraged to take part in Cystic Fibrosis '65 Roses Day' and sell purple roses on behalf of the charity to raise money Mindfulness colouring docks in all the kitchens. Smoothies for all staff It's set to be a great day!
“The market is very much a candidate-driven market, with lots of opportunities for high performers. Companies will need to address this challenge by really promoting their employer brand and selling the role, culture and opportunity to candidates, as well as moving swiftly before a candidate’s head has been turned and they have accepted another position!” The overall trend is an increase in opportunities across a number of core industries such as technology, construction and engineering sales. With almost every company recruiting in each of these sectors looking for the same profile as their competition, it creates a massive demand for candidates who fulfil these criteria. Those with 1-3 years’ consecutive sales experience are in constant demand and getting snapped up swiftly by hungry employers keen to add to their ranks. The overall trend is for this to continue which will put pressure on salaries as companies seek to outbid each other for the hottest talent. Salaries Sales professionals are incentivised by commission and bonus earning potential. However, as the market becomes more candidate driven – salaries are increasing. Bigger companies are offering very high salaries which smaller companies (or companies not in tech and Saas) cannot compete with. Top Tip for 2018 Employers want to see someone who can demonstrate target achievement over an 18 month period or longer. Whatever sales job you step into give it two years and you will have options with great companies, less than this and they may overlook you. Your CV gets you to interview. Make sure you include achievements and successes, quantify your achievements in terms of sales target achievements. Put your best foot forward! Looking for a sales job? Check out our latest jobs here
So, you’ve aced the job interview and the company has offered you the position. Great news! You’re obviously going to take it, yes? The temptation is to accept straight away but before you pop open the champagne, take a step back and assess the situation. Take at least a day or two to assess your options, especially if you are mulling over more than one offer or torn between staying in your current job and accepting a new position. It’s a hugely important decision and there are a number of factors to consider that will help you make an informed decision; 1. Salary Does the position represent a sizable salary increase on your last/current job? If you are evaluating multiple job offers, which one offers the best salary? 2. Benefits Maybe one job offers a higher salary but another provides better benefits. Perks such as good health and dental insurance packages may mean more to you than the actual base salary. 3. Opportunities for progression Some people place less value on monetary rewards in a job than having the chance to advance in the company. If this applies to you, you need to be sure a clear career path is in place before you accept an offer. Will you be given the opportunity to learn new skills and face new challenges? 4. Work/life balance How much emphasis do you place on having a work/life balance? Find out if the role involves working late and long hours. Are you prepared to work these hours? 5. Commute Will the job require travelling a large distance to and from work? If this is an issue, you need to weigh up whether or not the job is feasible. 6. Company culture An important element to consider is whether or not you buy into the company culture of potential new employers. Do you share their vision? Are their values in line with yours? If not, then maybe they’re not the right fit for you. 7. Stability of the company/industry Ensure that you know as much as possible about the company and the industry. Is it performing well? Is this an area that is growing? You do not want to accept a job offer only to find the company ceasing to exist two years down the line. When weighing up a single job offer, several offers, or trying to evaluate whether to stay in your current role or move to pastures new, drawing up a list can be of tremendous benefit. Compare the job offers by jotting down the pros and cons of each. This is a great way of helping you decide on the best course of action.
It is likely, that at some stage in your life you will be looking for a new job while still employed. Often this can be the best time to begin searching for a new job as you are under less pressure and more likely to wait and find a job that you really love. Although it can be difficult to juggle your current role and searching for a new position, in the long run it will be worth it if you find a great job. Below are some tips to make the job hunt as stress free as possible. Keep It Quiet While you may be friends with your work colleagues, it is best to keep quiet about your search, it will not sit well with your boss if he/she hears from someone else that you are looking for a new job. Colleagues knowing can leave you in an uncomfortable situation where your current employers may feel hurt or that you are being disloyal. It can be hard, but only share your job hunting news with people you completely trust. Update LinkedIn It is important to keep your LinkedIn profile up to date, especially when you are looking for a job. You may want to tweak certain aspects of your profile to make it more appealing, go into detail about previous work experience and mention what you like working on. If you are connected with colleagues from your current role, you may not want to be openly advertise that you are looking for a new job, as again you do not want it getting back to your current boss. Use Your Time Wisely It may be inconvenient, but do not use work time to send out CVs or take calls from potential new employers. Try to schedule calls with these employers before or after work, or even on your lunch break, it can prevent any awkward situations or someone over hearing your conversation. Using a recruitment agency can be very beneficial, they can help find you a job you really want, without you having to do the searching. Schedule Interviews Conveniently Where you can, avoid scheduling interviews that interrupt your working day, there are only so many doctors/dentists appointments you can take before your employer will become suspicious. The most ideal situation in this case, is if you have annual leave to take. By taking a day or two off no one will question what you are doing and scheduling one or two interviews in a day can help make the most of the time off. If you cannot take holidays, try and schedule your interviews for the morning, lunch or evening time, as these times will be the least disruptive to your day. Be Aware of What You Wear If you work in an environment that calls for casual attire and you show up wearing a suit, it can be a giveaway that you are going to an interviews. Find somewhere to change between the interview and work, it will help any unwanted attention when you go back to the office. Finally, planning is the key to successful job hunting while still working, put time aside for searching for a job, but just not on your current employer’s time!
Personal branding is about understanding what makes you interesting, compelling and different and using that to communicate your unique value to an employer. With the advances of modern technology, there are a lot of ways to promote your personal brand on and offline. Online Build an online profile. It’s as simple as this, if you don’t show up on Google these days, you don’t exist. All the statistics show that clients, colleagues, hiring managers, executive recruiters, and employees are all using Google to learn about you. Building a professional online presence is crucial. It’s a great way to connect with, share ideas with and build rapport with important people and companies in your industry. Keep profiles up to date. LinkedIn and other social networking sites allow you to publish your bio, connect with other people in the system, be found by people who need to know you and enhance your online ID. You should have a profile on all relevant social networking sites, so recruiters will search you out. You need to be visible or you will miss out on lots of opportunities. Be active. It is not just an online profile that you set up once and occasionally update. You need to interact with others and get your name out there. Use social networks to position yourself as an expert in your field. On your own pages, like Twitter, LinkedIn and your blog, share relevant information that would be useful to people in your industry. Offline Offline, you’ll brand yourself in a more traditional sense, through tools like your CV and business cards. Tailor your CV. Your CV should support and emphasize the core of your brand (what makes you different). Remember to make sure your CV is consistent with your online profiles: dates, job titles and job descriptions should match up. In terms of visuals, keep a consistent look through your CV and business cards, too. Have a business card: Even if you’re currently unemployed, have business cards printed with your name, profession and contact information, including the URLs for your website and/or social media profiles. With business cards, whether you make a networking connection at a professional event or on the train you have your information neatly, professionally and instantly available.
The search for a new job is rarely an easy task. It takes time, commitment and hard work, but most importantly, you need a Game Plan. 1. Be Clear On What You Want To Do Before you jump online and start applying for every role you find in a generic search, first think about what you actually want to do and search for this or related roles instead. This will stop you applying for roles just for the sake of it and will make you focus your job search on a more well defined area that is likely to be more closely related to your skill set, experience and interests. 2. Read the Job Spec Often a candidate will apply to a role because they think they might be able to do the job (even though they’ve never actually done it before) or because they might hold one out of the four required skills. This is not enough. If a job spec lists a skill/ability/qualification as being required, it is hugely important that you actually hold this required specification. These specs are carefully and thoughtfully designed to give you an idea as to whether or not you are suited to this role. If you think you are able for a position but unsure whether to apply, simply pick up the phone to the advertiser/recruiter and ask the question. It never hurts to try. 3. Set Up a LinkedIn Profile Anyone who is serious about securing a new role should have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile set up. LinkedIn is your opportunity to network, to connect with recruiter(s) and follow companies of interest to you, giving you a front row seat to all updates from both recruiters and companies on new roles. Not only this, but when looking to fill new roles, hiring managers and recruiters will often search LinkedIn for specific skills, experience or job titles in the hunt for new candidates and talent for ready to fill roles – if you’re on LinkedIn with the required talents and an up to date CV, you’re going to be found. Keep active on LinkedIn too as the more activity on your page, the more traffic you attract. Be sure you’re constantly updating your page with relevant dates, new skills and new qualifications – I mean what’s the point in having them if you’re not going to show them off? 4. Expect Follow Up – Be Available Always be sure when you’re putting your contact details on your CV, that you are in fact contactable! There is no point in including your email address if you’re not checking your emails regularly. Similarly, if you are including a telephone number, make sure you can actually take calls. If you’re going to focus your energy on a job hunt, you need to be able to make a little time to discuss it too. Of course, understandably every now and then you will miss a call, so it’s important to make sure you have voicemail set up (which you check) and that you return your missed calls. Failing to follow up on missed calls not only means you might have just missed out on a great opportunity, but it could also make you look like you’re not taking this job search seriously and may deter the person who is looking to fill this role from reaching out to you in the future. 5. Keep Track of Applications When applying for a number of roles at once, I would suggest keeping track of the roles you’ve applied to. Whether this is in a small notepad and you’re jotting down the Job Title, Duties and Experience, or a more sophisticated spreadsheet (for the super organised), it will allow you to recall which roles to follow up on, or will refresh your memory on a particular role when the hiring manager or recruiter calls to discuss your application. It should also prompt you towards what questions to ask so you can get as much out of the conversation as possible too – letting them know what you want and why you’re interested in this role. 6. Be Patient The main thing to remember though is to be both realistic and patient with yourself (and the process). Your ideal role won’t always present itself immediately so give yourself time to find it. There’s no point in settling for the wrong role right now…wait for what you want and it’s usually worth it.
Consultants at Sigmar speak with many applicants that are eager to change direction and find that one job that gets them excited to get up in the morning. People no longer want any old job but a career – something new and exciting – their dream job. However to achieve this goal, the reality is that it might mean taking on a short term contract, less hours or a cut in pay. All of a sudden this dream comes at a price. Although there are negatives, there are also long term benefits to making this move during your career: Getting Out of a Rut Moving into a fresh environment or industry with new people and a different culture can be a fascinating experience. Making a change can be daunting at first but it can be the breath of fresh air that both you and your career need. Future Promotion Potential If you cannot see a medium to long term future at the moment pick a company where there is the opportunity to go further in your field. Make sure that the initial wage cut or less hours will pay off in the long term. Experience in a Large or Small Organisation If you’ve only worked for small or large organisations, the opportunity to join a different environment can be absolutely priceless. It is worth making short term sacrifices when you’ll be joining a larger environment where there are usually more internal recruitment activities or smaller environments that can provide invaluable business knowledge and the experience of being ‘a bigger fish in a smaller pond’. If you’ve been in the same industry for as long as you can remember a similar role within a new environment can diversify your CV and increase your employability. Improve Your CV The list of skills on your CV will benefit hugely from exposure to new procedures, structures, cultures, products and technologies. All of these new experiences will add to the quality of your CV, especially if you join a company that invests in upskilling their staff. Furthermore look at the team you could be joining and assess if you could learn from them. Will you be working with highly skilled people? If an opportunity comes up to work with the best this will only enhance the quality of what you do. Of course there are some moves that won’t make sense to follow but if something comes along that will give you the majority of the above benefits there is much more potential to improve your career prospects.
Finding a job can sometimes be a job in itself. In a candidate-flooded market, how do you find the ‘in’ you need to land yourself an interview? Networking is one of the most underutilised and effective job seeking tools in a jobseekers’ arsenal as it can provide you with support, information and job leads. What Is Networking? Networking is the simple act of reaching out and having a conversation with someone professionally. It is nothing more than getting to know people and building a lasting relationship with them. It can be done at a corporate event, dinner or even when out socialising with friends – you can network wherever you go. A lot of roles are never advertised so networking therefore allows you to hear of these jobs. You are also more likely to be asked for an interview if you have established with the employer as companies like to hire people they know. If you are being recommended by a current high performing employee then the natural assumption is that you are of a similar nature and will ‘fit’ with the company. Networking does not necessarily have to be with someone new, it can be with someone you already have a relationship with. Existing relationships are in fact the best place to start. Make a List of People in Your Network Your network is a lot bigger than you think. It can include family, friends, acquaintances, neighbours and co-workers. Think about people your connections are connected to, maybe your sister’s husband’s brother is a manager in a large tech company or your football coach’s wife is in HR with a biopharma company. Now let these people know you are looking for a job and ask them would they recommend you to people they know who are connected to companies or industries of interest to you. Work Backwards from Job Advertisements For any role you’ve applied for, see if you know anyone that works in that company. LinkedIn is a great tool for such a task. See if any of your connections are connected to people within that company and ask if they can refer you. Even if they say no to this, they can provide you with insight into the company which can be invaluable if you do secure an interview. Meet New Connections Now that you’ve been introduced to these people, meet them. Remember, before walking up to this person, what the aim of the meeting is – securing a job recommendation. Do your research on them and their company. Have a CV imprinted into your memory so you can accurately summarise your skills and abilities but also do not forget that this person knows you personally so talk about normal things at the start – a friend you have in common, your local GAA team, some news about the area. Don’t Worry – Its Human Nature to Want To Help Others Jobseekers can be a bit doubtful about networking; it is only natural to be apprehensive reaching out to someone you wouldn’t usually speak to however this stumbling block is all in your imagination. Most people will gladly help you. Everyone has looked for a job at some point in their lives, they can relate to the situation you are in.