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1 of 2 – How to get your application noticed (an introduction)

May 8, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon!

It’s been an exciting week this week, with the May Day Bank Holiday and voting for the General Election yesterday. This week seems to have flown by and I can’t believe it’s the weekend tomorrow already. So being Friday it means it is time for our blog and this week I’ve decided to write advice for helping to get your application noticed.

Writing an application can be long-winded and it may feel like you are writing the same thing over and over again on numerous application forms, but writing an application that takes 2 minutes, most likely won’t get very far in the process. The amount of time spent writing an application will potentially show how good a candidate you are for the role.

When writing an application, ensure that you meet all of the essential experience asked for within the job specification. Describe the knowledge you have of the specific areas, giving examples of past experiences where you have used these skills/methods.

If there is a section where you do not meet one of the criterias, try and write about a similar/alternative experience which could benefit the application, rather than writing that you have no experience in that particular area or leaving it blank.

The majority of roles require a CV in addition to the application form, or some just a standalone CV. Therefore, ensure that your CV is well-tailored to the role and is not just a standard CV to cover a number of applications.

Hopefully this has helped for when you write your next application. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

Next week I will be carrying out detailed analysis of successful applications through EGB, looking for common themes that I can draw out in next week’s blog to aid your application.

Best regards,

Sheree

 

FAQs

February 27, 2015 | By | No Comments

This week, we thought we would put together some frequently asked questions, which could help you in the future when enquiring about or applying for a role through EGB.

1. What kind of roles do EGB deal with?
We deal with a wide variety of roles including: Project/Programme Managers, Business Analysts, Engineers, IT, Solutions Architects, Testers, DevelopersMarketing, Communications, Quantity Surveyors, HR, Procurement, Learning and Development and many more. (A list of roles currently available, can be found here: www.egb-consulting.co.uk/jobs)


2. What departments do EGB recruit for?
We recruit for mainly UK Government, Science & Technology organisations, the IT sector and Specialist Manufacturing plants, such as: NHS, Department for Transport, MOD, MOJ, Home Office, HM Revenue, DSTL and many more.


3. What type of roles do EGB recruit for?
We recruit for part-time and full-time staff, and managed service contracts. The majority of jobs we receive are contract roles. The duration’s can vary depending on who the client is, ranging from 2 weeks to 2 years long.


4. Where are the roles located?
The roles are located throughout the UK although, some do require local, national or even worldwide travel. If a role does require travel, this will be stated on the job advertisement or the job specification.


5. Do I need to hold security clearance to apply for any roles?
Roles require different levels of security clearance depending on what the role is and who the role is with. If a role requires BPSS and/or Disclosure Scotland we can put you through this process if you get through to the interview stage. Roles that require SC and DV clearance are usually preferred, which you can apply for with no clearance and the company would then put you through the clearance process. Some SC and DV cleared roles do require you to already hold the clearance at the start of the role.


6. Can you write the application for me?
Unfortunately due to the volume of applications we receive we are unable to write the application for you. The application form is quick to complete, it consists of adding your personal information to the table, writing a short suitability statement expressing the skills and experience you have suitable for the role and to attach a current, relevant CV.


7. Can I use an application I used for a previous role?
Unfortunately you can not use a previous application form, as each role requires different skills and experience. The first part of an application that is viewed is the suitability statement. This is where you express the relevant skills and experience you have for the role, matching the statements provided. By using a past application form would result in the skills and experience not matching up and the application becoming unsuccessful.


8. How long do I have to complete the application form?
The majority of roles usually have a deadline of 3 days, again this depends on which company the role is with, as some do have a longer time period.


9. How often will I receive updates and feedback regarding my application?
You will be kept updated throughout the application process from when we have received your application, when it has been submitted to the client, if the hiring manager would like to invite you to an interview, and the final outcome. We will then provide you with feedback that we have received from our client regarding the outcome of your application.


10. What is your process for submitting an application?
When we receive a role from our client, we advertise the role and contact suitable candidates. Once we receive the completed applications, we do a sift here at EGB, as the majority of the time we can only submit two applications. This sift leaves the two applicants with the suitability statements that match the closest to the essential experience required for the role. Once the two applications are submitted to our client, they then carry out a second sift and if your application is shortlisted, it is sent to the hiring manager and they will decide if they would like to invite you to an interview.


I hope these FAQs help with any queries you may have when applying for a role through us.

If you have any questions that have not been answered above, please do not hesitate to contact us at enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk or call the office on 01633 548400 and one of the team will be willing to help.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

 

Top 10 Tips for Improving your CV

February 13, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon!

This week we thought it would be useful to help individuals looking for work, improve their CV. Below are a few tips on how a CV can be improved.

1) Your CV should contain all relevant, previous work experience. Even if the role is not relevant to the current role you are applying for, it could show that you have worked in a team, or you have worked under pressure etc.

2) List all qualifications and education that you have undertaken, this will show you have worked towards something and completed it successfully.

3) List all the skills that you hold, additionally giving examples.

4) Ensure your contact information is accurate and up to date, to allow recruiters or hiring managers to contact you efficiently.

5) Listing your interests and achievements will show the hiring manager you can handle commitments well.

6) Ensure that your CV is easy to read.

7) Check for spelling and grammatical errors in your CV. Showing mistakes does not make a good first impression.

8) Use an easy to copy document format (e.g. choose a Word document over PDF). This is advantageous for recruiters or hiring managers to manage the CV more effectively.

9) Ensure the formatting of the document is consistent throughout (e.g. font, text size, spacing, colours). This will help towards providing a great first impression.

10) Tell the truth on your CV. This can be relating to job titles, dates, facts, experience, and skills.

 

Next Weeks blog: A day in the life of our Copy Editor and Distribution

 

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

 

15 Ways to Create an Effective LinkedIn Profile

February 6, 2015 | By | No Comments

Good Afternoon!

Hope everyone is doing well this week.

Here at EGB, we thought it would be useful to help individuals create an effective LinkedIn Profile. When looking for a new opportunity, having a completed and up to date profile will help recruitment agencies find you for potential roles. The following list suggests ways in which you can improve your profile.

 

  1. Enter and keep up to date as much information about yourself as possible, as a LinkedIn profile can act as an online CV.
  2. Ensure your name is presented in full, therefore your past colleagues and employers can easily find you.
  3. Have a professional photo of yourself. This will make your profile more personal.
  4. Ensure your headline is of your most up to date role position.
  5. Create a detailed summary, expressing your key skills and what you are looking for in a job.
  6. When listing your past experiences ensure that your information is true to the facts. For example Job titles, dates, and locations.
  7. Write a description on each position stating any experience that could be relevant in a future job.
  8. Ask previous colleagues or employers to endorse you for skills, as this shows future employers you have these skills.
  9. Provide your contact details for recruitment companies to get in contact with you.
  10. Gain recommendations on your profile from past employers/colleagues to show that you are a great worker.
  11. Attach a current CV to your profile.
  12. Show examples of any work.
  13. Connect with many of your past colleagues, employers, friends and family to get your profile higher up on searches within 2nd connections.
  14. Follow company pages that you are interested in, or are applying for jobs with. This looks good on your profile as it shows you are interested in the company.
  15. Share updates regularly, showing that you are interested in the areas you work within and that you use LinkedIn regularly.

 

Next week’s blog: Top 10 tips for improving your CV

 

Have a great weekend!

Warm Regards,

Sheree

 

 

Quality of Applications

November 14, 2014 | By | No Comments

Last week I introduced you to the team, so this week I want to take a couple of minutes of your time to provide you with some (hopefully!) insightful information on how to make your application stand out. I have spoken with all members of the team this week, and they’ve had their grey matter whirring so that I can pass on some sound advice.

Here at EGB we encourage all of our applicants to ensure that their paperwork is of the highest standard, improving the chance of getting through our down-selection process and then ultimately progressing to being offered the role.

1. Read all guidance carefully

An important part in writing an application is reading the instructions thoroughly to ensure that you are answering appropriately. Our Clients’ requirements change all the time, which means our templates do too. Naturally, we work personally and closely with each and every applicant where possible, but we lose many applications to ‘file 13’ simply because we can’t resolve the errors in time to meet imposed deadlines.

2. Always use the template provided

Our template has been specifically tailored to help you to write a successful application for the given role. Some of the information required will be basic, and most of it will undoubtedly be easily found on the CV you’ve provided; however, our goal is to ensure that your skills and experience stand out, and the reality of the situation is that if the information isn’t visible in the ‘suitability statement’ for the hiring manager to see immediately, they won’t spend the time to search for it in your CV and your efforts will have been wasted.

3. Matching Experience

Attempting to provide anecdotal evidence of your experience, to match each of the ‘Essential and Desirable’ criteria within the job description will increase your chances of success. Importantly, if you are able to demonstrate that you meet and / or exceed the requirements set out in the job description, it is far easier to justify your daily rate / salary request.

4. Ensure CV is tailored to the role

To enhance your application, a tailored CV will provide evidence of all of the relevant experience that you have. Often, we will receive strong ‘suitability statements’ that perfectly match the requirement (e.g. a Test Manager), but we will then find that the CV has previously been written to reflect a completely different set of skills (e.g. a Software Engineer). If the two forms aren’t cross-referenceable, it is probable that your application won’t be progressed.

And finally…

5. Have confidence

Believe in yourself and have confidence when writing your application. Describe your successes in full and don’t hold back!!!

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I hope this week’s blog has provided you with useful information that you can put into practice for your next application with us. If you have any questions or suggestions for future blog posts, please leave a comment below or email: enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk

Remember, we’re only a phone call or email away. If you want to chat through any aspect of job applications, just give us a call on 01633 548400 and you’ll be passed to a member of the team who will be more than happy to help. If you would like us to review your CV, just email enquiries@egb-consulting.co.uk and we’ll provide free advice to help you on your job-hunting journey.

Next week: The benefits of Using EGB & a brief description of our Level of Service Guarantee

Here’s wishing you all a great weekend!

Warm Regards,

Sheree