We receive hundreds of CV’s throughout the year; good, bad and ugly.
The world is changing, to be at the head of the curve you need to do things better or differently. therefore we have prepared the following job application and interview tips to help ensure that you don’t get lost in the crowd. And before you start thinking, ‘that’s quite nice of them’, this is as much to help you as it is in the hope that we will receive some really cool applications.
Experience and Desire
Nothing beats experience, although desire goes a long way to challenging it! If you are just starting out in a new field, do whatever you can to gain experience – just get on the ladder and work hard to climb it. If you are interested in a particular type of job then there is no reason to wait until you have got it before you start learning about how to do it. Get some books on the subject, subscribe to rss feeds. You will be a lot more employable if you already have an understanding of the role in the interview.
Attitude and Aptitude
An employer can teach you nearly everything required to do your job but they can’t teach you attitude and aptitude. You need to work these things out for yourself. These are single-handedly the most important characteristics Wedo looks for when hiring.
Be yourself, not everyone else
We are all different, why then do we insist on all appearing the same when submitting a job application. Wedo actively encourages creative thinking. We are a growing organisation and encounter new challenges everyday, if you want to work with us then you will need to think differently in order to keep us ahead of the pack.
Be the right person for the job
You could send out your standard CV to a hundred vacancies or you could configure your CV to be the right one for just a few jobs that you really want. We seldom look at applications that have blatantly just been received from a ‘shotgun approach‘. If you have experience then we don’t need to see that you were a waiter 6 years ago. Conversely, if you have very little experience then focus on telling us why you are the best person for the job. Don’t over inflate a CV, get to the point
It’s the small things
There is little more disheartening then reading a covering letter or CV where no attention has been put into the little touches. If you do not put in the effort to sell yourself to the world, what effort are you going to put into your job? Pay attention to your spelling and grammar!
We provide very specific instructions on how to apply in our job adverts. Why? 80% of applicants do not take the time to read the full job application and this is a simple way of weeding out the chancers straight away. We ignore all applications where the steps have not been followed. The mere fact that you are taking the time to read this page means that you are probably in the top 20% whose application will be read.
Take time to research the company. Even if they don’t have much information out there about them, the fact that you can say that in an interview means that you tried.
Understand, as much as possible, what the job requires and know why you want the job. It is important to have an opinion, it is a strong indicator that you are thinking about a situation.
Some interesting ways to stand out (until everyone starts doing them – it’s all about innovation)
Interesting CV methods:
Create a blog or your own website:
These are just a few of our thoughts on the recruitment process, we can’t give it all away or we will never see anything new!
Wedo look forward to hearing from you