Job 101

Get the job you actually want

The What

Think about what job you are looking for; if you want something secure think profession or Civil Service. If you want to be well-paid, think Contractor, if you want to be fulfilled think about following your passion.

These choices influence ‘the how’ and be aware that whilst nothing is reversible, your choices tend to be a bit of a one-way ticket

getting the job you actually want
Searching for a job

The How

There are a few contenders. Jobsites like Jobserve and Monster. Linkedin is very popular if you have specific experience people will come to you. Word of mouth and recommendations from friends still work well.

Social Media works really well if you have a large network and let people know you are looking, and scan posts out there regularly.

The CV

There are so many pieces of advice about your CV. I get hired on CV alone, I can tell you think concise and factual. Come up with alternatives for ‘I did…’ on each paragraph. Include products you created. Put in what the outcome was. Tell a quick concise story. ‘After designing and installing X, I created £Y savings per year’

CV Pile
Competition for a job

The Competition

1 in 1000. That is what you are up against to land something you want. So, like all good players, play the odds and search, fire off the CV, rinse and repeat. Don’t worry about what you have applied for, thats history. Make applying for a job, your job. The more you apply the better your chance of shortlisting and gettting to interview.

Things take a while, so keep applying all day every day.

Do Your Homework

One thing that impresses every employer is how much you know about their Organisation, and in particular the area the vacancy is based in. Search up the company website, understand the history, the acroynms, the reason there is a vacancy and work out in your head how your skills and approach will be an asset to the Organisation. This is without doubt the key to impressing straight away as the first question 99% of the time will be ‘What do you know about us?’.

Doing your homework for a job
Dress smart for a job interview

Be there. Early. Smart. Get the job you actually want

Always go shirt, tie, suit. It shows you have made an effort, you are taking it seriously and it is the best first impression. In person or virtual be early. Prep your route & parking to ensure you can be there 1 hour early. Use that hour to get to the Organisation and read all of the Organisation internal magazines and flyers. You will find information in here that will not be on the website and you can replay it as part of the ‘what do you know about us?’ question

Waffle Free

Every question you get, take a second. Do not fly in to a half-baked answer on one or two of the keywords you heard. Listen hard, replay the question in your head a second time. Figure out a situation that is close to the one asked and think concise answer: I did X which led to Y creating Z. Keep the question in your head so you don’t waffle, you keep your answers to the point and deliver evidence to back up your statement.

Don't waffle at an interview
Body language at an interview

Body Language & Speech

Sit up as straight as you can whilst still relaxed. It keeps your brain sharper and creates the right impression. Interviews tend to be a panel of people so don’t pick a favourite, but direct your answers as if you delivering a lecture. Hold each persons gaze for a sentence and move on. Ensure you talk to all of the panel, not just the person that asked the question. They are all scoring you.

Never assume that you are detecting negativity either from the panels stance or their tone. They can be raising their eyebrows because you gave them the best damn answer they ever heard.

They might be pushy or even aggresive, this is a test. Keep calm and answer the question, not the tone. There is a good change one of the panel dones not understand your answer or point (don’t worry the others will explain later).

You are in charge. Own the room. Include something that was funny as part of the answer, it shows you are experienced and mature and you can see the funny side. It makes you very hireable.

Close the Deal and get the job you actually want

Use ‘we’ when answering questions about how you would tackle the issues in the Organisation. It makes it sound like you already work there and that you are already part of the team and now sitting with the panel in a workshop, not an interview. This is GOLD, use it.

It might sound weird, but you can close the deal at the interview. Doing your homework + concise, clear evidenced answers will put the panel in to a quandry as they will be thinking ‘This persons really good, and we want them’. So they will want to know what else you have in the way of interviews or offers so they can get in first and get you hired.

Tell them you have a few things but they are not as advanced as this, and this is your first choice. Right there you have provided a call-to-action to the Organisation to get moving on the offer, and get you off the market.

If the subject of money comes up let them know you are sure you can agree the package as can’t wait to get started there. This takes what could be a barrier or tarnish to your performance away from the situation and lets you negotiate later (usually with someone else) and you can be more relaxed and in charge of that conversation.

Close the deal at interview