Graduate Digital Apprentices, your next job is here. It is now. It will not come to you; you go to it.
On your marks…
Job hunting is a necessary evil. It is something approached expectantly, with the anticipation of a favourable outcome in the soonest possible time.
Getting started is the hardest part. So much depends on getting it right. It’s easy to soak up valuable time sleuthing for genuinely useful counsel, while valuable time slips by.
The best jobs are quickly snapped up by the most active, enterprising top talent. That can be you. While some people appear naturally confident with themselves, most of us are not. Luckily self-confidence can be developed.
You are the only one who can use your ability. Make that your advantage.
If you are in active job search mode, you will have more than a reasonable idea of what you are looking for. You just need someone to help you to find it.
Keep it simple, start from where you are. If you spend too much time thinking rather than doing, you’ll regret not starting today.
At Full Focus, we are primed and ready to help you achieve your ambition of securing your next digital/creative job.
For some, this will be securing your dream job, for others, it will be helping you do what you have to do, until you can do what you want to do. Life isn’t always fair. Sometimes we have to take an alternative route if the main route is not open.
Either way, if you are looking at the shortest distance between two points, sign up for the ride. It’s free, and it works.
As a Recruitment Agency, career development for every Applicant, is at the core of our service.
Achieving your next job in digital and creative, is the most important step along your career pathway. Making the right decision and receiving expert advice and guidance in making the right decision, takes away a considerable amount of uncertainty and risk.
Working with our Clients, we gain a full understanding of the nature of the roles required.
Assessing our Employer/Client needs in detail with our team of Specialists, means we can provide you with robust information on the Client, with specific advice and guidance on the role, and prepare you for a successful interview.
We have an excellent knowledge of the digital and creative market. We know which sectors and companies are forming exciting career opportunities for people with your knowledge and expertise, and which expectations are realistic.
We take care of all the required necessities and formalities throughout the whole recruitment process such as paperwork, job-searching, interview scheduling and feedback so that you can get on and focus on securing your job of choice.
Job opportunities like this are by no means typical. Don’t look past it. Act decisively.
Excuses will always be there for you. Opportunities won’t. The time is NOW. “Someday” is not a day of the week.
Our process starts with you registering your details and uploading your C.V.
Once your details are received and processed on our system, a call / meeting will be arranged from an assigned Recruitment Consultant to introduce Full Focus to you and start the process of getting to know you.
To help us establish an understanding of you and your requirements we cover areas such as:
- Your current career expectations.
- Your ambitions.
- Your skills and qualifications
- Your employment history.
- Your current status of employment.
- Your location/preferred working location.
- Your preferred working hours
- Your salary expectations
- CV advice and guidance if requested or required.
The next stage is to review suitable Client vacancies, and cross match your employment potential and aspirations, to those positions.
You will then be appraised of the possible options for you to review and agree a focused preparation plan.
You should thoroughly research the company you are interviewing with, as you want to make sure you understand the business and anticipate the kind of questions the interviewer may ask.
Good research would include the following:
- Google search on the Company
- Review of the company’s website (especially the “about us,” “Team,” and “Products” sections of the site)
- Review of press releases from the Company
- Review of the Company’s blog, if it has one
- Review of the Company’s LinkedIn page
- Review of information about the company’s competitors
- Tap into your network of contacts to get any insight into the company you can
You will now be ready to write your all-important cover letter and resume.
The information set out below, is intended as a general guide, to get your thinking processes started, so that when the Full Focus recruitment specialist provides you with the Company vacancy details, you can make an early start. This will speed up the interview preparation process.
Your appointed specialist will then work with you, to top and tail the final version, and get you battle-ready.
A cover letter can make the difference between two equally qualified Candidates. Only 5% of Resumes make it past the first round. Be in the top 5%.
A cover letter is used to convey subjective information, like the basis of your interest in a position, your personality, how your values motivate you to pursue a job, or why the culture of a company appeals to you. It is intended to persuade employers that you’re a good fit for the position at hand.
Your cover letter will help you sell your qualifications to prospective Employers while your resume provides the employment and professional details to back up the information included in your letter.
The letter provides detailed information on why you are qualified for the job you are applying for. Don’t simply repeat what’s on your resume — rather, include specific information on why you’re a strong match for the employer’s job requirements.
Think of your cover letter as a sales pitch that will market your credentials and help you get the interview. As such, you want to make sure your cover letter makes the best impression on the person who is reviewing it.
Avoid cliches – everybody is tired of “I’m a team player,” …. “I am the team; my name is team. Have you seen my CV? I’ve written “Team.” I was born in a team” -Nooo!
Showcase yourself, but don’t be too stereotypical and wordy. Be memorable for the right reasons.
It is especially important that your cover letter be tailored to each position you are applying to. This means more than just changing the name of the company in the body of the letter.
Each cover letter you write should be customised to include:
- Which job you’re applying for (include the job title in your opening paragraph)
- How you learned about the job (and a referral if you have one)
- Why you are qualified for the job (be specific)
- What you have to offer the employer, and why you want to work at this specific company (match your skills to the job description, and read up on the organisation’s mission, values and goals to mention in your letter)
- A thank you comment, for being considered for the job.
Your cover letter should be no longer than one page
A resume is a document that itemises your employment history. It summarises the jobs you have held, the education you have attained, certifications, skills, and other quantifiable information about your background and work experience.
Think of your resume as an advertisement, and you are the product. Your goal is to get hiring managers to buy into what you’re selling — which means giving you an interview.
The most common resume format is a list with your contact information, and experience section that includes job titles, position descriptions, dates of employment, an education section, and other relevant information
Often, resumes provide information in bulleted lists; this helps make the document concise and allows recruiters to scan through it quickly.
You should also target your resume to the job. Your resume should be edited and tweaked, so it’s as close a match to the job as possible, otherwise, it may not get picked up by the applicant tracking systems, companies use to screen resumes or the Recruiter who reviews it.
Don’t be afraid to modify wording, switch around key terms, and swap bullet points in and out. Your resume is not a tattoo, it is not written in indelible ink. It can be changed. Treat it as living, breathing document throughout your job search (and career).
For most jobseekers, a good resume is what stands between a dream job and Choice D. Get your resume right, and you’ll be getting replies from every company you apply to. If your resume game is weak, though, you’ll end up sitting around for weeks, maybe even months, and maybe not even get a single response.
There is no shortcut to preparing comprehensively for the next important step of your career. Attention to detail is the difference between average and brilliant. Attention to detail, cannot be added to later.
Oh…and one other thing
Nearly there…. The application and interview preparation is complete. The paperwork is now in place, and you’ve now positioned yourself ready for action. Time for final pre-flight check.
If you’re not on LinkedIn, you very nearly don’t exist.
Considering that more than 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn as their primary search tool, this is not an understatement. If you’re a professional, you need to not only be on LinkedIn, you need to be using it to your full advantage.
Don’t believe me? Think about it this way: What if tomorrow morning, a Recruiter logs onto LinkedIn, looking for someone in your domain, with expertise in what you do, and you’re not there?
Guess what they’re going to find and contact? Yes, that person’s name is “not you”.
Review your Facebook and other social media postings
Employers often review Facebook and other social media sites to get information and background on prospective employees. So, make sure to review your online postings and pictures and delete any information that is embarrassing or could cast you in a negative light with a prospective Employer.
It’s also useful to google yourself to see what your prospective Employer would see, if they did a search on you.
Are you ready to take the next step in your career development? Don’t look back in disappointment at what you didn’t do. Somewhere, someone is looking for exactly what you have to offer. Let us help you find that someone.
Tel: 0161 428 3080