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JOBSEEKER RESOURCES

The journey starts here

Our consultants can only match great talent to the outstanding opportunities offered by our clientele if we have the professionals available. Upload your CV and tell us a little about your experience, or connect your profile to your LinkedIn account. It’s simple. Of course the information you share with us will be completely confidential. We will confirm upload of your information via email and add you to our database. Our search consultants will contact you if we require further information.

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YOUR CV

Why is it not absolutely perfect?

Endless time

In the mind of the person receiving your CV, you’ve had all the time in the world to prepare it and you know the subject matter better than anyone else. Make sure someone has had a look at your CV, and update it regularly. Mistakes correlate with attention to detail, and will be spotted.

Complete

Visual appeal, balance and layout, font style and size, length, sentence construction, bullet points, a bit of bolding. It all matters. There is no right form, no correct answer, but there are plenty of ways to get it wrong. If it looks wrong, it probably is wrong. A great way of making things difficult from the start is to try to structure your Word document using tables. Unless you really know what you’re doing, avoid tables, fancy infographics and too much colour.

Plan your CV

Brainstorm the last 18 months of your career, list all the things that highlight you as a performer, with plenty to bring in terms of value.​ Write the most about what you've done in the last 5 years, then reduce the length of your prose as you go back through your career.

For graduates, keep it relevant, showcase your education, any work experience you do have, and your personal interests. We will want to know your degree classification, omitting it can lead to negative assumptions.

Try to inspire

Write with interest and creativity (whilst being totally honest). You want to get to the point quickly. Don’t waste valuable seconds warming up with uninteresting information. Hit them with impressive achievements, valuable experience, notable projects or high-level tasks, backed up with examples. Build someone’s desire to interview you. You’ve only got seconds to sell yourself.

Reasonable expectations

The ideal, when you change jobs, is of course to see an increase in your salary but people in different circumstances will move for a similar or even slightly lower salary, particularly to enjoy a better long term opportunity. As a guide candidates target an increase of about 15% of their basic salary(1). If you feel you are underpaid and you’re expecting a bigger increase, you must be able to justify your reasons and prove your worth at interview.

Ultimately the offer you receive from a prospective employer will be their estimation of your value, not yours. Make sure you know what your minimum salary expectation is, as well as knowing your ideal salary.

(1) Brits 16% pay bump to change jobs

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Appreciate where the role is based and the implications of the location before applying. Ask yourself how a job's location will affect you and how much is the travel to that location going to cost, in both time and money.

Some might not really care where a job is and would revel in a completely new start. However 90% of job seekers are comfortably grounded in their current location due to family, housing and/or other social commitments and would turn away from a role that would compromise these aspects of their life. If this is not you, make it abundantly clear on your CV, or it may be assumed you're in the 90%.

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The entire process, from application to starting a new job, takes between 4 weeks and 10 weeks. Occasionally it can be longer or shorter. One recruitment process will likely involve 2 or 3 hours of conversation with your account manager, 2 to 4 hours interviewing with the employer, and one test or presentation.

Add in 8 hours of total self-preparation time and expect to use 1.5 days of holiday allowance.

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Typical process

1. Alert

A huge undertaking of time, effort and resource is put in to quickly and accurately getting a job in front of you. Whilst you receive it, so do many relevant other people. It might be 5 others, it may be 5,000. Speed is a factor, so act promptly. However quality always rises, so drop back the best and most relevant version of your CV to stand the best chance.

2. Conversation

Put everything together well and you will receive a call. This critical step is the first test. Over the course of the informal chat you be provided with specific information about the role and begin to be assessed on communication skills, attitude and personality fit.

3. Submission

Having been interviewed about the role you’ll be submitted to the organisation as an applicant. Initially this is an email, with your CV attached and key points highlighted in a covering letter. The account manager and client then have a lengthy conversation about you. This can be a couple of hours or a few days later.

4. 1st Interview

1st interviews generally last between 30 minutes and 2 hours and involve meeting a line manager and a member of the HR team, or equivalent.

5. 2nd Interview

Useful to act as a tie-break between two potential candidates for an organisation but also it's key for you as a candidate. You must ask questions, to ensure you have complete and comprehensive understanding, and allow you to make a fully informed final decision on the company, role and opportunity.

6. Offer

With the level of care and attention that has gone into the process the offer phase should be the simplest part. The organisation knows your salary requirements, your skill level and potential ability. If they agree with your evaluation of yourself, it’s just a couple of phone calls and emails before you have a start date set.

INTERVIEWING

Interview guidance

Interviewing is a huge subject and our extensive guide should help you maximise your chances of doing well. Here's a brief overview of the content:

Starting point

Research and consider common questions. Knowing a thing or two about your potential employer will assist you in the interview. It will help you to tailor your responses and to show you are keen.

You can make notes. Even if you are taking everything in it creates the impression that you are paying full attention.

Prepare

Although you will have completed the majority of your preparation before the interview it doesn’t mean there’s nothing to organise in the hours before. For example, be sure your outfit fits, you know exactly where you’re going, and you have all of your important documents. No last minute panicking.

Demonstrate

Ability to handle pressure; Assertiveness; Communication skills; Flexibility; Initiative; Effective intelligence; Leadership; Motivation; Organisational skills; Self-confidence; Enthusiasm; Interpersonal skills.

Deliver

If you need examples of your work or certifications ensure you bring them with you. Everyone should bring ID, ideally your passport to an interview.

Receiving a job offer

Job Offers

Get in touch

Phone

If you've seen a job vacancy that appeals to you, call the consultant direct. For general enquires please contact the number below, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.

  0203 857 2300


This number is free from most landlines and mobiles.


Register online

You can register your CV online and define job alerts.

Email

You can email your CV to us

cv@ashdowngroup.com


We'll assess your CV and define you based on your skillset. You can help improve this assessment by including details such as location and salary expectation in your covering email.


Job search

Have a look at the jobs that are currently live.

Further insight

Articles

We have an arsenal of specialist and knowledgeable recruitment consultants, who look to pass on their experience and insight. Each month new articles, case studies and advice is posted to the site by our team.

Case Studies

We have a number of examples of client processes and experiences. This knowledge could help you prepare for your own job search.