Somewhere over the Rainbow….

Whilst we attempt to adjust to yet another ‘new normal’ with another impending lockdown and many more people on Furlough, or unfortunately finding themselves out of work we wanted to let you know we are here to help!  Let’s find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and get you a new opportunity, be it temporary or permanent!!

JOBS ARE OUT THERE – Yes it is a tough market at the moment, however there are many industries still very buoyant such as construction, property, manufacturing and distribution to name but a few and they are looking for people with administration, customer service, secretarial and accountancy skills to join them due to expansion or influx of work.

If you are looking for some temporary work whilst on Furlough and want some extra cash for the Christmas period, or whether you find yourself in a position where you are seeking a new permanent opportunity, we are here to help and guide you through these challenging times.  

You might find yourself in a position where you are out of work after many years and don’t know where to start, hopefully this will help you with initial part of starting to look for work – creating / updating your CV.  Your CV should tell potential employers about you, your career history and your skills, abilities and achievements to date – highlighting why YOU are the best person for the job!

10 top tips to secure you your next opportunity

  1. The Basics – Start your CV with your personal details including name, contact details (telephone number & email address), where you are based – this doesn’t need to be your full address, just the Town or City in which you live would suffice and if you have one include your LinkedIn profile
  2. Presentation is key – Ensure your CV is clearly presented, bullet points are a good way to make your CV easier to read, as opposed to paragraph after paragraph – make them short and snappy to grab the eye!
  3. Personal Profile / Summary – This should be located on the first page of your CV underneath your personal information – research shows that the upper middle area of the first page is where the recruiters eye will naturally fallso make sure this is where you put the most information to secure you that all important interview
  4. A brief of your experience i.e I have over 10 years Reception / Secretarial / Accounts experience to date…..
  5. What makes you right for their role – pull parts from the company’s job specification that match your past experiences / duties, trying to use the same ‘lingo’
  6. About you – what kind of person are you?
  7. Understand the job description for the role you are applying – read the job description thoroughly, matching your skills and experience to the key points in their role and highlighting this in a clear way on your CV, both in your personal profile and in your job roles, putting the most relevant to the role at the top
  8. Bullet Points – Bullet points are a great, snappy way to list your duties in each of your roles it is an easy way for employers to quickly pick out the key points that they are looking for in their role – make sure you tailor these to the job / person specification
  9. Education – this varies on the kind of role you are applying for as to where you would put this on your CV – for example if you are a graduate looking for your first role relevant to your Degree I would suggest you put your Education on the first page underneath your summary so the recruiter can quickly see your qualified for the role, however if the role in which you are applying for relies more on work experience I would put your education on page 2 as the recruiter would need to be drawn to your career first and foremost.
  10. Skills / Achievements – Ensure you list skills relevant for the role in which you are applying and any achievements    (Page 2)
  11. References – This is personal preference whether you put this on your CV, or put available on request – there is no right or wrong.  If you do decide to list them they should be someone who has employed you either currently or in the past who can vouch for your skills and experience, or if you haven’t worked before it is fine to use a Tutor or Teacher as a referee.  You should try to include 2 if possible.
  12. Keep your CV up to date – this is very important especially if you are registered on various job boards, recruiters want to know what you are doing now so make sure this is maintained regularly
  13. Proofread – There is nothing more important than your CV being accurate – this is the employers first exposure to your attention to detail – you have to get it right!

Alternatively if you are a client that finds yourself in a time of need, we will be ‘business as usual’ here at Forrest and just a phone call away to assist with any temporary or permanent needs you may have.  We will do our very best to guide you through and provide you with the best solution to your recruitment needs during these ever changing times!

Find the details for your nearest branch below;

Altrincham – [email protected] – 0161 9289268

Bolton – [email protected] – 01204 361155

Crewe – [email protected] – 01270 251251

Liverpool – [email protected] – 0151 2550565

Manchester – [email protected] – 0161 2363600

Warrington – [email protected] – 01925 652323

Wigan – [email protected] – 01942 825285

Wilmslow – [email protected] – 01625 533844

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