Common CV mistakes to avoid making

Common CV mistakes to avoid making

Blog News

You are looking for a new job, the first thing you are going to need is your CV…simple…only…you haven’t written one in a while but how hard can it be, right? Let’s google some CV examples and formats for inspiration…. 817,000,000 results, each with conflicting ‘tips’…hmm this is going to be a long night!

We are not claiming to be the CV gurus of the world but as a recruitment company, trust us when we say we see our fair share of CVS and there are some common mistakes we see all too often.

No Contact Information

Take the guesswork out of your CV and include your contact information. More often than not, candidates like to play hard to get with the information they share. Recruiters and Employers need to be able to contact you…how else will we offer you a job if we have no means of reaching you?

 

 

Doers’ rather than ‘achievers’.

A common error people make when writing their CV is to write a list of their duties within their role. Remember your CV is your foot in the door, you are selling yourself, so write something that is going to make you stand out for the crowd! An example of this would be, instead of ‘wrote various blogs’ changing the statement to ‘created various content marketing which helped boost social media following by 50%. Show your future employer that not only will you perform your daily tasks you will get results that the business will benefit from.

 

 

War and Peace

While on the subject of content, let’s discuss CV length! It can be easy to get carried away by writing all of your wonderful achievements within your previous roles however no one has time to read War and Peace to find out if you are the right person for the job. The best way to effectively get your point across is to highlight the relevant achievements to the type of role you are applying for. CV length can depend on the industry you work within, some professions require greater detail to the relevant qualifications so there is no standard length to adhere to, just keep the content relevant to the position you are trying to obtain.

Personal Summary

Writing a personal summary is a crucial part of your CV, your education and work experience show your competency to execute a role successfully but what sets you apart from the other candidates? Will you work well with your colleagues? Does your work ethic or personality shine through? Let your potential employer see what kind of person you are by giving them an insight into your life, but do keep it within the lines of professionalism and if you can, show how these areas define you as a person indirectly. Keep your Personal Summary brief yet effective by highlighting your ambitions, examples of additional learning and hobbies that highlight your commitment or dedication to learn.

Final Checks

Sometimes you can’t see something for looking at it. After writing your CV take a breather, go away from your computer for 5 minutes and return with fresh eyes, then re-read from start to finish. Do the sentences flow? Are there any grammatical errors? What about spelling mistakes? Imagine putting all the work in to showcasing your fantastic achievements and falling at the last hurdle by sending a CV littered with spelling mistakes…especially if one of your skills is attention to detail! Run your CV through a spellchecker or have someone look over your CV if you aren’t sure.

Why not send your CV to Murray Recruitment and one of our experts can help you find your perfect role?

www.murrayrecruitment.co.uk

Recruiting| How one company have mastered retention by paying attention.

Recruiting| How one company have mastered retention by paying attention.

Blog News

No need for a sales pitch, the facts just speak for themselves!

You know that phrase you can’t see something for looking at it? Often I think this is the case with our jobs…we can be so focused on the day to day tasks that we fail to take the time to look at the bigger picture. Being relatively new to Murray Recruitment I wanted to find out everything I could so I started asking questions, ruffling feathers and finding out what drives everyone to do what they do, the responses were so insightful, it made the veterans of the industry take some time out to reflect on what it is they do. I want to share these findings with you, because I think you will agree after reading it that this isn’t just your average recruitment agency…this is a growing entity that is changing the face of the industry as well as saving companies money and time!

I asked the question ‘do you know how many people we have placed in a job that are still with the company…so we did some digging and realised a massive 92% of those placed are still in the role! THIS IS HUGE! When recruiting so many people are in a rush to get a bum on a seat that they skip over client or candidate requirements…this creates a short term fix that often results in staff soon jumping ship, which leaves the company wasting time looking for a replacement, reading CVS, interviewing, and spending money training someone again which on average can cost a company up to £11,000 per person.

So how have Murray Recruitment managed to dramatically decrease staff turnover?

Face to face vetting

EVERY candidate has an interview with Murray Recruitment, meaning we get to do proper vetting of the person to find out their wants, needs and expectations. No one is put through for client interview unless their skills and attitude match that of the clients.

We are INDUSTRY experts

All employees at Murray Recruitment have extensive Commercial, Engineering & Technical knowledge. This means when you are looking for a CNC Machinist with specialised skills we understand what those skills are. We aren’t fitting someones CV around the job specifications…we are finding the candidate that matches the job spec!

We build strong relationships

Skills and experience play a large part, but if you have ever interviewed someone you will know that personality goes a long way! Building long lasting relationships and trust between consultants and clients is imperative to how Murray Recruitment work. Our consultants listen to what you are telling them, what your needs are, what your expectations are and what the tone of your working environment is and take this information to the resourcing team who know the candidates inside out. The team then collaborate to pull together the best overall match asking ‘who will fit in with your team? Who will work well with the tone of your company?

We work differently…

As the team operate by pulling their resources together it means we are more proactive to job vacancies as we already have the candidate profiles ready, this means we are able to set a 24hr turnaround target to fill temporary contracts and 48hrs for permanent roles – but have often managed to have a job filled with an excellent candidate in just a 2 hour window from getting the vacancy!

Last and most importantly – aftercare

If you are still with me, you will remember I mentioned previously, asking the team what drove them to do what they do. The resounding response was that they love nothing more than that phone call that makes someones day, whether its ‘You’ve got the job’ or ‘We’ve got the perfect person for your company’, and I have to admit when I heard this, I thought that was the PC response…but I was wrong, customer care is everything to these people and I can prove it…

Where most recruitment companies are target focused, Murray Recruitment are all about the customer service; phone calls on the day of the interview to see how the candidates are and phone calls on the first day to calm the nerves are just the tip of this iceberg. If the focus was on quantity we would be filling the vacancies and moving on to the next, but the focus is on quality, which is why Murray Recruitment stay in contact with the Client and Candidate after their start date, to see how everyone is settling in and iron out in queries to ensure everyone gets off the the right start.

With all this it’s easy to see why Murray Recruitment have managed to grow to the lengths it has and it is showing no signs of slowing down. 92% are still happy with their role, 92% of clients are able to focus on their job rather than filling positions and shelling out thousands to re-train their staff. So my final question is, what do you have to lose by giving them a try? Not as much as £11,000 to pick the wrong person I’m betting!

Happiness is for life…not just for Christmas. Is it time for a change?

Happiness is for life…not just for Christmas. Is it time for a change?

Blog News

It’s common to feel a little deflated after the hype of the festive season, however for many it’s not just the early rises that are the casting a dark cloud over the last day of the holiday, but the sinking realisation that an unhappy working environment isn’t eradicated by 2 weeks of watching Netflix.

For many the holidays act as a safety blanket that we wrap ourselves in with the promise that all you need is some time off and the New Year will bring a fresh vibrance and outlook to life. It isn’t until you are setting the alarm for the day ahead that you feel the dip in the pit of your stomach, and after 2 weeks back at the job the ‘new year, new me’ vibrance fades and you fall back into the grind.

This all sounds very bleak and dramatic, and it isn’t my intention to depress you further. My intention is to highlight that if this scenario feels familiar then this is hopefully the wake-up call needed to push you to change your year rather than repeat a habit.

47% of UK workers are unhappy in their current role, on average you spend 40 hours a week for 45 years at work…make it somewhere you love! I am not saying go follow your dreams to be the actress you thought you would be when you were 11 (although I am not stopping you) but dream jobs and a place you love are not the same thing.

It is significant to understand the importance of a good working environment and how achievable its is to find a job that does make you happy. The first step is to pinpoint what exactly is making you dread work. Make a list of pros and cons to properly identify where the problem areas lie, this may sound silly, but clearly identifying what you enjoy and what you don’t, will help show what you are willing to compromise on and what you want to alter.

Now that you have a better idea of which areas you would like to change, there no harm in having a peek at what is out there. Many people when they are unhappy with an aspect of their life are quick to look at what others have to highlight what they don’t, but this gets us nowhere, instead, be active, look at your options! This process gets you motivated and helps show that there are other options available if you are willing to take that step!

So what now? Well, now you decide whether the negative aspects of your current job are as bad as you initially thought. If the answer is no, then stop worrying and try to keep yourself motivated throughout the year, reminding yourself that it isn’t all bad. If the answer is YES, don’t fall back in to old habits, take that leap of faith in yourself and start your new job search, honestly nothing feels better than a calm mind, free from worry. You owe yourself happiness and this will shine through in your work and in other aspects of your life.

Need help with your job search? Call Murray Recruitment on 01698 501130or visit www.murrayrecruitment.co.uk

Temping can be tempting! 5 reasons to choose a temp role.

Temping can be tempting! 5 reasons to choose a temp role.

Blog News

We know the word temporary can seem a scary thought, but where than can be negatives, there are many positives that may actually suit your circumstances better.

I need experience to get a job but I need a job to get experience

1) If you are relatively new to the working world or looking to go in a new direction, we are guessing the above statement is a common hurdle you are facing. Temporary positions are a great step in the door to a company and/or industry. A quarter of our temporary candidates have gone on to a permanent position, so never write off a temp position as it could open so many more opportunities!

2) On average those at University have between 3 – 4 weeks off over the December/January break. So why not gain some relevant experience while you have some spare time. Lets face it there are only so many time you can watch Elf and have chocolate for breakfast and taking on a temp role will not only help your waistline it helps build your CV and enhances future ’employability’. Studies also show that being able to relate your theory work to a practical sense help improve understanding of the topic and grades!

3) Not everyone has a five year plan, some people are rolling stones! From a young age we are asked what we want to be when we grow up, then asked to pick subjects at school to reflect our chosen path in life. We are asking 5 and 15 year old children to plan their life where the reality is most people at 35 aren’t sure what direction they want to take and that’s not a bad thing. On average 6.4% drop out of University after the first year, why? …well mostly because it turned out not to be the right direction for them. With this in mind the working world is no different. Temp work gives you the opportunity to test the water without committing fully. check out our temp jobs…

4) Whether for your own sanity, you can’t listen to baby shark for 7 days straight, or your babies are off to nursery and you have been out of work for a while, temp work is the perfect platform for mums/dads to get their foot in the door of a company whilst still maintaining the flexibility you need to manage your busy schedule. Many parents after time out can find the commitment of a permanent position overwhelming so why not ease in to it and work around what suits you?

5) You do have rights as a temp worker! Although you are not directly employed by the people you work for, you still have rights as an employee. We (Murray Recruitment) have over 15 years experience in the recruitment industry, so trust us when we say not all recruitment companies are the same. Through temp work via Murray Recruitment you can still accrue holidays and your temporary contracts are handled in house meaning there is no ambiguity with payments, you are treated like a member of our team, receive payslips from us giving you one point of contact and unlike many other companies there are no admin fees. Why not check us out and see if we can help you?

Hiring the next generation: how to bridge the gap.

Hiring the next generation: how to bridge the gap.

Blog News

The generation gaps have never been more prominent due to the rapid evolution of technology and social changes.

Terms like ‘Millennial’ and ‘Gen Z’ are becoming a more frequent talking point, creating greater divides in how we communicate, shop and how we work. As the years go by, the differences between the veteran employee and the graduate are going to to increase… so how do companies bridge the gap?

We are aware of the impact Social Media and the internet have had on the way we target and reach our customers, advertising is cheaper and it is easier to monitor campaign success over traditional printed media. But how does it alter practices within your workplace, or the behaviour and relationships of your employees?

One challenge employers are facing is a ‘values’ clash. Many Baby Boomers (1949-1964) due to the sheer number of them, have had to compete fiercely amongst themselves for jobs & promotions and therefore feel that the younger generations have been handed a lot more opportunities. The younger generation however often feel that they are not taken seriously or listened to,Gen Z (2000+) in particular, struggle when placed in a corporate setting.

A second challenge comes in the form of skill set. As mentioned previously technology has evolved dramatically over the years, many Baby Boomers and Millennials (1981-2000) will recall the classic maths teacher quote ‘you wont always have a calculator in your hand so you need to learn your times tables!‘ A concept completely foreign to Gen Z who were born with handheld encyclopedias of knowledge in the form of a smartphone.

This has left a clear gap between the generations where the Baby Boomers may feel uncomfortable or feeling they are climbing a mountain trying to catch up with the pace of a technology based world. Many younger Millennials and Gen Z on the other hand lack the inability to communicate effectively in a face to face setting often lacking that ‘professionalism’ found in older generations.

How do you bridge the gap?

It’s a simple solution…Communication! The fundamental difference in the generations is how we communicate, to our friends, to our consumers & to our colleagues. Each person within your team has knowledge that they can share.

The best thing for management to do therefor is to host frequent meetings and training bringing generations together. Allow the younger generations to share their knowledge in technology (thus eradicating the feeling of not being listened to) which in turn encourages the older generations to have more comfort with technology and less …..On the other side of the coin, the meetings should be a phone free zone. Encouraging all participants to communicate with each other build relationships with their colleagues and giving the older generation a platform to share their experience and knowledge on how to handle situations within the corporate setting.

We can help your find the perfect career…young or old!

I don’t like Mondays…or Tuesdays… Why it might be time to switch jobs!

I don’t like Mondays…or Tuesdays… Why it might be time to switch jobs!

Blog News

Let’s say the average person works 40 hours a week for 45 years minus two weeks of holidays every year, that’s 90,360 hours of your life spent at work and let’s face it, getting out of bed is hard enough without trying to motivate yourself to leave the comfort and warmth for a place you hate.

A study was carried out on job satisfaction which indicate that a staggering 47% of UK workers are considering moving job https://www.investorsinpeople.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/JobExodus2018Final.pdf primarily due to poor management within their workplace, amongst many other factors. So what are the telltale signs that it might be time to move on and what can you do about it?

find the perfect role for you

1. You spend more time thinking about getting up.

Very few people spring out of bed with a fiery gusto to start their day, but if you are really struggling to find the motivation to go to work, this could be a sign of depression and anxiety. If you are finding the thought of going to work incredibly difficult, it could be that the environment you are working in isn’t motivating you enough or too stressful in comparison to the benefits you receive.

2. You spend your time at work thinking about leaving.

If the thought of leaving crosses your mind frequently whilst at work its a no brainer your heart isn’t in it which, lets face it, wastes everyone’s time. Take a moment to jot down which areas are the biggest issues. How has your enthusiasm changed since you first started? Are the areas fixable? If not, think about what you want in a career to make you motivated again. If you don’t have a clear goal in mind, chances are a change of scenery will pick you up for a period of time but the slump will set back in again once the novelty wears off.

3. All you do is complain

If your conversations with friends and family are dominated by negative work chat, then your work dissatisfaction is seeping into your personal time. When you are still anxious or irritated by work events during your social and personal time then the problems have manifested, creating no respite to your state of mind as well as being negative and irritating to those listening to you…It is time to move on!

Next steps…

If any of this sounds familiar then it may be time to look at your options. This can seem like a daunting process but there are always people out there to help you…

Check out some of the jobs we have on offer and get the ball rolling to a happier you.

 

5 Top Interview Tips| Prepare and Prosper

5 Top Interview Tips| Prepare and Prosper

Blog News

“I can’t remember the last time I had an interview…I wouldn’t know where to start”

“I’ve been to countless interviews and seem to be getting nowhere”

Do either of these sound familiar ? You are not alone, the job search journey can be a stressful and daunting prospect but it can also be an exciting opportunity to push yourself to achieve your perfect role. By following some of our top tips during your interview, you are sure to prosper and get the results you are looking for.

Find the perfect role for you…

1. Have confidence in your ability

Take a moment and think…can I do this job? Do I have the skill set needed? Chances are the answer is yes! Most people don’t apply to be a brain surgeon having never gone to medical school, and we are assuming you are the same. You have seen a job advertised that you believe you can perform so hold on to that confidence as you head in to the interview. You know what you are doing, there is a reason you have been shortlisted!

2. Do your research

You have a portable encyclopedia in your hand, your phone, so there is no excuse not to scour the internet to research the company you are applying to, or check over every inch of the job description. Read over what the company stand for, what they are trying to achieve and what they expect of you. Going in with your eyes wide open gives you an automatic step up to what attributes the interviewer is looking for.

3. Be honest, but be smart!

Most people think because they are selling themselves they have to embellish stories. The truth is lies will trip you up and make you lose focus, that being said it’s important to answer appropriately. For example, if asked why you are leaving your current role and the truth is you want more money, express this in a way that enhances YOU. Talk about your skills, attributes and experience in terms of market rate. Employers like value for money – you don’t want to appear greedy.

4. Competency based questions

Competency based questions aren’t there to trip you up, they are designed to identify key skills and attributes which are deemed necessary for a particular role. Remember step 1. confidence in ability? You know what you are doing, you’ve done this before, you have studied this….breathe…think… explain a situation where you have experienced a similar issue, what did you do to make it better? What were the results? Simple! You don’t need bells and whistles just a concise, recent & relevant example.

5. Body Language

Nerves are normal…being nervous means you care about the result which is good! Most interviewers WANT you to succeed, they aren’t there to interrogate or frighten you. If you find your mind goes blank or you don’t understand a question or you get a little tongue tied take a moment to breathe, ask for clarity and get your head back in the game. Fidgeting out of nerves is a different story…its distracting and annoying!

1/3 of message conveyed through words – 2/3 through non-verbal Keep in mind that whilst you are selling your skills the company want to know you buy in to THEM. Sit forward, make eye contact, listen and respond to what the interviewer is saying.

You want this job…show them this!

Find the perfect role for you…