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Candidate Resources

Why work with Nixor

Looking for a new job is at best time-consuming and potentially stressful. So you need to be sure any consultant you talk to is approachable, knowledgeable and honest about what they can do for you. Which is just what you’ll find with Nixor.

We Understand

Before anything else, we’ll take the time to talk to you about what motivates you, what your ideal job is and what sort of company you feel best suits you. Once we understand what you’re after, our knowledge of clients’ needs and preferences means we can even suggest a few alternatives you may not have thought of.

We have the right to opportunities

Our client base is vast, and we’ve gone to great lengths to fully understand what they need. So you can be sure we’ll only put you forward for the most suitable opportunities, and you won’t be wasting time on roles that just aren’t right. Your Nixor consultant is fully accountable to you, and as such will give you a clear idea of what the next steps are and the timescales involved.

We’re on your side.

You can count on our support at every stage. We’ll help you prepare for interview and guide you through joining formalities and administration if necessary. We’ll always work tirelessly and confidentially on your behalf – after all, our success is solely based on successfully finding you your perfect next job.

CV Writing Tips

Writing your CV

Consider why your are writing your CV

The aim of a CV is to give a snap-shot of your skills and experience with the aim of trying to SECURE AN INTERVIEW. Too long winded and you may lose the reader or end up waffling. Too short and you may not be considered for a role. Consider who will read the CV, it maybe a hiring manager, HR or senior management/directors so try to talk in plain English, even if it is a technical role you are applying for.

Presentation of your CV

Presentation is Key

Don’t over complicate your CV. A good CV is easy to read with clear defined sections. The easier a CV is to read the better. Extravagant tables, logos, designs or patterns detract from the main purpose of a CV (which is to give a snap-shot of your skills) and can be off putting to potential employers. If you are applying for a more creative role or want to demonstrate skills in a particular area, include web links or an addendum at the end rather that cluttering up the body of the CV.

Structure of your CV

CV Content

In employment history: Always start with the most recent experience as this is the first thing the reader comes to. Most CV rejections come from there being too little information about a job role or just a list of skills. Make sure you are actually describing the projects you have been working on or what you actually did in your role. Also try include any achievements you had in your job role.

CV Basics

Get the Basics Right

Check spelling and punctuation. Hiring managers OFTEN disregard strong CV’s purely on the basis of poor spelling and punctuation. Most roles require some attention to detail and incorrect spelling on an important document such as a CV indicates a lack of this. Use a straightforward font formatting and use the same font throughout. Always use the same tense. If your CV talks in the first person (“I have experience in…), make sure it continues in this vain, rather than slipping into 3rd person tense (“John has experience in…”)

Interview Tips

The Basics

Wear a suit or formal business wear. Make sure you are clean shaven, hair tied back, where possible hide tattoos and piercings. Check the location of the interview and plan a route prior to the day of interview. If you are running late for whatever reason call ahead and let someone know. Engage and make eye contact with all members of the interview panel, even if there is a passive interviewer.

Preparation

Prepare questions before going into the interview. The following areas are good places to start. Look at the company website. Most interviewers want to know you are interested in their company, so look into things such as: company values, products and services offered and competitors in the market place. Go through the job spec in detail and make note of any areas of which you hold particular strength or that you would like to find out more information about. Look-up the interviewers using social media or a Google search. Their background may help form some common ground in the interview.

Common Questions

How to answer:
“Tell me about yourself”

This is often the opening question and since first impressions are very important, you want to take the opportunity to present yourself in the most positive light. Without preparation it is easy to waffle, sound hesitant or for your mind to go blank. Here are some tips on how best to answer this question; Keep your response to around 3 minutes. Start with an overview of your current employment and then run through a short description of your previous few positions, particularly those that are relevant to the position you are interviewing for. Consider your most relevant achievements, based on the job spec for the position and ensure these are included. Don’t go into too much detail, this will come later.

How to answer:
“What are your strengths?”

Select your three main strengths/qualities that are most relevant to the job spec provided or the company’s core values. For each strength give a specific example of how you have applied the strength to a work situation. For example if you select team work as one of your key strengths you then need to support this with an example of when you have been part of a team and the contribution you made.