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The Cpl National Jobseeker Roadshow 2012


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Helping Jobseekers across Ireland upskill themselves to find their next career opportunity (running in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Sligo, Belfast, Mullingar, Kilkenny, Waterford)

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The Cpl National Jobseeker Roadshow 2012

  1. 1. #CplNJR Peter Cosgrove April 2012
  2. 2. Housekeeping
  4. 4. It can often be the small things that make the big difference, so improving that 1% in certain areas can differentiate you from the competition1 %’s
  5. 5. Your CV
  6. 6. Your Advert30 seconds to an impression Your cv is your advert, in the current market you may only get 30 seconds from an employer so like an advert make every word count
  7. 7. Our approach to transitionYour CV
  8. 8. CV – initial thoughts “I did not have time to write you a short letter so I wrote you a long one” Most cvs are a First Draft If a recruiter does not understand your cv or does not like the layout – its your fault 89%
  10. 10. Visual No photo – it adds to the size of the file. In terms of length – under 1000 words SIZE MATT ERS < 1000 WORDS FONT WHITE SPACE/ MARGINS
  11. 11. ContentBiographical What does an employer want to seeKey Words Begin with the end in mindComplexity Can someone out side your industry understand your cv
  12. 12. Evidence & Credibility ● Managed a team of 6 people ● Organised budgets and targets for the group ● Recruited and interviewed staff ● Motivated and built morale ● Responsive to customer queries and issues
  13. 13. The most critical point around cvs. It is what you Evidence & Credibility did well not what you did that an employer cares about. ● Managed a team of 6 people - they hated my guts ● Organised budgets and targets for the group - never got one number correct ● Recruited and interviewed staff - the main reason people did not join ● Motivated and built morale - told awful jokes that no one liked ● Responsive to customer queries and issues - Sent all calls to voicemailWhat’s the difference between what you did and the guy who got fired?
  14. 14. Why even after reading you may have spelling ‘msiteaks’Arocdnicg to rsceearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’tmttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olnyiprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer are in therghit pcale. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitllraed it wouthit pobelrm. Tihs is buseace the huamn mniddeos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as awlohe.
  15. 15. LanguageOrganized / ColorYour vs You’reLed vs LeadAccept vs except …also be careful of jargon
  16. 16. Be careful of what you write!“I am about to enrol on a Business Degree. I feel that thisqualification will prove detrimental to me for future success.”Hobbies: “enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians”“I received a plague for Salesman of the year 2006”
  17. 17. Ask this question after reading every bullet point in your cv. Does theemployer get anything from this bulletpoint, does it say what you did or what you did well?
  18. 18. Finding a Job
  19. 19. Where have all the jobs gone? JOBS HERE
  20. 20. There are only 4 ways to find a jobDirect applications to companiesAdvertisements – online / offlineRecruitment Consultants / HeadhuntersUsing Your Network
  21. 21. If you do not apply to aCompanies … person – you cannot follow up – never apply saying “Dear Sir / Madam AM AD / M S IR A R D E
  22. 22. Publications & Useful Websites E T R N T E IN E T H
  23. 23. How do get the most out of a Recruitment Agencies
  24. 24. Where are recruitment agencies they listedWebsite:
  25. 25. Objectives of a recruitment agency Win business from clients either exclusively or as one of a number of suppliers Source and interview relevant candidates Manage the interview offer and contract process Reject the other candidates X Act as a career counsellor
  26. 26. What recruiters/ employers may discriminate on• Unclear visa status• Same job for 20 years• Out of work for 12 months plus• Cv sent into the company multiple times• “chip” on the shoulder
  27. 27. Value of an agency Access to clients/ jobs and post- interview feedback Feedback on you and your cv Market knowledge and information Someone working for you!
  28. 28. Recruitment ConsultantsThey never return my calls or emailsTheir jobs are not even liveThey just want to put me into a box
  29. 29. Recruitment Consultants – what can you doIdentify the recruiters you believe can help youProvide a professional perception of yourselfListen to their adviceAsk for feedbackBe professional (again)
  30. 30. Please note…… An agency only makes money when they put the right candidate in front of a client It is in the interest of a recruitment consultant to put the right person in the right job – this is how they get paid. If If this is not you….why not? you are not that person and you think you should have been, you have either not got that point across to that recruiter or have not left as positive an impression as you thought you had
  31. 31. What recruiters like to see/ hear• I am interviewing elsewhere• I have seen three of your competitors this week all who have been positive about opportunities for me• I am currently using my free time to learn/ develop ....• Preparation – a pre-interview• Positivity – its catching!
  32. 32. How Companies Search and how candidates look• From Within• Using Proof• Close Colleagues• Trusted Agencies• Adverts• Cvs on file
  33. 33. Networking
  34. 34. The interview
  35. 35. Prepare“Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity” Interviews are all about preparation however most people do not prepare for more than 5 or 10 minutes
  36. 36. Do Nots
  37. 37. 1. First Impression – Eye Contact Eye contact
  38. 38. 2. First Impression – Dress Sense
  39. 39. 3. First Impression - Handshake
  40. 40. 4. First Impression - Smile…
  41. 41. Maximising your impact at interviewCan you do the JobDo you want the JobDo we like you
  42. 42. and Bing, yahooGoogle NewsBodies / institutions A companies website is often six months behind – it is not the best place for up to dateCSO/ ESRI information, use other methodsPeople who work there…lastly their website
  43. 43. Types of Interview / AssessmentBiographical InterviewCompetency based InterviewOther: Panel/ StressPsychometric TestsAssessment Centres
  44. 44. Types of Interview / AssessmentBiographical InterviewCompetency based InterviewOther: Panel/ StressPsychometric TestsAssessment Centres
  45. 45. STAR All questions that begin with “give me an example of a time...” should be structured this wayS ituation T ask A ction R esult
  46. 46. Types of Interview/ AssessmentBiographical InterviewCompetency based InterviewOther: Panel / stressPsychometric testsAssessment centres
  47. 47. In summary: Prepare prepare prepare
  48. 48. Your Personal brand
  49. 49. What company brand does this word remind you of?SAFE
  50. 50. SAFEVOLVO
  51. 51. What company brand doesMAGICAL this word remind you of?
  52. 52. A powerful brand can beMAGICAL summed up easily and quickly but it takes work – what do people say of your personal brand?DISNEY
  53. 53. What do we mean by motivation?
  54. 54. Studies of communicationBody language: 55%:Tone of Voice: 38%What you say: 7%
  55. 55. Kids pick up non verbal clues much easier as they spent the first year of their life almost exclusively looking at these, they know when you are cross with them through what they see not what you say
  56. 56. Roger Bannister Was told that if he tried to run a mile in under 4 minutes, he could die, he had to picture it to help him see it and believe it
  57. 57. Opportunityisnowhere What does this say, could it say anything else?
  58. 58. “KNOW THYSELF”
  59. 59. Thinking Creatively
  60. 60. How are jobseekers responding....
  61. 61. How are jobseekers responding creatively.... The Google Job Experiment
  62. 62. Being a Jobseeker
  63. 63. Routine Treat the week as a work week Make finding a job a full time job Meet people – the more people you meet the luckier you will get Stay positive – however difficult this may be Know what you can get for free
  64. 64. Re-skilling Conversion courses Internships – Job Bridge Importance of Practical Experience
  65. 65. Making work placements and internships work forjob seekers…. Worklink’s primary aim is to support employers maximise the take up and effectiveness of work placement and other employment activation programmes Supported by
  66. 66. EmigrationIs emigration a good or a bad thing? 700 million people abroad have Irish heritage. Emigration is being seen as failure – it can be an incredible opportunity to go to somewhere where there are more jobs. The Irish are loved abroad
  67. 67. Ernest ShackletonErnest Shackleton JOB ADVERTISEMENT Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success."
  68. 68. Actions Prepare a world class cv which is targeted Understand how to interview well and prepare prepare prepare Know your value to an organisation Follow up – show determination Start networking Improve your personal awareness Improve your skills, knowledge and research ability Do some charity/ community work Enjoy yourself!
  69. 69. Thank you and questions Name: Peter Cosgrove Title: Director – Cpl Phone: 01 614 6160 Email: Twitter: @petercosgrove Website: