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Graduates jan '15 - putting your best foot forward (2)

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Paul McClatchie
Presentation to Graduates on CV and Interview Advice
January 2015

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Graduates jan '15 - putting your best foot forward (2)

  1. 1. Graduate Applications 2015 Putting Your Best Foot Forward By Paul McClatchie, Director January 2015
  2. 2. Agenda INTRODUCTION YOUR CV WHERE ARE ALL THE JOBS SPECIFIC ADVICE FOR GRADUATES
  3. 3. Our approach to transition Your CV
  4. 4. 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%
  5. 5. CV Format CONTACT DETAILS PROFILE CAREER & ACHIEVEMENTS EDUCATION & TRAINING OTHER SKILLS & INTEREST CAREER OBJECTIVE REFERENCESX
  6. 6. Visual SIZE MATTERS < 900 WORDS FONT WHITE SPACE/ MARGINS
  7. 7. Content Biographical Key Words Complexity What does an employer want to see Begin with the end in mind Can someone out side your industry understand your cv
  8. 8. Evidence & Credibility ● Organised budgets and targets for the group ● Recruited and interviewed staff ● Motivated and built morale ● Responsive to customer queries and issues
  9. 9. Evidence & Credibility ● 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 voicemail What’s the difference between what you did and the guy who got fired?
  10. 10. Spelling & Language Wrong spelling vs wrong word Organized / Color Your vs You’re Led vs Lead Jargon
  11. 11. Finding a Job
  12. 12. There are only 4 ways to find a job Direct applications to companies Advertisements – online / offline Recruitment Consultants / Headhunters Using Your Network
  13. 13. Companies … DEAR SIR/ M ADAM
  14. 14. Publications & Useful Websites TH E INTERNET
  15. 15. How do get the most out of a Recruitment Agencies/ Executive Search firms
  16. 16. Recruitment Consultants – what can you do Identify the recruiters you believe can help you Provide a professional perception of yourself Listen to their advice Ask for feedback Be professional (again)
  17. 17. ”They just want to put me into a box”  An agency only makes money when they put the right candidate in front of a client  If this is not you….why not? Recruitment Consultants
  18. 18. Think of your email/ cover letter ….. Its not about you – its what you can do for them What problem can you solve? What need do they have that you can help them with? You are not your job title
  19. 19. Network – so try where possible to avoid the cv
  20. 20. Online Network Have a picture Are you an “all Star” on Linkedin Have you reverse engineered your profile Ensure your headline is customised
  21. 21. Online Network Build a word cloud of your cv
  22. 22. Online hare some content and join the debate Wordle.net
  23. 23. Online Network Share some content and join the debate Connect responsibly
  24. 24. Tips for MBA students Understand the other person in the interview process
  25. 25. Tips for recent Graduates What you hear: I love a particular subject I am much more comfortable with financials now Its been really hard work but I have enjoyed it I want a job that will give me skills in x and y My dream job is to work for Google/Facebook/IBM
  26. 26. Actions Prepare a world class cv Understand how to interview well and prepare prepare prepare  Connect responsibly with third party recruiters/ executive search Know your value to an organisation Follow up – show determination Start networking
  27. 27. Thank you and questions Name: Paul McClatchie Twitter: @paulmcclatchie Email: paul.mcclatchie@cpl.ie Phone: 01 5005913

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