Talentaris - talents optimisation consultants

Good To Know

A career move sometimes can be tricky. We have answered some frequently asked questions on this page which can help to ease your career move.
Looking for a job can be a complex exercise. Below are some easy ways to look for a job.
  • In the local papers
  • Trade/business magazines
  • Recruitment agencies
  • Internet - Company Websites, specialized websites
Once you have identified an interesting position you need to send your application. Responding to ad requires some attention in order to be successful.
  • Always quote relevant reference numbers
  • Address letter to correct person
  • Attach up to date resume
  • Type if possible. If hand-written, take time and care - be neat
  • Make sure there are NO spelling mistakes
  • Send in time - well before closing date
  • Preferred size for documents & envelope is A4
If you are responding by phone be careful to:
  • Make sure you are speaking to the correct person
  • Quote any reference numbers to avoid confusion
  • Speak clearly
  • Make sure you have a good phone connection - especially when calling from mobile phones, without too much background noise
  • Make sure you are able to speak freely, especially if calling from work, so that you may be able to answer any questions
There different styles for drafting a CV. It is important to remember that your CV MUST contain following information:
  • Surname
  • First Name
  • Maiden Name (if applicable)
  • Date of Birth
  • Marital Status
  • Phone numbers - list all that you are happy to use and make sure that these numbers are active.
  • Email - again all that you are happy to use but you should remember that you are applying for a job. Try to avoid e-mails such as mrhandsome@hotmail.com
  • There is no need to include NIC or Social Security numbers
How to put details about your academic records?
  • Start with your most recent qualification and list the institution and the qualification together - it is easier to read
  • Include only, secondary and tertiary education - short courses and in-house training should be listed in a separate section
  • Include the dates that you were studying
  • For incomplete courses, list a reason
  • For new job seekers - include subjects and grade
  • For those with more experience, don't include these details, just the actual qualification (and grade for degrees if you want to)
Special Awards and in house training.
  • List any special awards received during your studies for e.g (MUN Model United Nations etc)
  • Include information regarding which organisation it was given by, when and what for
  • List the in-house and short courses that you have attended, including name of institution, course/seminar title and the dates of attendance
Association Membership
  • List the body, the date membership was granted and the membership
  • For example - Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales - 1999
Employment History
  • Always start with the most recent and work back
  • Include dates worked, company name and job title
  • For the 3 most recent positions or the last 5 years, include a list of main duties
  • For more experienced candidates, list company name, job title and dates only for jobs other than 3 most recent/last 5 years
IT Skills
  • List those packages that you are able to use, as well as a level of proficiency
  • For example - "I have advanced knowledge of Word for Windows, Excel and PowerPoint and some experience with the accounting package AccPac"
  • For IT positions it is important to mention the soft wares and programming languages that you can use and also your level of expertise.
    • List a few key interests and hobbies
    • You may choose to simply state "available on request"
    • If you include referees, list name, job title, company and all contact details. Make sure to have permission to use someone's name prior to adding it to your reference sheet
    • New job seekers should list at least 2 referees, preferably from school or university, or business professionals
    The most crucial part in a job search exercise is the interview. A lot of people dread this step mostly because they do not know what to do and how to prepare themselves. A few tips can be very helpful in order to be successful.
    • Confirm the time, date, place and contact name
    • Think of some good, relevant questions to ask
    • Research the company - use the Internet, your recruitment consultant or try to obtain an annual report from the company. Find out what they do, number of employees, how long they have been established and read any press releases available
    • Prepare any documents you might need - fresh copy of CV, copies & originals of certificates, references, letters of recommendation
    • Review the job description if possible
    What you wear can be as important as what you say in an interview
    • Always wear clean and neat clothing
    • Have clean, recently cut, and neatly brushed hair.
    • Use little perfume
    • Avoid wearing flashy jewelry
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