Tips and Advice

Landing the role of your dreams isn’t always easy. Luckily, we’re here to help. We want to guide you during this exciting adventure being your confidant, coach and advocate!

Tips and Advice

Landing the role of your dreams isn’t always easy. Luckily, we’re here to help. We want to guide you during this exciting adventure being your confidant, coach and advocate!

TIPS AND ADVICE

At EST10, we love to provide you with a high-care consultative service. And that starts right here!

You can always contact us with any questions you have but as a starting point to help you we’ve compiled our best resume, interview and resignation tips to help you navigate the recruitment waters with ease. If you can’t find what you are looking for here, the next best place to search is through our blogs. Our blog is full of more detailed advice for finding your dream role, updates about the current market, and all that you may need to successfully be placed in your desired role.

Resume Tips

Your resume is your first chance to make a great impression! Paying attention to spelling and grammar, ensuring consistency throughout your resume is critical. Utilising a clean layout can also go a long way in creating a great first impression.

We screen thousands of resumes every day, and the #1 piece of advice we can give is don’t be afraid to get specific! Resumes can be pretty standard, but those that do more than simply rewrite their job description are far more successful! 

We encourage you to check out our blog for detailed posts on resume writing, but in the meantime, we’ve included our top tips below to get you started.

1

What to provide

Your mobile number so we can get in touch! Make sure any other contact details are also up-to-date.

Limit the number of interests listed on your resume. Carefully choose the interests you do list, keeping in mind what they say about you.

2

Previous roles

When listing your previous roles,  include the specific start and finish dates, not just the year. We suggest using bullet points to keep your duties for each role short and simple.

3

Social media

Be sure to conduct a social media audit. Don’t forget to update your LinkedIn profile, check your Facebook privacy settings and remove or hide anything you don’t want seen. Ensure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and marries with your resume.

4

Reviewing your resume

Don’t forget to spell check your resume (and then double check yourself!) to avoid unnecessary embarrassment.

Please keep your resume as close to 2-3 pages as possible.

Avoid using tables, graphs, graphics, custom fonts and special formatting…while they may look good when printed, they almost always display incorrectly when viewed on a different screen!

Oh and, limit the number of fonts used in your resume!

5

Submitting your resume

Please submit your resume to us in .doc or .docx format; we will not edit your resume but we need to remove your personal details to ensure your privacy.

Your mobile number so we can get in touch! Make sure any other contact details are also up-to-date.

Limit the number of interests listed on your resume. Carefully choose the interests you do list, keeping in mind what they say about you.

When listing your previous roles,  include the specific start and finish dates, not just the year. We suggest using bullet points to keep your duties for each role short and simple.

Be sure to conduct a social media audit. Don’t forget to update your LinkedIn profile, check your Facebook privacy settings and remove or hide anything you don’t want seen. Ensure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and marries with your resume.

Don’t forget to spell check your resume (and then double check yourself!) to avoid unnecessary embarrassment.

Please keep your resume as close to 2-3 pages as possible.

Avoid using tables, graphs, graphics, custom fonts and special formatting…while they may look good when printed, they almost always display incorrectly when viewed on a different screen!

Oh and, limit the number of fonts used in your resume!

Please submit your resume to us in .doc or .docx format; we will not edit your resume but we need to remove your personal details to ensure your privacy.

Interview Tips

As professional interviewers, we are always interviewing! So when it comes to differentiating a good interviewee from a great one, we’ve got the process mastered!

The best interviewees are properly prepped, immaculately attired and masters when it comes to interview etiquette. But most importantly, the best interviewees are able to communicate their skills and experience whilst letting their personality shine. 

The whole point of an interview is for both parties to see if you’re going to be the right fit for the company, so don’t be afraid to get to know the firm better whilst letting them get to know you a little better too!

Watch EST10’s MD, Roxanne Calder, share her expert tips for nailing your next job interview!

1

Attire

Plan your outfit and map out your travel route the night before your interview.

Always wear corporate attire. This includes closed toe heels, stockings, minimal jewellery and a jacket if possible. Leave your gym bag, backpack and shopping bags at home! And please, no coffee cups- save that until after the interview. 

If you break a heel, spill coffee on your outfit or rip your stocking before your interview, dont stress, do let the interviewer know beforehand. It’s a great way to break the ice and stop the interviewer from making the wrong assumption.

2

Preparation

Prepare any questions you may have for the interviewer in advance.

Interviewers will often use behavioural questions in order to predict your future success based on your past performance. Don’t be worried about this style of question… it’s a great opportunity to showcase your experience so be sure to have an example or two prepared beforehand. The best advice is to relax (not that easy, we know!), be yourself and tap into your memory banks for the answers and bring them to life!

3

Etiquette

Don’t arrive at your interview too early; interviewers do not like the thought of keeping you waiting and are often unable to rearrange their busy schedule to accommodate you. And also, never late! 10 minutes before is perfect!

If you have any problems prior to your interview, please call us ASAP.

Remember your manners – little things like a firm handshake, standing when the interviewer enters the room, and thanking the interviewer at the end can go a long way.

Do research the company in advance. Don’t just take a surface glance at the company’s website… dig a little deeper to show the interviewer that you’re serious about the role.

And of course, don’t forget to be yourself!

4

After Your Interview

Call your recruiter as soon as possible after your interview. Clients almost always call us straight away and it makes you look good if we have your feedback at our fingertips. 

Watch EST10’s MD, Roxanne Calder, shares her expert tips for nailing your next job interview!

Plan your outfit and map out your travel route the night before your interview.

Always wear corporate attire. This includes closed toe heels, stockings, minimal jewellery and a jacket if possible. Leave your gym bag, backpack and shopping bags at home! And please, no coffee cups- save that until after the interview. 

If you break a heel, spill coffee on your outfit or rip your stocking before your interview, dont stress, do let the interviewer know beforehand. It’s a great way to break the ice and stop the interviewer from making the wrong assumption.

Prepare any questions you may have for the interviewer in advance.

Interviewers will often use behavioural questions in order to predict your future success based on your past performance. Don’t be worried about this style of question… it’s a great opportunity to showcase your experience so be sure to have an example or two prepared beforehand. The best advice is to relax (not that easy, we know!), be yourself and tap into your memory banks for the answers and bring them to life!

Don’t arrive at your interview too early; interviewers do not like the thought of keeping you waiting and are often unable to rearrange their busy schedule to accommodate you. And also, never late! 10 minutes before is perfect!

If you have any problems prior to your interview, please call us ASAP.

Remember your manners – little things like a firm handshake, standing when the interviewer enters the room, and thanking the interviewer at the end can go a long way.

Do research the company in advance. Don’t just take a surface glance at the company’s website… dig a little deeper to show the interviewer that you’re serious about the role.

And of course, don’t forget to be yourself!

Call your recruiter as soon as possible after your interview. Clients almost always call us straight away and it makes you look good if we have your feedback at our fingertips. 

Watch EST10’s MD, Roxanne Calder, shares her expert tips for nailing your next job interview!

Resignation Advice

So your dream role wasn’t as great as you thought it’d be… or maybe your dreams have simply changed. Dreams change all the time and that’s ok. In fact, it’s more than okay… it’s great!

There’s no shame in admitting that a role wasn’t right for you or that reality didn’t live up to your expectations. Take some time to reflect on what worked and what didn’t, find a new dream, and start your next role just that little bit wiser. 

We encourage you to check out our blog for detailed posts on recruitment including resignation, but in the meantime, we’ve included our top tips to help you resign with grace.

1

Follow procedure

Check your contract prior to resigning so you know where you stand in regard to your notice period. Be sure to check any other contractual agreements at the same time. Watch EST10’s MD, Roxanne Calder, shares her expert tips on ‘How to resign’.  

Make sure you resign to the right person. It is generally a good idea to include HR in the resignation process.

2

Writing your resignation letter

Remember to keep your resignation letter professional as it may be kept on file.

Your resignation letter should include the name of the person you are addressing it to, the date of your resignation and the day of your last day of work. Don’t forget your name and signature.

3

Discussing your resignation

Find an appropriate time to discuss your resignation. In your resignation meeting, ask your employer what you need to give them in terms of intellectual property, phones, laptops, keys, security passes, etc.

Keep things smooth, polite and amicable. Remember, the people you are resigning to will often be your referees.

4

Your resignation period

Always offer to ensure a full handover. Try and be flexible in terms of your end date and help in any way you can to ensure a smooth transition.

Always, always leave on good terms. Don’t let any bad memories or your eagerness to leave keep you from doing your very best right until your last day.

Check your contract prior to resigning so you know where you stand in regard to your notice period. Be sure to check any other contractual agreements at the same time. Watch EST10’s MD, Roxanne Calder, shares her expert tips on ‘How to resign’.  

Make sure you resign to the right person. It is generally a good idea to include HR in the resignation process.

Remember to keep your resignation letter professional as it may be kept on file.

Your resignation letter should include the name of the person you are addressing it to, the date of your resignation and the day of your last day of work. Don’t forget your name and signature.

Find an appropriate time to discuss your resignation. In your resignation meeting, ask your employer what you need to give them in terms of intellectual property, phones, laptops, keys, security passes, etc.

Keep things smooth, polite and amicable. Remember, the people you are resigning to will often be your referees.

Always offer to ensure a full handover. Try and be flexible in terms of your end date and help in any way you can to ensure a smooth transition.

Always, always leave on good terms. Don’t let any bad memories or your eagerness to leave keep you from doing your very best right until your last day.

TIPS AND ADVICE

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long should my resume be?

The ideal length of a resume is 2-3 pages, if you are in a more senior position it may be a little longer in order to fit in all of your job history.

Should I include details of my references on my resume?

Whilst you can do this, EST10 recommend that when applying for roles you have sought permission from them to be referees and have their contact details ready to provide when asked. This will save you having them included on your resume. A simple, ‘references upon request is suffice’.

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