July 23, 2019

Back to employability basics

Sometimes job hunting can seem to be a very complicated business.  Today our very own Martin Marquerie reminds us that if you get the basics right, then you will soon stand out from the crowd.Martin M

Stand out

Employers state that they often see similar CV’s and responses in interviews. Try to volunteer, be captain of your sports club or student representative. You should do the Horizon award at GSM. Think of ways to gain that advantage and stand out from other candidates. Once you have completed your CV make sure you get it checked so it sells you to the employer. Make sure you tailor your CV and cover letter for each job you apply for. It is important to read the job specification. Join Linkedin, job websites and recruitment companies. Use social medial and networking to increase your exposure. An employer might come across your CV when searching on-line.


Employers are not just looking for purely academics, you need to be well rounded, ambitious, involved, exceptional and positive. Make sure you have a wide skill set and it reflects in your CV and interview.

Be passionate

Employers are looking for candidates with a positive can-do attitude, enthusiastic, good interpersonal skills, drive and ambitious.

Be clear about your career

If you know the exact career path you want to take then make sure it reflects in your CV and interview. You need to show how intelligent, bright, inquisitive and focused you are. If you are not sure of your career path then spread the risk and go for a more generic degree course to maximise your options.

Do your research

Do your research on the company, find out the history of the company and who some background knowledge of key staff. Go on a reconnaissance trip before the interview so you know where you are going and how long it will take you to get to the interview.

Dress to impress

Dress smartly and act professionally. Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake and make eye contact. Be confident and make sure you answer all of the interview questions fully and correctly.

First Impressions

It is said that most employers make their decisions in the first few minutes about who they will hire. Make sure you give a good first impression. Try to relax and look confident. Remember to smile, make eye contact and address the interviewers using their names. If there is an interview panel then make sure you address all of them equally and not just focus on the person asking the question.


It is best to practice interview questions with someone before your interview. You can find a list of most common interview questions on the internet. Go through them and make sure you have good answers ready for the interview. Make sure you know your CV inside out. You might get asked questions about your CV and you need to give good answers.


Make sure you have a professionally sounding e-mail address. Just put one mobile phone number on your CV not more than one. Answer your mobile in a professional manner if an employer calls you. Make sure you have a professional answering message on your phone. Do not put anything too outrageous on your facebook as some employers do check social media.

It is not what you know but who you know

Make sure you network and make new contacts. You can use social media to join groups and get information on events. Even posting on facebook that you are looking for a particular type of job can yield results.

Make sure it is the right job for you

When you go for a job make sure it is right for you otherwise you might end up leaving for another type of job. This can have an effect on your CV and career.


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