Tips of Rekruut

Tips of Rekruut

A NETWORK WORKS

Nowadays a network is an essential part of seeking new opportunities and building up a career. But how does it work?

  • Choose the right media: Linked is by far the biggest, but there are other network sites that can be interesting with mostly a strong focus in a domain or specialisation. More and more we see also platforms for specific regions, areas and cities.

  • Optimise your social profile. Before reviewing your CV in depth, potential employers will have a look on your social profile. Select the right competences and experiences on your profile. Academical background, projects, interests are all helpful.

  • Increase your network. The bigger your network, the more connections. Increasing your connections will increase the ability to find your profile. Ensure you connect with people and try to do so in the sector and context you would like to work in. Try to find other people with a large network and with an interesting experience.

  • Balance between reactive and active. The way we work is changing rapidly and technology is changing even faster. Waiting on the next move or challenge is not always the best way forward. Activate your network constantly and stay on the lookout for interesting people. There is no harm in requesting more information on new opportunities. It enable you to stay ahead on new trends and developments on the market.

  • References are essential. You worked well together with your colleagues. A client or manager was very pleased about your work. There is no better promotion possible to convince your new employer about your capabilities. Rekruut also works with references as an added value for an application.

  • Be true to yourself and be thoughtful. Google your name and ask people to see what they can find on different platforms as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest etc. Employers and managers will look you up. Make sure what should be private, stays private. If necessary, change your profile and security settings, especially access




CV PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL

 

If you think a CV is old fashion, than you have the think again. A CV is still crucial. And yes, there are interesting additional format that will empower your CV.

There are several sites that will give you more insights in how to set up a good CV. Rekruut wants to give you a couple of more pointers to help you.

  • Title: this is the basis to check what you are up to. Try to be as specific and clear about your role/position. Keep in mind that it can be helpful to bridge your current position with the type of role you would like to have in the future.

  • Contact: you have added your contact details, try to do the same with your web activities. Integrate your linkedin profile, personal website, twitter account. It gives a more modern vibe to your CV.

  • Experiences: Make experiences clear, short sentences and keywords. A CV is a resume and not a book. A recruiter takes in general 25 seconds to screen a CV, a recruiting manager not more than 15. The more specific and straightforward, the better. Try to summarize the objectives you would like to reach. Which technologies have been applied in the project? Select the most essential.

  • Personal: A new challenge is an important step. For an employer finding a new motivated employee an important step as well. Show your personal initiatives/activities: sports, non-profit, blogs, events and organisations.

  • Prejudices: A CV can be put together like you want. The lay-out doesn’t have to follow the traditional set-up. A picture is possible but not standard. Creativity is an option, but make sure it stays a CV and not artwork. The purpose is making a document that gives a professional overview of you as a professional.

 

INTERVIEWS: TO TALK THE TALK

An interview is the closing of a lot of preparations. Your social profile, your network, the references and your CV have passed the review. Now it’s up to you. We would like to give you some tips and trics to make of your interview a successful talk:

  • Learn the company up front: check the website and have look at the most important information: activities, history, structure, revenue, strategy… It’s the best way to show your genuine interest in the company.

  • Values and culture of the company: Every company is proud about their culture and values. Find out which values match with yours and why.

  • Get to know the manager: If you meet someone for a talk, take your time to have a look on their website. Having a look on a Linkedin profile is absolutely not a problem.  It’s a way to prepare a couple of interesting questions that will help you to get to know the person. Keep in mind you will work together.

  • Analyse the opportunity: Analyse the request of the company focussing on the competences, experiences and skills asked. Compare it with your profile and CV.  In what domains do you excel and where is there still room for improvement? Imagine you being the manager: which questions would you ask? Which information is necessary to have a positive image of your profile?

  • Be on time: being late is not the best way forward. If you have trouble getting there, make sure you let the company know.

  • Be yourself: An interview is for every person involved a fabricated situation, also for the manager you will meet. It’s the objective of the manager to get to know you, keep that in mind.

 

START: INTEGRATION IN A COMPANY

 

Great news, REKRUUT found you a new challenge. A start of something new. Here are some tips to facilitate your integrations in a new company.

  • House rules: Every company has his own way of working with very clear and sometimes less clear rules. Be aware that house rules can vary from one company to another. Be open to learn and pro-active to question these things. Show respect for their rules of engagement.

  • Curious: Ask questions and do not be afraid of asking too many. Starting in a new company is for all parties involved a quest. The more information you scrape together, how easier it will be to understand everything. Asking about the context and background is surely not a problem. It will guarantee a smoother and better integration.

  • Quality: The quality of your work is priority number 1. Take your time to start of well and ask feedback to your manager.

  • Dare communicate problems: Integrating into a new environment is not always obvious. Sometimes there will be situations that can cause problems. Take initiative to discuss those. An employer wants to see you happy. It’s often better to  communicate potential problems earlier than too late.

  • Adapt: You have to adapt to your new surroundings. Be open to other and to other ways of working and collaborating. You will learn something. See it as a personal opportunity to evolve and on top it’s a sign of respect towards your colleagues.

  • Social in the team: A new job means new colleagues. Take your time to get to know everybody and to get introduced. Having a breakfast, lunch or drink together is absolutely advisable. Your colleagues want to get to know you better and often that’s easier outside the office walls.

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