CV for 2020
Get Your CV Ready For 2020

If you are planning on looking for a new job in 2020 then it might be time to update your CV. One of the most time consuming yet important aspects of finding a new career is writing a good CV. It is the very first impression you make, however it can often be hard to decide what to include and how to format before sending it off to a an employment agency or potential employer.

How to improve your CV for 2020

Your Introductions

The opening lines of your CV is the first thing an employer will read, at which point they will already to start to make a judgement. It’s worth spending time on this section to make it stand out. Ensure that you include key points that state your valuable skills. Recruiters take an average of six to seven seconds to decide whether or not to continue reading a CV, so use this time wisely.

Get the tone right

Depending on what job you are applying for, adapt a relevant tone. Rather than simply listing what you’ve previously done, focus on how your achievements will benefit the potential employer. If your CV reads like an old fashioned lists of responsibilities it will appear mundane and tired. Make sure you include your activities and responsibilities but adapt them to the potential role and describe the value that you could add to your new employers business.

Avoid making your resume too general

Generic CV’s get lost in the mountain of other applicants. When you are writing your CV, you should be thinking about  what the employer is looking for. Why are they advertising the role and how will the new role help their business. Aligning your CV with these questions will help you stand out. Use your CV as an opportunity to sell yourself.

Make it look good

Double check your resume for grammar and spelling. Make sure it’s easily digestible from a visual perspective. Numerous CVs are often rejected because they don’t look professional. Proof read your CV carefully. An interview winning CV is a marketing document that sells you as the perfect candidate for a new job.

Play to your strengths

While the majority of your CV is going to be about your current and previous roles, ensure that you include your achievements as well as responsibilities. Detail the strengths that you have and how they have benefitted your current and previous employers. This can help demonstrate that you have experience, skills and initiative that a new employer would value.

Relevant information

Include hobbies or any voluntary work however make sure that they are relevant to the role. If you run marathons or participate in endurance sport then this could be seen as very relevant and beneficial if you are applying for a physical job. Or if you have any relevant certificates, accreditations or licenses ensure that you include these on your CV.

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7 Easy Ways To Keep Your Staff

Loosing staff to companies offering better salaries and benefits is unavoidable, but keeping your employees happy and feeling valued is a sure way to keep your staff turnover rates down. Here we’ve pulled together some easy ways to help you hold onto valuable employees.

1.Be clear and concise from the get-go

This is as important in the advertising and interviewing stages, as it is during an employee’s time with your company.

Firstly make sure your job adverts match your roles. And if there’s an expectation that your advertised job will involve the employee occasionally ‘mucking in’ to assist with additional workload, highlight this on the job advert and in the interview, so this doesn’t come as a surprise later down the line!

Also revise the list of job responsibilities on your adverts – are these accurate and do they match the role? It is this list of duties that brings applicants through the door to interview. And if an applicant is offered the position only to find out additional duties have been tagged on, or the role doesn’t match their expectation, they’ll lose enthusiasm and likely go elsewhere.

2.Set and stick to rules

Rules exist to create expectations, consistency and to set boundaries, but all too often they are broken and bent by some staff members, and heavily enforced on others. It is these inconsistencies that’ll leave staff deflated and feeling quietly aggravated.

If however your company offers flexibility in working hours, lunch breaks and dress code for example, then roll this out across departments where possible to ensure everyone feels valued and equal.

It’s a good idea to take a look at your staff handbook to make sure company rules are up to date and perhaps think about rewording some rules that you know are often bent for the benefit of future employees coming through the door.

3.Get to know your employees

Getting to know your staff really goes a long way especially if it’s your company, you’re the director or you’re a team leader. It’s easy to focus all your energy on hitting targets, driving sales, achieving objectives, but for nearly all of us, it’s important to feel welcome and valued.

Taking an interest in your team costs absolutely nothing – a simple ‘how was your weekend?’, ‘how’d your son get on in his football match’, ‘did your cake turn out ok’ can show your colleagues that you took the time to listen and that they matter.

4. Set the tone

This leads nicely on from the last point. It’s great to take the time to get to know your staff but also how you interact with your team and colleagues can really set the tone for how others communicate.

Good communication skills are one of the most important things in a company because they create the right atmosphere to enable teams to work well together to achieve what they set out to do.

Everyone can have ‘off days’, but bad communication skills and poor attitudes should be addressed and dealt with effectively to maintain good working atmospheres and collaboration.

5. Offer support

Make it clear to your staff who they can turn to if they have a problem affecting them in or outside of work. Knowing there’s someone to speak to when you’re struggling is important regardless of company or job role.

In recent years, lots of companies have invested in an on-site councillor or helpline to assist those who need someone to talk in times of stress and acute anxiety.

6. Have some fun

We’re all human and we all need to blow off some steam or simply just take a breather from time to time. From team building days and Christmas parties to simply just circulating fun quizzes for people to get involved in – it’s great bring out the fun side in your staff and have them bond over something aside from work.

7. Salary

Last but definitely not least…money! The main reason we all go to work. When advertising a job, search around to check the salary you’re advertising against other similar roles in the local area.

It’s also important to keep check of how salary changes over time, or if a staff member takes on more responsibly – make sure this is rewarded with an increase in salary rather than just a new job title and a pat on the back.

So there you have 7 simply ways to help you hold onto your staff – we’re certain the list could go on forever, but we’ve found that these are some of the main underlying reasons people resign.

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What to Do in an Interview

A good employment agency will help you get your CV noticed and find a suitable role. However your interview will be the most important part of achieving your goal of securing a new job.

Preparation

Make the time to educate yourself on the company and what they do. Reread the job responsibilities for the position you’ve applied for. Gathering a few basic facts shows motivation and will help you know what questions to ask later. Also, prepare by bringing along extra copies of your resume or CV; some interviewers may be pulled in at the last moment and appreciate your forethought.

Arrive on time

Ensure that you don’t arrive late to a job interview. Give yourself an extra 20 minutes to account for parking or find the building. Arriving 5 or 10 minutes early is acceptable and already shows the interviewer that you have good time keeping skills.

Turn Off Your Phone

Turning your phone off will reduce distractions and allow you to fully concentrate on your interview. Vibrating phones can still be heard, and if an interviewer things that you feel there are more important things to do or people to speak to, this will likely have a negative impact on your chance of getting the job.

Shake Hands

Always offer to shake the interviewers hand along with anyone else in the room. This shows that you are confident and polite. It also shows that you have acknowledge everyone in the room. Sometimes small courtesies can make a big impression.

Sit Up Straight

It may sound old old-fashioned, but posture matters. Standing tall and sitting up straight not only conveys a sense of maturity and experience to others, it can boost your self confidence. Sitting up straight will also help you speak clearer, rather than slouching and talking into your own chest.

Speak Clearly

Don’t shout, but ensure you project your voice loud enough for everyone in the room to clearly hear. Try not to mumble, instead be clear and precise when answering questions. Try not to waffle, but at the same time don’t be too short with your answers.

Previous Employers

Chances are most interviewers will ask you why you left your previous position. Try not to be negative with your answer. If you left on bad terms, do not bad mouth your past employer. Instead focus on the positive aspects of your previous role and the experience that you gained. If you are applying for a job within the same industry as your previous role, there is a chance that your interviewer could know your past employer. Saying that you wanted a new challenge or had ambitions to further your career elsewhere sounds far better than saying that you fell out with your old colleagues.

Ask Questions

Most interviewers end an interview by asking if you have any questions. This is an important part of the interview and should not be skipped. Asking questions shows that you’re interested and have been listening. Pay attention to the details during your interview, and perhaps ask the interviewer for more details on certain aspects of the role.

Last Impression

When the interview is coming to an end, smile and ensure that you thank the interviewer and anyone else in the room for their time.

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Three Quarters of Employers Check Facebook

Social media platforms such as Facebook are great ways to share content with friends and family. However many businesses will often research potential employees prior to their interview to help find out more information about them. Most often this is via more business based social media platforms such as LinkedIn, however interviewers are now also looking at applicants Facebook profiles to help shed light on their personality.

If your Facebook profile is public for all to see then you may wish to consider the type of content that you are posting. Chances are if there are thousands of photos of you on drunk nights out and partying every other night, potential employers may paint a bad picture of you before you have even walked into the interview room. Posting political content or opinions may also have a potentially negative effect on interviewers.
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Your profile picture can also influence a business’s decision. Make sure you have a pleasant photograph of yourself. Research carried out by Academics from Ghent University found that employers often search for applicants on Facebook, and are influenced by what they see on their accounts. This is a great opportunity for you to show potential employers that you are reliable and well presented.

With three-quarters of interviewers checking social media before an interview it is important to make sure that if you’d rather your potential new manager doesn’t see what you get up to on a day to day basis then set your account to private. Privacy settings can be easily edited in your Facebook account settings.

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Researching for an Interview

Depending on how many interviews you’ve had in the past, the process can sometimes feel daunting. Researching the business you are applying to is a great way of increasing your chances of success. It will also help you feel more prepared and ultimately more confident when walking into the interview.

The ability to research is a thought after skill and portrays to your interviewer that you have taken the time to find out more about their business and its history. The information you gather from your research could also help you answer any questions the interviewer may have, as well as providing you with an opportunity to express your interest in their business.

Where to Look

Websites

Most businesses will have their own website. On here you can often find an about us or company history page detailing when they started, who works for them and their business objectives. This should provide you with a great overview of the company. This knowledge will help ensure that you can highlight your skills and experience inline with their business goals and objects. On their website you can also often find useful information about the products or services they offer. This too give you a great opportunity to tell the interviewer how you can help in these areas.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great tool for researching businesses and people. Most companies and staff members will have a profile. Here you can find out more information on the business you wish to work for, along with employees and their role in the company.

Facebook

Although Facebook is a social media website, many businesses will have a company Facebook page. On here you may find further information about the business and how they want to be perceived.

Interviewers won’t expect you to know everything about their business before you start the job. However detailing your knowledge of their business in the interview will go a long way to demonstrate to your potential new manager than you have taken the time to research their business and have a proactive approach towards the role.

Information that you find from your research can also help you tell the interviewer about how your past experience is relevant to their business.

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Business In The West Midlands Is Flourishing

We reported last month that UK employment was at its highest since 1974, and it would appear that Coventry and the West Midlands are seeing much of the benefit. Throughout 2019 many new opportunities for employment have arisen in the area thanks to investment from companies such as Amazon and NP Aerospace.

Over 400 jobs will be created this year at Amazons new warehouse in Warwickshire. Thanks to its great location and transport network the new fulfilment centre is focused around the distribution of products throughout the UK. The fulfilment centre is due to stock wine beer and spirits with Amazon planning on the location being its main distributer of alcohol.

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Other good news comes in the form of NP Aerospace who after winning a new UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) contract worth £63m to maintain, support and upgrade military vehicles have announced they will support approximately 100 jobs in Coventry and 250 jobs across the UK supply chain until 2024.

Enigma Employment Coventry continue to offer both full time and part time roles for those seeking jobs across a wide range of industries. If you are looking to embark on a new career or in need of a new job, then please get in touch.

UK Employment at Highest Since 1974

With all of the doom and gloom in recent news regarding Brexit and the economy, many of us will be happy to hear that the UK has reached its lowest levels of unemployment since 1974.

The Office for National Statistics recently announced that the UK’s unemployment rate was at its lowest for decades. With nearly  100,000 more jobs filled in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the previous quarter.

Despite the nervousness and uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the UK jobs market has shown steady growth over the past 6 months.

The recently released report also concluded that the percentage of women in work was at its highest ever levels since the Office for National Statistics had began recording data in 1971.

While Brexit and other economic issues have undoubtedly had a negative effect on the automotive industry, with Coventry car based manufacturer JLR making 4,500 redundancies. Companies such as Amazon and McDonalds have created thousands of jobs in Coventry and the surrounding area.

If you are looking for a new vacancy and wish to receive help from one of the most trusted recruitment agencies coventry has to offer, then contact Enigma Employment.

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How Many Jobs Will You Have In Your Life Time

Young people are expected to have changed job several more times than their parents. When comparing generations, millennials change jobs an average of four times in their first decade out of college, compared to the two job changes by generation Xer’s in their first ten years out of college.

Recent studies from economist at LinkedIn shows a jump in employment churn, specifically among millennials.

So why do Millennials Job Hop?

There are a variety of reasons as to why millennials move from job to job. Opportunity is one of the main factors, with younger generations arguably having more career choice. Advancements in technology and a wider range of industries to choose from means that younger people may move from one industry to another.

In previous decades Coventry was synonymous with the automotive and engineering industry. And while these industries still employe thousands of people in Coventry, the growth of other industries in the areas has provided younger generations with more opportunities and potential career paths.

Retirement age is also also thought to be a key factor. With the retirement age increasing almost every year, people will be working for longer before they are entitled to collect their pension. The thought of being in the same job for 50 years may be a scary one for someone just leaving college.

The average age people are starting families has gradually increased over recent years. First time fathers are now average 33.2 and first time mothers average 28.6. The lack of any dependants for many people in their 20’s may mean that they are more willing to try different jobs and not settle in the same job role.

A wide range of other factors such as job security, the economy, travel and temporary contracts may also be influential factors in the increase in the average number of jobs in a millennials life time.

If you are looking for a new role or a change in career then please get in touch with one of our team.

Help your CV stand out
5 Ways To Help Your CV Stand Out

With so much competition in the job market it can be hard to make yourself stand out from the crowd. Here at Enigma Employment Agency Coventry we have put together a useful list that will help you and your CV get noticed.

CV Presentation

The layout of your CV is one of the first things an employer will look at. Ensure that your CV is easy to read and in chronological order starting with your most recent job. If you are struggling or in need of some guidance, Microsoft Word comes with a template perfect for creating a CV. Ensure you include your address and contact details at the top of your CV.

Spelling and Grammar

Any obvious spelling errors in your CV will be quickly noticed and give employers the impression you don’t care or don’t have any attention to detail (a skill that many employers require). If spelling and grammar is not your strong point, ask a friend or relative to proof read your CV.

Tailor your CV

Be sure to give detailed examples within your CV that are relevant to the job you are applying for. Provide an overview of your previous roles along with examples of goals that you have achieved. If the job that you are applying for mentions any certificates, licenses, knowledge of programs or specific experience that is required, make sure you include any relevant examples.

Cover letter
If the job you are applying for provides the option to include a cover letter with your application, take the opportunity to include an introduce yourself and include key reasons why you think you would be suitable for the job along with a brief overview of your experience and key skills.

CV Title

It may sound obvious but when saving your CV to be sent to a potential employer, ensure that you title the document with your name followed by CV, for example ‘Joe Bloggs CV’.

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How To Prepare For an Interview

For most of us no matter how much experience we have or how many interviews we’ve been to, the thought of being put on the spot is often a daunting one. Knowing that the next 30 minutes or so could potentially determine the next few years of your life is a nerve racking idea for anyone.

Fear not! Here at Enigma Employment we are here to help. Below we have created a helpful list to assist you in preparing for any interviews you have in the future.

Arrival

You should always get to an interview with time to spare. This provides you with the opportunity to familiarise yourself and calm any nerves. The fact that you have turned up to the interview on time demonstrates you have good time keeping skills. If you are driving to the interview, plan your route. Google maps will calculate the time it takes to get there and will also show you near by areas for parking.

Presentation

Regardless of the role you are interviewing for, we would advise you dress smartly (this doesn’t mean dressing for a black tie event). A smart suit or dress always makes a good impression. According to research people naturally judge you in the first 7 seconds, so making a good first impression is essential. When greeting the interviewer offer to shake their hand, this helps signify your professionalism and confidence. Make sure its a firm handshake (but not too firm).

Research

Before even entering the interview, it’s always a good idea to research the company you have applied to. Look into the background of the business. When were they established? What are their goals and objectives? Remember these points and if the opportunity arises explain how your skills or experience can help them.

Speak Clearly

This may sound obvious but make sure you don’t mumble, but instead make yourself clear and easy to understand. If you get a dry mouth from your nerves why not take a bottle of water into the interview.

Documentation

Make sure you bring along any certificates, qualifications or documentation the interviewer has requested. Whether its a portfolio of work or a passport or drivers license. This shows you are organised and can follow instruction.