Category Archives: Advice

8 ways to help recruiters find you (and your CV!)

Hire Me SignAs recruiters we always look to connect with individuals who are interested in new career opportunities and have the skills, experience and qualifications our clients are looking for. So whilst we search through databases, build our networks and connect with jobseekers, how can you make sure that we find you…..and your CV? Continue reading

Spring Clean Your CV

feather_duster_spring_cleanIt’s that time of year when many of us spring clean our spare rooms, attics, cars, garden sheds and, if you’re like me, your office desk! But what about your CV?

Very often we simply keep adding information to our CV with each new job or qualification we gain but few of us seem to really clear out old or irrelevant information, give it a really good tidy up or dare I suggest even start again! Continue reading

10 Tips for Taking Ability Tests

Ability TestsHaving administered ability tests for jobs ranging from call centre staff, sales advisors and graduates to finance, HR and technical professionals I know that very few of us (if any!) look forward to sitting a test as part of a job application process.

However with studies just last year showing that “80% of FTSE 100 companies use aptitude tests in the recruitment process” and “8 out of ten facing psychometric tests” at managerial level, it’s something many of us these days need to prepare ourselves for. Continue reading

Escape’s Guide for Jobseekers: Use STAR to help you shine at interviews!

Job Interview in ProgressI was recently involved in an interview training session with Young Enterprise Lothian, a programme which encourages students aged 16 to 18 to set up and run their own company over the course of one academic year.

At the moment the students are busy preparing, not only for their prelims but for their end of year company interviews. For many participants this is the first interview they have taken part in and as anyone who has been interviewed knows, they can be a nerve-racking experience, especially if you’re not sure what to expect.

One of the most popular tips the group picked up was the STAR interview technique, a useful tool to help interviewees effectively talk through an example or scenario in an interview. Continue reading

New Year Resolutions for Your Job Search in 2012

Job Application FormGetting a New Job is holding firm as one of the UKs most popular New Year Resolutions, coming in below “saving money” and above “spending more time with people who matter”.

Here are a few tips to help make sure you stick to this resolution in 2012 even when we’ve all given up on our new regime of “eating healthy” and “going to the gym”! Continue reading

5 tips for Recruiting this Winter

Escape Recruitment's Office in the SnowFollowing our recent blog with tips for “jobseeking in the snow” here are our tips from the team at Escape Recruitment to Hirers to make sure that no matter the weather you can keep your recruitment plans on track this year and start the new year with your essential new employees on-board.

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4 Reasons to Recruit in December

Working in SnowWith less than a month before Christmas Day and only a few weeks left in the year there are some things worth putting off till the New Year resolution lists come round but your recruitment plans shouldn’t be one of them.

Starting the New Year with your selected candidate on-board (or nearly on the way!) is often a great boost to the team as they return from their break and a great time of year to start a new career. You know what they say “New Year, New Career!”.

Think it’s tricky to recruit in December? Here are some reasons why it can actually work in your favour: Continue reading

6 tips for jobseeking in the snow!

Job Application FormJobseeking in the snow.

How can you make sure your job search keeps going no matter what the weather this winter so you can start the new year with a new job?

Thanks to the wonders of technology many companies (including Escape!) have got plans in place to make sure they can keep recruiting come snow or shine but what can you do? Continue reading

It’s a CV but not as we know it!

A template with individuality

Whilst most jobseekers may stick with the traditional CV there are some who prefer a more individual format such as the  ‘Video CV’. Now, not everyone will necessary feel comfortable in front of the camera or feel they have the technical or creative know-how to make an effective Video CV (unlike Graeme Anthony who made headlines earlier this year with his Video) but after spotting Prezi’s new CV template I wondered if there is something which offers the familiar content structure and  allows candidates to show their individuality, creativity and personality. Continue reading

Escape’s Guide for Job Seekers: How to Write a CV

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This is a question we are asked often and the biggest problem we have when answering it is that there is no one right answer. At times it may be best to focus and promote your qualifications, at other times the achievements you have gained in your career are more important.

The content, style and focus of your CV can depend on a number of other factors including: Continue reading