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How to get in the Right Mindset for Job Hunting

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Let’s face it, searching and applying for jobs can be mentally draining; as a first class employment agency Surrey, On Track Recruitment know this all too well! No matter how enthusiastically you start off, a job search that stretches on longer than you would like can be demotivating, and leave you feeling lost. But you don’t have to stay that way! We’ve got some tricks to help you perk yourself up and get right back into a successful mindset.

 

A good way to kick things off is with a motivational list! Using a word processor, note-taking app, or good old-fashioned pen and paper, take some time to list your achievements, your USPs (unique selling points), and skills. What challenges have you overcome in the past, and what have you accomplished both in and out of work? It might be hard to think of things at first, but once you get going and start to remember your past achievements, you’ll soon realise that there were a lot more than you first realised!

 

This list can help build confidence and reassure you that you’re more than capable of being successful in the positions you’re applying for. This confidence may even help you pass along this sentiment to a recruiter, interviewer, or HR team!

 

Another tactic is to get online and do some networking and ‘personal brand building’ – and no, this isn’t an excuse for you to whittle away an hour on Facebook or Twitter! Making contacts in the industry and sharing relevant content can really help you get back in the swing of things, as well as giving you a social boost, which can help to make any upcoming interview seem less daunting. You may even find a job through your contacts that you might not have heard of otherwise!

 

You can also research your desired role, industry, or the companies you’re applying to; this will boost your enthusiasm and keep the knowledge fresh in your mind for when you write your cover letter or attend an interview. Remember, fortune favours the prepared!

You can help increase your chances of successfully finding a role that suits you by signing up with On track Recruitment, a professional employment agency Surrey with a dedicated, experienced team all ready to help you. Upload your CV now, check our vacancies page, or contact us today, and we’ll help you realise your potential!

Improve Your CV as easy as 1-2-3

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Working at one of the leading recruitment agencies Surrey, the team here at On Track Recruitment is well versed in helping candidates perfect their CVs so that they only send out the best version possible in their applications. Updating your CV can be a notoriously difficult task to tackle, but we’ve compiled a few tips to help improve yours without you having to completely overhaul it.

 

Prove Yourself

We all know that a CV is meant to highlight what exactly it is you’re capable of, and what you can bring to a role if given the chance, but to really level-up your CV, you’ll want to provide examples of results and successes achieved in your working life. After all, demonstrating your strengths make your CV a lot stronger than one that simply lists off skills without backing them up with evidence!

 

Keep it Relevant

It can be tempting to cram in as much work experience as possible on your CV, especially if you don’t have much much, or don’t feel too confident with what you have – unfortunately, this can do more harm than good! Some work history may simply not be relevant to the roles that you’re applying for now and will just be taking up space that could be better used for other information; pick and choose what you include so that it best fits the specific positions for which you are applying.

 

Build From a Sturdy Foundation

It’s a good idea to have a ‘base’ or ‘master’ CV, which features essential information that you can tweak for each different position that you apply for. Personalisation is key, but you don’t want to have to start from scratch for each job application! If you’re struggling with wording certain sections of your CV, such as your skill sets, or previous work responsibilities, try looking at job listings and descriptions to get an idea of the language you should be using.

 

You can have the support of one of the best recruitment agencies Surrey at your back with On Track Recruitment – our team cares wholeheartedly about finding you a job you’ll love (and an employer that will love you!). To find out more about how we can help you, email our team at info@ontrackrecruitment.co.uk or call us on 01252 727887. Or, if you’d rather get straight to searching through what positions we have to offer, head on over to our jobs page now!

Three Ways to Prepare for an Interview

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Our team at On Track Recruitment dedicate time to matching local candidates with the perfect full-time jobs Farnham. When needed we offer coaching and advice to job seekers so that they may find the best opportunities to meet their expectations. Once we have arranged an interview on your behalf we will continue to give advice regarding the application process. In fact, if you’re due for an interview soon and need a little help feeling more prepared, then why not take a quick look at some tips from us below?

First Things First

Did you know that it can take interviewers as little as 90 seconds to decide if they think you’ll fit the role or not? First impressions are vitally important in the job market. Remember that your body language, appearance, clothing, and the way you speak can all set you at an advantage or disadvantage depending on what conclusion your interviewer comes to.

Sell Yourself

The purpose of an interview is to see if the role is a good fit for both parties, so you need to demonstrate relevant qualities, such as problem-solving, creativity, and listening skills. If your CV is thin, emphasise your potential and willingness to learn. Sometimes interviewers are more interested in your potential growth as an employee.

Practice Makes Perfect

Interviews can be daunting for a variety of reasons, and one of the best ways to ease this is with practice. Of course, you don’t want to use real interviews as a test run; setting up practice interviews with friends, family, or various employment services (including recruiters) is your best bet, and can help you start to find the situation less immediately stressful by way of association.

Once your confidence has grown and you start to get called in for real interviews, you can use these as a very helpful learning tool – even the unsuccessful ones.Simply ask for feedback from your interviewers to help you identify weaknesses and improve your interview technique.

If you’re looking for full-time jobs Farnham and want to find your ideal role, it’s worth browsing through On Track Recruitment’s job listings! You can also receive further information and support from our friendly and dedicated team by calling our office on 01252 727887 or emailing info@ontrackrecruitment.co.uk.

Three Things You Must Check Before Sending Your CV

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On Track Recruitment is dedicated to sourcing the best opportunities for full-time jobs Surrey. When applying to one of our vacancies, please ensure your CV is up to date, engaging and error free. So, before you send your CV, please make sure you take the time to double check the following:

Spelling and Grammar

At best, spelling and grammar mistakes are embarrassing, but when it comes to searching for full-time jobs Surrey, these mistakes may prohibit your application from being considered for an interview – particularly if you have included ‘attention to detail’ as one of your skills. It can be harder to spot spelling and grammar mistakes in your own work, as you know what you are trying to say, meaning that your brain will fill in the blanks and often skip over things, so it is a good idea to get a friend or family member to check your CV for you.

Formatting

CVs that look ‘all over the place’ in terms of formatting will mostly be seen as unprofessional and disregarded. Don’t worry, you don’t need to do anything fancy, just make sure that it is cohesive, legible and easy to follow. In other words, keep fonts, sizes, line heights, etc. consistent, and ensure that similar sub headings look the same; for example, if your first sub heading is bold 12pt, then all other subheadings should be the same (for example, do not let one become accidentally underlined or italicised instead). You can download many free online templates if you are struggling with this, and some word processing programmes offer their own too.

Correct Information

Whether it is your work history or contact information, this cannot be wrong. Your potential employer needs accurate information about you in order to properly process your application. Only then will they get back to you regarding interviews and possible employment. Inaccurate information about your past experience may appear deceitful, and wrong contact numbers could lead to you missing out on interviews, so check this all very carefully.

For a great selection of full-time jobs Surrey and Hampshire, be sure to visit On Track Recruitment’s job listings page, or visit us in person in our Farnham office. You can also contact us via telephone (01252 727887) or email. If you have any further questions, our team is always here to assist you.

Never Know What Questions to Ask at Interviews? Here are 5 to Start You Off

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Our dedicated team at On Track Recruitment are just waiting to help you realise your true potential by matching you to the best full time jobs in Surrey. Of course, once you’ve applied for the job and dazzled the HR team with your CV, there is still the interview process to follow. Many candidates struggle with asking the appropriate questions to ensure they project themselves in the best way possible.

Asking your interviewer questions is a must; not only will it make you look truly interested in the role, but this is your chance to vet the company yourself. Remember, just as the interviewer wants to see if you’re the right fit for the role, you need to ensure that it’s a good place for you to work, too. So, the next time you’re being interviewed, why not try asking the following questions: 

What do you enjoy most about working here?

This is a simple one – it gives the interviewer a chance to show off the best bits of the company, and to wow you a little. If you ask this sooner in the interview it can give you a clue to the values that the interviewer prizes, which in turn can help you answer their questions. Try also asking them what makes them passionate about their role or why they decided to work for the company.

What opportunities can I expect for career progression?

You always want to be thinking ahead when it comes to your career, and if there isn’t the room you need to grow, then the position might not be for you. If the role you’re interviewing for is a temporary position or a pit-stop between permanent roles, then this is less of an issue.

Please tell me about the team I will be working with?

Finding out about your team can be a deal breaker – if your prospective colleagues prefer to get on with things themselves, but you prefer a more lively and social atmosphere as you work, then this may not be the right fit for you. Asking about team dynamics may also clue you in as to how much work is team-orientated or collaborative and how well this usually pans out.

How is work (performance) evaluated here, and how often is it assessed?

It’s a good idea to know where you’ll stand if you’re hired, and the kinds of criteria you’ll need to meet; after all, you’d much rather be prepared for your evaluations than be caught on the hop. Check that the key skills and competencies of the role align with your abilities and allow yourself a little burst of confidence when you realise that you’ll be able to face any reviews head on!

 What can I expect next in the interview process? 

This is a good question to ask if you want to avoid feeling left in limbo after the interview. If there are more ‘rounds’ that you need to attend then you’ll be able to properly prepare for the next step

On Track Recruitment have years of experience when it comes to finding and selecting the best full time jobs Surrey, and are just waiting to help you find the one that fits you. We have plenty of listings right here on our site, and you can contact us by emailing info@ontrackrecruitment.co.uk if you need any further help with your job hunting.

Promotion Announcement – Cathrine Gwyer

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We are delighted to announce the promotion of one of our top performers, Cathrine Gwyer to Business Director.

Cathrine began her career with On Track 4 years ago as a Trainee Recruitment Consultant when the market was at an all time low.

Through her unceasing hard work, drive, resilience and ‘natural flair ’, she has been a major contributor to bringing On Track to the success story it is today, producing some sparkling performances along the way.

Cathrine is an ambitious lady and whilst this next step will bring many challenges we have every confidence On Track will continue to flourish with this terrific new Director in the driving seat.

We already have a dedicated team in place with Jane Nichols, Beth Lawrence, Vera Brook and a new member Steph Wheatley.

So I am sure you will join us in wishing Cathrine and her team all the very best for the next chapter…

Support and Advice From On Track Recruitment – Recruitment Agency Farnham

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On Track Recruitment is a trusted local recruitment agency whose dedicated team is focussed on finding the best available job opportunities in Farnham and surrounding areas. We offer our candidates support and advice including marketing your CV and how to make the very most of the interview process ensuring a positive outcome.

As part of a leading recruitment agency in Farnham, our On Track Recruitment team is always looking for the best jobs and best candidates with the aim of meeting the specific needs of both parties and to help you find success in your chosen career path. If you’d like to see the jobs openings we have on offer, then visit our listings page today and see what’s going in the local area. Alternatively, you can always give our team a ring on 01252 727887 and we’ll do our best to answer any questions you may have.

2016: New Year, New Job?

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The team here at On Track Recruitment would like to wish all of our clients and candidates a very happy New Year – we hope that 2016 will be a prosperous and rewarding year for you all!

And if you brought in 2016 by making a New Year’s resolution, we hope that it goes well for you and lasts throughout the year.

Here at On Track we are dedicated to finding the right jobs for our candidates; matching your skills, strengths and ambitions with positions in companies that will nurture your talent and help you to grow in a professional capacity.

Visit our jobs page to view the opportunities we currently have available for you, or contact our team today on 01252 727887 to register your interest. We’ll keep you updated on any new job we find that could be right for you, because your success is our business!

Merry Christmas from On Track!

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The team here at On Track would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our clients and candidates a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a fantastic New Year.

Here’s hoping that 2016 will bring just as much success, excitement, and professional fulfilment for us all as 2015 did!

Whether it’s over the holiday period or in the new year, don’t forget that you can keep checking back to our website to find all the best jobs in Farnham and the surrounding local areas. As ever, our goal is to help you find your dream job by always being on your case!

Jobs in Farnborough: Why Apply Over Christmas?

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On Track Recruitment are dedicated to matching up the perfect candidates to the perfect jobs in Farnborough and the surrounding area, and hunting out the best opportunities available to local jobseekers. With Christmas and the New Year just around the corner, many jobseekers are probably considering taking a break from their search for the ideal role, but this time of year is actually surprisingly fruitful for those who keep at it!

When searching for jobs, whether it be jobs in Farnborough or anywhere, it’s easy to think that continuing your search for work during the holidays may not be worth your time due to employers taking their own time off, but it’s becoming increasingly common for people to work during the holidays, often from home. Over half of workers are even expected to check their emails on Christmas Day, so it’s not out of the question for your application to be read and even considered at Christmas – how’s that for a perfect Christmas gift?

Another (rather obvious) reason for continuing your job hunt during the holiday season is the lack of competition; more than half of those seeking employment take some form of break over the Christmas period, whether to enjoy the festivities or because they think searching over Christmas isn’t worthwhile. This decrease in applicants means that it’s now the perfect time to strike with your own application, and an impressive CV can mean that you’re contacted and considered for the role before your competitors have even applied!

In much the same way that many jobseekers postpone their efforts until the New Year, many who are currently unhappily employed look upon the holiday season as a sort of milestone, and a chance to leave their current job and try something new, leaving their current position open for you! This makes Christmas and New Years the perfect time for speculative job applications, as the company in question may find themselves unexpectedly in need of new recruits, and with your application fresh in their mind, you may be their first port of call. Even aside from this, many businesses look to fill up their ranks or acquire new staff to help them reach New Year goals.

With years of experience under our belts, On Track Recruitment are experts at finding the best vacancies for jobs in Farnborough and Surrey and helping the best candidates find and apply to them. If you’re looking for a change of pace this holiday season, why not take a look at our job listings, or contact us by emailing info@ontrackrecruitment.co.uk – we’d be happy to help you in your search to find your dream job!