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Try Thinking Like a Christmas Present to Achieve Job Hunting Success

A photo of a Christmas present. Try thinking like one of these to find full time jobs in Surrey.

It’s that time of year again and the On Track team has just one thing on their minds…. full time jobs in Surrey! Well, that and presents. Presents are always a joy to both give and receive, to wrap and to unwrap, but did you know that they can also teach us some valuable tips about job hunting? You might be sceptical but why not try it? All you need to do is…

 

Be Appealing

All the best presents are those that are so beautifully wrapped and adorned with ribbons and tags that you end up being torn between wanting to rip right into them, and wanting to preserve how it looks forever. During the job hunting process, you want to be the same – your CV should make hiring managers want to dig deeper and invite you for an interview. And when you get that interview ensure that you make a good first impression by looking smart, professional and presentable.

 

Stand Out from the Crowd

Ever had difficulty deciding which present under the tree to unwrap first? Well how about the one that’s shaped a little differently than the others – the one that draws your eye to it because it’s so unique? It’s easy to get caught in a trap of using buzzwords when searching for full time jobs in Surrey and saying what you think employers want to hear, that you end up sounding like every other candidate. Remember – this is about you and why you’re the best fit for this role – don’t be afraid to stand out a little!

 

Be Fun to Unwrap

The best presents are the ones that are fun to unwrap – where the paper tears just so to reveal what lies beneath the sparkling paper, and isn’t all gummed up with sticky tape that needs scissors to get through. In the same way, you’ll want to reveal more about yourself once you reach the interview stage; your CV acts as a little summary to entice employers to talk to you more, and you mustn’t make it too difficult for them once they start to “unwrap” you. Be candid, and show off everything that makes you hireable that you couldn’t fit in your CV.

 

Another way to get ahead in the hunt for full time jobs in Surrey is to enlist the support of an experienced team like on Track recruitment. We’re passionate about helping people realise their full potential and moving into careers that suit them. Take the next step in your career today – why not browse our job listings online and upload your CV to our database, or talk to us directly by calling 01252 727887 or emailing info@ontrackrecruitment.co.uk?

Looking for Extra Work This Christmas? Try These Industries

A photo of items for Christmas, which is a popular time of year for recruitment in Surrey

Christmas is always a busy time of year for recruitment in Surrey, with new openings being posted frequently. Of course, not only are employers looking for more hands on deck, but candidates like yourself are also looking for a little extra spending money for the festive season, whether it’s for more generous or indulgent things. So, just which sectors are likely to be hiring this time of year?

 

Hospitality

‘Tis the season for work parties and family do’s, meaning you’ll find plenty of openings for catering, waiting, and other roles in hospitality. Depending on your role, you may be able to make even more than you bargained for if you manage to perform particularly well when it comes to tips (and the festive season is also one of generosity, so you never know).

 

Customer Service

An increase in sales and business during the Christmas period means that employers are always looking for extra people to field calls, answer emails and deal with other customer queries and problems.

 

Warehouse / Stock

The run up to Christmas is one of the busiest time of year, with everyone rushing to buy gifts for friends, family, and co-workers. Naturally, this means that all this extra stock needs sorting, and busier than usual warehouses need all the extra pairs of hands they can get.

 

Retail

Retail generally has a lot of openings throughout the year for sales assistants, but the holiday season will see even more openings and more chances for overtime.

 

Driving

Another job that’ll get you out of the office! Increased sales and demand means that you could be delivering stock to local outlets, or delivering packages to customer homes.

As specialists in recruitment in Surrey, On Track are experts when it comes to matching up candidates to their ideal jobs, and seasonal vacancies are no exception! Remember to browse our job listings, or contact us for more information today!

Blink and You’ll Miss out : Candidates Snapped Up As Demand Increases

A photo of a handshake, after finding a job & recruitment in Farnham

The team at On Track are at the forefront of recruitment in Farnham, meaning that we see the successes and struggles of both employers and potential candidates, and often end up being able to spot certain patterns and trends in the local job market. So what’s the pattern of the moment? High demand for candidates and a faster moving recruitment process than ever.

 

There’s never been a busier time in recruitment than now, especially as we head towards the festive season and the sudden influx of temporary Christmas work. The job hunting timeline is becoming incredibly fast paced, meaning prompt interviews and speedy decisions are a must to avoid losing talent to other job offers.

The increase in job search sites (such as Indeed and Monster) are also allowing candidates to “shop around” more, exposing them to a greater number of employers and opportunities, all of which are fighting with you to attain the most desirable candidates.

Candidates themselves are also becoming more proactive, with many juggling multiple applications, interviews and offers at once, meaning employers have to move fast to secure desired additions to their teams. It’s now also more important than ever to remain attractive as an employer and competitive with your job offers – something that makes a candidates pause can be the first step in securing them as an employee instead of losing them to another company.

 

Want to snap up your own ideal candidate before they’re gone? Work with a team experienced in recruitment in Farnham such as On Track for a larger and more targeted group of local candidates who will fit your role perfectly. Call us today on 01252 727887 for more information or send an email to info@ontrackrecruitment.co.uk to arrange a meeting.

How to Stay Motivated in Your Job Hunt Whilst Unemployed

An idea lightbulb lighting up thanks to a recruitment agency in Farnham

As a trusted recruitment agency in Farnham, On Track know just how difficult it can be for candidates to keep their spirits up after becoming unemployed – this becomes even harder when searching for a new role is thrown into the mix. However, it’s not an impossible task, and can be accomplished, providing you have the right attitude.

 

Treat job hunting as a personal project instead of a chore. After all, the end result will see you in a role that offers you a perfect fit, meaning the payoff is much greater than if you’d just done some vacuuming or washing up instead. Set yourself goals and challenges to keep your morale up, and to prevent stagnation.

In a similar vein, treat yourself as a project. Use your new-found free time to upskill yourself; learn new skills relevant to your industry, or hone your existing ones – these can all be put to good use on your CV and in any interviews (especially if you’re asked about what you’ve been up to recently).

Stay in touch with your network, and make sure to visit industry spaces online, including Twitter and LinkedIn – it can be too easy to get out of the loop and miss vital information that could help you land a new role.

Maintain a routine. It may be tempting to use your unemployment as an excuse to relax a bit, but that will make things so much more difficult for you when you do get a job again. You don’t have to get up at 6 am every morning, but you don’t want to sleep in every day and build bad habits that will be hard to break later.

Enlisting the support of a recruitment agency in Farnham like On Track can help you to find an abundance of relevant roles that you might not have otherwise come across, rather than having to do the hard work of finding everything yourself and sending out countless applications that are shots in the dark. Searching for roles can be tough, but recruiters can really help to lighten the load and save you time.

On Track is a recruitment agency in Farnham with a highly passionate and dedicated team who work tirelessly to match up roles to the best candidates. If you need help with your job hunt and want to find roles more suited to you, why not join us? You can search our job listings, upload your CV, or contact us directly at info@ontrackrecruitment.co.uk or 01252 727887 for further assistance.

 

Networking: Even More Ways to Find New Professional Contacts

A networking event with people who have jobs in Farnham

Here at On Track Recruitment, we’re always on the lookout for the best jobs in Farnham and the best candidates to fill the roles. Of course, once you’re on the career ladder, you’ll want to start thinking about networking, which can be pretty daunting no matter what rung you’re on. We’ve previously spoken about different ways you can go about meeting new contacts, but it’s such a popular topic that we thought we’d follow up with a part two, so here are even more ways for you to get networking.

 

Hobbies

Joining a local group based on your personal interests and hobbies (such as a sports team or book club) is not necessarily a direct method when it comes to meeting new contacts, but it can be worth your while, as you never know who you could meet. You’ll be introduced to new people outside of your usual circles whose interests align with yours, and you may find some valuable and unexpected information in the process.

You may want to be more selective with what kind of group you join and pick one based on what qualities you’re looking for – e.g. creative types may be found in art classes, motivated and driven people at dance groups, team players in sports clubs, etc. You can also try volunteering, or groups founded in politics, charity work, or religion if you’d like to make contacts more aligned with your own personal beliefs and ethics.

 

Private Events

Private events are another opportunity for you to widen your social circle and meet new business contacts. Finding a way to help someone else is a great way to start a business relationship. Who knows, you may find others like yourself looking for contacts of their own, and you may be just what they are looking for.

 

Organise Your Own Events

Depending on your chosen profession and where you live, opportunities to network may be very thin on the ground, but this doesn’t need to stop you. If there aren’t any networking events like the ones we’ve spoken about (including in our previous blog) why not go the extra mile and organise your own? That’ll show initiative on your part, and make you more desirable to connect with for potential contacts.

 

The team at On Track recruitment hunt down quality jobs in Farnham so you don’t have to. See for yourself and take a quick browse through our current job listings – maybe you’ll find your perfect match. To contact us for more personalised advice, simply email info@ontrackrecruitment.co.uk or call us today 01252 727887 – we’re always delighted to help professionals find a new role!

Networking: How to Find New Professional Contacts

A group of networkers brought together by a recruitment company in Surrey

As a leading recruitment company in Surrey, the team at On Track Recruitment thought it was about time that we spoke about something we know many young professionals dread: networking. We find that a lot of candidates haven’t got the first clue of how to go about networking, let alone where to go, and how to meet new business contacts – but it’s actually not as complicated as it seems. We would suggest trying the following to get started.

 

Corporate Events

Conferences are a fantastic way to meet a large number of professional contacts in your preferred industry and field, and you can be sure that networking will be welcomed, since others at these events will be looking to expand their professional circles too. Events like these have the added bonus of allowing you to learn at the same time, and bounce ideas off new contacts (or at least function as a conversation starter).

 

Introductions

Never underestimate the value of friends of friends, or colleagues’ contacts. Some may be reluctant to foster contacts “close to home”, but you don’t need to be constantly breaking new ground in order to be networking efficiently. Have a browse through your LinkedIn connections and see if you can get the ball rolling if the above options aren’t feasible.

 

“Cold Calls”

When it comes to networking, “cold calls” will be less about actual calls, and more about emails (or perhaps private messages on LinkedIn) – you may even prefer to call them “Cold Reach Outs” to people you admire. Why not try commenting on their blog, Twitter account, etc. beforehand so that your message isn’t completely out of the blue and the recipient is more likely to be receptive – remember to highlight the benefit of them connecting with you, as well.

 

If you’re in need of a professional recruitment company in Surrey to match you up with your perfect career, then On Track is here to help! With a specialist team of recruiters and a variety of roles available on our vacancies page, we have everything you need to get a head start on your job hunt. Upload your CV to our database today, or contact us for more assistance – we’d be delighted to help you.

Is There Ever a Good Reason to Decline a Job Offer?

A person from one of the recruitment agencies in Surrey offering a handshake

As one of the most successful recruitment agencies in Surrey, On Track Recruitment know that if you’ve been searching for a job for quite some time, it can feel only natural to jump at the chance when an offer is presented to you… but a “beggars can’t be choosers” attitude can often cause more problems in the long run, for both the employee and employer, with a lot of wasted time on everyone’s hands.

 

Some may argue that when factoring in wages and experience, there’s never a good reason to turn down a job offer, but this simply isn’t true!

In fact, there are many reasonable grounds for declining offers received, including the following:

  • The proposed salary is not enough to support your current needs (and negotiation has proved fruitless)
  • There is little to no possibility for career progression
  • After the interview, you feel that you may not be a good fit for the company
  • The role offered to you is different from the one you applied for, either due to misinformation, or being offered as a “consolation prize” from the initial role being filled
  • You’ve received a better offer from another company
  • You haven’t been given concrete information that you need to help make your decision (for example, pay, start times, status of current employees, etc.)
  • The company has a suspiciously high turnover rate

Reputable recruitment agencies in Surrey like On Track know that the ultimate goal of job hunting isn’t just to find you a job, but to find one that matches you well, so that both you and your new employer are happy. With this in mind, don’t fret too much about having to turn down a role if it truly wasn’t the right fit for you. If you’d like to enlist the help of our supportive and dedicated recruiters then get in contact with us today – we would be thrilled to help you take the next steps in your career!

Follow These Three Easy Tips for a Successful CV!

Someone celebrating CV success thanks to our recruitment agency in Farnham

As a trusted recruitment agency in Farnham, On Track specialises in matching up candidates with job roles that best fit them and their skill sets. Of course, no matter how perfect the match, candidates still need to go through the application process, which usually includes writing a CV – something which many find daunting. But if you simply follow these three tips, you will see your CV’s success rate soar.

 

Get Your CV Checked By Someone You Trust

It goes without saying that you should always review your spelling and grammar in any important documents like CVs before you submit them, but it can be all too easy to skim over your own mistakes due to familiarity. A fresh set of eyes can make all the difference and can ensure that mistakes that you may have missed get picked up.

Also double check that any personal and contact information you’ve submitted is up to date and correct – it would be awful to find out that employers wanted you for a role but couldn’t get through to you.

 

Be Concise

When it comes to CVs, it can be tempting to try and include as much as possible to demonstrate how skilled and capable but you are. Unfortunately, this will often just make things seem cluttered, and may even hinder your chances. It’s a good idea to be as concise as possible and break up your sections where possible, as whoever reads your CV will be far more likely to skim paragraphs of text, but actually read bullet points, especially if you keep them short.

 

Tailor Your CV For Each Application

Even if all of your applications are for similar roles, each hiring manager will have a certain set of skills and traits that they’re searching for. Read through the job listing to find out what these are and then highlight them in your CV with examples. You may also want to remove superfluous information that is less relevant for certain applications to keep things shorter and neater (remember, as we said above, the best CVs are concise!)

 

If you’re looking for work in Hampshire or Surrey and need the assistance of an experienced recruitment agency in Farnham, then On Track Recruitment is here for you. Candidates are free to browse our job listings and submit their CVs for consideration, whilst clients can get in touch with us today for more information about what we can offer.

Why You Should Research Your Potential Employer Before Interviews

A jobseeker doing research on the advice of one of the top recruitment agencies in Surrey, On Track

As one of the most recommended recruitment agencies in Surrey, On Track Recruitment is passionate about helping our candidates find the perfect role for them, and supporting them throughout the interview process. Of course, we can only offer advice and guidance – the rest is up to you, including the level of research that you do beforehand. So, why should you research potential employers before interviews? Good question!

 

  • Learning more about the company should help you remember why you’re interested (or even excited and enthusiastic) about this position, and strengthen your resolve, which is a great boost to have before an interview.
  • Investigation can sometimes reveal possible doubts and obstacles, which you can then raise at the interview in order to have them addressed properly.
  • Researching the location will confirm if you can actually make it to work there every day, as well as prevent you from getting lost and in a flap on the day of your interview.
  • Candidates who have clearly researched the company are always looked upon more favourably than those who haven’t – if you show off your knowledge during your interview, it can give a great impression and give you some bonus points.
  • You can compare any extra information you can find out about working there, and see if it fits with what you see during the interview.
  • Thorough preparation will help you to be as confident as possible during the interview, which should hopefully help you feel more calm and in control – or at least less nervous!

 

On Track is one of the leading recruitment agencies in Surrey and is home to the most dedicated recruiters you’ll ever meet. To find a fantastic job today, browse our available roles, upload your CV, or contact us directly with any enquiries at 01252 727887 or info@ontrackrecruitment.co.uk – we’d love to hear from you!

Want Your Cover Letter to be Successful? Avoid These Three Sentences!

A blank notebook ready for someone to draft a cover letter, guided by their recruitment agency in Surrey

As a recruitment agency in Surrey, it is On Track’s job to put qualified candidates in touch with employers so they can find a role that fits – but that is only the first step in any job hunting journey. We are merely the matchmakers – it’s up to candidates to make a good impression during the interview, and through your CV and cover letter. Unfortunately, there are some all too common phrases used in the latter that seem to be a turn off for hiring managers – so to avoid disappointment, we would suggest steering clear of these when crafting your cover letter.

 

“To Whom it May Concern…”

This sounds more like the start of a passive-aggressive note left on the windscreen of a badly-parked car than the opening of a successful cover letter. Of course, ideally you’ll want to address the cover letter to whoever will be reading it, but if that information isn’t always readily available. After conducting some research, you may be able to deduce the right name, but if you’re not completely sure and don’t want to risk guessing amongst the names you’ve found, deferring to Sir/Madam is a viable alternative.

 

“Despite My Limited Experience…”

Many hiring managers will ignore everything that comes after this, and will focus on your lack of experience and will see it as you not being the correct fit. Don’t draw attention to your weakness, but instead focus on your strengths and relevant transferable skills. Mention instead that you’re looking for a change or are ready to take the next step in your career – keep a positive mentality and highlight your strong points on the application.

 

“I’m Writing to Express my Interest…”

The age-old writing advice “show don’t tell” is highly applicable here. Don’t just say you’re interested in the role (of course you are – why else would you be applying?) – say why you’re interested in this role in particular, the company that advertised it, and what you think you can bring to the table.

Whether you’re a candidate looking for work or a business looking to find potential employees to fill their roles, you’ll need to enlist the help of a capable recruitment agency in Surrey like On Track recruitment. Candidates can browse our site for open job listings, and potential clients looking for more information can contact our team today by calling 01252 727887 or emailing info@ontrackrecruitment.co.uk.