So you’re a recruitment consultant, you have a good vacancy with a good client. You have established a decent relationship. To begin with you check on your database of candidates looking for this type of job a few months back but you’ve drawn a blank. I’m sure you’ve been in a situation like this before, you think this is going to pass you by. In reality however, if there is somebody out there and you don’t find them, somebody else will. If somebody else does, they will make a fee out of it and you won’t.
Yet most people don’t seem to appreciate that it is the same with our mental world. Let me share an example. Have you ever been training a swlocums and they constantly talk about their concerns that a candidate will pull out at the last minute? In fact they mention it a couple of times a day. Imagine if they are saying it out loud how many times they are saying it to themselves in their head. Then guess what? The candidate pulls out. It is as if the thought somehow created the event. Sounds spooky I know and yet the scientific research backs this up to be true. A study of NASA astronauts in the early eighties demonstrated that thoughts could be transmitted and received. In other words thoughts had a power all of their own.
You are not alone. The recent credit crunch means it has never been harder to manage your finances. But even if money or the lack of it has been getting you down it is very important not to bury your head in the sand. If you have credit cards, moving the balance to a company offering zero percent interest rate can be a good place to start.
The sole purpose of your CV is to make sure you get an interview. Don’t write anything on your CV which could be a turn-off for recruiters. For example, if you have a large gap in your work history, think about using a functional rather than chronological CV.
Due to its ‘temporary’ nature, investing lots of time in finding this type of work isn’t very worthwhile. By far the best way to go about finding temporary work is to enrol with a recruitment agency that specialises in filling temporary positions.
No matter how casual the usual dress is for the job you are applying for, presenting yourself well in an interview shows that you respect yourself, your possible future employer and makes a positive impression. Make sure your hair is styled and tidy and men should always be clean shaven. Being friendly is also important so don’t forget to smile. For a corporate interview wear your best outfit with polished shoes. Make sure the outfit is not too revealing. Conservative and professional is always best.
Make a note of any questions you would like to ask. Ask about things if they are important to you, especially if your decision whether to proceed depends upon the answers (for example: will I have to relocate? (if that is something you don’t want to do!). Otherwise, ask broad questions such as ‘What training will be given?’, ‘What opportunities are the for advancement?’. Have these questions written down.
Your clients are looking for someone that can perform in the role. Unconsciously they want someone who is relaxed in their own skin; confident and someone that will fit into their company.