Job Search Tips

AFR Job Search Tips

Create the right CV

Keep it simple – including your personal details, educational history, academic achievements and work experiences. Use bullet points to make your experience punchy and concise, never leave gaps as employers can suspect the worst. It should be intriguing and brief enough to allow further explanation at interview, remember the CV is your first impression.

Keep an open mind

Our consultants deal with different candidates and different vacancies on a daily basis, who better to advise you on your prospects and the type of positions available to you! At times we will challenge and perhaps introduce a career route which you may not have previously thought about. It is important that you trust our judgement. Many candidates have thanked us for providing them with opportunities they may not have initially considered.

Be honest with us

We understand that you may register with other agencies in your search for work and hence may have a variety of possibilities to consider. Please keep us up to date if you are going for other interviews so we can manage our client’s expectations. We also ask that if we speak to you about a position first please tell other agencies that we have already briefed you. We believe in asking candidates about a role before sending a CV – some of our competitors don’t, and this can cause complications.

Be prepared

It is a competitive job market out there, most other candidates going for the interview will have looked at the company website and seen the spec. You need to differentiate yourself and go the extra mile in your preparation, that can make all the difference.

Know who you are meeting, and how to get to the venue.

Do your homework, visit the company website, search the ‘net for other information; read trade magazines and study competitors’ web sites. Get to know the current issues facing the business, and do your research on the person or people you will be meeting. Google, Facebook and Linked-In are great first stops.

Look at the job spec again to ensure you can provide evidence that you match their requirements. Have examples prepared and ready based on your technical and personal skills.
Look smart and remember that anyone – from the Receptionist to the Managing Director – can influence the final decision. Be courteous to everyone!

Be prepared to discuss gaps on your CV; why you made certain moves; and what you could have done better with hindsight.

And finally…

Make sure you give us a call with your feedback immediately after the interview. Some clients will call us within an hour of seeing a candidate so it is essential we know your thoughts before then.

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K Sereice
K Sereice
15:00 15 Oct 20
I would rate this company well for supporting me. I was needing professional advice to know if I was going in the right direction, for a future job role. Sarah helped me with alot of advice. Thank you
Adele Gaskell
Adele Gaskell
19:11 03 Sep 20
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Jack Croft
Jack Croft
15:56 06 Aug 20
After completing university during the current global pandemic I thought it would be near impossible for me to get employment, However after finding a very interesting job online and with Tammy guiding me though the interview process I was able to feel more confident in myself and abilities.Again thank you Tammy! 😁
James Thomason
James Thomason
15:36 06 Aug 20
Tammy from AFR was brilliant friendly polite and proffesional. Tammy kept me updated and informed with the progress and feedback for my appication and interviews and I secured the position with the salary I was looking for.Thanks
Magda W
Magda W
18:47 15 Mar 20
I would like to use an opportunity to thank for the support that both Tammy and Sarah gave to me throughout the whole interviewing process. They both made me feel confident in myself to go to the interview as tbh if it wasn’t for them I would have struggled a lot more during the whole process ( never been to one before). Tammy Smith was absolutely amazing !!!!!She made me feel comfortable, provided me with all information I needed to succeed!She is also very warm, super friendly and... approachable, very reliable and informative. Honestly, I cannot thank them enough as they are just perfect career match makers!!!!!AFR Consulting/ Tammy Smith - you are a life changer!!!!Thank you very much!!!!read more
Jo English
Jo English
18:33 12 Mar 20
I had an email to let me know about a job opportunity and after a chat and a video interview that seemed to go really well, I was offered an interview.I cant praise them highly enough as they gave me the self confidence and information I needed and got the job.Three months later, yes it was the right job for me thank you everyone for your hard work.
Karina K
Karina K
23:01 07 Nov 19
Really impressed with AFR Consulting and their speedy effort to find me suitable employment. Tammy and Sarah really had my best interests at heart and the whole experience was much more of personal service than a business transaction as found at other recruitment agencies. I would certainly be using them in the future after trusting them to find me the perfect job.
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