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Stopgap Job Hunting Advice

Job Hunting Advice

WHATEVER STAGE YOU'RE AT IN YOUR CAREER, THE JOB HUNTING PROCESS CAN BE DAUNTING FOR EVERYONE.


From CVs to interviews to the wonders of LinkedIn, we've created a comprehensive set of downloadable guides to help you every step of the way to securing your dream job.  


Create A Winning CV

As a marketer, you know the importance of creating positive first impressions and attracting interest through your copy. So why is it so much more difficult to sell yourself than it is a product of service?

The team at Stopgap have helped thousands of people just like you to create compelling and effective CVs to help them go on to get the career opportunities they deserve. We've gathered all this expertise together to create a downloadable advice guide to help you prepare and prosper from your CV. It covers CV types, formatting, content, examples of good stuff and bad - in short, everything you need to get cracking. 


Let's get writing your success story.Download the guide here.

cOMPETENCY BASED QUESTIONS

You did it! You got the interview! Now for the pesky questions…

Competency-based questions: you know, those 'describe a time when you had to…', 'give me an example of how…', 'tell me about a situation…' There's no doubt about it, they're tricky questions that can often lead to an embarrassing pause in proceedings. 

They needn't. Remember that these are questions designed to help your interviewer understand how you react and behave when faced with specific scenarios. It's your individual experience and unique approach that they want to hear about - there's no right or wrong answer. But it can be difficult to think on your feet and quickly come up with good examples in an interview scenario, so preparation is incredibly important. 

We've gathered all this expertise together to create a short guide to help you prepare for competency based questions at interviews. It also gives you the heads-up on a wide range of commonly asked questions covering topics like leadership, adaptability, teamwork, problem-solving and so on - in short, everything you need to do yourself justice on the day. 


Let's convey your competencies with confidence. Read the downloadable guide here

TELEPHONE INTERVIEW ADVICE

Unknown number on your phone? Watch out! It could be your new boss! 

Love them or hate them, telephone interviews are common in today's job market. They're money saving, time-saving, and waste-of-time saving - for both candidates and companies up and down the country. So far so good, but the sting in the tail is that sometimes interviewers think it's a brilliant idea to take you by surprise. 

Don't panic. Our people have helped thousands of people just like you to succeed in telephone interview situations and go on to get the career opportunities they deserve. We've gathered all this expertise together to create a downloadable advice guide to help you prosper with telephone interviews. It covers how to prepare, how to avoid technology issues and how to come across well when you've only got words in your armoury. Use it in conjunction with our other downloadable advice guides and you'll have everything you need to do yourself justice on the phone. 


Let's tackle those telephone interviews together. Read the downloadable guide here.

CREATE YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE 

Is your online presence helping or hindering your job search?

As a marketer, you're well aware of the power (and potential pitfalls) of social and professional networks. 

More than ever, employers make LinkedIn their first port of call to research candidates so it's imperative that your online profile does you justice.  Our people have helped thousands of people just like you to perfect their profile and help them go on to get the career opportunities they deserve. 

We've gathered all this expertise together to create a short downloadable advice guide to help you prosper from your LinkedIn profile. It covers how to write, what to write, how to be found and how to stand out - in short, everything you need to get noticed. 


Let's get writing your perfect profile. Read the downloadable guide here. 

STAYING MOTIVATED 

When it comes to looking for a new marketing job, staying motivated and positive is key. It's not always easy if you’ve had knock-backs or it’s taken longer than you’d hoped.

Our experienced and passionate marketing recruitment consultants have worked with thousands of candidates over the years through the highs and lows of their job hunts and have put together a short downloadable guide.


Let's help you stay motivated and focused on finding that perfect role. Read the downloadable guide here. 

APPLICATION FORM ADVICE 

Being asked to complete an application form when you’re well into a successful marketing career can seem rather unnecessary. But in fact, application forms are surprisingly common, especially in the Not-For-Profit and Education sectors where employers are particularly sensitive to ensuring equal opportunity measures are being observed.


Let's help you feel confident about completing applications. Read the downloadable guide here. 

PREPARING FOR AN INTERVIEW 

Got an interview? Nice one! Now what?

It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first or fiftieth time, there’s no doubt about it - interviews are nerve-wracking experiences.

Relax. We’re only putting you forward for this role because we think you’d do a great job. But remember: a little preparation goes a long, long way.

We’ve gathered all this expertise together to create a downloadable guide to help you prepare and prosper at interviews.

It covers presentation, common questions, body language, adopting an effective STARS (Situation/Task/Action/Result/Skills) approach, what interviewers really want to know, and what you need to get out of an interview - in short, everything you need to do yourself justice on the day.


Let’s meet this challenge head-on. Read the downloadable guide here. 

Now that you're armed with all the tools to confidently look for work, why not check out our job board and see if there's an opportunity matched to your experience? Or register with Stopgap and one of our consultants will be in touch to speak further through your experience & job search!