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How to stay on the recruiters "nice" list

Written by: Stewart Simpson
Wow what a year, 2015 is nearly over and over here at Service Care Construction the office is filled with festive cheer.

I have been singing “Santa Claus is coming to town” for weeks now (The Bruce Springsteen version of course), much to the annoyance of my colleagues. My favourite line is “Oh, he's making a list and checking it twice. He's gonna find out who's naughty or nice.”

It got me thinking about how you can avoid the naughty list and stay on the recruiters’ nice list this Christmas. So below is a few tips on how to stay on that elusive “nice list” this year.

Be Honest

One of the biggest frustrations for recruiters is when a candidate is not truthful. I am not talking about the bit on your CV where you state you can speak fluent French but the last time you spoke it was at 16 in your last GCSE class (O-Levels for those of us longer in the tooth)!

I am sure many recruiters would agree that the biggest frustration is not saying when you are not interested in a role. We don’t mind, it just means we can then give it to somebody who really does want the role instead. Also a big faux pas is lying about qualifications or experience, especially so if you are a tradesman. The client will soon find you out and it is then a broken relationship and back on the naughty list for you.

Help Yourself

Another way you can get yourself onto that elusive nice list is by sending us a good up to date CV with lots of detail on there. Just imagine you are out doing your Christmas shopping and you see lots of packaging which is damaged, or signs in the supermarket all in the wrong order or muddled up. Would you buy anything or just go and shop somewhere else?

It is our job to “sell” you to the job you have applied for so we want to help you do that in the best way possible. Any recruiter will tell you that 2 people with the same qualifications and CV who go for the same job, it will be the one with the better CV who goes forward for interview or in some cases even gets the role.

Be Flexible

Now, I don’t want you trying to touch your toes or anything too strenuous! I am talking about in terms of availability for interviews. Often our clients give us very short notice for interviews and limited timeslots. As a recruiter, you will stay on that nice list if you are flexible with your availability for interviews. Especially at short notice!

Be Prepared or Prepare to Fail

We all know the saying that proper preparation prevents poor performance. I know some of you might have noticed I have missed a word out there, it is just to check you are still paying attention. Seriously though, working in construction this is probably what all my candidates are used to doing day in day out in their roles. But often many people get themselves onto the naughty list with this one by not preparing for their interview.

I am sure many of my colleagues throughout the industry will agree with me on this one. Read up on the company, have a good look at the job spec, don’t be afraid to ask questions and probably the most important advice from me is always over dress! If two people are equal after the interview stage, but one guy turned up in jeans and a shirt and the other in a suit guess which one is going to get the role?

Let me know what you think? Would you add anything to the list? Have you been naughty or nice this year?

I have lots of roles starting in the New Year so if you are thinking that a new job is the top of your new year’s resolution list. Drop me an email at stewart.simpson@servicecare.org.uk or call me on 01772 208967. Remember as the song goes “I’m making a list and checking it twice. Gonna find out who's naughty or nice.” So make sure you stay on that nice list! 

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