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How to Apply for Jobs

What happens after I register with Red Snapper Recruitment?

After registering with us, you will be contacted within 48 hours by our Recruitment team to discuss your work requirements. You also become eligible to receive alerts about the many jobs that we work on, and we will inform you about any jobs that you would be suitable for according to your communication preferences. This can be by phone, text and/or email.

Feel free to contact us about any jobs that you see on our sector specific job boards, or via our email alerts. Please make sure you direct these enquiries to the person whose name is on the advert.

We will take the time to inform you about the role itself, the company and the context of the role as a whole. Subject to your approval, we will then forward your details to the company concerned. Red Snapper work hard to guarantee the discretion of your personal information.

We endeavour to keep in touch with all our candidates as regularly as necessary. As you are probably aware, the public sector market is relatively quiet at the moment so we will continue to stay in contact with you although we may not have any specific vacancies to offer.

Preparations for applying to jobs

Here are some tips when you’re preparing your application for your next job to help you make the most of your time:

  • For a start, you should find out exactly which methods potential employers use to recruit. For instance, criminal justice and public sector employers will only accept applications by application form. So you’ll save time by not needing to get a CV together when targeting a job in this sector. However, having a CV is a very useful tool for changing jobs and careers.
  • When applying via a recruitment agency it is very important you have an up to date CV. This allows you to be submitted to roles quickly so you can avoid disappointment.
  • Commercial sector organisations, as a rule, request CVs. There are many schools of thought on what makes a great CV – here’s our advice on writing your CV, which focuses on creating a CV that will get you to the interview stage.

Application forms

While many people view their CV as never quite finished and more as ‘work in progress’. Whereas, completing an application form is usually a one-off.

Most employers tend to prefer you to complete and submit your application online as it makes the process more cost-effective and immediate. However, application forms require more time and attention to detail.

Whether you plan to apply online or on paper, you should first complete the questions in draft form. Make sure you spell check the draft, and revisit to check and edit before submitting. Taking the time to leave the application form and come back allows you to edit with a fresh mind.

Competency based applications

Application forms ask you to evidence you have the competencies, usually detailed in the ‘person specification’ section. This means the employer has broken the job down in to its separate tasks and questions give you the opportunity to evidence your competence and abilities to complete tasks, duties and responsibilities. When answering this style of question, make sure you use examples from across your employment history and work experiences.

And finally, before you email or post it, make sure you’ve answered every question that you should have. Always remember to take a photocopy to remind yourself of your answers before an interview.

Last edited: 31st May 2018

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