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January 04, 2012
Writing about web page http://www.unitemps.co.uk
Following recent requests I have put together this brief guide on how to improve your chances of getting selected for roles with Unitemps. I have worked for Unitemps as a Consultant for over 4 years and over this time I feel it would help if I give some tips and explain some of the pitfalls candidates occasionally fall into when using our service.
Hopefully this guide will be a useful tool and may help you on your quest to secure temporary employment.
Ensure your CV is uploaded, up to date and in the correct format.
Having your CV uploaded to the website is vital, without this you are unlikely to get considered for a role. Make sure your latest CV is uploaded and regularly update it with any experience you gain.
To upload a CV to the website it needs to be in RTF format, if you are unsure how to save a Word Document as an RTF follow this link: http://goo.gl/TcHjT
Take time to write application notes and make them relevant to the position
Application notes are vital, without these it is very difficult for consultants to see if you meet the criteria. Make sure you make the application notes relevant to the role you are applying for and highlight things such as your availability, ability to travel to the location and any relevant experience.
One other area candidates fall down is spelling and punctuation. If your application notes are littered with typing errors then this can have a detrimental effect on your application. A good tip is to write your application notes in Word, use the spell checker and once completed paste them into your application notes box.
3 paragraphs is more than sufficient, any more than this and the message may get lost. Also do not add headings, bullets or contact details as they may not display correctly and make your notes difficult to read.
Read the job description
Your application notes will tell us if you have read the job description. It is surprising how many applications we get from candidates who have clearly misunderstood the role. Do not skip read as this will guarantee you miss out vital information.
On many occasions we have come to shortlist applications only to find that a candidate who meets all the criteria has not uploaded any contact details to the website. Without any contact details we are unable to ring you so in this scenario we would move on to the next candidate. Do not fall into this trap and check your details are up to date and are correct.
Finally make sure that you have a voicemail on your phone so we can leave messages if we cannot get hold of you.
Remember that Unitemps primary aim is to secure students and people temporary work (hence the name Unitemps). Our roles can vary from basic roles which flex around existing commitments or eve full time roles that help you expand your experience.
We do occasionally get graduate and permanent roles however you may have more success in this area if you have access to a Careers service.
Applying for roles
The golden rule with applying for work with Unitemps is if you first do not succeed, try, and try again! It is important that you do not get disheartened if you are not successful for a role as some roles can get over 100+ candidates so it may not necessarily mean you have done anything wrong.
The most successful candidates are the ones that are persistent and continue to apply for roles on a regular basis. Applying for roles as soon as they appear can help as your application will appear towards the top of the list, sign up for the job e-mail alerts and also Facebook if you have not already.
I hope this guide is useful and helps candidates better understand what will improve your application. If you have any questions please let me know.
- Ensure your CV is uploaded, up to date and in the correct format
- Take the time to write relevant application notes
- Spell check your application / CV before submission
- Ensure you have a voicemail active on your phone
- Be persistent and keep applying for roles on a regular basis
- Sign up for our Facebook page, it is a great way to hear about the jobs as soon as they appear
- Ensure your contact details are up to date
Please be aware that the opinions above are my personal views and not necessarily those of my employers (Unitemps or the University of Warwick)