FAQ's

FAQ's

 19 Jun 2019

I have said many times before that in the world of recruitment everyday can be different.  But throughout the recruitment process there are a number of questions that come up pretty frequently.   Here are some answers to our most commonly asked questions:
  1. Is my CV too long?  There is no exact answer for this.  I always remember someone telling me your CV shouldn’t be more than 2 pages, but sometimes you cannot fit everything you need in 2 pages so don’t be discouraged by this.  Just ensure you are tailoring your CV to the job you are applying for.  Make sure you are highlighting the most important parts that are relevant for that specific role and cut out the non-essential parts that are not required to support your application.  That’s not to say you should take any employment off your CV, just keep it to the point and don’t go into loads of detail if not relevant. 
  2. Is the salary negotiable?  Most of our clients will give us a salary bracket to work towards but often do not like us to advertise it.  We always try to get an idea of your expectations and previous salary before we start discussing what a company is offering.  Often the salary bracket can be fairly wide and will be dependent on experience so it’s important for us to understand the level you are at.   
  3. I don’t have the exact qualifications/experience, will I still be considered?  This is a tough one.  Our role is to ensure that we are finding candidates that best match our clients requirements.  So if they have advised of a certain education level or experience it can be pretty hard for us to look outwith this.  But with that in mind it can depend on client/industry.  When a new role comes in we contact our client to get further information and find out what is most important to them and whether there is any leeway with any of the requirements.  We will ensure to reflect this on our adverts where we can.  Never be scared to get in touch with us to ask any questions though.  If it turns out you are not suitable then we can keep you in mind for any future roles that arise and if you keep an eye on our website you will see that we add on new roles all the time!!
  4. I have applied directly to the client (or through another agency), but can you still submit my CV too?  I actually got asked this yesterday by a candidate.  Unfortunately if you have already applied through another means then we are unable to duplicate the application.  Some candidates seem to believe that it will help their application and show how keen they are but really it’s just frustrating for the client and duplicating their work.  So always be sure to let us know if you have already spoken to someone else regarding the role. 
  5. Is there a chance the role will go perm?  When recruiting for FTC or temp positions this is obviously a top question and will completely depend on the reason for the role (ie. Is it mat cover, is it to cover a busy period, is it project based etc).  Contract/Temp roles are a great way to gain experience within the company.  Even if the role is expected to finish after a certain period you just never know what else will come up within the company.  If you have gone in and done a stellar job then you will be first in mind if anything else comes up, whether that be a contract extension or a perm position.  I am always surprised when I speak to candidates who are not working but will only look at perm roles.  Contract/Temp roles are a great way to get your foot in the door and prove yourself as a essential member of the team.
We know the recruitment process can be a stressful time, so we aim to help as much possible - if you do ever have any questions about any of our roles or just need a bit of general advice you can contact us at enquiries@redconsult.co.uk

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