Getting ready for a new job
Hello! My name is Adam Jones and I am the Head of HR Operations at Teledyne e2v, a technology company based in Chelmsford
My background in recruitment has taught me that anyone can achieve their ideal job but they must have determination as well as realistic expectations. I know what employers look for and so I’m here to help you make all the right impressions with potential employers.
You can find some of my key tips on how to prepare your CV elsewhere on this site, however before you take a look at that article, let’s talk about a few ways you can ensure that you have everything in place to begin your journey in finding a new career or job.
Make sure you have a (sensible) email address
Setting up an email is free and easy to do. The best way to do this is to set up a webmail account. This is a type of email account that you can access from any computer by logging onto your account securely. Some typical webmail services include Google’s Gmail (www.gmail.com) and Microsoft’s Outlook.com (www.outlook.com).
When selecting an email address, it is important that it feels professional and that you don’t use nicknames. Typically, you should use your own name and the remainder of the address is provided by the email service itself. For example, your new email address would be: firstname.lastname@example.org if you chose to create a Google Gmail account for example.
A common name may already be taken for an email address so you may need to add a number or something additional to distinguish the new address as a unique one.
Sort out your social media
Sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn all allow employers to get a glimpse of who you are outside the confines of a CV, cover letter, or interview. So make sure that you're only sharing sensitive content with those you want to see it!
Social media also allows job seekers the opportunity to learn about companies they’re interested in; connect with current and former employees; and hear about job openings instantaneously, among other things.
Be sure to create a LinkedIn profile for establishing professional networks and gaining employer insights and different networking and information sourcing groups. Creating a profile is free and you can search for people and companies: uk.linkedin.com
LinkedIn is an essential site for employers to find potential employees. Keeping your profile up-to-date with all of your skills and experience will help create new opportunities for you too. All of your social media accounts are online so that means you might want to consider what you post as it could be discovered by potential employers. You can set your account settings to be private or choose visibility settings on posts on some networks like Facebook.
You can use Facebook to access vacancies through local pages (like this one) and company pages, but LinkedIn is a better option for job searching if you want to use a social media account.
Check your online posts
A YouGov survey of business decision makers reveals what social media mistakes can get a candidate turned down for a job. One in five employers (19%) have turned down a candidate for a job at their company because of their online activity. See the reasons given by employers below.
Be careful with your personal details
Never provide someone with your bank details before you’ve been through the interview process and been offered a role. Similarly, when writing your CV, details such as your date of birth, National Insurance number or a scan of your passport are not legally required, so there’s no need to include them.
Ask yourself: does a recruiter need to know this to help me get the job? If the answer is ‘no’, it’s best to keep it to yourself.
Most employers will not ask for details such as age, gender or race as it is unlawful for them to take these details into account when considering your application. If you are asked about these within the application process, do not feel obliged to answer these questions if you are not comfortable to do so.