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How To Write The Perfect Resume

More often than not, your resume is the first impression that you'll make on a potential employer. Here's some ideas on how to present yourself clearly and professionally.

It is worth noting that each recruiter's idea of a 'perfect' resume will be slightly different. Nonetheless, your resume will in most cases, be the 'thing' that gets seen first. Remember, a poorly constructed resume can give an immediate negative impression, and perhaps prevent you from securing that all important interview - so it's worth spending some time to get it right from the start.

Taking a little time on design, construction and wording and using the following guidelines to write and submit your resume, will ensure you promote yourself to your best advantage.
  1. Start with your personal details. Full name and contact details including all useable telephone numbers. Avoid superfluous details such as religious affiliation, children's names etc...
  2. Educational history and professional qualifications should follow, including name of institutions and dates attended in reverse order - university before school results. List GPA and any certifications attained. (These details will matter more if you have recently entered the job market, than if for example you left full time education 20 years ago).
  3. Include computer skills and (genuine) foreign language skills and any other recent training/development that is relevant to the role you've applied for.
  4. Career history is next. Present this in reverse date order starting with most recent. Achievements and responsibilities are listed against each role and more emphasis/information should be put on more recent jobs.

General tips
  • Remember, your CV is essentially marketing you. Bear this in mind when choosing the information you include.
  • It should be clear, concise and easy to read. Explain any gaps in career history. Double-check your details. Avoid falsehoods and inaccuracies.
  • Double check the entire CV carefully for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes and to ensure that each point makes sense.
  • Ask a neutral person to review the whole document before you send it.
  • Also bear in mind that interviewers will use the details you have provided to form questions at interview.
  • There is no need to include your reasons for leaving each job on your CV but be prepared to answer these questions in your interview.
  • Your CV should ideally cover no more than two pages and never more than three.
  • Current salary details should not be included.
  • Attach a Linkedin profile to your resume, it's the place to be for all things career and professional networking
LinkedIn provides one of the best opportunities to increase your visibility and credibility with potential employers and members of your brand community. It also lets you stay connected to large networks of contacts. You can add recommendations, videos and images in your summary and experience fields, you can develop a truly three-dimensional view of your brand. Using all the features of this powerful online tool will help you paint a compelling picture of who you are in the real world.

10 Top Tips for Contract Phone Interviews

1. Always Be Prepared. Have a physical copy of your CV and the job description in front of you ready. Put together a bulleted list of items you want to cover during the call to best promote your skills and suitability and ensure you identify and highlight all of them during the call.  Make sure you have web access if needed and make or receive the interview call on a landline if possible.

2. Do your own Homework. Try to find out as much as you can about the job prior to the interview, from friends, old colleagues or better still someone who actually works there now, to try to understand the work environment and its demands. Research the company on the internet too and make note of any major projects or new products recently released as a good starting point for questions later.  

3. Work with your Recruiter. Listening closely to the background and current situation on your application can make all the difference. Your recruiter should know the reason behind the vacancy, the likely timeframe to start, number of current candidates, pay range and most importantly may even have had phone conversations with your interviewer about your suitability. Use this to your advantage and ask your recruiter, what the interviewer’s main objectives are what their phone manner is like and they may even know some of the questions you may be asked, so work closely with them to give yourself the best chance of possible success for the interview.

4. Make yourself Comfortable. Many contractors make the mistake of trying to fit a phone interview during their lunch hour at work. If the interviewer is running a few minutes late or the call goes well and last longer than anticipated this will create silent tension into the interview as it progresses. So make sure that you set aside 90 minutes in your schedule to accommodate any unforeseen changes, this will relax you in preparation, allow you to take your time in the interview and even show the flexibility to conduct an immediate second interview if things go really well

5. Start Strong. The first 2 minutes of a telephone interview are crucial, first impressions usually remain. So make a really positive start to the call, take charge by answering the phone by stating your name in a very friendly manner. This lets the person on the other line know exactly who you are and saves them the trouble of asking for you. The perfect start to a call would be “Good afternoon John Smith speaking, This is Mr. Jones I am calling for our interview, great thanks for the call Mr. Jones I have been really looking forward to speaking with you, where would you like to start?” . So know exactly how you will greet the caller and how you will start the conversation this will immediately relax you both when the time comes for the interview to take place.

6. Smile on Demand. Smiling when you speak actually brings energy and excitement to your voice. When speaking on the phone, your voice can lose about half of its energy during transmission. Make sure your enthusiasm gets across by smiling when you speak about your experience and asking questions. If the conversation is very technical by nature, try to add some light relief where appropriate this should work towards the interviewer getting to like you as a person too.

7. Be Patient.  Everyone has different phone habits. The key to a great phone interview is to treat it like a game of Tennis, vary your tempo and length of responses to exactly match the interviewers lead, similar to a long rally in a game. Take your time listening to questions, if you don’t understand it fully like a second serve ask politely for it to be repeated, this may even buy you some time for a tricky answer. If the initial questions are short and sharp respond the same, you should see as the interview progresses the tempo will decrease, the key is staying in the game as long as possible.

8. Make a Freelance Connection. The advantage of being a contractor is you may have been in a variety of different jobs and worked with many industry professionals. This can be highly beneficial, during the course of the interview look for some common ground on a type of project you have completed or old colleagues you may share, this connection is vital and will create a visualization of working together for the interviewer and naturally relax them to talk about different situations and challenges you may face in the position. Empathy is paramont to a successful contract job interview.

9. Be Market Smart. Advanced preparation on the current market conditions and going pay rates for your skills can swiftly demonstrate your worth to an Interviewer, smartly matching your experience and achievements to a fair compensation can also lead quickly to a job offer. If you show confidence and value in your services this will enable the interviewer to feel comfortable in matching his assessment to realistic compensation and make the interview worthwhile. Ensure that your financial goals are not outside their budget, if asked for specific details on rates, be prepared and honest, if they have done a good job of explaining the merits of the positions emphasize this to them if you really want the job and also cite this as the deciding factor if you do have to come down in rate somewhat, this will ensure that you are immediately identified as a very strong candidate and should lead to a job offer accordingly.

10. Leave a Lasting Impression. You must convince the interviewer that having you come into the office for a personal interview will not be a waste of their time if needed. Assure them that this is something beneficial for both parties and ask them the process for this to gauge their interest in hiring you too. They may be interviewing a number of candidates so make yourself memorable by smart questions, a shared experience, demonstrating flexibility and most importantly a clear intent to deliver the services they are looking for by making it easy to hire you both financially and personally.

Candidate Services

At Tangent we are determined to be our candidates most valued recruiting partner and purveyors of best in class candidate service.

As you will see from the side menu we offer the full suite of recruitment and managed services and we offer these across the globe.

We believe that skilled and motivated 'talent' is the key ingredient in any businesses success and we are keen to connect with that talent in our chosen markets

We are dedicated, task orientated, and friendly and we want to succeed where others have failed. We want to secure the right position for our candidate base and we work hard to understand what that may be.

We treat each recruiting project as bespoke and will work tirelessly to find the right fit. We work on projects ranging from a single key hire to multinational deployments of project staff and we have the recruiting capability to do this 24/7/365. This means that if you register with Tangent someone somewhere in the world will be looking for the right role for you whether you are working, at leisure or fast asleep.

Permanent Recruiting

Tangent's permanent recruitment division are a cutting edge recruiting organisation. They combine a wealth of experience with an energy and enthusiasm to meet the challenges of the 21st century head-on. They support customers world-wide using a dynamic and constantly developing methodology and therefore offer extensive opportunities to our candidate base.

They understand that 'people' will be the new currency and hiring pre-requisites are changing. They offer confidential and invaluable advice to candidates worldwide and unrivalled opportunities.

They can carry out selection assignments on a retained basis, or provide a fast an effective contingent services wherever required - anywhere in the world. Tangent permanent recruitment consultants offer extensive recruitment expertise across a number of sectors including: Telecommunications, ICT, Construction and design and Legal.

These consultants have a wealth of recruiting experience and a superior understanding of the markets in which our clients operate. Tangent’s success comes, from their ability to provide a bespoke approach to permanent recruitment, and from their ability to provide innovative solutions that always manage to reflect the commercial and interpersonal imperatives of our clients and the needs of our candidates.

Looking After You

An overview of our contractor support and compliance team in the words of its Head, Lauren Peckham  

When working in the Compliance and Logistics team of Tangent International, no two days are ever the same. Ensuring that every single one of our contractors worldwide feel looked after and heard, to finding visa solutions for some of the most remote countries across the globe, is all in a days work. The team here at Tangent are dedicated to being at the end of the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, should any of our contractors need support, and with our spread across time zones, there is always someone on hand to complete requests should the need arise.

Our job starts from the moment that a consultant is put forward for a job opening. We ensure that the Account Managers here at Tangent are fully aware of what we would need from a consultant to ensure that they work compliantly in each specific country, and what requirements need to be met for each client that we support. It then comes as no surprise to our consultants when we place them in that position. By working closely with all of our Account Managers, we also get an insight in to what projects are upcoming and are able to develop visa solutions, compliance and payroll processes, so that when our assistance is needed, we already have solutions in place. This helps our account managers support our clients quickly and efficiently.

The team here at Tangent sets in to full swing when a consultant is placed with one of our clients. Our consultants receive not only a dedicated Account Manager that they have been dealing with from the beginning of the process, but they also then receive a dedicated point of contact within the Logistics and Compliance team, that is their point of contact throughout their whole assignment.  That dedicated point of contact within the Logistics and Compliance team is then responsible for creating their contracts and sending these out, along with any other information that is needed to get the consultant on-boarded as quickly and stress-free as possible. They will happily talk through the contracts and answer any questions each consultant may have specific to their contract.

Once a consultant has signed their contract, we are then responsible for ensuring that each candidate receives a Welcome Pack specific to their assignment as a point of reference, and is fully aware of all of our processes here at Tangent. Compliance is a key factor that we take very seriously, so we also need to ensure that all of the specific requirements for each client is met. That could be anything from consultant background checks, client Non-Disclosure Agreements, arranging visa's or training courses and hiring equipment. We ensure that all of this is arranged, so that the consultant can sit back and know that it is being taken care of.

The team endeavours to ensure that each consultant arrives at their assignment in a timely manner with all of the information and contact details that they will need to settle in on their first day. That means that we are able to arrange flights, apartments, and transport in any area of the world should consultants need support. When a consultant starts their contract, we are then on hand to ensure that they feel looked after throughout their time with Tangent, and can support them should they need to leave for visa renewals. We take care of each contract extension and all paperwork that goes with it, so we really do maintain one point of contact throughout their whole assignment.

The Compliance and Logistics team here at Tangent take pride in dedicating all that we do to make our consultants assignments easier, so that they can focus on the job in hand and know that there is someone looking after them along the way.

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