'A year of opportunity'
2008 was an incredibly exciting year in recruitment on the Isle of Man, providing wide ranging opportunities at every step of the career ladder in an ever increasing variety of industries.
2008 shows strong signs of continuing this positive pattern, with key employers planning their recruiting strategies and business development based upon the attraction of available talent, development and retention of key staff whilst maximising the abilities of the valued work force.
This is all good news for those seeking to enhance their own careers on the Isle of Man - typically along with a host of other New Year's Resolutions, finding a new job is high on the list of priorities.
Is securing a new job the right move for you?
If you already have a job, give thought as to how you can maximise the opportunities that you currently have access to - do you need to re-train, enhance your skills, become involved in wider areas?
Do you want to commit to a permanent role?
If you are thinking about returning to work or trying a new line of work, temporary or contract work could be an initial starting point before committing to a permanent position.
How do you find out about vacancies?
If you want to see what vacancies are out there, there are three invaluable routes here on the island - the Courier vacancies section, the Internet, and word of mouth. Recruitment agencies are also a fantastic way to learn about roles, with a good consultant able to guide you and advise effectively to assist you in securing a move that is right for you.
A good cv and personal statement is the basis for any job application. Attention to detail and thought of approach is key here, and the more you can find out about any role and organisation you are applying for, the more appropriate you can make your application.
Preparation again is key - compare your cv to the job description or advert, research the company and its ethos, people and business, take care in your presentation and approach, and think about the following types of questions:
- Why have you applied for this role/why do you want to work for us?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
Try to expand on your answers providing examples and evidence, but keep these to the point and relevant.
Remember that the interview is a two way process and that it is your opportunity to see if the role and company are right for you - be honest, positive and enthusiastic - the company want to appoint the right person to the position as much as you want to find the right role!
Give thought to appearance relevant to the environment, and make sure you feel comfortable. Remember to smile, manners are important!
Have the questions ready that you want to ask the interviewers, and give careful consideration to how these would be perceived. Our tip is to prepare a personal statement that accurately reflects your abilities, aspirations and relevance, which will enable you to have a confident understanding and present yourself effectively.
Take a list of your questions/observations to the interview, and don't be afraid to refer to these if necessary.
After the interview
If you have clarified the timeframes, you will be in a good position to know what to expect and when. Don't be afraid to follow this up if you have not heard back, and if you have and have been successful, congratulations!
Paragon are highly experienced in the identification and matching of opportunities from first job to executive appointments, in addition to permanent, temporary and contract work and have a reputation for quality and customer care, representing employers within the finance sector, several on a preferred or sole agency basis.
Owner run, we are dedicated to high service levels and great results, and work responsibly to get you working. We actively seek to support from initial and friendly consultation to assess your current situation, to careers advice, cv preparation, job hunting, interview confidence building, offer and negotiation.
Offering true consultancy, we are with you every step of the way, and if we are not able to find you the right role, we will help you to maximise your own potential to a successful conclusion.