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Candidate Lounge

​As recruiters, we know we can play an important part in finding you that job and we want our candidates to feel like they’re dealing with a friend as well as a recruiter. We're here to help candidates get the most out of our recruitment services. Our Careers Centre is the go-to place for candidates like you, providing useful tips and advice so you can really benefit from our expertise and go further in your career.

 

 
 

careers advice

Guidant’s candidate guides and videos provide expert advice that each cover stage of your recruitment journey. As dedicated recruitment specialists, we have a first-hand understanding of the challenges today’s jobseekers face. From preparing you for your job search, to providing tips that will make you indispensable to your employer, our guides offer relevant and valuable insight – whatever stage your career is at. All of our guides are free to download - just click on images/download links below. Our videos are available to watch on our YouTube channel.

Elevenses

Our new series of easy-to-digest career bites, where we unravel common career subjects in 11 short points.

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11 ways to win at work

 

 

11 habits of likeable people

 

11 quotes to motivate and inspire

 

 

Videos:

 

 

Overcoming job rejection

 

 

Top 7 interview tips

Guides: 

Building an internal profile

Increasing your visibility in your workplace is crucial in getting others to value your work and going forward in your career. If key people aren't aware of you, you may miss out on opportunities to improve your skill set and take on interesting assignments. Our guide provides tips on how to make yourself more noticed at work without looking like you're bragging.

 

 

Networking

So you’re job hunting again: you’ve searched job boards, signed up for alerts, applied for everything that seems the right fit. What next? Networking is a great way to be proactive about your job search. It might sound scary but in reality networking is just about having informal conversations with like-minded people. If you can communicate and listen, then you can network! Our guide provides tips on how to build a strong network which will enhance your career.

 

 
 

 

Bouncing back from job rejection

When you find yourself on the receiving end of rejection it is never very pleasant, but know that rejection happens to us all. Let yourself feel disappointed for a moment, it’s human nature but bouncing back is the key. It might sound clichéd but each employer is looking for a different combination of skills, experience and personality. Unfortunately this time you just weren’t the best fit but for another role you could be just the person they were looking for. Our guide outlines how you can remain positive and motivated in your job search to help you get that role you really deserve.

 
 

Although there is no set format that every job interview will follow, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will be asked. Sure, some questions are always going to be a surprise but most questions, including difficult ones, can be prepared for. Being specialists in recruitment has given us an insight into the most common interview questions and this guide provides advice on answering them persuasively.

 
 
 
Competency-based interviews use questions which aim to assess you against specific skills required to do the job. The best way to prepare for these is to think of specific, detailed examples which reflect your knowledge and ability to do the job based on your past experiences. Although questions vary between sectors and the role to which you are applying, we’ve outlined some of the most common questions which you might be asked and which skills they link to. Download now
 

Interview preparation

If you've been invited to an interview it means your application must have made a good impression. Now you need to plan for the interview to make sure you're successful at this stage. Ultimately, a successful interview comes down to good preparation. You’ll feel more in control, and appear calm and collected as a result. Our guide provides some preparation tips to help you make a big impact.

 
 

Online presence

It’s highly likely in today’s job market, that at some point in the hiring process, a potential employer will search for your online profiles. What they find can have a tremendous impact on whether they proceed with you further... or not. So, wherever you are in your career, and whatever career you’re in, your online reputation is vital to your future. This guide provides advice on how to make your online self appear professional and impressive.

 
 
 
There’s no avoiding the fact that your first day will be challenging. There’s a range of new things to learn, and at the same time, a variety of new people to meet and impress. This guide provides simple tips and advice on making an immediately positive impact in your new role.
 
 
 
A decent CV might get you a job, but a brilliant one will advance your career. So, it’s essential that you see your CV as a sales tool rather than a simple record of your skills and experience. This guide concentrates on the things that will make your CV have a lasting impact.
 
 
 
 
Whether consciously or not, our opinions of people are greatly influenced by how they present themselves. How you dress for interviews and for work matters – looking good makes you feel good, and can give you much-needed confidence. This guide will help get you started.
 
 
 
Here's what some of our candidates have to say about us:
  • "I would recommend the agency definitely. The consultant I have been speaking with is very friendly, professional and helpful. I have been kept informed regularly with any updates. Best agency I have used."
  • "I was very happy with the friendly service and willingness of the staff to help me get a job."
  • "The consultants have been absolutely fantastic during my assignment. Yes I would fully recommend them. They are easy to talk to, understanding and feel they are supporting me in whatever way they can."
  • "The staff I have dealt with have been extremely helpful, professional and competent."
 

Our promise to you

​Finding a job where you’re happy is an important part of anyone’s life. As recruiters, we know we play an important part in finding you that job and we want our candidates to feel like they’re dealing with a friend as well as a recruiter.


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