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At Real Time Engineering we believe that building long lasting relationships with our candidates (and clients) is key to finding the right job fit. Through honest and regular communication our specialist recruitment consultants can understand your goals and aspirations and match these with your perfect employer.

Our client base spans multiple disciplines offering both contract and permanent technical positions, so whatever the position you are looking for we are sure to be able to provide support, guidance and advice on finding your next career move.

Positions across UK and Europe regularly recruited for include: Quality Engineer, Maintenance Manager, CI Engineer, Process Engineer, Logistics Manager, Architectural Technician and Construction Manager.

Having over 30 years' experience placing candidates in technical positions across multiple sectors enables us to quickly identify the most relevant opportunities and contracts that meet your skill set and development requirements. So we won't bother you with positions that aren't relevant.

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Candidate advice

Putting together your CV

Interview Advice

How to Resign

A CV is the first contact a prospective employer will have with you as a candidate, that's why it is vitally important that your CV is professional, easy to read and current.

Things to think about when writing your CV:

  • font size: make it legible.
  • font type: consider Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman
  • use bullet points to make your CV concise

Length

There is no right or wrong length for a CV, they will vary in size depending on your career path. For example, a contractor with 10 years' work experience is likely to have a longer CV than a permanent employee with 6 years' experience. We would be willing to advise how best to present your CV when we work with you.

Example layout

  • Name and Contact Details
  • Profile – Summarise your skills and experience
  • Professional Qualifications, relevant licenses or accreditations and memberships
  • Chronologically list your career history (recent first) include start and end dates as well as descriptions of key responsibilities and achievements in each role
  • Identify any interests or hobbies that enhance the qualities outlined in your CV
  • References are available on request

Cover Letters

A cover letter gives you the opportunity to expand on key elements of your CV most relevant to the position you are applying for. This is where you can highlight key skill sets, experience, achievements and why you are the right fit for the role.

Tips

Make your CV concise and relevant: CVs are read by an array of people, not always people who know the technicalities of certain positions. With this in mind it is important that your experience is explained clearly and in layman’s terms with your achievements highlighted where appropriate.

Always review your CV: There is nothing worse than sending a CV to someone with spelling and grammatical errors, this can instantly put a reader off. Make sure you review your CV, and if you can, get a family member or friend to also read it through for reassurance.

Fill in the gaps: A prospective employer will always question gaps in a CV, so don't be afraid to pre-empt this by including the reasons on your CV.

Make your CV accessible: Try to avoid the use of PDF's unless specifically requested by an employer. A standard format that most employers expect is MS Word.

Interviews can be daunting no matter what stage of career you are at, but don't let this phase you. Interviews are a great opportunity to bring your CV to life and really sell why you are the best fit for the position and the company.

Interviews can take several formats and at one point in your career you are likely to be required to undertake several, if not all of the following:

  • Phone Interview
  • Face to Face Interview
  • Panel Interview (involving multiple people, sometimes including HR)
  • Sequential Interviews (multiple interviews with different interviewers)
  • Group Interview (multiple candidates present at the same time, can include group activities)
  • Assessment based (usually involving an aptitude test)
  • Competency based (behavioural questions prompting situational examples to assess core competencies)
  • Portfolio based (can involve submission of a portfolio or the demonstration of skills on the spot)

The interview type above may be different but the need for you to prepare is the same whether you are asked for a face to face, group or phone interview. The more prepared you are, the more likely you are to succeed. Our specialist consultants will be on hand to support you with this preparation every step of the way so don't be afraid to ask them for guidance. Included in the support we give you as a candidate includes:

  1. Market Preparations

    Be confident: You have reached the interview stage so the employer can see the potential you have to fulfil their position. Our consultants will answer any questions you may have and help prepare you for the interview.

    Do your research: Make sure you have prepared prior to the interview. Browse the company's website and social media, read their news so you feel confident to talk about the company's products/services, the industries they work in and their culture.

  2. Review your CV

    Knowing your CV inside out is vital when in an interview. The employer is likely to ask you to talk through your CV or may question you on key elements. Make sure you have read your CV through prior to the interview so you can easily and confidently talk about all aspects of it.

  3. Be Punctual

    Allow enough travel time to get to the interview on time. Don't worry about being too early, this will give you the opportunity to review your CV or do any last minute preparations prior to going in. If you are running late, make sure to call the company and warn them in advance and always apologise.

  4. Make a lasting impression

    Dress the part; First impressions count so make sure you are dressed professionally and appropriately.

    Give a firm, full handshake; A handshake can say a lot about your personality.

    Follow their lead; Let the interviewer take control of the interview and be guided by their approach to formality.

  5. Ask questions

    An interview is a great way to gain insight about the role you are applying for, the culture of the company and what their business goals are. Take this opportunity to ask questions and gain more knowledge of the company you could be working for. This is a two way process so don't be afraid to prepare questions prior to the interview and remember questions as you are going through the interview as it will help you to make the right decision if offered the position.

  6. Relax

    An interview can be daunting but try and remain as relaxed as possible both prior to, and during the meeting. The calmer you can be, the easier it is to talk about your CV and answer questions clearly and concisely.

  7. Closing the interview

    As discussed in the 'Ask questions' section, this is your opportunity to ask questions and gain more insight. This is also a good time to highlight any elements of your CV that may not have been covered thus far in the interview.

    It is a good idea to take this opportunity to find out the next steps in the interview process.

After the interview has concluded, please contact your consultant to provide any feedback about how you found the interview and how you feel about the role after finding out more. Your consultant will then liaise with the client for their feedback and relay this to you.

At Real Time Engineering we understand just how difficult and stressful leaving a job can be, even more so if you have worked there for a long time and you have good relationships with your colleagues. However try not to worry too much, bad reactions are few and far between as most employers will understand and respect your decision to leave. Our consultants have experience in advising candidates of best practices to follow when transitioning from their current employer to their new role.

First and foremost it is advised that you have a formal letter in writing from your new employer before handing in your letter of resignation to ensure that you are 100% positive the new role is open and available to you.

Unfortunately there is never a perfect time to resign and you should arrange a formal face to face meeting with your boss, and hand them your letter of resignation. This should include your notice period as per your contract and your last day. We would suggest that this letter is kept short and there is no need to justify your decision. It could be nice to end the letter on a positive note, stating how you appreciate the opportunities provided to you, however the letter really does not need to be anything more than a formal written notification of your resignation.

Finally, after confirmation of your leaving date and the settling of any outstanding holiday or other benefits, you may be asked to take garden leave. This is a way companies can protect their sensitive information. Garden leave is standard practice in some industries and involves you being asked to stay at home during your notice period, but you will still be under your normal contractual obligations.

Counter Offers

There is always a possibility that upon handing in your letter of resignation you may receive a counter offer. This offer could come in the form of a pay rise, greater responsibility or a change in office and is designed to entice you into changing your mind about leaving and staying with your original employers.

Upon receipt of a counter offer it is important that you remember the reasons that you decided to begin your search for a new role in the first place and does this counter offer fix all the issues that led to you searching for alternate employment over the long term.

It is rare that a counter offer will completely fix the issues that caused you to go through the process of landing a job with a company that clearly want you. It is important to consider the impact accepting a counter offer could have on your career development, your future and your reputation.

Every situation is different so talk to your consultant for more advice.