Inside Recruitment: A Recap


Fraser Clarke

In our most recent Odyssey Exclusive series we did something a little different.

Instead of the usual country guides and healthcare insights, we focused on the recruitment side of recruitment itself!

Our team are some of the most experienced in the business, and so we decided to put together a series of articles focusing on our inside knowledge.

In the final installment in the series we’re recapping everything we covered - to help ensure that you get the most out of your career.

Part 1 CV Writing Tips

In the first article in the series we gave you our top five CV writing tips. It might be cliched, but your CV really does represent you - and if it’s performing poorly then don’t expect to secure the job of your dreams.

Our Five Top Tips Are:

1 - Formatting - Keep it clean, professional and consistent.
2 - Jargon - Don’t be afraid to use it, so long as it’s relevant.
3 - References - The most important part of your CV, make sure that they have worked with you in your speciality, and are experienced enough to provide quality feedback.
4 - Personal Development - Have you been keeping your skills up-to-date? Do you have a connection with your speciality? Prove it.
5 - Personal - Remember to add in any hobbies or outside interests, it adds a human touch and allows employers to gain an idea of your character.

Part 2 - CV Writing Mistakes

Of course we couldn’t just tell you what to do, without telling you what to avoid. We read hundreds of CVs every year, and you’d be amazed how many make these basic errors.

Here are five to avoid:

1 - Americanisms - Acceptable if you are American, but don’t flick between American and British English - this shows a lack of attention to detail.
2 - Spelling & Grammar - The most basic thing to focus on, make sure that your work is accurate in terms of spelling and grammar.
3 - Too Lengthy - There’s nothing more damaging to your career prospects than a lengthy CV. Important information can easily be lost in an ocean of irrelevance. Keep it concise. 
4 - Don’t Fabricate Anything - The medical world is a small one, and people talk. To avoid tarnishing your reputation never consider sprucing up any information - however small it may appear.
5 - Be Unique - HR departments and recruiters read plenty of CVs a year, so avoid being generic and make yours really stand out.

Part 3 + 4 - Salary Negotiation

There are two things true of almost everyone in every walk of life. They want a more attractive salary package, however they find negotiating it uncomfortable and stressful.

Here are our top ten tips:

1 - Know Your Value
2 - Assess the Competition
3 - Ask Plenty of Questions
4 - Be Honest About Your Current Package
5 - Have a Suitable Anchor Figure
6 - Counter Attack
7 - Don’t Make Threats
8 - Agree Your Priorities
9 - Listen
10 - Use Email

Part 5 - Being Prepared

The more prepared and organised you are in advance, the quicker and easier a move will be. It’s that simple!

There are plenty of things you can have sorted before applying for a job, and some of our partner companies can help make things go smoothly.

1 - CV - Keep it up-to-date, even refreshing it every few months as and when necessary.
2 - Passport - Make sure that you (and any other travellers) have a passport with, at the very least, six months remaining.
3 - Copies of Qualifications - Keep a folder with scanned copies of your qualifications stored on your computer - making sure the quality is high enough that they are readable.
4 - Documentation - Securing a move can often feel like processing an endless pile of documents, however copies of specialist registration and certificates of good standing are vital.
5 - Passport Style Photo - These are easy to get, and are looked for at various stages - from verification to ID when you are on-site.

Part 6 - Being Ready

Being prepared and being ready we hear you say, aren’t they the same? Nope. Similar, but different.

Being ready is about ensuring that you know what to expect, and are fully prepared for the challenges ahead.

Here are the five we looked at:

1 - Research - Know where your going, understand the customs and the way of life, and orientate yourself with your local geography.
2 - Keep up-to-date - Be aware of local health issues, and recent news to understand the industry you will be working in. Our ‘Blog’ section can be a big help here.
3 - A Connection - Attending events and seminars about a move can be a great way to meet contacts who can help you settle in.
4 - Medicals - Undergoing a medical prior to a move is necessary in a number of countries, and our partners can help make this stress-free and quick.
5 - The Paperwork - Have everything sorted before you board the plane; where you are going, who you are meeting, where you are staying and how you’ll keep in touch.

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