INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES APPLYING FOR MEDICAL ROLES
Registration, Job Search, The Odyssey Candidate Process, Tips for CV and Interviews, Video Interviews.
Odyssey can help to locate your next healthcare job opportunity quickly and effectively. Enter the medical sector and specialist area in which you wish a career and the job search function will return the list of vacancies which best match your search criteria.
At Odyssey, we often handle our Clients' recruitment on an exclusive basis and therefore do not advertise all jobs externally. In order to access these roles, you will need to register your CV with us directly and we will contact you on a confidential basis.
THE THREE STAGE CANDIDATE PROCESS
Initially we will meet with you in person, or if geography and time does not permit, we will meet you on line in our custom built video platform. Our aim is to get to know you and your individual needs, ambitions, motivations and career goals as well as your preferred work environment and culture. We shall then determine your professional skills and capabilities and from this we can identify suitable job opportunities.
Once we have established your key criteria, we shall do our best to advise you of the right course of action. We have detailed knowledge of the markets in which we operate, the emergent trends and the employment opportunities and remuneration packages which are available.
We strive to find you the right job opening in the shortest time. Our service goes beyond presenting you with job opportunities. We improve your professional presentation to potential employers with regard to CV, social media and interview techniques. We negotiate job offers, remuneration packages and guide you through the resignation process. We assist with professional licensure and visa applications and ensure that you are happy with your start date and job contract. However our services to you do not end there. We are with you throughout your career and look forward to a sustained partnership.
CV WRITING TIPS
MAKE YOUR CV STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD
Your CV is a personal marketing tool and its purpose is to get you interviews. It is your first opportunity to present your skills and experience to a potential employer.
A first class CV should show your achievements and value to an employer in a short, concise and proactive way. Even if you are working with a high calibre recruitment consultancy like Odyssey Recruitment, we alone cannot secure you interviews. Your CV has to fully support the introduction and endorsement that our recruitment consultants can make to an employer on your behalf.
To create a truly effective CV which optimises your chances of success, we recommend the following:
1: MAKE IT CLEAR AND READABLE
It is essential for your CV to be easy for the reader to scan quickly and effectively. You need to separate different sections and insert clear section headings. Avoid long paragraphs; use bullet points to break up text into more manageable ‘bite-size’ chunks. It should be eye-catching and uncluttered. Check vigilantly for spelling and grammatical errors.
2: INCLUDE A PROFESSIONAL PROFILE AND OBJECTIVE
These sections should summarise and emphasise your key attributes and your intended future career path. Your words must flow seamlessly – avoiding cliché and superfluous hyperbole. They should each only be a few lines in length but they must spark the reader’s interest. If you can’t successfully ‘pitch’ yourself in under ten lines then you risk losing the reader’s attention. Be brief – you can highlight examples in later sections. But be persuasive.
3: INCLUDE ACHIEVEMENTS/AWARDS/QUALIFICATIONS WHERE POSSIBLE
If you can include an "achievements" section then it can make an instant and dramatic difference to the power of your CV, enabling you to distinguish yourself from other candidates. This is no time for false modesty. Utilise the space allocated to highlight where you have excelled – and how you plan to attain similar results on future endeavours.
4: USE FACTS AND FIGURES
Everybody loves statistics, even the people scouring CVs, so include some facts and figures. These are tangible metrics that back up your achievements and your value so use them wisely.
5: KEEP YOUR CV CONCISE AND TO-THE-POINT
Your CV should be informative – but also concise. In general, two A4 pages is a maximum. Too many CVs are quite simply too long. Include only information which will actually help to sell you. Recruiters don’t want to waste time reading details irrelevant to your ability to fulfill the job role.
6: TAILOR YOUR CV FOR A SPECIFIC ROLE OR EMPLOYER
If possible, tailor your CV according to the specific vacancy for which you are applying. Whilst many people use a general CV designed to suit any position they are applying for, greater success can always be achieved by tailoring your CV according to the needs of the specific role to which you are applying. It stands to reason that every job and every organisation are different, and every CV should therefore also be subtly different.
7: INCLUDE KEYWORDS
Recruiters will most likely find your CV/Resume via a keyword search, so ensure that you use the industry standard job title that is most appropriate to you. Any industry, sector or project names should also be included. If possible, also include all geographical locations you have lived and worked in also with country, region and city information. These are all things you can do to send your CV to the top of the pile.
8: ENSURE THAT YOUR CV IS IN MICROSOFT WORD .DOC OR .DOCX FORMAT
This is the industry standard and will ensure a greater open rate from potential employers. There is nothing worse than having to download a large PDF file that contains lots of photos; potential employers are not interested in these and the slower download times will mean they look elsewhere without opening the CV.
90% of recruiters will review a candidate's social media profiles. Ensure they look professional and up to date.
PREPARE WELL, MAKE A STRONG IMPRESSION
Having secured an interview, it is of paramount importance to make thorough preparation. There are ample books and websites written about the topic. To save you some time and effort, we have summarised some tips here.
1: BE PREPARED
Do your research about the company. Read their website, social media and relevant literature and news articles. Re-read your CV and the job specification just before the interview. Practice answering different types of questions: general, specific, behavioural, motivational. Know the salary and remuneration package you expect.
2: FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT
Greet your interviewer with a smile and firm handshake. Give eye contact. Try to make small talk during the walk from the reception area to the interview room. Remember you have to sell yourself before you can sell anything else and the first 30 seconds are when the interviewer subconsciously makes decisions about whether they like you or not and whether you will fit into the team.
3: DON'T WAFFLE
Answer questions properly - even if you need a few moments' silence to collect your thoughts. It's better to say you need a minute to think about your answer rather than speak instantly and regret it afterwards.
4: WHY SHOULD THEY HIRE YOU?
Most job adverts will list qualities they're looking for - a team worker, a good communicator - so it's up to you to think of examples of how you can demonstrate these skills. Be ready to talk about your knowledge, experience, abilities and skills. Have at least three strong points about yourself that you can relate to the company and job on offer.
5: BE POSITIVE
Your interviewer will be thinking about what it would be like to work with you, so the last thing they'll want to hear is you talking about your boss or current colleagues behind their back. Interviewers like to see someone who enjoys a challenge and is enthusiastic.
6: REMEMBER YOUR BODY LANGUAGE
It is not what you say, but how you say it. During the interview, do not fold your arms and lean back or look to the floor! Sit upright and try to maintain good eye contact. Use your hands and lean forward when making a point. Many people cannot think and control their body language at the same time, which is why you need to prepare.
7: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
Your interviewer may try to catch you off guard: A recent survey revealed that 90 per cent of employers ask 'killer' questions in interviews. It is impossible to plan for every difficult question, such as "How would your colleagues describe you?" but try to appear relaxed and in control. Ask the interviewer to repeat the question if necessary but do not evade it.
8: DEVELOP RAPPORT
Show energy, a sense of humour and smile. Ask relevant questions about the job, company and career potential.
9: CLARIFY ANYTHING YOU ARE UNSURE OF
If you are not certain what are meant by a particular question, ask for clarification. At the end, ask the interviewer if there is anything else he or she needs to know about. Do not be afraid to ask when you are likely to hear if you have been successful or not.
10: REMEMBER YOUR MANNERS
It is better to choose than to be chosen. Tell the interviewer why you are interested in the company and job opportunity. Ask them for a business card and follow it up by sending a "thank-you" e-mail or letter, saying how much you enjoyed meeting them and how interested you are. Take the opportunity to detail the key advantages you bring.
How it works
As an international recruitment consultancy our candidates are widespread. As a result of this, we are sometimes unable to organise an in-person interview, at least initially. Rather than relying on a phone call, or limiting our reach by ruling out candidates who can’t reach our offices, we found another way.
To accommodate candidates who are restricted by location or limited on time we have the facility to organise video interviews which can be conducted in three formats: pitch, automated and live.
Pitch: Candidates can make a short personal video presentation to add to their CV for initial evaluation. This summarises key skills, experience, achievements and career goals and helps to add personality to the application as well as assess soft skills.
Automated: Rather than a live, conversational call, we can send an invitation for a candidate to record answers to key sector specific questions via video at a time that suits them.To replicate interview conditions as closely as possible, we can choose to limit preparation times for each question and cap the number of allowed recording attempts. This allows us to thoroughly examine preparation, personality and technical knowledge remotely, to an unparalleled level.
Live: live 2 way personal interviews are recorded in real time and are available immediately for review by clients. These closely replicate standard interview conditions and a thorough assessment of the candidate can be made.
This process is equally beneficial to both ends of the spectrum, both candidates and clients. For candidates, it represents the opportunity to display their skills and characteristics outside of their CV. The resulting recording of this allows the authentic interview reactions to be shared with clients, allowing an informed opinion to be built prior to their own screening methods.
Our aim is to be as flexible as possible for both parties. Every challenge provides the opening for a solution.
Benefits for clients
View the interview anytime, anywhere, on any device
Quick assessment of skills, personality, energy
Potential to determine cultural fit before an interview
Allows quick engagement with passive candidates
Videos can be shared with colleagues
Benefits for candidates
Showcase your personality and energy
It's easier to stand out through video
Present your strongest skills
Interview at a time and place that suits you