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BRSL Registration Procedure

  • Your CV is received, and forwarded to the relevant consultant 
  • You will receive confirmation of receipt of your CV by the end of the next working day. Following this, usually within one week, a member of the BRSL team will call you to set up a registration interview at your convenience.
  • The registration interview will take from 30 to 60 minutes. You will firstly be asked to complete a basic registration form. Then your consultant will conduct an informal but in depth interview based around your CV
  • Once registered your details are entered on to our database and you are profiled according to the information you have provided about your past employment experience, qualifications and aspirations.

CV:
Personal details. Remember to include your name, email (if your student address is dodgy, create another), address and telephone number so that the employer can contact you.

Layout & content. Make it as easy to read as possible. Use bullet points and avoid long blocks of text. Content should be informative but concise. Accentuate positions of responsibility as opposed to assistance. One page should be long enough at this stage of your career.

Reverse chronological order for educational qualifications and experience. Place your most recent education and career history first.Tailor your CV to the role & the company. Highlight different aspects/use different examples for different companies and roles.

Unique Selling Points. Does it really give the reader a feeling of who you are? Ask a friend’s opinion.Do not leave gaps. These are viewed with suspicion.Be honest! Embellishments will be found out at interview.No mistakes. Check your spelling and grammar and get a fresh pair of eyes to look over it too.

Avoid pictures and graphics. These can leave emailed CVs caught in an email firewall, this CV is going in the bin.

Interview:

  1. Do your research: as the saying goes: fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Everyone knows that you are going to be asked a specific questions about the company, so please ensure you research especially on the area you are applying. Also take a look at the latest developments within the industry so you can converse with confidence.
  2. Practice your answers: everyone will be able to tell you that there are a few certain questions that are likely to pop up. You should prepare answers to some of the most common interview questions about your personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as being able to explain why you would be the best person for the job.
  3. Look the part: People tend to form an opinion of someone new within a few seconds of meeting, so you need to make sure your appearance works in your favor by dressing the part and presenting yourself in the best possible light. Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes fit correctly and that your accessories are subtle
  4. Stay calmGood preparation is the key to staying in control. Plan your route, allowing extra time for any unexpected delays and get everything you need to take with you ready the night before. Remember to speak clearly, smile and remember that your interviewers are just normal people, and the may be nervous too!
  5. Ask questionsYou should always have some questions for your interviewer to demonstrate your interest in the position. Prepare a minimum of 2 questions, some which will give you more information about the job and some which delve deeper into the culture and goals of the company.