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  • Stirling Careers Consultancy believes that when you want to leave your job you should  hand in your resignation in the form of a letter.

    Before you do so:

    • Make sure that you have received and accepted your new job offer letter and contract including salary details.
    • Make sure you read the contract carefully.
    • Make sure you read the small print before accepting.
    • If it includes restrictive covenants make sure that you fully understand them before signing. If in doubt, take legal advice.

    When resigning:

    • Have an informal chat with your line manager.
    • Hand in a formal letter stating that you are prepared to work out your notice.
    • Work out your notice, if required, although some organisations may ask you to go on gardening leave.
    • Talk to your new employers and organise a start date.
    • If appropriate/possible prepare handover notes.
    • Make sure that you hand over your work to somebody such as your line manager / senior member of staff.
    • Leave on a positive note.
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    Stirling Careers Consultancy details below some top tips on helping you keep your job in a competitive market place. Whether you like your new job or see it as a means to an end it is important to stay fully focussed.

    Stirling Careers Consultancy believes that having secured your new job it is important to have strategies in place to make sure you keep it.   One of the most important things is to understand what your objectives are and pass your probationary period.

    • Do your job to the best of your ability
    • Keep your boss informed of your activities
    • Volunteer for new projects
    • Keep on maintaining and updating current skills and qualifications
    • Continue networking within and outside the organisation
    • Keep an open mind
    • Become indispensable
    • Have a back up plan in case your employer is in trouble
    • Look at ways to develop your own brand
    • Develop a positive approach and "can do" attitude

     

    Final thoughts on keeping your job

    • Be on time and be flexible
    • Be a team player
    • Work hard
    • Avoid criticising your boss

    Remember the key is to understand/agree what your objectives are and pass your probationary period.

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    Stirling Careers Consultancy believes that once you have been offered and accepted a new job and all the formalities have been processed and you have agreed a start date it is now time to start preparing for your first day.

    Top Tips before the Day

    • Re-read your job description/person specification
    • Re-read your application form, CV and covering letter
    • Re-read your interview preparation notes and notes that you made after the interview
    • Prepare any documents such as bank details etc.
    • Think about what you will do on your first day
    • Visit the website, social media sites, read any literature the organisation has sent you or you have picked up
    • You may wish to consider meeting with your line manager beforehand for an informal chat to discuss how you can hit the ground running
    • Think about what you are going to wear on your first day as your image is important.  First impressions count!

     

    Top Tips on the Day

    • Arrive Early
    • Come along with your own ideas
    • Take a notebook and ask questions
    • Try to ascertain how the organisational politics work
    • Hopefully, the organisation will have mapped out an induction procedure for you and this will help settle you in to your new role
    • Be tactful, calm and diplomatic

    Many job offers come with a probationary period and this can vary between three months and twelve months.  It is important to understand at the earliest opportunity what your objectives are as your line manager will be looking to see if you can do the job and meet your objectives.  Failure to do so could mean that your probationary period will be extended and you may be asked to undertake further training or you could be dismissed.

    Remember that they have chosen you from a number of applicants as they believe that you can fit in well and make a valuable contribution to the organisation.

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    Preparing for Interview Assessments

    More and more employers are using testing as a recruitment tool to assist them in deciding whether you are the candidate they are looking for.  These assessments can take place in the Employers' own offices, or at an alternative venue such as a Conference Centre or hotel.  Assessments can last from a couple of hours to a couple of days.  

    Assessment Centres can use a range a different techniques.  Tests can range from psychometric assessments where there are no right or wrong answers to:

    • Group Exercises
    • Individual Exercises
    • Group Discussions
    • Presentations
    • Role Play
    • Written Tests
    • Physical Tests
    • Job Replica Exercises
    • Auditions

     

    Some Top Tips

    It is important to practice aptitude tests and rehearse presentations.  It is important to treat them as if you were going into an exam and make sure that you get a good night's sleep and arrive early.

    Always remain friendly, calm and polite to other candidates and to the interview panel.  In group exercises make sure that you contribute.  Make sure that you do not dominate and allow others to contribute. Keep track of time and complete tasks on time.
    If you are asked to lead the group make sure that you involve everyone and delegate.  If you are presented with lots of information skim read first. Remember if you eat lunch with your potential employer remember that they will still be assessing you and it is still part of the interview process.  

    Assessments can be challenging but also can allow you to show off your strengths. 

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