Correct Behaviour in the Workplace: Scenarios

Congratulations! You’ve got your dream job but this isn’t the end of the road. The way you act when in the workplace is equally as important – especially if you don’t want to be back on the job market!

At DYWAJ, we want to make sure all our candidates are successful in getting their perfect job and flourish in their new job role!

Using the advice of past candidates, we’ve put together a list of scenarios and the right ways to respond in these situations. Why not test yourself and see how you would fair in these situations?

Your colleague takes credit for your work.

Imagine you’re sitting in a meeting, throwing about ideas for your next project and you quietly utter your idea across the table. The colleague to your left picks up on this and repeats your idea to the boss who is enthusiastic about this idea. How would you respond?

While your ego may be a little bruised after this, it’s best to keep quiet about it and move on; there’s no need to cause a fuss during a meeting! We suggest next time you’re in a meeting with the boss, speak up a little bit and be confident in your ideas.

Noisy co-worker is slowly driving you insane.

Picture sitting at a desk in a long, open office next to a colleague who hasn’t stopped blasting house music since 9am. Despite an early morning coffee and a good night’s sleep, you’re developing a headache! How do you tell them to keep the noise down?

Until the day you have your own office to shut the world out of, you will have to deal with workplace distractions. Before you confront them about the music, why not see if you can work elsewhere in the office for a bit, perhaps with a colleague on a project? However, if the music gets too much, simply ask them to turn it down, explaining you have a headache – any good colleague should be responsive to this!

You’re being interrupted all the time.

You’re sitting at lunch with all your work colleagues. Annoyingly, every time you go to speak the same coworker talks over you and changes the conversation. How do you deal with this?

It’s important to speak up at work, but what’s the point if you can never finish a sentence? You want to feel valued and like you’re worth listening to so you can speak with authority and make your presence known. If you’re colleagues aren’t helping this, why not develop it yourself? We suggest, instead of taking part in group conversation, make small conversation with the people around you. It’s a sure way to get your message across without being interrupted.

How would you have reacted in these workplace scenarios?

DYWAJ can virtually help you build up the skills to find jobs and maintain them via our CV database. We have a specialised team of people who actively sort through CVs, manually review and send them out to employers to help find candidates their dream positions.

If you need help improving your CV, get in touch with us at sarah@dywaj.com

Interview attire and what you should take with you

Interview attire:

We all know how daunting the lead up to, and actual interview can be. Preparing yourself will take hours only to have a 15-minute chat. However, as well as verbally impressing, visual looks are just as important.

It goes without saying that a full Adidas tracksuit or 5-inch heels are not what you’d call ‘suitable’ to wear for an interview. For both genders it’s fairly simple. For the guys, a matching suit with classic tie works perfectly, giving off a strong impression early on. Females have a few choices when it comes to their attire. A blouse with trousers or a skirt is the usual dress code.

Researching into the company is important when it comes to attire. A full suit or smart blouse isn’t always the perfect attire for an interview. Some tips are to gauge what the dress code of the company is and match it. Although you want to look your best, preparing yourself for working there can impress the employee just as much. Remember be formal, but stand out!

We’ve conducted a quick list of Do’s and Don’ts to help you plan your outfit for the big day:  

Men’s: Do’s

  • Work with a range of colours and textures
  • Light colours for a more neutral look
  • Shirt and jumper combo’s for that smart casual appearance
  • The navy blazer
  • Statement ties
  • Bring back the basic with white shirts and black trousers, along with any coloured tie!

Women’s: Do’s

  • Black trousers and a jumper
  • Button downs
  • The navy blazer
  • Experiment with dress colours
  • The little black dress

Don’t:

  • Show too much neckline
  • Overdo the perfume/aftershave
  • Wear headphones in the office building
  • Go too casual despite the hot weather
  • Dress like the 70s
  • Overdo the makeup

It can often be confusing about what to bring with you for an interview. Some things are obvious to all, but here’s a list of items we recommend you bring, including some hidden gems:

  • A portfolio – bringing evidence of work you have published is the best way to show employers what you’re made of. Showing high quality examples can make you stand out from the rest.
  • Notepad & pens – something so simple but so crucial. Noting down important information such as names and job details show you’re not only keen, but also organized.
  • Reference list – although these are likely to be included on your CV, it’s always handy to have a separate copy for quick access.
  • Identification – you never know when you might be asked to provide ID!
  • List of questions – having some prepared questions will take the pressure off when your interviewer puts you on the spot asking whether you have any questions or not. This way you can roll a few off with confidence.
  • Bring a laptop or tablet – although this may sound strange, if you have a website or blog you have a great opportunity to showcase a range of visual work.
  • Breath mints or gum – these go without saying as it’s just polite. Remember to get rid of gum before your interview!
  • A bottle of water – you’ll probably be offered a drink anyway but it’s a good idea to have a drink just incase you start to dry up.
  • Directions – it’s easy to rely on a smartphone or sat nav to take you to your job interview. However, always be prepared incase they malfunction in anyway.
  • Food – something light like a cereal bar is enough to keep you going incase of an extended interview.
  • Take a test drive/journey – there is no harm in visiting the location of your interview before hand to be 100% sure about where you’re going on the day. This will also ease the nervousness of the journey beforehand.

Here at DYWAJ, our aim is to help you find the perfect role. For more information on our services, visit our website today.

The Top 3 Questions to Ask at the End of an Interview

We’ve all been there, you’ve answered the interviewers’ questions with flying colours and you’re left with the most difficult question of all… “So, have you got any questions for us?”

Your mind is running at a million miles an hour trying to think of something to say. A common response is, “uh…so, when will I find out if I’ve got the job?” and worse still to say nothing at all and run the risk of looking like you show no interest in the job prospect; both complete interview faux pas’!

Fortunately, DYWAJ are here to recommend the top 3 questions to ask at the end of interviews.

What is the Potential Career Path for this Role?

Remember, the end of an interview is the perfect time to assess whether the role would suit you. Interviews are a two-way street. You’re going to want to know whether you would fit in with the role as well as having the opportunities to take you down the career path you wish. This also gives you an insight as to how career advancement in a company works.

What’s Your Favourite Thing About Working for This Company?

This gives you the chance to interview the interviewer. Not only that, but, it also helps you get a feel for what the company is like as a whole. You can then ask yourself, ‘could I work here? Would I fit in?’. It provides the additional insight that may be the make or break to your decision.

What Qualities Would One Need to Possess in Order to Excel in This Role?

This is an opportunity to learn more about the company’s values and ethics. Not only that, but you are given access to valuable information that is not necessarily listed in the job description. This would also greatly benefit you if you were to become a member of the team as you know how to impress people from day one.

Of course, you can think of your own questions which will be best tailored to you and the role. If you would like more information on how DYWAJ can help you, don’t hesitate to get in touch today!

What An Employer Wants to See On Your CV?

When you are looking for a new job and sending out your CV to employers, it’s vital that your resume presents you in the most professional manner possible.

The ways companies and recruiters look for new employees – and even the requirements for candidates – is constantly changing and so these changes must be reflected in the way you structure and design your CV.

To help all our candidates stay up-to-date with the latest CV trends, we have created a list of the top CV trends for 2017.

  1. Take time creating a good structure and highlighting- Make sure every word you use in your CV is effective so that it stands out to employers skim-reading your application. This could be done by using headings and bold subtitles to highlight all the important information on the page you want them to read. We also suggest using short sentences to present any key achievement and facts you do not want your potential employer to miss.
  2. Make lots of edits – If you finish the first draft of your CV and think it’s ready to send off to employers, think again! You will need to make edits – lots of them! It’s also good to give your CV out to friends and family to read so they can make edits and take out irrelevant facts. If you want to keep the discarded information in a separate file in case you need it in the future.
  3. Write with busy people in mind – A recruiter or employer will spend between 30 seconds to two minutes looking at your CV and from there they will decide whether to bin it or bring you in for an interview. This is exactly why you need to make your CV clear and concise.
  4. Talk about challenges you have faced – If you want your CV to stand out from the rest of the pile, you should try talking about your achievements/challenges you have faced and how you approached it. For example, if you were faced with a difficult project at work you should talk about the things you did to solve this and the results that came from it i.e. a number of sales or savings for the company.

Now that your CV is up to employer standards, it’s time to land your perfect job! DYWAJ is a large CV database with access to thousands of employers in a number of industries. To upload your CV to our database, click here or to find out more about our services email: sarah@dywaj.com

Is Your Social Media Employer Ready?

August the 19th celebrates World Photo Day. The aim of this day is to promote a positive impact through photography and hopefully inspire change in the world.

Employers

So, you’ve finally landed an interview after weeks or maybe even months of job hunting. “This is it!” you’re thinking “Nothing can stop me. I’m unstoppable. I’ve found my niche!”. Until your brain reminds you of that embarrassing picture from a few years back that keeps cropping up on your Facebook profile. Relax. We’ve all been there.

However, it isn’t a myth, 9 times out of 10 your potential employers will definitely check all your social media platforms prior to the interview. They may miss out your dating profile during this process, but who can be sure. It’s always good to know that this is more often than not the case, after all your interviewer will want to ensure you fit in with their image.

What are the Common Social Media Faux Pas?

This may seem obvious and should only appeal to a minority audience, but according to a recent study the worst thing you can do on social media is to make a reference to any kind of illegal drug. Any posts which contain sexual or provocative insinuations will also not go down so well with potential employers. It’s also a good idea to keep profanities to a minimum on your social media platforms, this may not be the biggest ‘turn off’ but it won’t shine positivity on your image.

The Tips

Don’t panic! DYWAJ aren’t the bearers of bad news and of course, we have some tips at the ready to make sure your social media is employer friendly.

The majority of employers will often scan the social media of the people they have chosen to interview. They look for good deeds and charitable work and it’s thought to have left a more positive impact compared to candidates that do not.

You can also vary your privacy settings which can make it more difficult for employers to find you. However, it’s best advised that you only post things on social media that you wouldn’t mind colleagues or your boss seeing. Some things are best kept private.

Here at DYWAJ we make it our mission to help you find your perfect role. If you would like to find out more information or upload your CV, get in touch or sign up today!

The Benefits of Hiring a Uni Graduate

When a business is looking to fill a role and they have to choose between a university grad or someone with experience, all roads look like they lead to one.

However, there are plenty of advantages to hiring a university graduate.

Choosing to hire a recently graduated university student gives businesses much more than just job description flexibility. From wanting a lower salary to having an eager and enthusaiastic employee, these are just some of the reasons you should consider hiring a uni grad. And DYWAJ know from experience that the advantages definitely outweigh the negatives! Hiring a student is an investment for the future and opens up opportunities for your business.

By giving a university leaver their first job since uni, you benefit from saving on your employee salaries.

As a new starter, your graduate employee will be seeking a low salary compared to established workers. This could be the difference of ten to twenty thousand dollars in salaries, meaning you save money in the long-run.

Another benefit of hiring a university graduate is the student’s ability to navigate through innovative technologies such as computers and social media. With most of the workforce starting their careers before the technological age took over the business world, the millennial generation are more dependent on technology and so will quickly pick up any computer applications you need them to use.

Being eager and ready to learn, a university leaver will be much easier to manage compared to experienced employees.

Typically, students are more focused to learn and keep on track with their day to day workload, meaning they will get you results without much supervision.

When hiring a new employee, one of the things you should be considering is the long term capabilities of the candidate. By hiring them young, university graduates are easy to mold into your perfect employee and guide into making the right business decisions, meaning they are more likely stay with your company in the long term.

After leaving university, graduates are willing to learn as they have done the past three years.

Following months of lectures, essay writing and group tasks, students have the ability to absorb, understand and execute the training you give them compared to your older work force.

If you’re looking to hire a university graduate for your next job opening, why not check out the hundreds of graduate CVs we have in our database?