Career Advice

Career Advice

As a full Greystone member you have now joined a select group of the best engineers in your field. You will be represented by a recruiter that is renowned for supplying only the best talent available, so with a Greystone expert in your corner you really are at a huge advantage. From here, our two decades of experience and contacts will take over and start to open doors for you.

Your CV

Through our extensive networks we can sell your capability far better than a prospective employer reading a CV, although a powerful CV certainly helps.

Simplicity is the key. Every individual has a unique make up and a CV can provide important messages/clues about whether you are right for that business and crucially whether that business is right for you.

A CV should be short, uncluttered, informative and relevant to the job you are applying for. The beginning of the CV is by far the most important and must capture the reader’s attention. This is your chance to highlight your most impressive skills, abilities and past experience that you feel puts you ahead of the rest keeping this specific position in mind.

What should your CV include?

Your full name

Full contact details
Your address, home number, mobile number, email addresses

A punchy personal statement
Personal statements if used in the wrong way can have the adverse effect. If you use a personal statement at all use it wisely and capture the reader’s attention. What is in your make up, what are your career/life goals?

Your education & professional qualifications
Try to include only the relevant qualifications so as not to distract from the achievement and only provide detail where necessary.

Previous technical experience
Start with your most recent employment first with a reasonable amount of detail surrounding your role and responsibilities. Work back through your previous employments in reducing detail covering only those that are most relevant and so as not to extend the CV beyond 2-3 pages.

Other interests
These are an important part of the CV as they provide for an insight in to your outside of work mask and what makes you the person that you are.

Referees (on request)

Interviews

Do your research
What do you know about the company and the people interviewing you? Do this research on their website, in industry news, on LinkedIn profiles to make sure that you know as much as possible. You need to know the company structure & culture, what markets they operate in, their products and services and sometimes there may even have been some relevant industry news you can arm yourself with to kick off the interview on an informative note. Secondly focus on the individuals you will be meeting, understand their positions in the organisation, their backgrounds, the projects they have been involved with, companies previously worked for and any past career achievements.

This research is imperative to make sure that you project yourself in the correct manner to your potential future employers but also so that you can form a detailed opinion on whether this is the right company and the right manager for you.

Prepare
Look good, feel good, do good. Dress to impress, know the culture of the company and dress appropriately.

Make sure you arrive before the scheduled interview time with plenty to spare. You must plan your route and likely travel time so make sure that you are aware of the local parking facilities or train stations. It is also worth checking on the day for any disruptions to your proposed travel route.

Before you enter the interview do one last check of your interviewers names and job titles to get off on the right foot.

The interview
Be positive, confident & respectful. Greet your interviewer in an upbeat fashion and a firm handshake. Throughout the interview it is vital to maintain good eye contact but without staring - it shows that you are listening and establishes a connection between you. It is always a good idea to reflect the style of your interviewer, if they are formal then be formal in your approach, if they are relaxed then follow suit but don’t go too far so as to compromise your professionalism.

Feedback and Questions
Have some pre-prepared questions for your interviewer which are as unique as you can make them. More importantly though use the content and context of the interview as an opportunity to ask live questions, this is the easiest way to transform your experience. Live questioning provided the interviewer doesn’t object, will transform an interview away from a question and answer, them and you and a superior to subordinate interview in to a conversation between two professionals with similar interests who are able to connect on a topic.

Ask for feedback. Constructive criticism is good to hear, it shows you are willing to learn and may help you in future interviews.

Finally it is important to make the interviewer aware of your potential interest in the position and to thank them for their time.

Do not discuss any potential offer at the interview, refer them back to Greystone as this is where working with us will literally pay you dividends.

The Offer

Once the interviews are complete it is important that you engage your Greystone contact, negotiating the offer is our job and our field of expertise.

Your job now is to take the time to reflect. It is more than likely that you will have multiple opportunities on the table so take the time to consider them & work with us to structure the on-going strategy. We will secure you the right opportunity with the best possible rewards.

Counter offers, comfort zone or career progression?
Because we only deal with the top 10% of engineers it is very likely that you will receive a counter offer. Your current employer will have invested time and money in you and won’t want to lose you, especially to a competing business. Often a reactive offer will involve matching or surpassing the financials on offer to you else where, a promise of promotion or training to upskill your capabilities. You know the company, the boss, the job, your colleagues and you wont be the newbie, tempting isn’t it?

What you perceive as the safest option isn’t always the best option - pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone will develop you personally and professionally. Consider the following:

  1. Remove yourself from the situation, you should never make a decision there and then
  2. Remember the reasons why you were looking to leave in the first place
  3. Be honest with yourself and make the right call to progress your career

National statistics show that 89% of employees who accept a counter offer leave within the next 6 months.

For most people making the decision to change their job is a big one so lean on your family, friends and your Greystone consultant. You will no doubt experience mixed emotions. These emotions can range from excitement at the new opportunity, being overwhelmed at the enormity of the situation or just fearing being out of your comfort zone. Stay calm & focus on the facts.