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Candidate Resources

Why work with Nixor

However you intend to commence your search for a new job, it is at best a time consuming and potentially stressful procedure. We understand this, so as a new candidate speaking with a Nixor consultant you will find us approachable, knowledgeable and above all honest about our capabilities. Your Nixor consultant will take time to understand your motivations, your ideal job and the company you feel would be most suited to. They may also propose some alternatives you may not have considered based upon our awareness of our own clients requirements and preferences.

Whatever the result of your first interaction with Nixor, all our consultants are trained to be accountable to the candidates we represent and as such you will be left with a clear idea of the next steps and timescales. Our client base is vast, and we go to great lengths to understand their business needs in the same way as we do our candidates’ so you can be assured that all possible care has been taken to ensure your time is well spent on only the most suitable opportunities.

Your Nixor contact will aid you in preparing for the interview, and offer any necessary support in joining formalities and administration if required. As a candidate working with Nixor you can be confident that we will work tirelessly and confidentially on your behalf and be a truly positive influence on your job search.

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CV Writing Tips

Writing your CV

Consider why your are writing your CV

The aim of a CV is to give a snap-shot of your skills and experience with the aim of trying to SECURE AN INTERVIEW. Too long winded and you may loose the reader or end up waffling. Too short and you may not include enough detail to even be considered for a role. A good CV should give the reader enough information to make an informed decision, but leave them with areas they can question around in an interview in order to find out more detail.

Presentation of your CV

Presentation is Key

Don’t over complicate your CV. A good CV is easy to read with clear defined sections. The easier a CV is to read the better. Extravagant tables, logos, designs or patterns detract from the main purpose of a CV (which is to give a snap-shot of your skills) and can be off putting to potential employers. If you are applying for a more creative role or want to demonstrate skills in a particular area, include web links or an addendum at the end rather that cluttering up the body of the CV.

Structure of your CV

The Structure of a CV

When writing a CV, consider who will read it. There may be a number of people within a recruitment process; including a hiring manager, team members, HR, recruitment consultants, PA’s and senior management/directors. Each person in the process will have an input so try to appeal to a wider audience. A rough structure is outlined below.

CV Basics

Get the Basics Right

Check spelling and punctuation. Hiring managers OFTEN disregard strong CV’s purely on the basis of poor spelling and punctuation. Most roles require some attention to detail and incorrect spelling on an important document such as a CV indicates a lack of this. Use a straightforward font formatting and use the same font throughout. Always use the same tense. If your CV talks in the first person (“I have experience in…), make sure it continues in this vain, rather than slipping into 3rd person tense (“John has experience in…”)

Interview Tips

The Basics

Wear a suit or formal business wear. Make sure you are clean shaven, hair tied back, where possible hide tattoos and piercings. Check the location of the interview and plan a route prior to the day of interview. If you are running late for whatever reason call ahead and let someone know. Engage and make eye contact with all members of the interview panel, even if there is a passive interviewer.


Prepare questions before going into the interview. The following areas are good places to start. Look at the company website. Most interviewers want to know you are interested in their company, so look into things such as: company values, products and services offered and competitors in the market place. Go through the job spec in detail and make note of any areas of which you hold particular strength or that you would like to find out more information about. Look-up the interviewers using social media or a Google search. Their background may help form some common ground in the interview.

Common Questions

How to answer:
“Tell me about yourself”

This is often the opening question and since first impressions are very important, you want to take the opportunity to present yourself in the most positive light. Without preparation it is easy to waffle, sound hesitant or for your mind to go blank. Here are some tips on how best to answer this question; Keep your response to around 3 minutes. Start with an overview of your current employment and then run through a short description of your previous few positions, particularly those that are relevant to the position you are interviewing for. Consider your most relevant achievements, based on the job spec for the position and ensure these are included. Don’t go into too much detail, this will come later.

How to answer:
“What are your strengths?”

Select your three main strengths/qualities that are most relevant and for each strength give a specific example of how you have applied the strength to a work situation. For example if you select team work as one of your key strengths you then need to support this with an example of when you have been part of a team and the contribution you made.

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Working Internationally

Changing jobs and moving home are probably two of the most stressful activities a person can undertake, combine them and this is significantly magnified. When accepting an international position though Nixor we cannot guarantee the process will be stress free or unproblematic, but we can commit to supporting you in every way possible providing insights based upon our in depth experience of placing candidates internationally.

The fist step is to be prepared and consider more than just the job, company and salary when in the initial phase. See below a shortlist of things to consider as a first step;


Is schooling available and have you considered the costs? Is work available for a spouse? Is it an environment your family can be comfortable in? Is your presence required in your home country? Does your family REALLY want to make the move as much as you do?

The Job

Is the position worth the relocation? Does the remuneration meet your requirements taking into account tax and local cost of living? Have you done your own research on the company and are comfortable they are a fit for you?

The location

Can you / your family be comfortable there for the desired term? Could obtaining an employment visa be a problem? Would you have access to any necessary medical support? Are you prepared for the cultural differences? Is the change in climate a factor? How far away will family and friends be?

As you progress through the interview process your research should continue in the above areas, the internet being a great source of information. The web is full of excellent expat resources so which should be easy to locate on any search engine, also speak to your Nixor contact who will be able to recommend specific websites of interest for the location or topic you are interested in. Moving to a new job and country at the same time can be stressful, and certainly is not something to be undertaken lightly, but with the whole world to aim at there are some amazing opportunities out there for those willing to take the plunge.

Your Nixor consultant can help along the way, give us a call today to further discuss or have a look at our jobs page to view our latest vacancies.

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