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FutureReach: The advantage of being different

Category: Career Experts

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Recruiters are looking for unique candidates - those individuals who have the leadership and experience to flourish in a job role. Being from a "non-traditional" background can be an advantage in this respect.

For example, you might be the first generation in your family to have gone to university - showing courage and direction. You might have a physical or non-physical disability, which means you've had to overcome challenges and shown tenacity to get to where you are today.

These experiences can enrich your application and interview, as they can be used as examples in questions such as "tell us about a time you showed leadership" or "how have you been entrepreneurial in the past?".

But you also need to get the basics right - one common mistake is lacking commercial awareness.

3 ways to boost your commercial awareness:

1. Read the 'about' page on their website. You should never go into an interview without reading about the company. The 'about' page on the company's website will give you an overview of what the company does and its vision for the future. The interview will expect you to know both of these things.

2. Find recent news about the organisation. A quick Google search will show you how the company has been reported in the news. If it's good news, this is easy - you can mention the great press the company has had lately. If it's bad news, you can ask question about challenges the company faces, and what it aims to meet them in the future. Either way, you'll surprise the interview with your research.

3. Read about the industry. Say, for example, the company you're In interviewing for is in the education industry. A brief check of the BBC education section will tell you the opportunities and challenges everyone in the industry is facing. Knowing this will enrich your interview answers and show a deep interest in the company.

Combining great commercial awareness with your unique perspective is a recipe for success.

VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please call 02037405973 or email info@vercida.com for more information.

We are also officially recommended by Disability Confident as a step on achieving Employer status, please click here for more information.

 

 

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VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email info@vercida.com for more information.

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