Job seeking tips and tricks
Arboriculture isn’t simply a case of pruning trees. There are a wide range of jobs available, from tree climber to arborist, and tree surgeon to utility surveyor, with some rather specialised skills needed. Whether you are just starting out, or you have a lot of experience in the field, finding a new job – and even better, finding the right job – can take some time and effort.
Read on for our tips to give your CV a polish and get the most out of your interviews.
- Your CV
This is the first impression your potential employer has of you, so it does need to be good.
Starting off with the basics, make sure you list all of your contact information. It’s amazing how many people send off CVs without even a telephone number. When it comes to your email address, while ‘mrhotshotgreenfingers’ at your email provider might be great when you’re arranging a night out with your friends, for your CV you should have a professional email address, with just your name.
Make your CV easy to read, with a clear font, and don’t try to cram everything onto one page. While a ten page CV is probably going a little too far, one page that no-one can read, because there’s too much information is not better. If you need a couple of pages for all your experience, then use them. Using bullet points and leaving lots of white space is easier on the eye and your CV is more likely to get read.
Your current experience and responsibilities are more likely to be relevant to the job you are going for, so list that first, with the rest of your roles in reverse order, and do tailor your CV for each role that you are applying for.
If ever there was a place to blow your own trumpet, your CV is the place to do it. What certifications and qualifications have you got that are relevant? Do you also have experience driving an HGV, first aid certification, or pesticide certification, such as C&G NPTC Unit PA1, Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Pesticides? What else can you add that will make your application stand out?
Finally, do a thorough proof read, spelling and grammar check, and make sure you’ve added everything that’s important, and you’re ready to go.
- The interview
Even the most experienced people can get nervous at interviews, and the best way to settle your nerves and build your confidence is to do your research and be well-prepared.
Check out the company you’re applying to on the web and on LinkedIn. If you know who will be interviewing you, look up their LinkedIn profile and social media. See what you have in common and what points you might want to make that you know they’ll be interested in.
Go through your CV and compare it with the job you’re applying for. Pick out examples you can use in the interview to show your knowledge and experience, so you won’t be stuck for something to say when asked.
Prepare for those tough interview questions, like ‘what are your weaknesses?’ and ‘why should we choose you for this job?’. List your strengths and be prepared to talk about them.
Lastly, don’t forget that this is a two-way street, and while you are being interviewed, you can also interview them to see if this is the type of company you want to work for and the role you really want, so don’t be afraid to ask questions in return. You need to be happy, too!
TreeBear is a great place to search for your next role, and if you’d like a little help with your CV, then feel free to download our sample CV template from our About page: https://www.treebear.co.uk/about/.