The Candidate Journey

Candidates are our business, and at Hartbrooke Associates our time is invested to ensure that each candidate receives the best experience and advice from the start of their job search to accepting a new role. Each individual has a different experience and story to tell, and we are attuned to adapting to individual needs with sensitivity and confidentiality. We develop and formulate close ties through listening, understanding and offering impartial career advice. We take the time to unveil your experience, achievements, aspirations and skills whilst providing professional guidance along the way from:

  • Guidance with CV content, formatting and presentation
  • Market information and updates
  • Career advice and mentoring
  • Detailed client briefs and job specifications
  • Comprehensive interview preparation and techniques
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Flexible and agile working
  • Post-placement management
  • Recommend a friend incentive scheme

1. Candidate Attraction

  • Targeted advertising and social media
  • Networking and recommendations
  • Candidate workshops and events

2. Full Screening Process

  • Initial contact and introduction
  • Brief telephone screening
  • Invitation for registration

3. Interview & Verification

  • Complete application form / references
  • Verification of ID and Right to Work
  • Testing and full registration interview

4. Shortlisting & Selection

  • Identify and qualify suitable candidates
  • Vacancy and client matching
  • Shortlist and CV submission

5. Interview Preparation

  • Email interview confirmation
  • Interview guidelines
  • Consultant briefing

6. Interview Feedback

  • Feedback to clients
  • Candidate feedback
  • Outcome and next steps guidance

7. The Offer

  • Manage client and candidate processes
  • Verbal / written acceptance
  • Screening process / references

8. Joining Formalities

  • Offer letter and contract
  • Confirmation of start date
  • First day check in and support

CV Writing Tips

It is imperative that when writing your CV, two important factors need to be considered:

  • Who will be reading my CV?
  • What 'stand out' qualities will make me outshine the competition?

Your CV needs to be clear and concise with consistent formatting throughout, and factual content outlining your core duties. Finding a format is just as crucial as the words you use. Buzz words or abbreviations should not be used, and never assume that the person reading your CV will understand jargon.

Make sure that your contact details are clearly stated on your CV if you want potential employers to be able to contact you. Write a brief career summary/personal profile at the start of your CV allowing the reader to obtain a clearer understanding of your background, skills, personality and future career aspirations.

Your education should be clearly marked and to include grades (only if you know them or have the certificates as proof). Putting incorrect information on your CV or falsifying your education will have consequences further down the line, so always be accurate in the information you provide.

Finally, your employment history should incorporate the dates (including the months and the years of employment), your company name and job title. Our recommendation of getting across your experience clearly and concisely, is to bullet point your duties including who you report into, the team or department you are based in, and your day-to-day activities.