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How to Sound Polished and Professional



Before heading off to job interviews it’s important to spend some time knowing what you actually sound like, to ensure you sound not only confident but also polished and professional. Listening to your own voice can be a little off putting for some, but hear us out on this one !


Grab your phone and record yourself having a conversation on a voice memo app, listen back and prepare to be surprised! If you are guilty of any of the below, it may be time to work on those bad vocal habits you’ve acquired. 



1. Lose the uptalk 


Do you speak as though every sentence is a question? It makes you sound unsure of yourself and to an interviewer, could be a little distracting. To practice speaking without it, here’s a little trick - grab a book, hold it at arms length and start reading out loud. Whenever you reach a full stop, drop your arm and your voice along with it. 


2. Speak slower


Rushing when speaking gives the impression you don’t value what you’re saying, and it doesn’t give people a chance to absorb what you’re saying. To practice slowing down, talk or read out loud to yourself and clap your hands at the end of every sentence to train your brain to stop for punctuation marks. This is a great one to practice as most people will naturally speed up their speech when they are in a nerve wracking environment, like a job interview. 


3. Eliminate fillers


We can hear our mums saying it now, “stop saying like after every word!” 

“Like,” “um,” “you know,” “sort of,”- they all make you sound like you don’t know what to say, like you need to qualify all of your statements. Replace these filler words with pauses, which allow you to gather your thoughts and think more clearly, while giving meaning to the next thing you say. 


4. Make yourself heard 


If your voice is barely audible, chances are whatever you’re saying will come across as equally unsubstantial. Unsurprisingly, speaking up will make you sound more powerful. Visualising your voice as a ball you can bounce off the walls will help you project without feeling unnatural or overdoing it. 


5. Work on losing the vocal fry 


This point is particularly aimed at the ladies! Vocal Fry is the technical term for the throaty, creaky sound of, for example, Kim Kardashian’s voice. Studies are showing that more and more women are mimicking it in their own voices without even noticing it. It causes people to perceive you as less competent and trustworthy, plus it’s terrible for you vocal cords. Simply being aware of it will make a big difference. 


Does a creative's CV need to be creative?

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Getting a job has always been competitive and candidates are doing all they can to give themselves an advantage. So is there a need to get creative with your CV?

Let’s first consider the purpose of a CV; to portray important information in a concise and informative way which allows the reader to quickly scan and take in the relevant information. So how do you make yours stand out?

In the creative industry people want to show their creative potential, are making CVs their own by expressing themselves through their unique presentation and layout. But can this get in the way of the sole purpose of a CV? Is it not the job of the portfolio to show creative talent and potential?

I guess it can be quite subjective; one employer may be impressed with your creativity, whilst another may not be prepared to spend the extra time needed to actually find the relevant information on your CV. But it seems getting the balance right is crucial. If you can keep it easy to read whilst showing some unique creative flair, then it will probably make a good impression.

Have a look at these creative CV’s below. Which ones have got the balance right, and which ones seem to have forgotten the aim of a CV? Let us know what you think…

Finalists at the Hertfordshire Business Awards


Agenda Recruitment is delighted to announce that we have been selected as a finalist for the Recruitment Award at the Hertfordshire Business Awards being held on Thursday 29th of November.

We believe this fantastic achievement demonstrates our high standards and on-going commitment to excellence and is a great way to finish off another successful year for everyone at Agenda. 



How to make yourself employable and a land a job as a graduate.



Fresher’s week has come and gone and before you know it summer exams will be creeping around the corner. The time will soon come to think about what you’re going to do after university. 


The immediate post-university period is crucial. Some who are on the ball may already have graduate schemes and jobs lined up, while for others the attention is focused on other things like festival season! But your future is worth thinking about, especially as figures released last year show that a third of graduates were working in unskilled roles after leaving university. 


There’s a number of things you can do to make yourself more employable, and some of them are a lot easier than you think. Here are our tips to help you land your first job as a graduate. 

1. Write your CV like a story 


Forget the boring templated CV if you want to land a top position after graduating. Tell recruiters like us your story, letting your CV answer questions which focus on


  • Why they should employ you?
  • What’s your experience? 
  • What makes you stand out? 


Always remember to tailor your CV to each job that you apply for, focusing on the skillsets required for that particular role. 


And don’t rush an application. If you don’t want to spend the time to land an interview, you probably don’t want it enough. 


2. Google Yourself 


More than 80% of employers research a candidate on google, so it's worth taking ten minutes to run a google search on your name to see what comes up. You won't want prospective employers seeing your drunken photos from your freshers week! Moving forward, keep those types of photos off of your social media, and think about deleting historical ones. 


We would suggest tailoring your online presence to your chosen industry, and make sure when someone searches you, what they see makes you stand out; look at it as an opportunity to impress. 


Thank about which social media channels reflect your interest in a subject and spend some time on LinkedIn building up your profile on there. 


Ensure your online presence portrays you as an individual with a keen interest and understanding in your field. 


3. Get Social 


Social media, when done properly, can help you to land interviews and showcase opportunities. 


Once you've built up your profile on LinkedIn, use it to connect with employers and recruiters as well as to showcase your expertise. 


For creatives, use channels such as Creative Pool and Behance to publish your work. 


Use twitter to engage with a company ahead of applying for a role. Showing a keen interest in them before an interview will always help your application. 


4. Network, Network, Network


Just like entrepreneurs must network to win work and generate leads, you must do the same to land your dream job. Use both online and face-to-face networking approaches, get to know as many influencers within your industry as possible both locally and nationally. 


Ways you can build these relationships include social media networking, attending career fairs, undertaking work placements and apprenticeships and volunteering. 


Remember, it’s not what you know but who you know. 


5. Learn the Art of Selling Yourself


We understand that this doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but selling yourself is just like marketing yourself as you would a business. Start by putting yourself in the shoes of a recruiter and ask yourself whether you stand out from a crowd of CVs and applicants. If not, spend some time working out why. 


But never lie on a CV application to make yourself look better. Not even the little white lies. You will be found out and it won’t do you any favours. 


6. Boost Your Confidence 


Trust us when we say that a confident individual is a far more attractive candidate to employers than a shy one. Display your confidence by being prepared for your interview armed with good research about the company and the job role you’re applying for; be positive throughout and learn from your mistakes. 


By organising a few dummy run interviews with friends and family will really help you to prepare and allow you to speak comfortably and confidently in front of an interviewer without felling nervous. Just avoid coming across as cocky and over-confident, as it’s often seen as a mask for someone who is hiding something. 


7. Gain Industry Experience


Regardless of whether it’s paid or unpaid, an internship or a summer job, do all that you can to gain industry experience. Employers will want to see more than just your qualifications and are more likely to interview a candidate who has actively sought out previous work experience. It will help set you apart from those who have none. 


8. Research Companies Before Applying 


It’s really helpful to spend some time researching and getting to know companies that are of interest before applying for a job role there. Follow them on social media and subscribe to their company blog. This will give you helpful insight into the company culture, not just what service they provide and the clients they provide for. After all, you want to make sure you work for a company that fits your needs as much as you fit theirs. 


Never assume that you can research a company the morning before an interview. The candidates that really stand out are the ones who have clearly done their homework researching the company in detail. 


9. Never Stop Learning 


We know you have just finished your degree, and learning is something you’re hoping to leave behind. But in reality you should never stop learning. Knowledge is very powerful and the more you know in your chosen industry the more employable you become. 


It takes people years to reach the top of their game, and those that do have continued their learning and understanding. We suggest subscribing to relevant blogs, watching helpful webinars and attending conferences to help build on your knowledge. 


10. Believe In Yourself 


There’s a lot to be said for someone who believes in themselves. You’d be surprised how much this can impact your ability to sell yourself. Never doubt yourself and your ability to succeed in your chosen career. Negativity is never good and those who focus on positives will go further than those who don’t. 


Justify in your head why you should be selected for a role and you’ll find it far easier to convince recruiters and employers.


11. Be Flexible 


Whilst this is easier for some than for others, always try to be flexible. An application for one role may see you offered an interview for another or perhaps on a slightly lower than expected salary. Being flexible on specific job roles, salary and working hours will help you to get your foot in the door of the company you want to be part of. 


Heading into an interview or applying for a role with a fixed mindset is never a good idea, as things don’t always go just as you expected them to. 


Being flexible sets you apart from those who aren’t.



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The Importance of Work Experience for Graduates
scroll-32278 640According to a recent article by the BBC and research by High Fliers of more than 18,000 university leavers - graduates who have had internships or work experience whilst at university are three times as likely to land jobs.
Job applications are at record levels with applications being sent earlier than ever. The research suggests that students will have submitted an average of more than seven job applications each before leaving university. This is the highest level found in 18 years of research into the graduate jobs market.
Researchers estimate that from the 30 universities involved in the study there will have been 427,000 job applications generated this year - almost double the number from five years ago!
The destination for these young job hunters is more likely than ever to be London. Half of all graduates now expect to work in London, with the capital the most popular location for students leaving 27 out of 30 universities. The only exceptions are Queen's University in Belfast and Strathclyde and Glasgow universities.
The best way to answer “Why Should We Hire You?” in your interview.



Most hiring managers will close out an interview asking you point blank why they should hire you. If you’ve ever been stumped when it comes to this question, the painful truth is you likely failed that interview.


If you want to impress you potential employer and demonstrate your desire to work for them, you will need to have done your research on the company and position well in advance in order to close the interview on a positive note.


When you are prepared and have completed your research ahead of time, it will be easy for you to address the key reasons why you are perfect for the job.



Point out your skills.


When you have a solid understanding of the position’s job duties and requirements, this should be an easy sell to the employer. Take a look at what they want and need from the position you’re applying for. 


  • What are the key skills and requirements? 
  • Are there any additional experiences or skills that you have which would be a plus for the position? 


For example, if the company is searching for a finance manager for their global staffing company, it would be a huge bonus if your financial experience is on a global basis or in the staffing industry. This is something that you would want to point out to them as a reason why they should hire you for the job.


Being able to establish the connection between your skills and the job requirements is necessary if you wish to have a successful interview.


Establish your ability to learn.


As always, it doesn’t matter how much experience you have in the position at hand. You must also be willing and able to learn a new business, new processes, or even a new industry.


If you have had successful experience learning and picking up new skills in the past, be sure to bring this up during the interview. This proves that you not only have the key skills they are looking for, but that you also have the initiative and desire to learn more.


Don’t forget about the culture.


If you have done your research prior to the interview, you will be very familiar with the company’s culture. No longer is it satisfactory for HR to just find someone with the skills and experience to hire for a job. Today, hiring managers are searching for individuals who will transition smoothly into their company’s culture.


Make sure that you establish your knowledge of the company culture. If you have worked in similar cultures in the past, talk about this. State how your attitude and beliefs will fit in well with the company’s established culture.

Unemployment in the UK falls again as record numbers are in work

New figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown that a record number of people are in work after another fall in unemployment and a further dip in the numbers claiming jobseeker's allowance.


Almost 30 million adults were in a job in the quarter to last November, up by more than half a million on the previous year. This gives an employment rate of 71% - the highest since records began in 1971.


The number of job vacancies in the economy increased by 10,000 to almost half a million at the end of last year, the highest number for four years.

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