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Recommendations

Product Manager – Scientific

Mase approached me about a position they were recruiting for and did so in a very professional manner. It was nice to be contacted about something that matched my background and career for once! The team were extremely supportive and friendly throughout the interview process and beyond. PS: we got the role! And I say ‘we’ because Mase were there at every step of the process.

Engineering Administrator

Mase are my third employment agent and the only one to follow up after I started my new job, hats off to them!! They put me in my perfect job with the perfect business. They knew it would be a great fit for me and they kept in touch throughout the whole process. They are very good at what they do and I can’t recommend them enough!

Internal Sales Engineer

I cannot thank the team at Mase enough for the fantastic service they have provided throughout the application to interview process and beyond. The support and attention received helped me to believe that I could confidently achieve the next level in my career and that is exactly what I did.

During an uncertain time over the past 18 months, making the decision to join a new company and leave behind the security of the your current employment is not easy but thanks to their knowledge and efforts spent on understanding both the employer and my needs, any uncertainty was quickly removed.

I have never felt more supported by a recruiter and would highly recommend Mase Consulting to anybody looking to change their employment.
Thank you!

Field Applications Engineer

My recent career path change came after getting in contact with Mase Consulting, they took complete care at every step of the selection process not just from a professional point of view, but from every aspect.  They take pride and care of doing a really comprehensive and integral process at every step.

BIM Technician

Mase were brilliant from the start of the process right through to the end. Great communication and always available whenever needed. Highly recommend their professional service.

Head of Finance & Accounting

I worked with Mase Consulting in order to secure my current position as the head of finance and accounting. They impressed me with their highly professional attitude and skills to find the most suitable candidate for the vacant position. Mase clearly understands what their partnering company wants to see in a new candidate and communicated all facts transparently in both directions. They were very supportive in getting me the right position and always available if any consulting is required. Thank you !

Mase Consulting

Contact Us

Stonecross Place,
Stonecross Lane North,
Warrington,
WA3 2SH

Phone: 01942 725 479
Email: info@mase-consulting.com

CV Template & Tips

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  • Use the format shown in the downloadable template below. This is a format we have found clients respond well to. It’s easy to navigate and gives all the key information required in a clear and concise manner. This format will work for the majority of professionals, however if you’re a creative or design related individual, we’d recommend a CV format that demonstrates your unique creative/design capabilities.
  • Do not write your CV as a story, it makes it very difficult to read and is extremely unengaging.  Don’t forget an employer reviews a CV for an average of 6 seconds before making a decision to review it any further.  
  • The template provided is adaptable; use your common sense when creating your CV. So for longer periods of employment you will want to include more information and for shorter periods of employment you may include less information.
  • The ‘Employment’ area of your CV is the most important for experienced candidates, as it’s often reviewed first by employers. It is therefore vital that all key details are listed, including your dates of employment, company name, job title, duties and achievements within the role.
  • Add a sentence or two about each employer including what products/services they offer. This will allow new employers to quickly understand the current and previous markets you have operated in.
  • We would advise avoiding the use of any internal jargon or acronyms when listing your duties and responsibilities. Make it relevant to a potential new employer.
  • If you are a sales professional, we would strongly advise including your financial targets and achievements, major project wins etc.
  • If you have a job title which isn’t meaningful to the outside world, we would suggest changing it to something slightly more relevant and meaningful to a potential new employer. For example: if your job title is Specials Quote Technician and you provide estimates for clients, we would suggest you change it to Estimator.
  • The 2 page CV rule is a myth.  Although it may be more applicable for fresh graduates with very little work experience, any experienced individuals should have a more detailed CV as this is your opportunity to sell yourself. From our experience a typical CV should be from 3-5 pages long.
  • Ensure your postal address, email address and contact details are up to date.
  • Ensure the finished CV is thoroughly checked for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. The majority of clients will reject an application should there be continual mistakes.

Interview Preparation

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Interview prep is vital in order to be successful within the interview process and stand out against others.  Some of the core areas to consider include the following:

THE EMPLOYER

Fully researching the business you are meeting is vital, as the majority of clients will ask “what do you know about our organisation?”.  The internet can provide endless historical and present information on the organisation you are meeting, but simply glancing at a company website and reviewing the basics will no longer make you stand out within a competitive market. Areas to focus your research on include:

  • The products & solutions they offer
  • The markets they operate within
  • Their competitors
  • Their unique selling points (USP’s)
  • Business size (turnover, employee numbers etc.)
  • Major project wins and successes

Don’t be worried about trying to memorise all the company information; most employers don’t mind candidates coming armed with a note pad of facts and figures. It should be written in bullet point format and be for your reference only. Try to avoid pages of information and stick to a maximum of one side of A4. If anything, we find clients are more impressed that candidates have taken the time to make notes opposed to just glancing at their company website.

THE INTERVIEWERS

We would always recommend you review the profile and background of the interview panel on LinkedIn.com prior to your meeting. This can be extremely insightful and allow you to understand more about the businesses/markets they have worked within and their personal interests. This will help you develop a rapport with the interviewers on the day.

YOU

No matter what level of role you are interviewing for you will find a large percentage of the interview will focus around you, your skills and past experience.  So although it seems an obvious area to prepare on, it’s one which candidates overlook the most.  

KNOW YOUR CV

Knowing your CV is vital, as clients will be keen to learn more about what interested you about a certain role, what you didn’t enjoy about the position, reasons for leaving companies, salary package, duties, achievements etc. It is important you’re able to give a good account of your skills and focus on drawing synergy between your past experience and the position on offer. Most clients are looking for related examples and will therefore ask scenario based questions allowing you to draw on your own experiences to answer.

JOB SPEC

Reviewing the job description in detail prior to your interview is critical. It will allow you to not only understand more about the employers requirements but allow you to tailor your pitch in the interview.  Naturally it makes more sense spending time talking about the areas of your experience that have the most relevance to the position on offer.

PREPARE QUESTIONS

Treat any interview as a two way conversation, to not only allow the employer to assess your skills but for you to assess if the business and opportunity is right for you. It is essential you are armed with intelligent questions that will make the interviewers sit back and think about before answering. For example:

  • Where do they see the biggest opportunities in the market for them to capitalise on?
  • What are the biggest threats in the market?

Questions such as the above can be extremely insightful and allow you to gain market intelligence and establish if the future of the role, their market and the business is stable.

INTERVIEW TIPS

  • Arrive in good time and ensure you are well presented
  • Listen to the questions carefully and ensure your answer is relevant
  • Don’t go off tangent
  • Lose or translate the internal jargon/acronyms of your current and previous roles to make it relevant for the prospected new employer
  • Most importantly be yourself and let your personality shine