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sglawrie2  
#1 Posted : 24 November 2017 10:58:58(UTC)
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sglawrie2

Hello,

I currently work offshore on a survey vessel. H&S is not my primary role however I have been getting increasingly involved by performing audits & inspections, job safety analyses, risk assessements and operations, chemical, mechanical and electrical safety. 

Working at sea I also have a lot of experience of working at height, crane operations, confined spaces and permits to work/ LOTO.

I have applied for, and been accepted for, a redundancy package as the oil exploration market has been declining signifcantly. I saw the decline in the industry coming a few years ago and, this year, finished a distance learning MSc in Health, Safety and Risk Management which allowed me to apply for Grad IOSH membership. I have also attended a number of courses (paid by me) in order to build my knowledge up. I appreciate the difference between being qualified for a position and being competent for a position, I believe, with my experience I have both, but maybe I am wrong.

I have now started applying for jobs and the issue recruitment agents and HR recruiters seem to have is that my experience is not suitable. I find this a bit fustrating as I believe I meet the points for that jobs I apply for. 

I was hoping if a couple of members wouldn't mind contacting me by PM. I could forward my CV to you in the hope of receiving constructive advice. Maybe you can see what turns the recruiters off.

Thanks very much,

Steve

Shopland23872  
#2 Posted : 26 November 2017 18:43:06(UTC)
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Shopland23872

I have previously helped someone else in a similar situation, please feel free to send your cv to me and I will happily take a look for you
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sglawrie2 on 26/11/2017(UTC)
Ian Bell2  
#3 Posted : 27 November 2017 12:14:45(UTC)
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Ian Bell2

I understand your situation. I appreciate it's not much help, but most recruiters are a waste of time when it comes to h&s. Very few understand that much of any h&s job is 80% common across jobs. Set policies, assess and manage risk, set up a h&s management system, audit/monitor the system, understand the applicable legislation and associated good practice/ guidance etc.

Most recruiters are as much use a chocolate fire guards
sglawrie2  
#4 Posted : 27 November 2017 13:26:12(UTC)
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sglawrie2

Ha ha, thanks Ian, you've made me have a laugh.

I suspect my CV may also be part of the problem but its good to hear that I am not alone.

Cheers

Zyggy  
#5 Posted : 27 November 2017 17:49:04(UTC)
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Zyggy

Ian is right, most recruiters/HR bods don't understand what is really required so rely on the Person/Job Spec for the post & list Essential or Desirable requirements. If your CV doesn't tick these boxes, then your application is usually binned.

The trick is not to rely on one CV, but tailor it to what they appear to be looking for & then at least you have a fighting chance of getting through the initial hoop & hopefully an interview.

Good luck!
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sglawrie2 on 27/11/2017(UTC)
lorna  
#6 Posted : 28 November 2017 09:23:54(UTC)
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lorna

I've always found the best way is to treat it like a local government application form - work your way through the requirements & job spec and basically tell them how you meet that point. Always gets me an interview - getting the job is sometimes harder....

I'm quite willing to look at it of you want to PM it over.

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sglawrie2 on 28/11/2017(UTC)
Ian Bell2  
#7 Posted : 28 November 2017 09:27:03(UTC)
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Ian Bell2

As well as most recruitment consultants being pretty rubbish and having a poor understanding of h&s jobs and the many common areas of work regardless of industry/Job specifics, it should be remembered that recruitment people are first and foremost sales people. In order of priorities moat seem to work in the following order of priorities
1. Get someone placed in a Job, so they meet their sales target and get paid their commission
2. Try and satisfy their clients needs I.e. by finding a suitable candidate. So they will hopefully get future recruitment chances and hence paid again.
3. Only then might a recruiter actually consider YOUR career requirements/interests.
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sglawrie2 on 28/11/2017(UTC), lorna on 28/11/2017(UTC)
szone  
#8 Posted : 04 December 2017 15:00:36(UTC)
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szone

Feel free to send it over, I have had my CV looked over plenty of times and had some good advice.

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sglawrie2 on 04/12/2017(UTC)
peter gotch  
#9 Posted : 07 December 2017 11:26:14(UTC)
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peter gotch

Hi Steve

If you want to sent it to peter.gotch@jacobs.com, I'll give you a constructive critique.

Good luck, Peter

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sglawrie2 on 07/12/2017(UTC)
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