Have you been applying for jobs through Corporate Staffing and are wondering what our process is?
Is this your first time applying for jobs through us?
In order to get a job through Corporate Staffing Services (CSS), the first and most important step is to understand our processes and procedures. By understanding the process, you can understand better how to approach each job application and achieve success.
This step-by-step guide will tell you everything you need to know about our process and how to get a job through Corporate Staffing Services (CSS).
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Here is a Step-by-Step Guide to Get a Job through CSS
Step 1 – Find the Job You Want
Assuming you already have a professional CV at hand, your first step to any job hunt is to find a job opening. With CSS, all open positions are posted on our website under the “Latest Jobs” section.
Visit the website, browse the current openings, read the job descriptions and identify a position that you meet qualifications for. If you don’t find one, then it means we don’t have such a position at that particular moment. But keep tabs on the site as we post new positions as soon as we have them.
You can also find our open positions on Kenyan job sites like Brighter Monday, Career Point Kenya, and other related sites. If you have registered your CV with us, we will send you job alerts for open positions in your specific profession.
Our advice to you: Read and understand the job descriptions to ascertain you are well qualified and that you match the requirements. Also, your experience matters a lot in the selection process, so capitalize on it.
Step 2 – Apply as Soon as You See the Job
Getting a job through recruitment firms is very different from a direct company hire.
Unlike with the government, top organizations hiring in-house and in parastatals where a position can take months before shortlisting begins, we start shortlisting as soon as the position is advertised.
This is because our clients have very strict deadlines that we need to meet. So make sure you apply for the job as soon as you see it in your inbox or on the website. Avoid waiting until the deadline nears or on the deadline day to apply.
Our advice to you: To improve your chances for the interview, have your CV professionally done, and that your qualifications for the job are very clear. Also, apply to the right email address (provided in the job advert), use the Subject Line provided and remember to follow ALL instructions.
Step 3 – Wait to be invited for the Job Interview
After making sure you have the experience and special skills required and have applied for the job, it is time to wait for the call. You might receive a call on the first day of your application, second or third. How soon you get the call will vary from one position to the other.
One thing to note; the call to invite you for the interview can come as soon as you apply, so ensure your phone is close to you. And like we mentioned in step 2 above, we start shortlisting for positions as soon as they start streaming in. So don’t be surprised when you receive a call.
Our advice to you: If 10 days have passed since you made your application and no one has called you for an interview, consider your application unsuccessful.
Step 4 – Come for the First Interview
If you were successful at the application stage, you will receive a phone call and email inviting you for the first interview at our offices. Many of you have interviewed with us and understand how this process works.
When attending the interview, remember to carry your original school certificates, appointment letters for places you’ve worked, recommendation letters, current or last pay slip and your updated CV.
Our advice to you: Come well prepared, be confident about what you do, have a positive attitude, dress for the position and remember, it’s your experience that counts. If you have the experience the position is looking for and can demonstrate the same during the interview, all should be well.
Step 5 – Wait for the Second Interview
This stage is very crucial. When the recruiting manager is convinced that you are well qualified and can do the job, the next step is to recommend you to the client. Remember that recruitment firms hire on behalf of employers and that the final say rests with the client.
When CSS recommends you to the client and they happen to like you, you will receive a call inviting you for the second interview. It can either take place at our offices, or the employer’s premises. The location is dependent on the company or employer hiring.
At this stage, you will already know who the hiring company is, what they do and the kind of candidate they are looking for.
During the second interview, you can expect an in depth process, as compared to the first one, so prepare more. If you were not successful in the first interview, you will get a regret message in your email, explaining why. If, for one reason or the other, you don’t get this email, feel free to follow up.
Our advice to you: The time taken to get to this stage will vary, so please be patient. You might get the call in a few days or weeks. How soon you get the call is usually dependent on the time it takes for a client to confirm a meeting with the candidates or their availability to interview.
If it takes longer than a week and you are yet to receive a call or email about the second interview, consider making a follow-up. We will let you know the current status of the position.
Step 6 – The Client Picks Their Best Candidate
If you make it to the second interview and the employer selects you for the job, expect a phone call letting you know that you succeeded. You will then receive an email with the job offer. The offer may come directly from the client who is hiring, or from us.
And if you didn’t make it, CSS will send you a regret email, explaining reasons why you didn’t get selected. This is not to mean that you were not good. When another client comes to us with a similar job opening, we will call you to know if you are interested in the position. And you never know, it could be the right position for you.
Remember that your job search is a journey and a process that takes time. While you might not have been successful in that particular position, there will be many others you can be considered for.
Our advice to you: If the client doesn’t pick you for the job, remember to ask the recruiter who interviewed you what went wrong. When you are open to feedback and are ready to accept it, however negative, chances of success start to improve.
At Corporate Staffing Services, we do not charge candidates any fee for job placement. The recruiting and hiring process (as laid out above) is completely free of charge.
If anyone using our company name asks you to pay a fee for any of the stages, do not pay. These are cons preying on unsuspecting job seekers.
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