Gerard Francis is the Owner and Managing Director of the Colchester based recruitment company Lighthouse Personnel Ltd.

Leaving college at the age of 18 without any sense of career direction; Gerard began a career in sales, (spending 3 years in insurance, 5 years in apprenticeships and training, and 2 years in healthcare staffing).

Combining his experiences of training and helping others, Gerard launched Lighthouse Personnel to provide worthwhile, transparent support to those looking for a new opportunity.

Discussed in this episode:
- Why we sometimes put off going for our dream job.
- Some of the myths we tell ourselves about why we can't move jobs.
- What we are missing out on, when not going for the jobs we would really love.
- The things we should be doing in preparation for looking for a new job.
- CV strategies.
- How to use our existing networks for opportunities.
- Using LinkedIn effectively.
- Where should we be looking for opportunities and what resources are most effective.
- Job Descriptions & Applications.
- Just how important are desirable skills?
- What to do if you don't quite fit the job on paper.
- General tips for approaching interviews.
- Anxiety - How to help calm nerves before interviews.
- Clothing - What is deemed 'interview worthy' for interviews.
- Tips for when you are asked to do tests on interview
- How to ask great questions.
- How to deal with challenging questions.
- How to follow up after an interview and asking for feedback.
- The common mistakes that people make when applying for jobs.
- What to look for in a company to work with, when searching for a new job.
- The process Gerard takes clients through when working with them.
- The success stories Gerard has seen whilst working with his clients.

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Instagram: @lighthouse.personnel
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