How to resign in style

For anyone who has been in a job they hate, you’ll know the moment you can finally resign feels delicious. But rather than leaving in a blaze of glory telling your boss how much you despise them, it is far more sensible to leave with your reputation intact (sorry!)

Wait until it’s official 

Don’t resign from your current position until you have your contract through from your new boss. It’s not unheard of for job offers to be rescinded, perhaps due to internal changes or candidate availability changing.

Wait until you’ve got a new contract to avoid being left with no job at all!

Read the small print

It’s a good starting point to re-read your contract and find out what your notice period is so you can plan to do resign at the best time.

It is also worth checking if you have any clauses in your contract, such as ‘non-compete’ which mean you can’t work for a competitor or poach your current clients after you have left.

Schedule a meeting with your employer

 It’s not going to be the easiest of conversations, but it’s far better to do it face to face than with a cowardly email that might catch them off guard. Remember - you will want a reference from them, so it’s good to keep them on side by being up front.

Once you have scheduled a meeting, they might suspect what it’s about and prepare a counteroffer – perhaps a new role or pay increase. If that offer doesn’t change the reasons why you want to leave, bear that in mind, but you should hear your boss out.

We also wouldn’t suggest launching into a barrage of negativity about your current workplace. You want to keep the respect of your employer to ensure you continue to get a good reference. Don’t give them anything negative to say about you in your sector. Word gets around!

Make it official

Follow up your chat by putting your resignation in writing to your HR team via email. Use this opportunity to confirm when you will receive your final pay cheque and what will happen to any unused holiday.

The notice period

Always honour your notice period and maintain your professionalism through to your final day. You might be put on gardening leave, which means you don’t have to come in to work during your notice period, but you still get paid!

Make sure all your loose ends are tied up and any unfinished items are handed over in good time. You don’t want to give your colleagues a reason to moan about you once you’ve left!

You might work with them again in the future, so be respectful and ask for contact details to stay in touch.

On your last day, finish on a high (so no dramatic Bridget Jones style speeches about your terrible boss!) and leave with your head held high and your reputation intact.

If you’re looking for a new job, we might be able to help. Take a look at our job listings here.


Why is DMOS is different?

Edward, Patrick, and Jamie are part of the DMOS core management team. They have all worked with us for some time and they are the bones of the business!

Here they explain in their words why DMOS (our group that encompasses DM Recruitment, Opus Vitae and Simply Interview) are different, why they like working here, and how we look after our prospective candidates.

 

Jamie - Business Development Manager

“Candidates come to us because we are honest and fair recruitment consultants. Our processes are fully compliant – we will ensure you have the right paperwork in place, fair pay and have all the benefits you are entitled to.

We are always contactable, 24/7, to offer help and guidance.

There are many added benefits when working with us. We do raffle draws to give away tickets to Shrewsbury Town games, Shropshire Oktoberfest, and other events.

Our live feed app allows individuals to view what jobs we have available at the click of a button. And our community pages on social media have live updates.

We have honesty and integrity at the heart of the business. We will always positive and negative feedback (and deal with any issues) to create respect and trust between us and our candidates.”

 

Patrick - Service Manager

“I enjoy working for DMOS purely due to every day being different. Sometimes it can be extremely stressful, but it is very rewarding when you manage to get the job completed.

The office is like one big family and the atmosphere and working environment is brilliant.

Five words to sum up working with DMOS would be exciting, challenging, loyalty, passion, and family.

It’s great to be able to help people that are struggling to find work into a job that leads up to a full-time role.”

 

Edward - Facilities and Finance Manager

“We provide access to 24/7 communication as we always have an on-call consultant. This means that candidates can speak to someone in the team at any time, whether they just need a message passing on or if they need some help or advice.

This means they always have a human experience with us, instead of a robot taking a message.

Before you embark on a new role we will check in with you, and then again once you have started. We want to make sure you are happy with the role or if you need anything or have any concerns.

It’s all about being open and honest with our network.”

 

If you want to find out more about available job roles in the DMOS group, get in touch today.


The Art of CV Writing

CVs are an art form.

It’s not just about getting the length right (please don’t let it be longer than two pages!), it’s the balance of white space, the layout, the readability, and not just what it says but how it says it.

A CV full of typos will contradict your proclamations of having great attention to detail and excellent writing skills.

CVs aren’t read and processed the same way they were 10 years ago. There are more people going for the same job as you, and employers have less time to study each CV. You can’t rely on old-fashioned CV templates any more.

It’s time for an update.

The Summary

The old fashioned way to start a CV was with an objective. To us this seems redundant given every applicant has the same objective – being offered a job!

A well-written summary at the top is far more useful.

Research shows that recruiters spend 6-8 seconds reviewing a CV before they decide whether it is suitable for a vacancy or not (of course here at Opus we spend far longer than that!) So keep in mind that the recruiter/employer/HR manager will probably have decided if you’re suitable for the job or not, by the time they have finished reading the summary.

It needs to sum you up in a nutshell. In no more than four sentences let the world know why you are the best person for the job by describing your relevant skills and experience. Remember you can tailor this section to each job application.

Skills to pay the bills

Listing your skills is a great way of highlighting your best attributes, and will likely be much more relevant than your employment history if you have changed careers in the past.

It is also a good way to get relevant keywords in (more about that below!)

This doesn’t have to be a lengthy section. Just include your top selling points, to reinforce to employers why you are the right person for the job.

Keep it relevant

When you left school your CV probably told us your date of birth and favourite hobbies. CVs in 2021 don’t need to include this much detail. Save the space for selling who you are now.

Keep it concise

If you have worked in more than one sector, it might help to use subheadings of sectors to help translate your experience into an easy-to-read format that shows the full spectrum of your work history.

If you have a long employment history, then don’t worry about going back further than the last 10-15 years. Keep the jobs listed relevant to what you are doing now, if you need to trim it back.

Readability

Managers and recruiters might read your CV on a computer, tablet or even on their phone – so ensure that your CV is clear, concise and is legible on any device.

It doesn’t need to have fancy graphics that run the risk of becoming muddled when opened on different platforms.

No employer has time to read a 10-page CV crammed with text. Keep it concise, with plenty of white space on the sheet so it looks clear and well presented. And remember - keep your CV to no more than 2 pages!

Some companies use tracking systems on CVs, so make sure you are including all the right keywords. These will probably be the sort of words you see on the job adverts you are interested in, particularly relevant qualifications.

Get a second opinion

It doesn’t hurt to let a trusted friend look over your CV to make sure it reads as well as you think it does. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can make all the difference!

 

Good luck with your job search. View our job opportunities here.

 


Flexible Working From Day One

Our mission at Opus Vitae is to help our candidates find jobs that give them a better work-life balance.

We should all enjoy what we do at work – after all we spend most of our waking hours there!

Your job should be fulfilling, and it should give you the space to have a content personal life too.

For some, flexible working can support a better work-life balance. Whether it is working from home, adapting your hours around other commitments, going part-time or a mixture of all of those things.

Presently, a request for flexible working can only be made after 6 months in a role, but plans have been put forward to give you the right to request flexible working from day one.

Not only that, employers will be obliged to give a reason if they refuse the request, to help create a fairer landscape for employees. They will also have to respond to requests more quickly than the current 3-month window.

This major shake-up should hopefully make flexible working the norm, rather than the exception. Looking back at life before the pandemic, we could never have imagined that remote working could be achievable for so many workers – and look what happened!

Here at Opus Vitae we want to drive the conversation forward with employers, so that more job adverts list the potential flexibility in available roles.

We believe this will make them far more attractive to potential candidates and provide opportunities for a pool of talent that currently have limited options for flexible working.

You can see our available job roles here.