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Welcome to the Atkinson Page candidate area. Are you looking for your first job in Food or FMCG? Are you an established food industry specialist looking for an organisation that can offer you genuine career progression? Perhaps your circumstances have recently changed and you are looking for a more flexible opportunity? Maybe you are relocating...?

Whatever your circumstances, as the UK’s leading FMCG recruiter, you are most definitely in the right place. We work exclusively with our loyal and high calibre candidates offering an unparalleled focus on building long term relationships with our candidates.

Finally, remember that the Atkinson Page social media community provides you with a fantastic platform which enables you to stay current with the fast paced Food and FMCG industry and ensures you’re the first to hear about the latest career opportunities Atkinson Page are working on. Click on the icons at the top of the page to be a part of our growing community.

Job Disciplines

Atkinson Page is the leading name in FMCG recruitment, specialising in finding the right role for high calibre candidates across all levels, from graduate to board level within the following job disciplines:

Candidate Registration

Upload your CV to our database to be considered for jobs that match your skills & experience.

The Atkinson Page Candidate process

Registering as a candidate with Atkinson Page is very simple. The first step of the process is registration. Simply follow the instructions detailed below and on the candidate registration section and provide us with an accurate and up-to-date CV using our CV uploading service.

We can then carefully review your registration information and CV to assess its suitability against relevant job opportunities.

1. Complete the Atkinson Page online registration form

2. Upload your up to date CV using our simple uploader tool

3. Use our job search to apply for career opportunities

Once you have expressed an interest in a particular role we will make sure you’re kept up to speed at all stages of the recruitment process.

You will receive confirmation from Atkinson Page that we are in receipt of your CV within 48 hours and we will respond to telephone messages within 24 hours.

Before we arrange any interviews for you, we will first discuss in detail how you match the job profile. Furthermore, we will also only send your details to clients with your authorisation and only for positions that you are genuinely interested in pursuing.

If you’re invited for interview, you will receive a written brief and/or person profile beforehand (if supplied by the client) as well as having a thorough verbal briefing from one of our experienced team.

After the interview, we will be in touch to provide you with constructive feedback, unless the client asks us not to, and we will make sure you’re informed throughout the decision making process.

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Our Advice

Atkinson Page believes you should regard your CV as a highly important piece of personal marketing literature that showcases who you are, where you’ve been and of course what you can do.

Your CV is a key opportunity to secure an interview so its importance cannot be underestimated.

Our expert consultants see everyday firsthand how a powerful CV helps deliver financial reward and more importantly a stepping-stone to a more rewarding and satisfying long-term career.

It is vitally important that your CV works as hard as it can to market your expertise. Including relevant skills and keywords is one thing, but what really makes the difference to an employer is evidence. That evidence should be substantiated with examples of relevant achievements, if you can include facts and figures to support your claims then so much the better. Employers and recruiters love achievements supported by hard data. These could be meeting key performance indicators, reducing time taken for a task, cutting costs or driving sales. Employers love numbers because they are black and white, irrefutable evidence of your success. They demonstrate being ‘results orientated’ and ‘outcomes focused’ without the need to say it.

Some of the top ten mistakes you can make when producing your CV include:

  1. Too long, it should ideally be 2-3 pages only
  2. Applying continuous prose, keep paragraphs short and punchy
  3. Generic - not tailored to the role you are applying for, looks lazy
  4. Lacking the ‘so what’ factor - not making a clear connection between what you have to offer and what the potential employer wants to see
  5. Not selling your achievements well enough
  6. Undervaluing other experience - you need to be selective about what you include but not so much that you miss out details from more humble roles, voluntary work etc
  7. Dull language - ‘responsible for’ and ‘duties included’ are passion killers in a CV
  8. Wooly vocabulary - Use numbers to quantify your achievements, and short narratives to show those qualities in action
  9. Unnecessary detail - keep it short, clear and punchy
  10. Lacking keywords - job specific phrases and terminology

The way you present information on your CV is flexible but in general an employer will expect to find information covering the following areas:

Personal details
Include your name, address, phone numbers and email address, if you have a quirky email address we would recommend that you setup a more professional account.

Personal Profile/Career Objective
This has the potential to be a very powerful section. Make it count by hitting home your compatibility with the role you are applying for.

In no more than three or four sentences, sell yourself by saying who you are, what you bring to the table and what your career ambitions are. You need to be persuasive and clearly demonstrate what you can bring to an organisation.

Use the job titles they use in the advert to describe yourself. It's all about labeling yourself on the your CV in a way that shows your compatability for the new role you are applying for.

Revisit the job description and find out exactly what the potential employer is looking for and make sure you only include information that will be relevant to them. You must tailor this statement to your audience in order to be effective. You should highlight any professional qualifications and how many years experience you have in the relevant field.

Career History
Ideally you should start with a brief introduction that builds context around each of your previous roles; and then use bullet points to detail your responsibilities so that recruiters can navigate this information easily. Three to five bullet points per job is best.

Remember to be selective. Older roles only require a brief summary and you don’t need to include every job you’ve ever done.

Use positive, active verbs when describing previous roles and make it achievement orientated. Don’t use passive phrases such as ‘I had to…’ instead use ‘achieved’, ‘created’ and ‘delivered’

Don’t forget to explain any gaps. This is key. Employers will want to hear why you were out of work and if something doesn’t add up on your CV you might not be invited to an interview.

List the most recent experience first, as it brings to the fore the most recent and, often relevant and responsible work. All work experience counts whether paid, voluntary or shadowing. Describe your work experience in short sentences using straightforward, positive language, concentrating on your achievements not your responsibilities. As well as describing the job, point out any general qualities that arose from the work such as ability to manage staff or work to tight deadlines.

Don’t get creative with this section, There is nothing wrong with omitting grades and focusing on the positives. However, if you excelled, keep it in and be sure to list any relevant modules. For instance, your degree may not be directly relevant to the job but you may have taken some modules that might be and you should highlight these.

List brief details of qualifications in reverse chronological order - degree, A-levels, GCSEs. Applicants looking for their first job since school/college or university can include their education information before work experience.

Include specific skills such as IT skills or languages.

Including details of your interests away from the workplace is optional. By adding details of specific hobbies, you are giving an employer a more rounded picture of your personal qualities, but don't over do it. Do not use a long list of hobbies to cover up a lack of work experience. Potential employers will see straight through this.

It is usual to provide the names and contact details of two referees, one of which should be your most recent employer. Graduates and school leavers with limited work experience can nominate college lecturers, teachers or managers during work experience. Be sure to tell your referees in advance, so they will be prepared.

Ensuring your CV is well presented and easy to follow is as important as including all the relevant information. Remember, most employers see hundreds of CVs and yours may get less than a minute of their time.

Most people follow a historical CV format, as this is familiar to employers and is easy to write with employment history placed in reverse chronological order. However, if your career history is fragmented due to career breaks or a period of unemployment, you may consider a skills-based CV that highlights your abilities and aptitudes. It gives you the chance to describe what you can do, rather than detailing a list of jobs.

They also welcome concise CVs. So try and stick to a maximum two pages unless otherwise specified. Don’t be afraid of white space as this helps the reader navigate through key sections and easily hone in on key points.

Select a clear, legible, standard font and avoid anything smaller than size 11. Many recruitment agencies and large employers use recruitment software to manage applications so it’s recommended you avoid columns, boxes and graphics as these may not be compatible with your readers programs.

Be impeccable with your spelling and grammar - don’t let yourself down with careless mistakes that can be easily rectified by running a quick spelling and grammar check.

Read your CV through at least twice and ask someone else to read it through as well to double check.

Avoid dividing sections across multiple pages and think about converting a Word document to a PDF to avoid any unwanted format alterations.

Use a confident tone and positive language.

Focus on your achievements, not your responsibilities. This means listing things that you have done, such as products launched, sales increased, awards won, not rewriting your job description. Quote figures whenever possible.

Make your most relevant experience and skills prominent to encourage the employer to read on.

Keep it to the point and concentrate on the quality of your achievements, not the quantity.

List other skills that could raise you above the competition, such as languages, driving licence, IT skills.

Check thoroughly for correct spelling and grammar. Spotting errors is a quick and easy way of weeding out weaker candidates when faced with a mountain of CVs to read.

Get a second opinion from someone you trust.

Include examples of your work, if appropriate.

Use good quality paper. White is best.

Leave any gaps in your work record. Employers may assume the worst e.g. that you were sacked.

Lie - many employers use information service companies or sophisticated new software to check CV details for accuracy, including educational qualifications, places of study, and the veracity of job references.

List all the one-day training courses you have ever been on.

Use elaborate fonts, or colours - keep it simple.

Forget that your CV is just a tool for getting you an interview - it will not land you the job, the rest is up to you.

First impressions really do count. Research has found that most interviewers make their decision about a candidate in the first two to three minutes. So you need to make sure you deliver a strong first impression from the very first moment you arrive for your interview.

Below are a few top tips from Atkinson Page to ensure you deliver the very best interview you can and secure that dream role:

Initial meet and greet
Make sure you deliver a professional handshake accompanied by a gracious smile and confident body language when you first arrive.

Think before you speak
Your answers should be like concise mini-essays with a clear beginning, middle and end.

Consider your social media footprint
Not all conversations outside the interview room are private and savvy employers will check the social media profiles of prospective staff when considering applicants so make sure there isn’t anything controversial on there.

Remember to breathe
Slow, deep breathing allows oxygen to your brain, calming your nerves and helping you to think clearly.

Leave negativity at the door
Whether your last boss was a horrendous bully or it’s your first interview and you are full of anxiety, do not bring any negativity to the interview. Be positive and don’t moan.

Interview attire
While it can depend on the job sector, the general rule of thumb is wear formal clothing. First impressions are vital and demonstrate how seriously you are taking the opportunity. The best advice is to always take a conservative approach and be well groomed including polished shoes and a well-ironed shirt.

This can either be a lack of research into the company and role, or not enough preparation for tricky interview questions. Although nerves come with the territory, if a candidate is both anxious and underprepared, you won’t come across well. You therefore need to go the extra mile when carrying out any research. Candidates should memorise a few key background facts, find out more about who will be interviewing them, such as finding them on LinkedIn or Twitter, and familiarise themselves with the company’s market and wider online presence - not just their own website.

Mobile Phone
Remember to switch your mobile phone off or place it on silent prior to the interview.

Lack of questions
An interview isn’t just about why a person’s past experiences and skills can be applied to the particular role. It’s also a test of their interest in the position. This demonstrates your enthusiasm and as a result, strengthens your credibility as a candidate so think carefully and prepare some questions. A word of warning though, be careful asking questions about things you should already know as this illustrates a lack of research

Body Language
In an increasingly digital world the importance of face-to-face communication and body language can be forgotten or overlooked. In an interview situation, body language can be a game-changer so being aware of your body language and the messages it can convey is critical.

Before you say a word, the interviewer will have made crucial decisions about you through the way you communicate with your body and through your facial expressions. Of course, what you actually say in an interview is still crucial, but the interviewer will also be watching to determine if the body language is consistent with what you are saying.

Master your body language and get the right message across by keeping in mind the following:

First impressions do count
And that’s the impressions of everyone you meet on the day of the interview - in the lift, in the reception area, even in the toilets. These people are your potential colleagues and they need to get the impression that you would like to join their team. You don’t know who they are, but they might just be asked for their first impressions of you.

Display confidence
Stand, walk, and sit with good posture as it relates directly back to people's perception of high confidence. Gesturing with open palms at exactly navel height is an instant way to show you are calm, assertive and confident.

Show an interest in the business
Demonstrate you are listening to the questions and to the information about the role and the organisation. Engage with the interviewer. Don't just answer their questions, lean forward, use your body, hands and facial expressions to reinforce your point.

Demonstrate energy, positivity and enthusiasm
Use your hands and body movement to emphasise and animate your points and project a dynamic presence - but don’t get carried away. Nod and smile to show you understand. This builds rapport and empathy.

Don’t fidget
Remember, leg shaking, hair playing, pen clicking, teeth sucking and clock watching never make a great impression.

Don’t arrive unprepared
Practise, practise and practise with a friend or family members and get their feedback on how they perceive you. You could even video yourself to see how you come across or sit in front of a mirror and notice what is going on with your body as you engage with others.

Arrive early
Don’t stress yourself out unnecessarily by arriving late.

Dress smartly, look bright and attentive, speak clearly and confidently, this is as important as what you have to say

Find out where the interview will be held and plan a route before hand so you know how long it will take to arrive

Get out everything you will need the night before as there's nothing worse than being unprepared

Examine the person spec/job spec and consider some questions you may be asked

Turn off your mobile phone so you're not disturbed/distracted during the meeting. This is key and one of the key complaints employers make regarding potential candidates

Arrive in plenty of time and be nice to everyone you meet from the receptionist onwards - you never know who might have a say in your appointment

Take your time when answering the questions. Make sure you understand the question and take your time if you need to think

Quote real examples to highlight your strengths and achievements

Sell yourself - be positive about both yourself and experiences

Make the most of your research - mention some of the facts you have gleaned from their websites, company information, media, etc

Make sure you talk to everyone if it is a panel interview rather than directing your answers at one or two people only

Find out as much as you can about the job - prepare some questions for the end, how else will you be able to decide if they make you an offer?

If the first interview is with a recruitment consultant establish as much information as you can surrounding the business and role

Be late - arrive 15 minutes early you never know how long it will take you to get from your car through to reception

Swear or use slang words

Slouch in your seat

Lie or embellish the truth

Criticise current or previous employers or employees

Answer a question with another question

Read from your CV, you should know your own career history

Interrupt the interviewers, although they may interrupt you

Assume you have got the job or be aarrogant in your behaviour

Leave without finding out what the next steps are e.g. when you will hear if you have made it to the next interview stage, what that entails etc

How do I register with Atkinson Page?

There are three really simple ways you can register with Atkinson Page.

  1. Simply apply using the direct link to the job role that is of interest to you.
  2. Upload your CV in the ‘Candidate Registration’ section of our website.
  3. Forward your CV and salary information by email to jobs@atkinsonpage.co.uk.

Do I need a CV to apply?

We require a CV from all candidates who register with Atkinson Page. See the CV Advice section above if you need help with writing your CV.

What is the registration process?

Our registration process is really straightforward. Simply send us a copy of your CV and we will upload your details on to our system and notify the consultant who is recruiting for the role that you are interested in learning more.

You will receive an acknowledgement of your CV by email within 48 hours.

Once we have reviewed all applications a short-list will be compiled, if you’re submission is deemed suitable you will receive a call from a consultant to discuss your details and the opportunity in depth.

If you do not hear from us within one week of an application, it means that unfortunately, on this occasion, your application has not been successful.

Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to give direct feedback on every application. Rest assured though, that your details will be added to our database and we will contact you regarding future opportunities.

I have not heard from Atkinson Page. Did you receive my application?

We reply to all CV submissions within 48 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact us again, as we may not have received your CV.

Does it cost me anything to register with Atkinson Page?

Registration with Atkinson Page is free and there is no charge to the candidate for assisting you with your job search.

I find it hard to speak whilst at work; can you call me after 17:00?

Of course, we are happy to contact you at the time most convenient to you, out of office hours or at the weekend.

What do you do with my personal details once submitted?

Your details will be stored in line with the Data Protection Act and we will contact you to discuss any roles that match your experience and expectations.

Will my job search be kept confidential?

All applications made to Atkinson Page will be kept confidential and we will only submit your details for roles that we have discussed with you and with your permission.

How can I contact Atkinson Page?

You can call us on 0113 3906791 or email jobs@atkinsonpage.co.uk.

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