Advice for a successful Unitemps job application

Guidance for performing well throughout the application process.

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Advice for a successful Unitemps job application

Guidance for performing well throughout the application process.

The Unitemps job application process explained

When applying for a role through Unitemps, there are a few things you can do to perform to the best of your ability during the application process – from submitting the application through to interviewing for the job.

It’s important to understand the process of applying for a job through Unitemps, so that nothing comes as a surprise, as feeling confident and relaxed can make a huge difference.

1. Find a job that works for you on the Unitemps job portal

When searching through our vacancies, read the job descriptions carefully to make sure the job is right for you. Ensure that your skills and experience match up to what the employer is looking for, and that you can fulfil all requirements. For example, is a driving licence required or will you need to be available for weekend work? These are important things to consider before applying.

Take a look at our job search tips to get advice on staying motivated while job hunting, finding a new role after a career break and harnessing the power of social media while searching for a job.

2. Submit your application

After you have found a job that you’d like to apply for, it’s time to submit your application.

Most of our jobs will require you to submit a CV and cover letter through the Unitemps website. However, other jobs may ask you to send a CV and cover letter to an email address or apply on a different website to Unitemps. These applications will be dealt with directly by the employer rather than Unitemps.

For all roles, it’s important to make sure that you have uploaded the correct information that the job advert has asked for, and that all your documents are relevant to the job at hand.

When the application requires you to submit a CV, our free CV template can help with this. If you use this template, remember to check it thoroughly before submitting, to make sure you have deleted all the template text and replaced it with information that is pertinent to the job you’re applying for.

For some roles, the cover letter you submit can really make a difference as to whether your application is considered or not – so ensure you have included one if you have been asked to, and make sure it contains different information to your CV.

Read our advice on how to write a cover letter and get more advice on how to submit a high-quality job application with our range of articles.

3. The job advert will close

After the deadline for applying for a job has passed, the job advert will close and be taken down from the Unitemps website. Roles can be taken down at any time when we have received suitable applications, so get your application in as soon as possible.

All applications that were received for the role, including yours, will be shortlisted by a Unitemps consultant. Shortlisting is when all applications are measured against the job description, so that the Unitemps consultant can filter out any applications that do not fulfil the criteria for the role.

Candidates who have not been shortlisted will have their application status updated on the Unitemps website to say unsuccessful. To view the status of any application, please click the ‘Your applications’ tab on your dashboard.

If you have been shortlisted, you will be contacted by Unitemps to give consent for your details to be shared with the person hiring for the role (the hiring manager). The hiring manager will then take a look through the applications and decide who they would like to interview.

Important: Before getting in touch with your Unitemps branch to ask about an application you have submitted, please check your Unitemps profile to see if the status of your application has changed.

4. A Unitemps consultant will be in touch

If the hiring manager would like to interview you, a member of the Unitemps team will be in touch, either by email or phone, to discuss this with you. This is to ensure that that you are still interested in the job and to decide a suitable time and date for an interview.

You can use this conversation as an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the role or the interview process. Interviews can take a few different formats – it could be in-person or online, you could be interviewed by one person or a panel of people, and some interviews include a test or assessment. Ensure you feel at ease on the day by finding out what the interview format will be beforehand.

5. Interview for the role

If yourself and the Unitemps consultant agree to progress your application further, you will agree a time, date and location to be interviewed. Details of this will be sent to you via email.

You will usually be given three working days to a week to prepare for your interview, depending on the nature of the role. Do as much research and preparation as you can before the interview takes place to increase your chances of being able to confidently answer all the questions.

Take a look at our tips for performing well in an interview, including how to answer the most common interview questions, the best questions you can ask in an interview, and what to expect in an interview assessment or test.

6. You will be informed of the outcome

After the interview stage, a Unitemps consultant will be in touch again to let you know the outcome. This again will either be on the phone or via email, so keep an eye on your spam/junk folder just in case.

If you are unsuccessful, you should be given feedback from the hiring manager to help you improve your chances of being successful next time. If you haven’t been given any feedback, don’t be afraid to ask for it.

Remain positive when speaking to your Unitemps consultant to maintain a good relationship with them, asking that they keep you in mind for similar roles in the future. Keep checking the Unitemps portal for new vacancies and stay confident that you will soon find the right job for you.

If you have been successful, congratulations! You should receive a phone call from your Unitemps consultant offering you the job, followed up by an offer email. There will be a couple of things you’ll need to do before starting work, such as reference requests and your Right to Work check. Your Unitemps consultant will be there to support you during this to make sure everything is sorted before your first day, but you can help keep things moving by staying on top of your emails.

7. Start your new role

With all the paperwork out of the way, it’s time for your first week in your new job. Take a look at our life at work articles for advice on making a good first impression, staying productive and progressing in your career, while at the same time maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Key things to remember if you have been unsuccessful

If you have been unsuccessful when applying for a role through Unitemps, it’s important to remember the following:

1. Remain positive
2. Ask for feedback – this will improve your chances of being successful next time
3. Review your CV and cover letter – make sure you do this against every job that you apply for so that they highlight relevant skills and experience for that role
4. Speak to a Unitemps consultant – maintain a good relationship with them and ask them to keep you in mind for similar roles in the future
5. Keep checking the Unitemps job search portal for new vacancies

Browse more career advice

The Unitemps Career Advice webpages are full of guidance to help you succeed throughout the application process. Find articles on job searching, applying for a role, interviewing, career development and much more.

Still have questions?

Our friendly consultants at Unitemps Warwick are on hand to help with any queries you have. Get in touch with the team over the phone or by email.