Some handy hints and tips to ensure your application is as good as it can possibly be!
Keep your CV up to date
When registering or making an application on our website, you will be required to upload your CV and we will assess this as supporting material for any online applications you make with us. If you add your details and CV to our talent bank we will also use this information to review whether or not you might be suitable for any roles that become available in the future.
In order to ensure that your CV showcases your skills and experience in the best possible way you should update it on a regular basis. If you uploaded your CV to our site a few months ago and your circumstances have now changed (new job, new qualification etc) you should amend your CV and re-upload it as soon as possible.
Keep it clear, simple and relevant
Ideally, your CV should be no longer than 2 pages of A4 with all of the information laid out in a format that is easy to read and understand. You should use a simple font no bigger than size 10 or 12 and you should split the CV into sections, listing them in the following order:
- Personal Summary - a brief outline of your skills, experience and career focus
- Employment History - listed in chronological order, most recent first
- Key Achievements - your biggest work-related achievements to date
- Education/Qualifications - listed in chronological order, most recent first
Ensure you meet the criteria before applying
If you are considering applying for one of our opportunities be sure to read the requirements needed for the position or pub and the specific information regarding what you would be expected to do. This information is essential reading but surprisingly many people don't devote enough time to fully understand it. As a result, many applications fall at the first hurdle.
We always ask clearly for what we want, and this is what we look for when reading your application. For example, if we ask for two years minimum experience in a certain area and you do not have it, then your application is less likely to be considered. Whilst this may not always appear fair to some people, our decisions in regard to this are not taken lightly and are always based on genuine business requirements.
Grab our attention
Here at Marston's we deal with around eighteen thousand applications every year! In order for us to deal with such a high volume of interest from candidates we have screening criteria in place for each role and pub opportunity that your application will be assessed against, and those who meet the criteria will be short-listed. However, this is only the first step...
We like to really get a feel for your background, skills and experience, so you should treat your application like a first stage interview – ensure that you answer every question asked to the best of your ability, and make sure that your CV is clear, accurate and up to date. We spend a lot of time and effort on finding the right people for our business – so we ask the same in return when making your application!
Answer the questions
In order for us to find the right people for our business we ask a number of screening questions during the application process. These can cover a range of topics relevant to the role or pub opportunity you are applying for. You should read each question carefully and consider why we are asking it before you respond. We receive some applications where candidates will only write a few lines, in some cases, only a few words! This is not the way to go about answering the questions. Keep in mind that it is these sections (provided the rest of your application is solid) which will largely determine whether or not you get an interview.
Understand your audience
You should take the time to do some research on Marston's and the pub industry in general before applying, and ensure that you amend your CV and application responses to focus on the requirements that we are looking for. For example, if you are applying for a pub management role ensure you include key measurable figures for your three most recent positions including:
- Number of staff managed on a day to day basis
- Weekly turnover
- Wet and dry take
- Number of covers
- KPI results
Information such as this will help us to make a more informed decision when assessing your application.
Explain gaps in your employment history
You should always aim to explain gaps in your employment history. It is advisable to take the time to read through your CV and highlight any periods when you were out of work, explaining the reasons why. We understand that aside from other reasons such as maternity, travelling etc, sometimes no matter how hard you have been trying, the right job is just not out there for you and you have a gap in your employment history purely for this reason. However, you should still specify this and could outline any positive things you did during that time.
Pay attention to detail
Keep your application clear and to the point. If we can’t understand what you’ve put, you could lose out. You should check your answers carefully for correct spelling, grammar and punctuation. You should also ensure that all information is accurate and up to date - checking employment dates, telephone numbers and addresses.
We will be most impressed if you have everything we ask for, presented in a clear and well written way. This is your chance to really sell yourself and make your name with a market leading company, so tell us why we should choose you over somebody else.