Posted by: garispang | August 4, 2009

Future Recruitment

Do you know what happens to your CV when it arrives on an Employer’s or a Recruitment Agency’s desk?

Paper airplane

As a job seeker looking for a new job, do you know what the primary purpose of your CV/Resume is?

Is it:
a)  Ammunition for the office ‘bin basketball’ competition?
b)  Paper airplane material?
c)  A guarantee of getting a job?
d)  Something to make the reader of your CV laugh out loud?
e)  A route to a work permit?

Well, if you hadn’t already guessed, it is none of the above!

The primary purpose of a CV is to get you an interview with an employer. That’s it!
The CV won’t get you the job – YOU do that. It just gives you the opportunity to get a job.

As a job seeker, do not send another CV until that has sunk in, because it has massive implications on your job search. Your task in the CV is to just achieve this, so if some of the information on your 8 page CV could be classified as ‘ would this get them excited enough to invite me for an interview’, then get rid of it now!

Here are some other important things to consider before you send your nice new shiny CV off to an employer or recruitment agency:

  1. When an employer or recruitment agency is going through CV applications for a role, the average time spent on looking at a CV is no more than 10 seconds (and for many recruitment agencies it is, unbelievably, less). Tip one:First impressions count.
  2. At the initial selection stage, your CV will only ever end up in two piles – ‘reject’ or ‘read more’. You will only ever be filtered out at this stage, nothing else.  Tip two: Don’t waste your time applying for jobs that just aren’t suitable for what your CV says you do – otherwise your rejected applications will grow and grow!
  3. Many companies(surprisingly) don’t have skilled (and in some cases dedicated) staff carrying out the recruitment process. Tip three: Do all you can to help by making it very clear at the beginning of your CV what you do and what you want to do, in a well written profile.
  4. The majority of recruitment staff (and this goes for both companies and recruitment agencies alike ) are not technically minded. So don’t try and bamboozle them with technical data and gobbledy-crap – it won’t work. Tip four: Explain in legible easy to read and accepted business speak, not techo-geek anachronisms.
  5. Many recruitment consultants within recruitment agencies have become CV blind. They see literally 100’s and 100’s of CV’s a day (both incoming and via their CV databases). For this reason they (understandably sometimes) miss good CV’s due to the volume they receive. Tip five: If you have sent a CV for a job (making sure you can actually do the job in the first place), don’t make the cardinal sin job seekers make by not following up the CV with a phone call.

In this current recessionary climate, there is no doubt that trying to find a job has become a numbers game – don’t be under any illusions about that. You will suffer rejection again and again – the thing to remember is not to take it personally. The interviewer doesn’t know you, hasn’t yet spoken to you, doesn’t even know anything about you. All they see is one or two paragraphs of your CV (more if you are lucky), and then they make a decision……the ‘reject’ or ‘read more’ pile. As I said it isn’t personal!


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