One of the most challenging aspects of filling a job vacancy is dealing with a high volume of CVs. It can be difficult to decide who to interview if there are a number of equally good candidates. It can also often be tricky to give lengthy consideration to a CV if you have a stack of applications in your inbox.
In the case of employers, particularly if it is a small company where there is no specialist HR or recruitment function, the individual hiring for the role may have limited time to spend on the task. Recruitment consultants see a very high volume of CVs every day and are adept at making a judgement within seconds. They will often be looking for negatives to rule out candidates and make their decision easier.
How do you make a great CV that will grab attention in seconds and avoid a quick rejection? One of the best pieces of advice for any candidate writing a CV or cover letter is to put yourself into the shoes of the person who will be reading it and make it an easy choice for them to call you for interview.
Ask yourself questions such as:
Whether you are a school-leaver or a seasoned professional, a great CV is one that is clear, concise, sells your skills and achievements, and shows an employer what you have to offer.
Keep it simple and to the point and make sure to include the following:
A CV is a marketing document and as such it needs to be confident and targeted. We are often our own hardest critics and it can feel a little awkward promoting yourself. However, you can be certain that other candidates will be telling the employer how great they are, so make sure your CV sells you.
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As a senior recruiter, I recall being bemused by candidates who were personable and friendly toward me as the interviewer, yet were dismissive or cold with junior team members or support staff they encountered.
When you are involved in an interview process, remember that everyone you encounter can have an influence on whether you secure the role. From the assistant who arranges your appointment to the receptionist who greets you on arrival, all these members of the organisation are forming an impression of you.
Hiring managers often like to know what other people think of a candidate, especially if it is small company or if there are several comparable candidates available. Recruiters will also discuss their impression with other team members if they need a second opinion.
Being charming and affable will also show an employer that you are happy to be there and genuinely want the job. Remember to be courteous, smile, and make good eye contact with all those you encounter.
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