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>Competition is fierce for the right jobs. How do you cut through the masses and be seen? Candidates will use any number of tactics and tools to gain attention but these may be misguided, inappropriate or perhaps even difficult to rely on when using pre-existing recruitment forms.
Digital forms are not only limited but very specific. Organisations, who have to wade through hundreds of applications, deliberately format these to get certain, often short responses, leaving little room to be creative or poetic.
Even when you have the opportunity to espouse your professional attributes freely, expressing yourself succinctly will help your cause. However, you need to do this without shortchanging yourself.
Here are some tips to get you closer to that dream role.
You’ve had the same resume for years, just updating the employment section each time you progress in your role or more to another company. That will no longer suffice. You should tailor each resume for each job application.
Look at your resume with a critical eye, and a red pen! Ask yourself as you go through it, is this interesting, does this make sense, is this date accurate, does this shed me in a positive light, is this information essential for my ideal job?
Start again if need be.
You’ve read the advert and you like the sound of the job. How do you get the recruiter to like the sound of you? Mimic what you have read in the advert. Tackle the key points included in the advert; explain how you meet their experience and education requirements in your cover letter and highlight any particular successes in areas. To keep it succinct, use bullet point lists under particular points if you have a lot to say.
Keep this to one page.
You should include experience, successes and/or notable projects (could be separate or within each job), qualifications and skills and or relevant personal development (highlighting any important grades or awards).
The key to all of this is making it relevant. If you have little to put into a certain section, leave it out.
Hobbies are passe – include professional or personal attributes that engage an employer, and make your offering more compelling. In other words you might want to replace the section on hobbies that lists your enjoyment of football or knitting, for example, with a section of personal attributes that might include some of your lifestyle pursuits or other achievements. For example you might say
While salary is an important aspect of a role, it shouldn’t be the first question you ask.
Ask recruiters about management style, team spirit, professional development and/or history of the company.
Your CV and profile should align with your existing digital profiles, as recruiters may look at profiles such as LinkedIn too. Encourage them to view them.
Instead of searching job sites and applying for job vacancies one by one, simply create a QJumpers online CV and let employers find you. Our software automatically matches you with current job vacancies and provides the Employer with the option of inviting you to apply for their job. You can just sit back and watch the requests for interviews roll in.
For more information on how QJumpers can provide recruitment software and services to help streamline your recruitment process, contact us on 0800 758673, firstname.lastname@example.org or via the website.
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