I recently supported a local business with their recruitment. I had 54 applicants respond to the job advertisement. 50 of the 54 had the technical skills to do the job. So why did only 7 made the short list?
These 7 made an effort to demonstrate and highlight their skills and experience relevant to what I was looking for. If the advertising company designs domestic housing – don’t highlight your experience with industrial warehouses or multi-storey retail buildings. Detail and promote your experience and interest in domestic housing.
Most applicants attached a CV that read like it was applying for a different job – or any job. They listed all of their skills, even the outdated ones. Your CV should focus only on the skills relevant to the job you are applying for.
17 of the applicants did not include a cover letter. With more than 50 CV’s to review, first impressions are important. A generic CV and no covering letter suggests limited interest or commitment to the position. Local business, or any business are looking for confirmation you want their job, you can do their job and you understand how to be successful in their job. A generic CV in a competitive job market will not get you shortlisted.
Tips from my recruitment experience
• Take some time to read the job advertisement and google the company. Ensure you understand the job. Identify the key skills they are looking for.
• Tailor your CV for the job. If the company designs domestic housing – highlight your relevant experience. Mention your interest and expertise in domestic housing. Give details on the first page of your CV and in your cover letter.
• Always include a covering letter – keep it brief but explain what about the job interests you and demonstrate what strengths you bring relevant to the requirements for the job.
It is a competitive job market. Spend some time on your applications and approach each application with purpose. Ensure you understand the job specifics and clearly demonstrate your skills and experience relevant to the job.
Carol Erkes is a qualified career coach, with a background in HR and recruitment. She provides practical, solution focused coaching that ensures you are confident and positive, making informed career choices.
Carol loves working with mums returning to work, professional career transitions and outplacement coaching. She specialises in developing quality resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and helping to design a tailored and targeted job search strategy.
Carol Erkes is a founding member of the FlexCareers panel of career and executive coaches. You can contact her through her FlexCoach profile here