Want to know how to make your CV and application stand out from the crowd and be helpful to recruiters when trying to match you with a position that you are interested in? The more you can help them the easier and quicker it will be for them to assist you and land you that desired position.
- Save your CV with your full name as the file name. Simple yet often overlooked and it’s helpful for the recruiter to know who you are, particularly when referring back to your CV at a later date.
- Highlight your contact details, in bold or slightly bigger font, somewhere near the top of your CV. Don’t let the recruiter have to scan through the whole of your CV before they can find out how to contact you!
- Your CV does not need to be an essay nor your entire life story but it does need to contain pertinent and relevant information to the position that you are applying for. Try and keep it within two pages, one is even better but can be tricky if you have a significant amount of work experience.
- Keep all your job experience, qualifications etc brief and to the point. Bullet points are good here! Recruiters aren’t really interested in hyperbole nor your interests but the cold, hard and relevant facts!
- Target your CV towards the job that you are applying for. Take out parts which are not relevant, edit and add information that is relevant. I know it’s a pain but every little bit that you can do to make yourself stand out from the crowd will help you land that position.
Applying For Jobs in General:
Follow these tips and recruiters will fall in love with you and give you your dream job…..no just kidding, but in all seriousness it won’t harm your chances of getting hired at all.
- Make sure that you state the position you are applying for in your email. There is nothing more frustrating than receiving lots of candidates who are applying for the “advertised position”. Which position are you applying for exactly, we currently have 42 positions advertised! The recruiter may get so fed up with asking candidates which position you are applying for that they simply bin your application, despite you (potentially) being a great match for the role.
- Do not waste your time, and the recruiter’s or school’s time by applying for jobs which you are not suitable nor qualified for. Don’t get me wrong, there may be times when it’s good to send out speculative emails for positions that may be suitable, but don’t apply for the position of a German teacher when you have only taught and can speak French for example! You’d be surprised how many candidates do this.
- Last but by no means least, make sure you reply promptly to emails and messages when applying for jobs and liaising with recruiters. A recruiter may be waiting to get copies of your transcripts or degree and whilst they have been patiently waiting for you another candidate who was almost as good as you but sent all the relevant documents without being asked got in ahead of you. Time is of the essence!
So, these points may seem rather obvious with hindsight but as a recruiter we experience varying amounts of the above issues on a daily basis. Give yourself a little extra help by adhering to the above points and you will reap the rewards sooner or later!
Are there any points that we have missed? Is there anything that recruiters do that particularly annoy you as a candidate? Feel free to comment below!