Employers are Lazy!

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Employers are Lazy!

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When you apply for a job, are you focused on you and your talents, or what the employer needs? Form my experience as a recruiter, most job applicants – at least 2/3rds – are more focused on themselves than the job they are applying for:

  • They never change their CV
  • They write their Cover Letter “To whom it may concern”

Let us assume that you are not one of those job applicants, and you are looking for tactics to improve your ratio of job applications to interviews. As you have read Why Was I Rejected, you will know that employers are looking initially in a Job Search for functional fit – ie: you have the skills/experiences/qualifications to do the job.

But how do you ensure this when typically, a recruiter or HR professional will tell you that many Job Applications are rejected in the first 30seconds?

Show your Skills!

The first task in any recruitment office when addressing job applications, is to confirm functional fit of the applicant to the job.

In our recruitment office, typical of many recruiting professionals or undertaking Executive Search, all job applications are initially checked by a trainee or a Researcher, who works with a recruiter to fulfil a job. In many High Street recruitment offices dealing with volume applications, and most large corporate HR departments, there will be high use of machines which scan CV’s. If ever you see an option to apply by facsimile, it is a legacy system which is CV scanning.

The answer is always, to be successful in a job application, accept or presume that employers are lazy, and that you have to point out you have the requires skills for their job

If a job says “we want the following five skills/experiences”, then the simplest way is to list the required skills is in two column matrix: You want/I offer. All job applicants need to use this technique to ensure they have the required skills for any job they apply for, but actually placing the matrix in your Cover Letter only works for school leavers: it is far to harsh/simplistic for most

However, accepting that you are playing the odds of where employers will start reading your job application, highlighting the jobs requirements and your skills in both your Cover Letter and a skills section in CV makes them easy to find, engages employers, and means they will want to read the rest of your job application.

Personally, and it is personal preference, as most of the work here we do at CV4.biz is for professionals, having a Skill Section detracts form the overall feel of the CV. We therefore tend to incorporate the required skills into the top section – you could call it a Personal Statement – over creating a separate skills section.

If you are applying for a job where there could be a reasonable number of jobs/applicants, then skills sections work because they are more easily computer scanned: lower volume higher paid professional jobs tend to be people scanned, as social fit is as important as functional fit.

Make it easy for employers to find your skills, and you will get more interviews – simple!

Good Luck!

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