October, 2015

For what particularly Recruiters pay attention?


If you are looking for a job and you are wondering what options you have or what could be useful to find your dream job, I will describe timeless principles in every process for you. Actually there are only a few important things for Recruiters. Before you start to send your CV you have to make sure that your social media job profiles are updated and look professional. If you have not done this yet then you have to establish your professional profile online. Nowadays it is the first thing that Recruiters pay attention to and on that basis invite you to the recruitment process. Remember your CV is your business card and proper preparation could be the deciding factor for you in securing an interview for your dream job.


Why is it so important to prepare a professional document and remember the smallest details?

Writing an efficient CV will help you to find a job. This document informs a future employer about you and your work experience, skills and qualifications. Your CV will be your first good impression as it is often the first point of contact you will have with a potential employer. Check your CV and make sure everything you wrote, all important information for prospective employers, is in order.


Once upon a time there was a one-page CV rule!

There was a time when this one-page CV rule was useful. Today, rules are one thing but trends are another and my point of view is that you should definitely forget this rule. So if you ask how many pages your CV should be, I will tell you that you should aim to cover 2 pages and no more than 3-4. Due to the constant development of employees and companies, many of us start to look for new opportunities and decide not once but more than twice to change jobs. I for one believe it is hard to fit all your experience on just one page considering significant duties. Why is the length of your CV important? Agencies and recruiting managers will receive a large volume of CV’s and their role is to chose the best candidates on the market.


Of course you cannot forget about needed information (it would depend on the position that you are applying for), but if you want to be invited to the recruitment process you had better read the job description before you apply for.


How do you make sure your CV is saying the right things about you?

Always remember your CV must be readable with full personal information (name, surname, location, phone number, email address) in a visible place e.g. at the top of the page. Secondly your personal profile; skills, qualifications and strengths should be written in a nutshell. It should summarize what you have to offer an employer in a few sentences. Personally I believe that the next point, meaning education and work experience are used interchangeably. When it comes to me, I prefer to check the work experience first and then education. Of course education is important and most employers are looking for future employees with university education. However, without adequate experience probably they would not offer you a job and Recruiters would not invite you for an interview just on grounds of education. You should have a point in mind when describing work experience. Why is this so important? We especially make a lot of mistakes in this subcategory e.g. last place vs. first place of work at the top of the list). The best answer will always be your most recent job. This little mistake means Recruiters will not notice your timeline (yes, we are only human and we also make mistakes) and take your first job for your last job and you could be easily rejected. The last point in your CV should show what you have learned up to now, that is why personal skills and competences/achievements is our last stop. It is a place in your CV where you can point out your strong suits, languages as well as achievements but if you want to, also interests (hobbies).

Why did I mention the last part? I am of the opinion that if something is a thing that you perceive as an asset which can help you during an interview or you just have a real hobby, you can put this kind of information in your CV. It is important to be careful though. General information like reading books, movies and sports provide no new material and can be a sticking point if you should one day have to remember them. They can be a Recruiter’s bane because people like to exaggerate and even lie. It is better to avoid these tricky situations, in case a Recruiter asks you about something that is not the truth.

Intentionally I have not yet written about photos in CV’s. I think it is your personal choice to put your picture in a business document. Therefore you should be very careful if you are planning to do this because an inappropriate photo could disqualify you. If you do not have a professional photo, it is better not to include one.


What Recruiters really want to see on your CV?

There are indicators which are hard to find on the market; motivation, availability (short notice period), good command of English or another language which could be required as well as experience and education matching the client brief. I am of the opinion that all of them combined in one CV is one of many things Recruiters hope to find. On the other hand we have some skills that cannot be measured just by looking at CV’s but are no less important; punctuality, flexibility and professionalism throughout the recruitment process.


If you managed to read the whole article and you are still here it means that one thing is left: let us find you; stay professional, available and you are sure to be noticed!


Karolina Bulejak

Senior Search Consultant