Back Ground to New Selection Processes

For many years, a short and punchy CV was promoted as being the best way of portraying yourself to prospective employers. That was because the staff in personnel departments had to physically read each CV and make a manual selection prior to inviting candidates for interview.

In our business of recruiting for High tech and Advanced Manufacturing Industries our clients are much more selective, provide us with their very detailed requirements and we match that requirement by using advanced computer based selection processes.

Therefore, we ask you for a detailed CV, see below, and we use advanced computer search systems to select a number of CV’s where the content of the written CV matches the requirements of our client.

Your CV or Curriculum Vitae

A CV is the primary instrument you need to apply for a job. It is your working life describing your education, experience, skills and qualifications in a way that demonstrates the benefits of a recruiter hiring you.

It is best to always produce your CV in a WORD format and avoid putting in complex tables, photos or any unusual format settings that may get lost in the email transit system.   Recruiters do have to remove/add certain information before your CV gets passed to a customer (i.e. age/Date of Birth/ adding company logos) which is easily done in WORD.

Clearly there are some key pieces of information you need to include in your CV regardless of what type of job you are applying for such as contact details, education/professional qualifications and details of your previous roles. However, the way you present and structure this information will vary for each role you apply for.

Top tips for a standout CV

  • Consider what employers want – think about what the employer is looking for in a candidate and arrange your most significant skills and experiences as early as possible in your CV
  • Match your skills to the job – try to reflect the job on offer to make it as easy as possible for an employer to match your skills with what they are looking for.
  • Keep it concise – you need to provide relevant, detailed information about your experiences that make you a good fit for the role but reams of information will turn the recruiter off.
  • Check, check and check again – spell check and carefully proofread your CV. It is worth asking someone else to read it too in case you have missed anything. Even the smallest mistakes could make the employer think you are not conscientious.
  • Think like a recruiter – when reading through your CV, try to place yourself in the position of an employer reading the document: Does this CV really give you the information you want in the best possible way?

How to handle tricky subjects

  1. Reasons for leaving jobs

We would advise you not to put this on your CV. The decision to move is a complex and emotive issue and your statement could be misinterpreted. It is best to keep your CV positive and factual and leave this topic for discussion in an interview.

  1. Gaps in experience

Cover any gaps in your experience with a short, factual explanation. If you are a recent graduate with little work experience, consider mentioning skills learnt at university through group projects, your dissertation or thesis project and any volunteer work you have done.

  1. Salary

We would advise you to omit your salary details from your CV. You can discuss this at a more appropriate time, such as if you are offered an interview. Salary levels are dependent on many variables and they can be easily misconstrued.

If you need some further help or advice please speak to one of our consultants on 01827 893721

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