A sagging world economy and millions of people looking for work have forced prospective employees to find new and effective means of securing employment. This environment has also allowed companies and recruiters to become extremely selective in their hiring processes. Therefore prospective employees must find a way to draw positive attention to themselves and their abilities. Outlined below are several strategies to grab the attention of job recruiters, and maximize the chance at employment.
A Clear And Concise C.V. Can Go A Long Way
The most important tool in seizing the attention of a recruiter is the curriculum vitae, or C.V. This is more commonly known as the resume. The C.V. should be simple, well designed, and easy to read. It should be no more than one page in length, and it should demonstrate to the recruiter why the applicant would be the perfect fit for the advertised position. The recruiter will see hundreds, if not thousands of C.V.'s, so it is important that the applicant spend an appropriate amount of time constructing and perfecting the C.V.
Tailor C.V. To Each Specific Job Position
The C.V. should be easily tailored to specific jobs. Constructing a generalized or non-specific C.V. is counterproductive, uninteresting, and does nothing to demonstrate to recruiters or potential employers how the applicant can meet specific job requirements. The applicant should include a cover letter and a photo to help recruiters associate a face with the words on the page, and use eye-catching phrases to help guide the recruiter to the most important points in the C.V. A quick glance at the C.V. should give the recruiter everything that is required to determine that the applicant would be perfect for the job.
Be Prepared For The Interview, Before The Interview
It is important that the applicant dress and act appropriately at all meetings with the recruiter. It is possible that the initial contact with a recruiter could turn into a screening interview. The employer or company should be thoroughly researched and the applicant should familiarize him or herself with how he or she would fit in and benefit the company specifically. Generate a list of possible questions that may be asked, as well as answers to the questions, and practice them. A confident and prepared applicant will go a long way in impressing recruiters.
Open Communication Is Important
Once the initial contact has been made, it is important to keep in touch with recruiters. Recruiters can be extremely busy, so it is important that the applicant touch bases from time to time through a quick phone call or follow-up email. The applicant should be careful not to negatively influence the recruiter's opinion by being overly persistent or bothersome. This communication should continue even through the attainment of a job. Once employment has been gained, it is important to let the recruiter know.
Use Social Networking To Help, Not Hurt
Many applicants spend a great deal of time perfecting their resume and interviewing skills, but shoot themselves in the foot with their social networking profile. Posting bad behaviour, indecent pictures, and poor language on social networking sites can be extremely detrimental to the effort of bringing the right kind of attention to recruiters. Applicants should polish all social networking accounts and make them professional and informative. The important parts of the C.V. should be reflected though the social networking profile, transforming it into a tool to capture the attention of recruiters.
By following the tips outlined above, those seeking the attention of recruiters will have the best chance at being noticed. Being professional and persistent, providing a well written C.V., educating oneself, and ensuring a stellar online reputation will all go a long way in bringing the right kind of attention, and maximizing the chances of employment success.
Guest Author Bio:
Marie Warren has over 20 years’ experience in the recruitment field and has worked with various recruitment firms and individuals to help them achieve to progress their careers. She now works for Recruitmentrevolution.com who provide a flat fee service to businesses looking for the best candidates.
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