4 Things Recruiters Find Off Putting In Your CV

Have you been sending your CV over and over again and been failing to get a response?

Even when you’re more than qualified for the job position?

Then it could have something to do with your CV, says Margaret, our Head of Recruitment. “Often we receive a high volume of applications, but sometimes, due to a poorly done CV, many great candidates miss out on opportunities they would otherwise be qualified for. It’s all about presentation,” she explains.

A curriculum vitae is usually the first point of contact between candidates and recruiters and if done well can act as a great marketing tool. In today’s competitive job market, writing a good CV is vital in clinching that all important job hence you can’t afford to make costly mistakes.


Here are 4 things you might be doing wrong.

  1. Poor grammar

Recruiters list this as one of the major buzz killers in CVs as it looks negligent on the candidate’s part. And, let’s face it, no employer wants to hire a negligent employee. Always proofread your CV for spelling and grammatical mistakes a couple of times and have a third party read it for you to get a fresh perspective before sending it off for job applications.

  1. Lengthy CVs

You might be tempted to include everything you’ve ever done in your CV to give yourself the best shot but this might doing more harm than good in the job search process. Recruiters are humans, not robots, and are likely to lose interest in your CV if they find it too long and are time constrained. Make sure your CV is not only compelling, but concise, including information that is relevant and important to your job position. Anything related, can be summarized to avoid drawing attention away from your great qualities and save on unnecessary space.

  1. Going Overboard

It might not seem it, but recruiters can spot falsified information in your CV, and if you’re trying too hard. While it is important to put your best foot forward, avoid overly complicated and flowery language that might make the recruiter fail to capture what you’re trying to convey. Remember to be as truthful, as possible.

  1. Format & Structure

While this may vary according to region or industry, it’s important that all your information is organized and presentable for the sake of recruiters. Have a third party look over it and ask them if they can draw they key points you’re trying to convey within a few seconds. You can also do some research on acceptable standards of CVs within your industry or have it professionally written if you’re not sure how to go about it.

In the end you want a CV that will be positively received by the recruiter, getting their attention and forming a good first impression, long enough to highlight your skills and experience and hopefully land you that dream interview.


Do you need further help in crafting your CV?

Email our recruitment specialists at info@r4kenya.com or call us on 0707421350

How To Find The Right Talent

“All the best ones are taken.”

Sound familiar?

It might seem hard to believe but there is great talent out there waiting to be found if you just know how to look. In today’s competitive market place, businesses need gifted and quality hires who can solve problems and innovate while still staying true to their vision. After all, businesses are made up of people and great talent will affect how your business interacts with your client; a major determinant on whether your business will thrive in the market place or not.


Where It Begins

“Contrary to popular opinion, finding the right talent starts before even the recruitment process begins. From how companies brand themselves as potential employers to how they treat their current employees,” Margaret, our Head of Recruitment says.

“Good planning is also essential before beginning the recruitment process and determines how effective your recruitment strategy is.”

In simple terms, great companies attract great talent.

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Here are a few tips to get you on the right path.

  1. Be Creative

Don’t be afraid to try out new recruitment methods if your old ones aren’t working out all that well. The problem might not necessarily have to do with the pool of candidates who are applying but with how you’re screening them. Make sure that your recruitment methods suit your industry and company culture and consult with recruitment specialists to increase your chances of finding the right candidate.


  1. Use the Right Platforms

To find the right talent, you have to go where they are. Use the right channels where the calibre of candidates you’re looking for are likely to find out about your job post while leveraging technology to find out more about them. Don’t underestimate your current employees as a good recruiting channel as they are usually your best marketers when it comes to recruiting and have an understanding of your company’s workings and who’s likely to fit in.


  1. Create a great job description

Aside from the standard responsibilities and qualifications pertaining to your vacancy, make sure your company puts its best foot forward on why they’d make a great employer briefly and to be as upfront as possible on what they expect from potential employees. This prevents disappointment on both sides as you both know what to expect and creates a template from which to assess candidates.


  1. Career progression

Create an environment where employees who wish to further their careers are encouraged to do so from providing training opportunities to promoting higher education. Employees are always looking to progress their careers and this shows them that you value them enough to invest in them.

Opportunities for career progression not only help you to retain the great talent that you costly acquired in the first place but attract great talent as well. Don’t forget to review your compensation program during the recruitment process as great talent almost always never comes free. If you’re not sure how to go about this, conduct a salary survey in your market to ensure you remain competitive


Not sure how to go about your recruitment process?


Email us at info@r4kenya.com or call 0707321450 to consult with one of our recruitment specialists.



Are You Communicating Effectively With Your Customers?

Customers are usually at the heart of every business so it makes sense to know how to communicate with them, right?

On 4th February 2017, we held a Customer Service Skills workshop that focused on the most critical aspect of customer service; communication. The training managed to change the mind sets of the attendees on the need for customer communication excellence and how it contributes to the overall success of the business.

The Customer service and communication skills training program is tailored for Customer service managers, customer care personnel, technical and support personnel, field service representatives, account managers, small business owners—as well as managers who want customer service training in order to reinforce their skills and train their staffs.

Delivery of the training is done in the most outstanding way, engaging, fun, practical, you name it! The main aspect of this delivery is to give the participants a practical experience while covering all the must knows and emerging trends in customer service today.


What was covered?

Well wouldn’t you like to know? We covered key issues encountered in the day to day interactions with customers to unusual situations such as how to deal with difficult customers. All, with the overall objective of changing how you see customer service as a function of the business to showing you what outstanding customer service is all about. Some of the topics covered include;

  • The benefits of providing good customer service
  • Focusing on customer service excellence and success
  • Managing customer expectations by personality style
  • How customer service creates revenue
  • Dealing with difficult customers
  • Responding effectively to specific customer behaviors


Basically, the training gives you a good understanding on how to deliver better service and increased customer satisfaction while learning how to gain repeat business. In today’s corporate world, businesses are increasingly becoming customer oriented thus developing and maintaining customer relationships is essential for every business to gain a competitive advantage. Considering this uncertain business climate, excellent customer communication is one of the things that can set you apart and lead to a high customer retention rate.

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How Technology Is Revolutionizing Recruiting

According to LinkedIn, 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to vet candidates while 40% of its users use LinkedIn to search for jobs.

In short, more and more recruiters and job seekers are turning to technology to enhance the recruitment experience, which means companies can no longer afford to ignore the place of technology in recruitment.

As a major user of technology in the HR industry, Recours Four Kenya has leveraged its online platforms for various functions such as CV registration for job seekers into our database and job advertisements  for our clients which has increased the efficiency and effectiveness of its recruitment process.

“We’ve found that recruitment processes that integrated technology in one form or another were upto three times more successful than those that didn’t,” Margaret, our Head of Recruitment, explains.


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Here are 4 ways technology has affected the recruitment process;

  1. Branding

Most job candidates research their potential employers online before their interviews which means companies should now, more than ever, pay special attention to their careers section. Remember candidates are reviewing you just as much as you are reviewing them so it’s important to put your best foot forward as a potential employer to attract the best hires.

Other than the standard industry information, job candidates are looking to find out about the company’s working environment and opportunities to develop themselves, factors that affect the job candidate’s perception of you as an attractive employer.


  1. Social Media

Recently, social media has become a critical tool in spreading the word about job posts within the company, allowing companies to have access to a wide reach of potential employees and increase their probability of finding the perfect candidate. Aside from being a recruitment tool, social media is a great way for job candidates to get an insight into the culture of the organization and determine whether they’re the right fit or not.

A recent trend has seen companies using social media as part of their application process such as LinkedIn to interact more with job candidates and go beyond their resumes to determine whether they’re likely to fit seamlessly into the organization corporate culture.

  1. Data management

Large companies that attract high volume of applications have resorted to technology to streamline the process and enable easy tracking of applicants based on the requirements of vacant positions.  This has enabled recruiters to narrow their search quickly saving on time while allowing the storing of resumes, creating a database for future positions that might come up.

  1. Selection process

From online tests to video interviewing, technology has increased the various ways companies can assess candidates based specific requirements. Now with the increasing use of technology in business, companies are now keen on tech savvy candidates who know their way around industry specific software hence the recent trend of interview assignments that are technology based.


Although technology has greatly impacted the recruitment process, it is all too impossible to eliminate the human element, boiling down to the fact that job candidates are human too and technology might not necessarily be able to pick up on soft skills, something a human recruiter would be able do.


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How To Know If A Job Is Right For You

Have you ever seen a job post and known, right down to your very bones,that it was made for you? Or maybe, dismissed a job at first glance, simply because it wasn’t ‘you’?

How could you tell?

If you saw the perfect job, would you know it?

According to Margaret, our Head of Recruitment, applying for the right jobs is not only critical to the success of your job search, but ensures that you thrive in the workplace once you secure your dream job. “In fact, it makes the job search process much more efficient and makes interviews less nerve wrecking than they usually are.” she says.

At Recours Four Kenya, we’re determined not only to help candidates find jobs by linking them with our clients, but ensuring the jobs are the right fit for them.

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Here are few indicators we look out for:

  1. Skill set

Meeting the minimum criteria for the job you’re applying for ensures that your CV gets past the first stage and warrants a second glance. While it’s good to take a few risks once in a while, give yourself the best shot by applying for jobs that require your particular skills.


  1. Motivation

Ask yourself this, if you didn’t need to be paid and could still meet your needs, would you still do the job or would you leave it all together? Outline your key motivations and check them against the job details to determine if they are aligned.

Even though motivation cannot compare to skills, it plays an important role in your work productivity and innovation, so don’t completely write it off.


  1. Working  style

Just like there are different personalities, everyone has a different working style. Some people prefer routine while others are excited by new challenges and prefer project based work. Others like working alone, even though their colleagues prefer to work in groups. Most jobs usually require a variety of working styles. Aligning potential jobs with your working style, ensures you can perform the job both effectively and with ease.


So the next time you’re not sure whether to apply for a job or not, evaluate yourself based on these factors and increase your chances of job success.


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