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.

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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 Speed Up Your Job Search

Is the job search process beginning to feel like a full time job in itself?

Searching for jobs is often hard work and a process where time means everything. With the job market becoming increasingly competitive, job seekers need to be even smarter to stay ahead of the competition and reduce the time spent unemployed.

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Here are a few tips to enhance the process.

  1. Be prepared

Often job seekers come across various opportunities but because of lack of preparation and being caught unawares, often miss out. Always have a CV and cover letter ready that can act as your template to guide you when applying for jobs. You’re much likely to save on time this way which could mean the difference between success and failure.

  1. Technology

Are you leveraging technology fully in your job search process?

Hundreds of jobs are being posted online daily and in today’s world, jobs can now come to you. Job sites are now offering the option of signing up for job alerts tailored to your profession and experience, a feature that could go a long way in your job search. Pick a couple of reputable job sites to stay up to speed on the latest job posts and accelerate your search.

  1. Networking

The truth is, not all jobs are advertised which is where networking can be a great advantage. Make sure that all the contacts in your professional network are aware that you are searching for job and ask for valuable job information. Networking events are a great place to start on expanding your network.

  1. Presentation skills

Having a good CV is great but presentation skills are what finally get you through the door during the interview stage. Polish up your presentation skills and make sure you can explain every part of your CV. Also, familiarize yourself with common interview questions and do research on companies before a job interview to refine your pitch and tailor your presentation for the job.

  1. Recruitment firms

Consider seeking expert help from recruitment firms as they usually have a wide pool of vacancies that they’re looking to fill. Where applicable, they can help you polish your CV and prepare for any upcoming interview.

 

Need help in your job search?

 

Register your CV at our website: www.r4kenya.com or check out our facebook page, Recruitment4kenya for career advice and the latest vacancies

 

3 Things You Should Know About Your Potential Employer

 “Hi Margaret. Thanks for hooking me up with that job interview. I’m a bit nervous though. Is there anything I should know beforehand to increase my chances of success? Like about the company? Please help.” Naomi, a job seeker, recently emailed to ask our Head of Recruitment, Margaret.

Prompted my Naomi’s email, we sat down with our recruitment specialist team to share a few insights with other job seekers on some of the things they should know about their potential employer before interviewing.

Although it’s entirely impossible to predict what kind of questions you’ll face in the interview, it doesn’t hurt to find out more about your potential employer. After all, there’s a chance you might succeed and actually work there.

How important is research?

Recours Four Kenya is always doing due diligence on its clients in order to find the perfect candidate who not only have the right skills for the job but are likely to fit in the organization.

That’s how important!

Researching before your interview enables you to get an insight into the company’s vision and culture and decide if they’re the right fit for you. You also don’t want to be caught off guard when a question about the company arises plus it’s a great place to start a conversation with your interviewer.

Interviewers interpret knowledge about their company as enthusiasm which can be the very thing that shoes you in but note no one’s asking you to go all FBI.

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Not sure where to start?

Here are 3 things to get you started;

  1. The Company’s Product

Products are at the core of every business and every role, no matter how remote, contributes to the success of the product and overall the company’s. Basic knowledge about the company’s product at this stage is critical especially if you’re working in production or sales. So try to have a basic understanding of the product in terms of its process and if they’re ways you can add value to it.

Some of the questions you can try to answer are;

Who is the company’s target consumer? Do I have experience interacting with them?

What is the company’s product? Do I have technical knowledge about its production?

What’s the purpose of the product? Do I believe in it?

 

  1. Financial State & Market Share

You’re probably asking yourself, how this factors into your interview. But knowing about the financial state of your potential employer is important as it enables you to make a judgement about the job’s security and if a company is likely to retrench people in hard economic times.

In the short term, it aids you during salary negotiations as you’re in a position to tell if your potential employer can afford your salary. Remember though that other factors such as skills and experience count so it isn’t everything.

Private companies do not have to publish their financial statements by law so you can circumvent this little fact by doing research on the company’s market share and gain insight on the company’s competitive advantages.

 

  1. Working Environment

No one’s exactly asking you to go undercover but it helps to know where you might be working and if you’re likely to thrive in the environment. Factors to consider include working style, personality, motivations etc. The best source for this kind of information is usually employees but take their opinions with a pinch of salt since some of them might be disgruntled.

Social media is also a great way to get an insight into the company’s inner workings if they’re active and get a vibe about their working atmosphere. Though basic, take a look at the company’s career section and training opportunities because at the end of it all, you want a job that helps you progress in your career rather than slows you down.

 

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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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Email us at info@r4kenya.com or talk to us today at 0707 321450

 

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Best Answer to: “Why Do you want this job?

Put yourself in the position of the interviewee. What is it that you offer that someone else can’t?

The HR might meet a large number of candidates in one day, so find a way to be memorable, whilst still being professional.

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Remember this is your sales pitch and this is where you can bring together your knowledge of them and your enthusiasm. It is all about why they are great to work for the company and not why you need the job.

Here are 4 key steps to selling yourself into that job:

When you are asked about why you have applied for this role, why you want it etc… start with:

Step 1:

‘This is a great company /organisation because…….’  Everyone likes to be flattered, so tell them why you think they are a good company, what it is you like about the company….

Step 2:

Describe the challenges of the role, even if it is a job that is routine. What are the issues they face in getting someone to do the role well?

Step 3:

Tell them the things that float your boat, the things you have just been doing, the challenges you really enjoy and give some brief examples.

Step 4:

Think about why they might not want to hire you and refute their logic.

So if you are going for a job at Multichoice Kenya  you might say:

I think Multichoice Kenya is a great organisation, I admire their ethical stance and I am very impressed with their whole recruitment campaign and processes. That’s the sort of company I’d like to be in. I know you need staff who can work shifts, who are good with customers and who will make sure that the client service is top notch. I really enjoy working with customers, explaining the difference between products and I hate untidy spaces. It’s really important to me to be polite and friendly, when I worked in the garage I tried to get every customer to smile before they left!  It has been a while since I have done similar work but I am ready to jump in and give it a 100% of all I got.

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  • Interview Skills preparation and training

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