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

 

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.

 

 

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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Top 5 Interview Tips That Lead To Job Offers

These interview tips will help even the most inexperienced interviewees to shine.

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Often we meet candidates who attend client interviews at our offices but they lack certain things that would otherwise help them excel and acquire the job of their dreams. Our Talent Acquisition team from Recours Four Kenya Consultants Limited give their best tips on how to ace an interview:

  1. Tell Your Story

This is the only opportunity that you will get to sell yourself. Potential employers need to be inspired by your accomplishments. At point of introduction speak about your strengths, previous accomplishments and connect them to the current role that you are interviewing for.

  1. Market Yourself

A company needs to believe that they’re hiring the right person, so be sure to give them a good reason why you are the person for the job, and let them know what value you would bring to the company. Always remember that the interview is to know whether you would fit into their company, give them sufficient reasons to believe that you are perfect for the opportunity.

  1. Smile

A smile can be a powerful tool at a first meeting. Even if you feel nervous, make sure you smile because it will make you come across as friendly and relaxed.

  1. Ask Questions at the end of the interview.

Never say you have nothing to ask at the interview. It makes you seem disinterested so always have a few questions to ask your interviewer planned in advance, ask questions related to the company, its expansion plans, training opportunities, working hours and anything else related to the position. It is also important to remember that you need to ask about when to expect to hear from them after the interview.

  1. End positively. 

When the interview is approaching an end try to conclude on a positive note. This could be as simple as saying something like, “I look forward to hearing from you.” Be sure to shake hands in a professional manner and politely let yourself out of the room wishing the panel a wonderful day and remember to thank them for the opportunity.

In case you are having trouble drafting an CV and cover letter to boost your prospects at an interview, give us a call on: 0707321450 or email us at: info@r4kenya.com

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