Applying for a new job is like a game of chance: you never know if they’re going to reply back to you or if you’ll be eligible for an interview. Basically, you send in your CV and hope for the best.
It might seem simple – just send an email and attach your resume, but it needs to be thought of more in-depth. Sure, companies want to see your skills and see if you’re compatible with the job you’ve applied for. But the way you structure your CV and what you put in it also matters.
So, if you’re currently thinking of applying with Centrecom, that’s great! But there are a few steps you need to take before sending in your CV.
Our recruiters receive multiple applications a day, but only a few of those get chosen for the next step. This means that you need to up your game when creating your CV and you need to make it stand out.
Speaking with our Senior Recruiter, Natalie, we have compiled a list of things you should and should not be doing to make your CV more appealing, and what will ultimately make you the chosen candidate for the job! Natalie has been a recruiter for 10 years, so I'd assume she knows a thing or two about how to look appealing to the company!
1. Creativity, good grammar, and attention to detail.
When talking about creativity, we don’t mean turning your CV into an arts and crafts project, but using a proper CV template is a big bonus.
DO: structure your CV using an appropriate template, as well as make sure you don’t have any typos.
DON’T: don’t type your resume on a Word document or on the notes app as that will show us that you’re not computer literate.
2. Keep it professional!
Remember, the people who you want to hire you are viewing your CV!
DO: if you want to include a photo of yourself, make sure it’s a decent and appropriate one, we don’t want to see pictures of you from your night out! A well-lit photo with a plain background is very fitting.
DON’T: don’t include information that isn’t relevant. Being happily married with beautiful children is a wonderful thing, but really and truly, it’s not relevant.
Speaking of photos, don’t attach the CV as a photo, instead as a PDF document.
3. Explain your previous roles
You don’t need to expose company secrets to explain what your previous role was.
DO: include the company name, role, and an overview of your duties.
DON’T: if you just list your job title without any background details, we won’t have a full picture of what you were doing in your other job. For example, if you list ‘Receptionist’ as one of your past jobs but don’t explain what you did, we won’t know the extent of your capabilities. Maybe, apart from greeting customers and answering the phone, you also handled invoices, scheduled meetings, placed orders, and so on.
4. Update your CV
Whenever you get a new job or acquire a new qualification, write it down in your CV immediately.
DO: details need to be correct. If you forgot to list that you are currently employed elsewhere and our recruiters find out once they contact you, it will look unprofessional on your end.
DON’T: apart from updating your information, make sure the information is correct. For example, if you got a new phone number, make sure that’s updated in the CV. We want to contact the right person, not some random guy who now has your number.
How you present your CV already says a lot about you and your character, and in this competitive job market, it’s important to make sure you have all the skills that make you a great candidate for the job written down!
Now that you know what you need to do, the next step is applying to work with Centrecom! We can’t wait to have you onboard!