So you have decided its time to make that move, its time to start looking for a new career.
You get out your CV and its a shock to the system. You have not updated your CV for the last 5 years – where do you start, what do you add, how do you add and where.
The first step is to put down your personal details…We don’t need to know your religion or what your children’s names and ages are.
Stick to your general basic info and please add a contact number that works….
Name, Surname, ID, Drivers licence, location and languages are the more important ones
Your education – High School and Tertiary comes next.
Please don’t add all the subjects you had during your 4/5… years of studies and what grade you got for all of them.
Stick to you degree/diploma or certificate, the year you got it and with what institution.
Us as recruiters can get between 100 and 200 CVs per day…and this means that your in-house recruiters will also get the same…and trust me, if your time management is not good, your team/myself can be very busy but achieve nothing.
So a day in the life of a In-house Recruiter/ HR professional that does your company’s recruitment… In between all those 100 of CVs, Recruitment companies call you to get feedback, send numerous emails to find out how the interview with you and the candidate went and what the next steps will be.
Invoices needs to be handled, more emails from candidates on whether you did receive their CV or not…More calls to please explain what exactly are you looking for in the add that you just placed.
You need to get back to all those candidates that responded to your add, or the ones that are through to the next round and the ones that did not make it – and on this note – this is pretty crucial… Continue reading
….in this day and age your CV will in most cases, be the first impression a recruitment consultant or employer has of you, so this is something that you need to spend some time with.
What the CV Structure should look like:
• Personal Details
Start with your personal details. Full name and contact details including all useable telephone numbers. Avoid details such as religious affiliation, children’s names etc. Make sure you do include your language skills, professional memberships for ex ECSA / CFA and military service if relevant.
Then your Educational history and professional qualifications should follow, including names of institutions and dates attended. List the more relevant in beginning with your tertiary qualifications, then secondary school results Include computer skills and any other recent training / development that is relevant to the role you are applying for. Continue reading
Another year is on our hands. Will you get out of you comfort zone, put your big girl shoes on and start looking for that job you have been waiting for, or will you still be moaning about your salary, complaining about your colleagues and your boss and your boring run of the mill job this time next year?
I assume if your are reading further – the answer is a big no!
There is not a better time than now! Lots of people are thinking that maybe 2014 will be The Year of the New Job. If that describes you, then you’ll want to start planning for your big exodus. But don’t start throwing your CV across the landscape before taking care of a few important details… and also – If you’re thinking about buying some spiffy new interviewing clothes, get out to the stores now before the January sales are over! Good luck, and happy job-hunting… Continue reading