We all know how bad the recruitment situation is around the world for most industries badly affected by economic situations. A recent online job site poll conducted by Bayt.com showed the only recruitment sector showing a markable increase this year was online job advertising. Around 16 per cent of the Middle East’s employers said they are hiring more staff than last year and most are advertising primarily online.
I read between 50 to 100 CVs per day in my job, so I thought I would offer some advice to those job seekers out there who are having trouble getting interviews for the roles to which they feel they are suited. I am not astounded any more because I see the same mistakes repeated daily, but when I first started in the recruitment business I was flabbergasted that one of the most important documents in a person’s life was afforded such little care and attention. The CVs or resumes that I receive on a daily basis are riddled with spelling mistakes, poor grammar or are incomprehensible.Here are a few of my favourite spelling mistakes.
The important thing to remember about the Internet is that it is an open medium where people can, and do, discuss things openly. If you embrace the opportunities it brings you then your recruitment campaign can take on a life of its own, reaching people from all walks of life who would have otherwise not discovered your advert. This is even more so applicable as an employer, employer branding and marketing is the number one key to a successful recruitment campaign. This is why it’s equally important to trust only industry leaders when assigning your budget to online HR-SEO projects!
I’ll give you a brief scenario, and tell me if it’s ever happened to you. You spend weeks and weeks (or months and months) looking for a new job. You ring loads of agencies and even get put forward for a jobs. However you don’t always get interviews and when you chase up some feedback or try to get an interview, the trail seems to go cold – “the vacancy is filled” or “another agency got a successful candidate through” or “sorry, the vacancy is pulled”.