Being at the heart of recruitment means that we hear of some of the strangest – and saddest tales of woe from candidate as well as clients.
I’ve met many people who have never, ever had the job they actually want. They surf their way through every day in a haze of corporate worry and little job satisfaction.
Something has got in the way of them achieving this goal and I think I’ve worked it out to be one of three things:
- Money. They can’t live on the money that they’d probably end up earning with their new career.
- Belief: They really don’t think they’d ever get a job being a window dresser, train driver, put your idea here..
- Comfort: They’re too comfortable and happy to following the other lemmings being bullied in a corporate environment, taking the bosses sh*t and not complaining.
I’ve just completed a workshop with some of our junior IT Recruitment Consultants and we identified 7 things you need to remember when you are writing your CV. Getting these things wroing WILL impact negatively on your ability to find a new job – fast.
Be realistic. We really have seen CVs with salary ranges quoted by the candidate between £10k and £100k Come on, if you are on £25k now and would really like £32k then say so – and be realistic. It will help you, the client – and the recruiter cut to the chase.
If you are anything like me, you get back to your desk after having a fantastic blow-out over Christmas and New Year to the realisation that nothing has changed. “Same Stuff, Different Day” springs to mind. You may translate “stuff” to another word beginning with the same letter – but you get the gist!
So what are you going to do about it?
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We’d like to thank the many people who encouraged us to keep the old site for as long as possible but we all have to move with the times and we’ve therefore developed a new CMS site with a great job search functionality too. Enjoy!