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By now recruitment manager has gladly trashed 70% of all pile and is left with around 80-90 CVs or resumes. Happy with time he has saved, he or she can now spend a little more quality time scanning what remains.
The second stage: 10-15 second glance at first page
At this point, recruitment manager is looking for what is specifically relevant. This requires a match between skills required for job and skills and achievements presented by you. So without really looking at your or CV or resume in too much detail, he simply wants to identify what have you got to offer and does it match his or her organisations requirements. He or she will be looking to identify this on first page and without having to try hard to locate this information. The match could be general or it could be specific. But because recruitment manager is only interested in a general match, spending a relatively small amount of time (10-15 seconds) in gauging this, he will include CVs or resumes at this stage which will still be filtered later. By now there around 40 CVs or resumes that remain, about half from first stage of filtering.
The third stage: Short listing for interview stage
Here recruitment manager spends a little more time, and picks out those CVs and resumes that have a specific match, or a very close match to job requirements, and these are considered potential candidates. Here, method of recruitment manager has changed from elimination of irrelevant CVs and resumes to picking out highly relevant and quality matches. So after this stage, about two-thirds of remaining pile will be discarded and we have around 15 CVs or resumes that remain.
The fourth stage: Picking candidates from short list
It is only at this point that recruitment manager will now look in more detail and go beyond first page of CV or resume to pick candidates from short list. There are a number of factors that recruitment manager will be focusing upon:
* Is candidates latest work experience related to job being offered
* Does candidate have a strong academic background
* What type of companies has candidate worked for
* What achievements has candidate demonstrated from previous jobs
* What non-technical and job-specific skills does candidate possess
After looking at these factors, final interview list will be prepared which can be less than 5 candidates. So, have you got a CV or resume that will survive these four steps? The reality of recruitment process shows that you need a targeted and focused CV or resume that not only grabs attention by showing a skills match, but is also crafted, worded and formatted to give you an edge over other candidates.
Dr. Amjad Rafiq is a careers consultant who has provided online solutions for International recruitment agencies. He is also the developer of http://www.mycvbuilder.com which is an online CV building service that combines all the various elements to creating winning CVs and resumes.