Four Steps a Recruiter Takes to Trash CVs and Resumes

Written by Dr. Amjad Rafiq

Having 200-300 CVs or resumes to analyse, a tight schedule, and probably working late, an employer's or recruiting manager's approach is to scanrepparttar huge pile quickly and look for any little reason to trash your CV or resume. Learn how to avoid your CV or resume being trashed and how to almost guarantee that it gets noticed and shortlisted.

The scenario described above of a recruiting manager or employer is fairly typical. With hundreds of CVs or resumes, little time, andrepparttar 107112 pressure of identifyingrepparttar 107113 best person forrepparttar 107114 job,repparttar 107115 strategy a recruiter takes is to first eliminate all those who show any little sign of being worthy of elimination. Andrepparttar 107116 basis of that is your CV and resume, highlightingrepparttar 107117 great importance attached to this one or two page document.

So what happens whenrepparttar 107118 pile of 300 CVs and resumes are put in front ofrepparttar 107119 recruitment manager? Well there are three main steps, which are taken to filterrepparttar 107120 pile. Filtering is needed to choose appropriate candidates forrepparttar 107121 interview stage. So those not worthy of being interviewed have their CVs or resumes trashed. Let’s take a look at them one by one.

The first stage: The 5-10 second glance

The recruitment manager is not going to spend minutes going through each CV or resume to find what he is looking for. Rather, his first step is to spend atrepparttar 107122 most 10 seconds to take a quick glance at mainlyrepparttar 107123 first page andrepparttar 107124 following page(s) ifrepparttar 107125 first page interests him. Sorepparttar 107126 process of elimination begins withrepparttar 107127 following:

* Any CV or resume which is longer than 4 pages will be trashed. This is generallyrepparttar 107128 case, unlessrepparttar 107129 employer requires a detailed career history. But most CVs are no longer than three pages, and as for resumes they should be shorter. Sorepparttar 107130 recruitment manager will not be bothered reading anything over 4 pages.

* Any CV or resume that does not have a profile, or objective or similar paragraph and an easy discernible list of skills onrepparttar 107131 front page will get trashed. The recruitment manager does not want to start scanning your CV or resume to see if he can find where your skills and achievements are, or what you are qualified to do. You are supposed to present that torepparttar 107132 recruitment manager using your career marketing tool,repparttar 107133 CV or resume.

* Any CV or resume which is written in long sentences and lengthy paragraphs and where a quick glance does not allowrepparttar 107134 identification of relevant information, such as skills and achievements will get trashed. The recruitment manager is not there to read essays or novels.

* Any CV or resume which is annoying. This is mainly due to bad formatting. Things such as using many different fonts and font sizes, clutteringrepparttar 107135 information with little white space, making it harder to read. Alsorepparttar 107136 use of excessive underlining, bold and italics, in combination. All of these matters makerepparttar 107137 CV or resume difficult to read and follow and annoysrepparttar 107138 recruitment manager.

How to Choose Your Ideal Career

Written by Skye Thomas

They say that most people do complete and total career changes at least once often twice in their lifetimes. Very few people choserepparttar ideal perfect career for themselves when they're in high school and blissfully happily work those same jobs forrepparttar 107111 rest of their lives. Withrepparttar 107112 way that technology and everything else changes so fast, I think it's ridiculous to expect to stay in one job fromrepparttar 107113 time you leave school until you retire. Even staying inrepparttar 107114 same company can be a huge challenge. So how will you pick your first career? Your next major career change?

The first thing I want you to look at is what kinds of things do you enjoy doing and what you are naturally good at. Imagine that you just wonrepparttar 107115 lottery and you will never have to work again for another day of your life. How would you spend your time? Afterrepparttar 107116 shopping sprees and traveling and such grows old, you're going to have to fill your days up doing something so that you aren't bored out of your mind. What would you do? What would consume your attention if you could freely bury yourself in it? Is there a way to make a living at that now? Is there a way to incorporate some of that into your current career? Could you begin doing it now as a hobby and grow it into a second income and eventually quit your 'real job' to play full time at your new hobby/career?

You obviously have to look at practicality issues. Truth be known my very favorite thing to do is drive convertibles and suntan atrepparttar 107117 beach. That's not likely going to ever become a career and it sure as heck isn't going to pay my bills! You have to look at what you like to do and take a realistic look at whetherrepparttar 107118 market is ever going to pay you an income for doing it. Just because you love doing something doesn't mean thatrepparttar 107119 world is going to love giving you money for doing it. There are plenty of musicians and artists out there who can't earn enough to support themselves. It takes more then just a love of your work. Pick a number of different things that you love and narrowrepparttar 107120 list down by deciding which ones would realistically finance you atrepparttar 107121 level that you require.

Another thing to consider, especially when you're choosing your first job is how much education or special training is required. How many kids think that because they love to play basketball that they'll berepparttar 107122 next Michael Jordan? How many put inrepparttar 107123 kind of work and practice that he did? If you want to be a doctor, then you better seriously contemplaterepparttar 107124 years of college andrepparttar 107125 extremely high cost of going to medical school. Downrepparttar 107126 road, a lot ofrepparttar 107127 experience you get in one career can be transferred to your next career. Customer service skills that you learn while waiting tables will still serve you later when you're an entrepreneur. If you have a lot ofrepparttar 107128 skills from previous work experience, but not all of them, then you have to figure out how to finance going to night school or whatever else you need to do to change careers. Additional education and skills shouldn't stop you from changing to a great job that you know you'll love, but you do need to take it into serious consideration while makingrepparttar 107129 choice.

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