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Top Tips for applicants to read job specs successfully…

3. And this is a common complaint. Applicants phone up to complain. “Why have I not been shortlisted? I did match the essential criteria required!!!! – this is discrimination!! However 90% of the time (yes – I do admit, recruiters do make mistakes!) the reason is that the applicant has not told us that they have the SKILLS, EXPERIENCE and EDUCATION required. Make sure that your CV or your application, spells out how you meet the criteria. Don’t assume that a recruiter is a mind-reader. Don’t assume anything, and make sure that your CV is as clear as mustard, on why they need to interview you. 

4. Don’t assume – is an extra top tip. Don’t assume your CV meets the criteria, but secondly, don’t assume that the recruiter who is dealing with this job, is an expert in the job you are applying for!

Everyone calls themselves a ‘Specialist’ these days…”I’m a Specialist Recruiter for Engineering roles”, I’m a Specialist in recruiting for Corporate banking roles”, another one declares. But the reality is, that a lot of the time, they are no more specialist than me or you! So, without sounding patronising, or cheeky, call up the recruiter and talk to them about your application that you have made or are about to make. Tell them about your experience and maybe, the penny will drop, and a recruiter can see that you are a potential for that job.

5. Be Honest; Be honest Mr Company Director, did you really expect to get shortlisted for the Sales and Marketing Specialist role – with proven experience in managing online marketing campaigns? Be honest – Business Studies Grad – do you really think you are ready to be an Office Manager?

You need to ask this question of yourself – every time you apply for a job. Be honest with yourself and be honest with your CV and this might help you going forward in reading a job spec from paper, to your every day job hunt, to the interview, the 1st day you start your new job…..

We hope this article to help read job specs successfully helps you out going forward and please do comment below if you have any other suggestions to add…

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2 Responses to “Top Tips for applicants to read job specs successfully…”

  1. I agree with the points raised in this article, to which I would add the story of the 54-year old ex-marketing manager who complains that he’s sent out 500 applications and only had three interviews in the past 18 months. He’s doing something wrong.

    If what you’re doing isn’t working, change it! Over 50s often have to set their sights lower in terms of position and pay level (or transfer their skills to another role or sector, often with an SME); younger workers need to be certain they actually have the qualifications. As a suggestion, research a company thoroughly before applying and tailor each CV or application specifically to the role and that company.

    One more thing: have passion for the enterprise, whatever it is.

    Posted by Robin McKay Bell | February 7, 2012, 12:20 pm
    • There is often a reason behind headline stories like the one you mention above – training and confidence and understanding what someone is doing wrong is often key – cheers Robin your feedback and comments are really appreciated and chat soon


      Posted by theemployable | February 7, 2012, 12:41 pm

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