How To Impress a Recruiter And Write The Perfect Resume

How To Impress a Recruiter And Write The Perfect Resume
8 January 2020    Holly Royce    0 comments
Have you been looking for a job for a while with no success? Before you decide to give up (please don’t give up!), consider that it might be your cover letter or resumé letting you down. These game-changing CV tips from industry insiders and recruiters can help you take your job hunting game to the next level.  Read on, and get ready to land the job of your dreams... 

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A word from Nic Willis
Mackay Branch Manager 
Extrastaff| Australian Business Solutions Group

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do as a recruiter?
 
I’ve been working as a recruiter for 18 years and 13 years as a branch manager. For 15 years, I’ve recruited for apprenticeships, which includes face-to-face interviews and meeting potential candidates.
 
What sort of skills/experience are employers looking for but struggling to find in a candidate?
 
Within the realm of apprenticeship recruitment, we’d love to see more signs that a candidate has researched the company they’re applying to for a role before they apply, and certainly before the interview. 
 
A resumé should give insight into who you are, and it would be great if applicants could research how to do that before applying. they were provided with the skills and knowledge of how a CV should be put together while still in school.
 
What is something that everyone should be doing to make their application stand out?

We understand that first-time job seekers haven’t had much experience, so it can be difficult to put a resumé together. However, there are some skills and experiences from your time at school that can be included and are very highly regarded.
 
Any references from time spent working during school (especially from time spent doing volunteer work) are excellent, as are personal testimonials from teachers or family friends, attesting to your work ethic and reliability.
 
I always look to see if they’ve included experience in a position of leadership in sports or school. It shows they’re motivated to work for something and have strong work readiness potential.
 
Can you think of a time a candidate did something really outside of the box on an application, and it worked? Is it ever worth getting creative on an application like this to impress an employer? 

Absolutely – I still remember one candidate from about ten years ago, he came in with his application in a folder and really made an effort to humanise it with funny and personal photos, as well as using the pictures to explain why he was so motivated to get this particular job. 
 
It is always worth it to go the extra mile to put in some additional information to show who you are and what motivates you.

Is there anything youre sick of hearing from candidates? What do you wish job seekers would stop doing?

I can’t say there’s anything that I’d like them to stop doing... I’d just remind them that they need to be resilient. If they don’t hear back it’s not on them, they shouldn’t give up and should keep applying for other roles.
 
Why is it better for a job seeker to work with a recruiter?

Recruiters can really help a new job seeker to humanise their application and help to coach them through how to represent themselves best.

Generally, in a recruitment company, there are also a lot of different jobs and while you might not get one role, there could be another one coming up, and you’ll be remembered when you go the extra mile.


A word from Megan Simpson
SA Operations Manager
Extrastaff| Australian Business Solutions Group

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do as a recruiter?

I have been working at Extrastaff for over 19 years. My role as SA Operations Manager is to work closely with our recruiters to ensure we deliver the best service possible. As recruiters, we need to ensure we source candidates that best match the customer’s need. Whether that be for a short-term or long-term role, it’s essential that we establish exactly what our customers require for their vacancy so we can find the right person.  
 
What is something that everyone should be doing to make their application stand out?

Your application is the first step in introducing yourself to potential employers, so think about how you want them to get to know you! Take the time to make sure your application is accurate, and provides the best overview of what you have to offer.

Is it ever worth getting creative on an application to impress an employer? 

Being creative can undoubtedly be a positive step to make an application stand out. It’s important, however, to ensure any creative flair is consistent with the role, and that the relevant information is still evident. 

Is there anything youre sick of hearing from candidates? What do you wish job seekers would stop doing?

We often have candidates contact us who want to make a change, but haven’t thought about what they actually want to do next. Or candidates that are willing to do any type of work but then re-consider when provided with options. It’s important to be clear on what you are looking for and what the short- and long-term work goals are that you want to achieve. 

Why is it better for a job seeker to work with a recruiter?
Recruiters have direct relationships with key decision makers. That means we can potentially get your resumé in front of the HR manager or supervisor, for example, which is something job seekers are not always able to do quickly. We also have greater insight about what the customer is looking for so can provide job seekers with additional information that you won’t get from a job ad.
 
Can you tell us the three key things you look for on a CV?

Clear, accurate and relevant information
 
Any parting words of advice for first-time job seekers, or anyone looking to make a change?

Be clear on what you are looking for or what options you are willing to consider. Make yourself available for opportunities such as interviews or phone calls from employers, and overall just keep trying!


A word from Marvielyn Martin
Recruitment Resourcer; Apprenticeship Careers Australia

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do as a recruiter?
 
My day-to-day job as a recruiter is about screening all the candidates and their applications as they come in from the various job advertising websites, like the Skillsroad Jobs Board. 
 
What sort of skills/experience are employers looking for in a candidate but just not finding?
 
I guess it’s more of the work experience the employers are looking for in the industry they’re applying for. If they’re fresh out of school, it’s hard to see if they’re suitable or not without giving them that chance to come in for an interview.
 
To help your CV stand out, make sure you include whatever experience you do have, from school, voluntary experience and even any sort of leadership experience. Also, if the CV contains any personal experience they may already have or know of the trade or job they’re applying for, it shows they’ve done research and know what they’re applying for.
 
What is something that everyone should be doing to make their application stand out?
 
Add more of your personal experience when you write your objective or your summary at the top of your resumé, and tailor it for the job you’re going for.  Instead of just saying something like 'I want to find an apprenticeship in the trade', give us a little more information.
 
In your summary, always include your date of birth and make sure you explain that you’re willing to travel if that’s needed.
 
Is there anything youre sick of hearing from candidates? What do you wish job seekers would stop doing?

Job seekers are saying that they’re just applying for a role because they have to, or because mum or dad told them to. It sounds shocking, but we do get applications that say this.
 
Why is it better for a job seeker to work with a recruiter?

We provide that extra level of ongoing support to help the job seeker follow a career path. We’re there if they have any problems for an employer or with a job for whatever reason, to help them out. They can come to us, and we can always help them.
 
Can you tell us the three key things you look for on a CV?

Date of birth, location and willingness to travel and either a driver’s license or a white card depending on what the job is for.
 
Are there any parting words of advice you have for our first-time job seekers, or anyone looking to make a change?

Make sure to write a little bit more in your resumé about yourself, what you’re interested in and how it relates to the job. We want to know why you’re a perfect fit for this job, so take the time to flesh out those summaries and objectives.

 


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