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Our recruiters deal with countless CV’s and client’s every day. Because of this, they know a thing or two about how candidates can put their best foot forward. If you’re in need of some tips straight from those who know recruitment best, look no further! Here are the top tips from our excellent recruiters.

Include a cover letter!

A short, concise cover letter tailored to the specific job allows recruiters and employers to get a quick grasp of your personality and accomplishments. Failure to include a cover letter could hinder you in your job search, as it is less personable, making it seem as if you’re doing a mass job search or are too lazy to tailor your work.

Don’t skip the details!

Our recruiters advise that you always submit a full CV, detailing your entire career. The more detail, the better, it will only assist in promoting you as the best fit for the role.

Hard and soft skills

It is imperative to have descriptions of both your hard and soft skills in your CV. Hard skills refer to specific, teachable abilities that can be defined and measured e.g. a degree, ability to use specific software etc. Soft skills are less tangible and harder to quantify, as they refer to your interpersonal abilities. Examples of soft skills include time management, ability to work in a team, and strong communication skills. Soft skills are becoming increasingly important, especially considering the rise of artificial intelligence. As such, you should highlight all related hard and soft skills.

Use key words

In job descriptions, recruiters use specific key words that they will search for when browsing CV’s. These key words can usually be found in the responsibilities and qualification sections. For example, a post for a Mine Planning Superintendent has various responsibilities, one of them being using MicroMine, Surpac, MineMap, MineSched, and affiliated mining packages. A degree in Mining Engineering is required for this job. Thus, a recruiter will use keywords such as “MicroMine”, “Mining Engineering degree” and others to filter out the CV’s that don’t match the job spec. Thus, enhance your chances by tailoring your CV to include the keywords that specific job mentions.

Follow up!

Our recruiters’ suggest that you follow up your applications with a phone call, so that your CV and personality stands out and above the other applicants. Remember, they receive masses of applications daily! Aim for a telephonic or email follow-up a week after you’ve sent your application in, as recruiters will be in the middle of the recruitment phase at that time.

Persistence and patience are key

Persistence is key, if you are not successful the first time round do not give up the search. Continue to pursue relevant opportunities and maintain a positive outlook. Stay patient. The right job or candidate will come your way if you don’t rush the process. Good things come to those who wait.

Can you think of any more tips for job seekers? Let us know in the comments below!

How to Sound Smart
How to Dress for the Workplace