A reject rate of 40 per cent!

A reject rate of 40 per cent!  London’s Evening Standard newspaper reports that major London businesses throw four out of 10 job applications in the bin because they are so full of spelling and grammatical errors. 


Come on people, this is an easy one to fix – and if you’re a first-time job applicant, how do you make YOUR application stand out from the crowd? 


LAYOUT: simple and uncluttered – make it EASY for people to see what you did and when.  You don’t have to write a lot – maximum two pages for a first job, maybe just one for e a school leaver BUT don’t cram it all in just to make it fit one page. 


SPELLING & GRAMMAR: Really important, so avoid basic mistakes.  Don’t rely on spell-checkers because they allow words that may not be technically wrong but aren’t right in your context.  You need a real person to check your CV.  A friend, a neighbour, particularly anyone who is a business owner or recruiter is ideal. 


If you’re going for a job in a certain industry or for a particular company, tailor your CV to that company or enclose a cover letter addressing how you meet their requirements. Yes, that may be more time-consuming than sending out your ‘standard’ CV but it can give you a competitive edge.


When you apply to a company, it helps to be “talking their language”.  Read their web site, look at their marketing materials, see how they describe their company and their corporate values and you can follow the style of language they use.  Some businesses are very formal while others are more relaxed. They want to know you can fit in with their style.   


Having a job history to write about is fine, but don’t just list job titles – focus on what you’ve learned from those jobs that will be valuable to the next company.  Any employer knows what the basic job titles include so don’t just state “Responsibilities”.  Talk about what you’ve learned in that job. The tips below, aimed primarily at school leavers’ CVs will also be helpful for you in being able to demonstrate key competencies and traits that employers value.  


School or university leavers going for their first job tend to think that they don’t have much to say because they haven’t had a job yet – so they just put the dates they went to school or uni, the subjects taken and results achieved.  Trouble is, everyone else puts that too.  To make your CV stand out from the hundreds all saying the same thing, think about the following:

Being a fab interviewer

This post is by Victoria Roberts


Just because you’re great at your job and you know what you need from a new employee doesn’t mean you’re a good interviewer.  In fact, some of the most knowledgeable and experienced people I know totally suck at interviewing.  That’s because it’s a real skill; the ability to find out vital information from someone without prejudice and within a set timescale takes planning, procedure and much thought.  Here’s a few simple hints to getting the most out of your interviews;

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