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What Are Recruiters Looking for?

09 Mar 2014

Relevance to the job has got to be the key point. You should be able to demonstrate the requisite experience and should ensure that your covering letter and particularly any profile on your CV is consistent with the job application you are making.

Relevance to the job has got to be the key point. You should be able to demonstrate the requisite experience and should ensure that your covering letter and particularly any profile on your CV is consistent with the job application you are making.

Your CV should be well written, grammatically correct, chronologically accurate and consistently laid out. Small mistakes are likely to be judged quite harshly.

Don’t be surprised if your CV is rejected if you are over or under-qualified for the job – the recruiter will be looking for an appropriate match, such as capability to do the job, some development room in the role and an appropriate level to fit in with the existing team and salary expectations.

Reasonable commuting distance to the job. Although in the short-term you may be prepared to travel long distances to work, this tends not to be sustainable over the longer term, unless the remuneration is very attractive. Employers are looking for someone to do the job for the foreseeable future, who will be able to get to work and back with relative ease and cost. When working locally, this is particularly important even when the geographical distance is slight, as the length of commuting on a grid-locked road network, during the rush hour, can more than double the journey time.

If the job is very over-subscribed the recruiter may also be looking for more relevance in industry sector experience when short-listing CVs.

Good work history – this is important when selecting candidates for permanent jobs. It is likely that candidates who are able to demonstrate a solid work history, ideally with some progression or promotion with an employer, are likely to take preference over candidates who frequently change jobs without good reason.

Tips for Improving Response

Apply for jobs that are relevant to your skills, experience and location.
Check the CV for typos, grammatical or chronological errors.
Check the profile you have written is consistent with the requirements of the job you are applying

Call 01732783546 or email services@matchrecruitment.co.uk

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