Employers. What gets their goat? A recent report from www.recruitmentrevolution.com tells all.
Salutary tales aplenty, but if your time is tight and your will is weak, eyes down for a brief synopsis.
CVs: top of the hate-list by several lengths – spelling errors. (I told you so. Now will you believe me?) Other faux pas: poor formatting, no contact details, informal photograph, a long “about me” section, unprofessional email address (firstname.lastname@example.org will just not cut it. It may not pull in the babes either).
A clear winner in the font stakes – Mistral. Comic Sans came second. Times New Roman was an also ran.
They say: why not engage the services of a professional CV writing company? We say: there’s one right on your doorstep at WG 3, Queen’s Building
Interests: Oh dear, oh lor. Clubbing and watching reality TV were top of the flops, “socialising” not far behind. Whatever it involves, keep your nightlife under wraps.
Correspondence with recruiters: Txt spk qckst way 2 lose jobz . + b sure 2 show no emoticons. LOL
Interviews: watch your (body) language. No eye contact, handshake as limp as a wilted lettuce, aggressive posture, slouching – they’re all in there.
What not to wear to interviews: Over casual threads, loud or comic ties, vertiginous (look it up) heels. In contrast, it was well-nigh impossible to dress too smartly.
Networking nous : about 75% of employers check you out on Facebook or Linked In. So keep your profile up to the minute and take down the posts (and the incriminating photos) of last year’s holiday activity on Ibiza.
There’s more, there’s more: largely about what (not) to do on your first days at work. But maybe that’s a blog for another day.
Senior Careers Consultant
QM Careers Centre