4 Top tips before you press ‘apply’  -

4 Top tips before you press ‘apply’ 

Did you know – ‘Recruiters spend on average 5-7 seconds looking at a CV’?  

So, you need to make sure yours stands out amongst the crowd and measures up to the requirements of the job specifications.coffee2

Job descriptions are designed to simultaneously entice people to apply and put off those who wouldn’t qualify for an interview. I regularly receive several applications for  roles we are resourcing for, with applications that unfortunately do not match up.

‘Recent research has revealed that administrative roles attract the most competition among candidates, with an average of 57.3 applicants per job.’ From the 57.3 applicants, I can guarantee some will not be suitable.

When you apply for jobs that over stretch your experiences or qualifications, at best, you’re not only wasting the hiring manager’s time – you’re also wasting your own.

Life is too short; don’t apply for everything in the hope of gaining one interview. By applying to specific adverts, you are targeting those which best suit your requirements and skills meaning you’re much more efficient.

Below are my 4 top tips for getting your CV noticed for the right roles:


Tip 1: Ask Yourself if You Could Do the Job.planning

Read the job description thoroughly and only apply for the roles where you feel assured you could go into an interview for and discuss with confidence and at length.

For example, you shouldn’t apply for a job requiring someone to run a company’s website if you don’t have any of the technical skills and experiences required. Should a hiring manager or recruiter find you that you do not meet such requirements – it is highly likely your CV with be discarded.

If you don’t have the skills and qualifications the employer is seeking, then think twice about applying! Many job postings list the skill set required for the position and if you don’t have at least most of them you sadly won’t be considered.


Tip 2: Yes, you can do the job, but it may be a stretch of your current skills?

Most employers require a certain amount of experience when seeking applicants. That information should be clearly listed in the posting. For example, these employers require a minimum number of years of experience or knowledge of certain software. Only in some cases do employers list educational requirements.

You’ll ideally need to meet those requirements to be chosen for an interview, however, if you show that you have an understanding or similar qualifications to those listed, you should still apply. If you have a degree, but a different specialism and appropriate work experience it’s worth applying. As with experience, if you’re close you might be considered.


Tip 3: Check if you can work the required schedule.interview

If the job says that travel is required, but you don’t have access to a car or that you need to be available for flexible hours and this doesn’t work for you – then don’t apply.  As these are the requirements of what you’ll be expected to do.

Don’t expect an employer to change those requirements for you. In most cases, it just won’t happen! Be sure that you have the flexibility to work the job schedule before you apply.

Secondly, investigate the company and what their values are. If you are expected to do on-the-job-extra-activities, make sure you are willing and able to do those.  Align yourself with those and make sure it is highlighted on your CV.


Tip 4: The CV and Application.

After deciding that you are certainly a suitable candidate for this role, you now need to make that application.

To get past the first post, make sure your CV is in a readable format. Be precise, concise but not brief.

How can I do that? By sticking to the facts and bullet point your duties and skills -long paragraphs are hard to sieve through for information.

If you are applying for several roles within your field of expertise, make sure you tailor your application/CV to the role you’re applying for. 

For example, if a description is looking mainly at your qualifications, make sure they are prominent on your CV. On the other hand, if a job description is emphasising the need for an individual to add value to the business, make sure you highlight your key achievements and transferable skills.

Finally, follow up with a phone call to either the recruiter or hiring manager, don’t let your CV get stuck in an inbox!



If you would like more help with your CV please me on 01254 239363 or laura@cumminsmellor.co.uk – I’d be more than happy to help you!

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